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Executive Director, Office of Access and Inclusion - 43513-1A

University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California
Commensurate with Experience
Posted Date
Oct 7, 2022

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Executive, Executive Directors
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Executive Director, Office of Access and Inclusion - 43513-1A

Job Opening ID: 43513
Reports To: Dean of Engineering
Working Title: Executive Director, Office of Access and Inclusion
Department: Engr DO Student Affairs
Bargaining Unit: 99
FLSA: Exempt
Payroll Job Code: 006083
Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine
Percent of Time: 100%
Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F
Employee Class: Career

Position Summary:
Founded in 1965, the Samueli School of Engineering educates more than 4,600 students (3,728 undergraduates and 961 graduates) with an integrative approach that blends fundamentals, research and hands-on experience. The School’s aim is to unleash innovation, create opportunities and inspire ingenuity. The School’s faculty members are leaders in their disciplines who have achieved worldwide recognition for their research and dedicated teaching. The School includes six academic departments. Under the leadership of the Dean, the School pursues research that is timely, socially responsible and cutting edge, and works in partnership with industry, state, and federal agencies to promote the transfer of research to applications that benefit society. Current research thrusts include Communications and Information Technology, Energy and Sustainability, Human Health, and Advanced Manufacturing and Materials. Stacey Nicholas Office of Outreach, Access and Inclusion Outreach, (OAI) offers a number of services and programs that seek to recruit, retain, and graduate talented students from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented in Engineering.

Independently manages and provides technical direction in conjunction with faculty director for a complex academic or research program of high visibility. Develops the long-term vision and goals, policies and procedures, as well as managing ongoing operations of program(s) and oversees a fairly large operational budget to achieve objectives. Responsible for recruiting and retaining industry leaders to partner with research program in achievement of center goals. Develops and manages a membership program for industry partners. Oversees, through subordinate Academic Program Management Officers, all strategic elements of program administration including establishing program partners. Uses highly specialized expertise in research or academic specific concepts and objectives. The Executive Director of the Stacey Nicholas Office of Outreach, Access and Inclusion (OAI) serves to elevate the Samueli School of Engineering’s standing and campus wide impact on the leading OAI’s efforts towards national leader recognition and global model of inclusive excellence. At the core of this aspiration is a school and campus community where all expect equity, support diversity, practice inclusion. Inclusive of these efforts is leadership of diversity programming and training efforts, and the management of broad-based inclusion initiatives for the Samueli School of Engineering. The Executive Director will provide leadership, counsel, information and advocacy, develop, implement evaluate and refine the School’s access and inclusion diversity strategic plan. The position will lead initiatives towards elevating minority thriving, partner with School and campus leaders on the education and employment of a diverse workforce, advancement of equity, promotion of inclusion and raising recognition of diversity as a competency. The position provides oversight and direction to the development and administration of K-12, community college outreach initiatives, events and student activities, integration and implementation of broad range public relations activities of OC STEM initiative, with social and brand communication strategies to promote such programs. The position conceive, develops, interprets, and administers academic and career development programs to advance retention, recruitment and outreach efforts for current and prospective undergraduate and graduate students underrepresented in the field of engineering including Women, Latinas/os, African-Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and students from low-income, first generation, and other diverse backgrounds. Duties include advancing the offices mission and vision, monitoring and developing strategies to ensure academic excellence, developing outreach and recruitment activities, promoting student retention, preparing and presenting annual reports to the Dean, Donors and Foundation Boards, provide recommendation for policy implementation within the School programs and practices to foster inclusion for students, alumni, visitors and others, writing reports and proposals, financial planning and budgeting, maintaining strong alumni relationships, and evaluating the success of program activities. The position reports to the Dean of The Samueli School of Engineering (SSoE). The Executive Director also works closely with key SSoE faculty, Development and External Relations, Student Affairs and Career Center staff.

Compensation Range:
Commensurate with experience

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10years of experience or combination of education and experience

Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Managerial experience and proven success in managing a complex research or academic program(s). Expert ability to work with dynamic and diverse group of faculty, staff and students. Ability to coordinate campus community presence through personal contacts and the use of community organizations. Ability to manage a school Diversity Board and its committees. Skill and ability to create and foster a positive work and teaching climate, promoting belonging, and combating intolerance. Comprehensive knowledge of both public schools (K-I 2) and the California systems of higher education (CCC, CSU, UC, and AICCU) including knowledge of academic standards, administrative and governance structures, faculty relations, school protocol, school communities. Demonstrated experience in fund development and grant writing. Strong interpersonal skills. Skill and ability to oversee new academic program development in consultation with the school leadership and all constituents: Research needs to create programs in support of students from EDI, educational support/enrichment, and professional development perspectives. Bridge current outreach efforts aimed at primarily Hispanic communities to new initiatives. Strong fundraising experience. Demonstrated expertise in building collaborations between academia, industry and / or governmental agencies. Ability and skill to work with faculty related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts tied to research. Skills in organization and customer service to effectively manage multiple important priorities. Ability to guide operational components of programs, including development of budgets and planning of logistics. Strong negotiation skills and verbal and written communication skills; ability to influence / persuade all levels of staff. Demonstrated successful experience working in academic institution of higher learning with an emphasis on working with diverse populations. Leadership experience in academic and / or government agencies. Expert oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated expertise with program building within a leading academic institution and administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices. Academic or research background and recognized expertise in selected area.


Terminal degree in a related field preferred (PhD, JD, MD, etc.).

Experience or demonstrated skills in program development, delivery and evaluation, as well as the measurement of program outcomes and impact.

Conditions of Employment:
The University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks to provide a safe and healthy environment for the entire UCI community. As part of this commitment, all applicants who accept an offer of employment must comply with the following conditions of employment:

  • Background Check and Live Scan
  • Legal Right to work in the United States
  • Vaccination Policies
  • Smoking and Tobacco Policy
  • Drug Free Environment


The following additional conditions may apply, some of which are dependent upon business unit or job specific requirements.

  • California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act
  • E-Verify
  • Pre-Placement Health Evaluation

Details of each policy may be reviewed by visiting the following page -

Closing Statement:
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce along with honoring unique experiences, perspectives, and identities. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming.
UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500 or

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