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  Job #JPF05923



Salary range: INTERNAL RECRUITMENT TO UC DAVIS ONLY. The Director role will include annual stipend.


Open date: August 8, 2023Most recent review date: Friday, Sep 15, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.Final date: Sunday, Dec 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The University of California, Davis, Office of Research invites applications for the position of Director, Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (CMSI).This position, open to tenured members of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate, will be appointed at a level of 50% for five years with the possibility of extension.CMSI is a Special Research Program under the auspices of the Office of Research that coordinates and integrates the diverse research and teaching activities in coastal and marine science and policy across multiple colleges at UC Davis. This work spans from the Davis campus to the Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML). Through interdisciplinary research and engagement with stakeholders, CMSI works to address the most pressing challenges in the sustainability of coastal ocean systems. It catalyzes emerging and novel integrations across a wide variety of disciplines in support of new coastal ocean science, builds collaborations to enhance funding for research, and develops infrastructure to support the synergy of these interdisciplinary efforts.The successful candidate will advance the mission of CMSI while maintaining their own internationally recognized research program, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and teaching regular courses. Responsibilities of the director position include updating and implementing the CMSI strategic plan, overseeing an appropriate, sustainable business model for operations including a vision for the renewal of facilities at BML, leading the unique educational and research efforts of an interdisciplinary program anchored by a flagship laboratory, securing funding from a wide spectrum of state, federal and private research and education sources, and creating an impactful community outreach and communication strategy to expand the range of supporters of CMSI and BML.Full Position information can be found at applications material include:
Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Statement of Past Administrative Experience and Vision for CMSI (about 2 pages)Apply by: September 8, 2023If you have questions regarding the position or your application, please contact HR Analyst Satti Kaur at [email protected].


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)PhD, or equivalent degree, in marine science or engineering, or a closely related disciplineTenured member of the Davis Division of the Academic SenateDistinguished track record of scholarly publication and teachingDemonstrated leadership, management or administrative ability, ideally with prior experience in overseeing multi-faceted, interdisciplinary research enterprises within a university environmentExperience with building synergistic relationships with state, and federal agencies, private foundations, and industry-based research funding organizationsUnderstanding of marine- and coastal-related political, policy, and protocol issues and familiarity with decision makers in relevant federal, state, corporate and non-profit organizationsPreferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)Experience developing and maintaining collaborative working relationships among stakeholders and partners in university, industry, government, public and non-profit settingsOral and written communication, presentation, and public speaking skills to represent UC Davis in public forums as demonstrated by a clear and confident communication styleAbility and willingness to travel nationally and internationally as demanded by business needsDemonstrated ability to successfully engage in philanthropic fundraising activities needed to support the mission of CMSI.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
  • Statement of Past Administrative Experience and Vision for CMSI (about 2 pages) - Statement of past administrative experience and vision for CMSI (about 2 pages)

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Apply link: contact: [email protected]


UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus ( are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.