The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy
at UCLA School of Law
Open date: October 27th, 2016
Next review date: January 20th, 2017
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: January 20th, 2017
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 Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at UCLA School of Law is seeking an Executive Director to provide vision and creativity to build its future; to lead a team of talented and experienced researchers and staff; to engage a committed group of volunteers, donors, and advisory councils; to represent the Institute to the public, press, and policymakers; and to oversee its core programs, fundraising, and operations.
The Williams Institute is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. A research center at UCLA Law founded in 2001, the Williams Institute produces high-quality research with real-world relevance and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public. Experts at the Williams Institute have authored dozens of public policy studies and journal articles, filed amicus briefs in key court cases, provided expert testimony at legislative hearings, been widely cited in the national media, and trained thousands of lawyers, judges and members of the public. Today, the Williams Institute has more than 24 staff and scholars, a budget of over $4 million, and an endowment of over $29 million.
The Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibilities for the Institute’s staff, research, fundraising, budget, programs, and mission. The Executive Director will help expand a sustainable fundraising framework for the Institute. The Executive Director will also help map out the overall goals of the Institute and be responsible for their day-to-day implementation. In addition to successful experience as a manager and innovative leader, the Executive Director must have the capacity to collaborate and engage with the broad spectrum of the Institute’s partners and audiences, and the substantive expertise and communication skills to serve as an effective representative of the organization, as well as the ability to work effectively within and create synergies with other parts of UCLA Law School. The Executive Director must have passion for the mission of the Williams Institute, appreciation for its institutional voice and values, and a commitment to a programmatic portfolio that embraces the full diversity of LGBT communities. The Executive Director will report to the Williams Institute Faculty Chair and the Dean of UCLA School of Law. In addition, the position will work closely with the Institute’s Founder and Founders Council, which provides strategic leadership and development support for the Williams Institute, and the Institute’s other advisory councils.
The successful candidate is likely to have either a J.D. or a social science Ph.D. though candidates without these degrees but with significant relevant law and policy related experience will also be considered. The ideal candidate will have at least 7+ years of successful senior management and leadership experience, a track record of innovation and program building, and familiarity with current LGBT, civil, and/or human rights related law and policy issues. We are also looking for candidates with demonstrated administrative and organizational skills, and success in fundraising and managing a budget. Successful candidates will be creative, motivated, committed to diversity, have an entrepreneurial spirit, and be passionate about the Williams Institute’s mission. The individual will have an established track record for organizing and leading a strong team; be able to generate investment and enthusiasm; have strong interpersonal skills; and have a demonstrated ability to create and maintain productive relationships with colleagues, constituents, donors, and advisory board members. Extremely strong verbal and written communications skills are essential, and the successful candidate will be able to represent the Williams Institute to the press, policymakers, and the public. Applicants whose work focuses on people of color, transgender people, women, people with disabilities, children and youth, and/or people of low socio-economic status are encouraged to apply. The University of California seeks candidates committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.
The salary, title, and level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, year-round, non-tenure track, academic position. This appointment is subject to the rules and regulations of the Regents of the University of California which are mostly embodied in The UCLA CALL and the University of California Academic Personnel Manual.
Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Friday, January 20, 2017 but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled.
To apply, please submit the following online at UCLA RECRUIT.
-Current Curriculum Vitae / Resume
-Names and addresses for at least five professional references (contact information only)
-Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)—Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, advocacy, and/or service
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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.
The Williams Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sex, disability, height, weight, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, marital status or veteran status in employment.