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#117647 Sr. Director, Academic Policy, Process & Training

Extended Deadline: Tue 8/16/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

  • This position is open until filled. First Review Date 08/02/22.


The hiring, advancement, and retention of UC San Diego's world class faculty, researchers, and other academics is paramount to the University's research-focused, student-centered, service-oriented mission and is the very cornerstone upon which the quality and prestige of the University is built. The Academic Policy, Process & Training unit within Academic Personnel Services provides the general campus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Health Sciences with the knowledge and expertise to ensure that this mission succeeds.

We accomplish this by providing leadership, training, innovative technology, and guidance to faculty, staff, other academic appointees and university administrators in implementing policies and procedures related to the academic personnel program. We are committed to fostering a high-quality work/life and learning environment to sustain the exceptional teaching, research, patient care, and service provided by UC San Diego academic appointees.

Under the leadership of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel, the various APS service units perform a wide range of functions for the Executive Vice Chancellor and the entire UC San Diego campus community.

Under the general direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor-Academic Personnel Services (AVC), the Sr. Director of Academic Policy, Process & Training serves as senior adviser to the Sr. Associate Vice Chancellor, and Assistant VC on academic employment matters. Provides advice and counsel to campus academic administrators, faculty and other academic appointees and School and departmental staff. Provides leadership in the development, evaluation, administration and compliance of University policies and procedures. Develops and oversees training programs for campus clientele including Faculty Administrative Development. Provides leadership in the development of human resource information systems, academic advancement systems and academic compliance and tracking systems. Serve as liaison between Academic Affairs and UC San Diego Dean’s offices, academic departments and research units, the Academic Senate and the Office of the President.

This position is designated "Confidential" within the meaning of the Higher Education Employer- Employee Relations Act.

  • Some travel may be necessary. Overtime and weekends may be required.

  • Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.


  • Expert knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply systemwide and organization policies and procedures which govern academic HR.

  • Ability to analyze highly sensitive and complex management issues; develop project scope and solutions; provide professional advice to organization executives and other senior officials; make critical decisions and effective recommendations. Ability to use discretion, exercise good judgment, and maintain strict confidentiality.

  • Ability to communicate complex information effectively and persuasively, both verbally and in writing, with diverse audiences throughout the organizational community. Demonstrated outstanding writing and presentation skills. Ability to clearly and accurately express substance and nuance in both oral and written communications. Ability to speak before large and small audiences with poise and confidence.

  • Demonstrated skill and ability to proactively problem solve, taking initiative and using investigative and research skills and resources to develop and implement creative solutions. Ability to anticipate problems in work assignment areas and identify appropriate solutions to determine department’s needs and direct workflow.

  • Sensitivity to the diverse perspectives and political circumstances within all levels of the organization, as well as Office of the President and various external institutions and agencies. Ability to work with diverse populations at all levels of the organization, including faculty, senior administrators, legal representatives, and external agency representatives.

  • Creativity and flexibility in approaching unique problems, as well as an understanding of the wider organization and university context in which these problems must be addressed. Proven leadership skills with the ability to act independently and exercise sound judgment, with the acumen and sensitivity to identify those decisions and activities which require confidentiality and/or higher level consultation and/or group collaboration.

  • Ability to develop and implement effective training, informational, and educational programs and materials.

  • Expert-level political acumen.

  • Ability to support and advance the campus Principles of Community in all activities. Ability to contribute to a diverse workplace through ideas and/or experience.


  • Knowledge of UC and UC San Diego policies governing academic employees. Knowledge of UC San Diego and UC Office of the President governance, instructional, and research programs. Understanding of UC San Diego organizational structure, departments and units, and communication channels.


  • Background check required.

  • Duties may require direct contact and/or supervision of children (defined as individuals under the age of 18) ; completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) form will be required.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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