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Executive Director, UC Noyce Initiative (EXEC ADVISOR 4)
University of California Davis

Date Posted Jan. 10, 2024
Title Executive Director, UC Noyce Initiative (EXEC ADVISOR 4)
University University of California Davis
Davis, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Senior Executive Officer
  • Research
    Business & Administration

Executive Director, UC Noyce Initiative (EXEC ADVISOR 4)

Job Summary

Department Purpose

The UC Noyce Initiative is a first-of-its-kind collaborative that harnesses the strengths and synergies of the research at five University of California campuses: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Francisco, and UC Santa Barbara.

With the UC research mission as our cornerstone, the UC Noyce Initiative creates new opportunities for researchers to work across campuses and disciplines to advance digital innovation in data science, technology and innovation, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI), computational health and life sciences, quantum computing and the social, policy, and legal implications of these technologies.

The UC Noyce Initiative seeks to accelerate scientific discovery and technology in digital innovation by creating a community and providing funds to researchers and research teams who are pursuing innovative projects in the aforementioned research areas through a competitive process. This multi-disciplinary effort harnesses the expertise of five UC campuses to support collaborative research focused on solving problems in the digital innovation space. The Initiative accomplishes this by providing competitive grants and building community through annual symposia and other events. For more information, please visit

Job Summary

The Executive Director (ED) is a confidential management position reporting into the Vice-Chancellor-Research. This position will act as primary liaison with the Noyce Trust, provide critical cross-campus coordination and implementation actions to facilitate cross-campus collaborations, provide operational leadership, and unify and streamline efforts across the UC Noyce Initiative.

Serves as the key administrative officer, responsible for providing broad oversight and management of all aspects of program development, finance, event and outreach, and technology services associated with the Noyce Initiative. Develops, modifies, and executes initiatives/ policies which affect immediate operation(s). Lead and/or support general management activities, including long-and short-range strategic planning activities that enhance and sustain the initiative.

Provides counsel and principal management support to program leadership from the five campuses for these functions.

This position is a 2 to 3-year contract with possibility of extension or conversion to career depending on funding.


This search is being managed by Berkeley Executive Search ( For questions about and/or nominations for the role, please email


  • Lifting Requirements - Up to 10 Pounds (Sedentary) - Frequently, Up to 25 Pounds (Light) - Occasionally


  • Office space on one of the Campuses
  • Virtual engagement and periodic presence across all campuses
  • Travel to and from Campuses associated with the Noyce Initiative
  • Restricted vacation during peak periods
  • The Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment policy is intended to provide a healthier, safer, and more productive work and learning environment for the entire UC community. The University of California prohibits smoking and tobacco use at all University owned or leased properties, or facilities operated by UC staff or faculty. Smoking and tobacco use are strictly prohibited in indoor and outdoor spaces, parking lots, residential space, and University vehicles.


Minimum Education/Experience:

  • Advanced degree or background related to research or equivalent experience/training
  • Substantive amount of high-level administrative management experience within a large, complex environment. Extensive experience in administrative resource management, including, budget and finance, administration, technology, and organizational problem solving.
  • Experience working with donors, academic leadership, faculty members, or other senior leaders in large, complex organizations. Proven success in managing relationships and collaborations across diverse stakeholders; possess excellent political acumen..
  • Experience in financial management, development and use of tools to monitor funds, make projections, and design management reports.
  • Experience in strategic and operational planning, and program evaluation to provide sound recommendations and examine work processes and organizational structures for development or revision to accommodate change management.
  • Experience setting goals and objectives, developing quantifiable measurements, motivating and managing others, and prioritizing workload to meet strict deadlines and budgets in an environment of multiple projects and changing priorities.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) :

  • Outstanding interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills to communicate clearly and professionally and to develop and sustain collegial working relationships. Skill to effectively articulate and advance organizational goals and communicate successes and changes in the organization.
  • Analytical and conceptual skills for resolution of complex problems including identification of key issues in complex situations, evaluation options and initiation of strategies for resolution.


Preferred Education/Experience:

  • Masters or higher degree in administration, science, management, or related field.
  • Experience in or at least an intellectual interest in one or more of the thematic priorities of the UC Noyce Initiative.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) :

  • Exceptional level of professional integrity, confidentiality, trust, and respect among colleagues.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Possesses a growth mindset and learning agility
  • Ability to maintain calm and composure in a fast-paced environment and when under pressure or deadlines


Background Check

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

At UC Davis, we're solving life's most urgent challenges to bring a fuller, healthier, and more resilient world within reach. We grow from every challenge we take on and we don't just maintain - we improve.

We recognize that creating an inclusive and intellectually vibrant organization means understanding and valuing both our individual differences and our common ground. The most comprehensive solutions come from the most diverse minds and you belong here.

As you consider joining UC Davis, please explore our Principles of Community, our Clinical Strategic Plan and strategic vision for research and education, and our latest efforts to outgrow the expected.

The University of California 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.

Salary Range

$ 112,400.00/yr. - $ 246,000.00/yr.

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The University of California 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.


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