The UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families (Pritzker Center) is a new UCLA campuswide initiative focused on the needs of children and youth who are disconnected from traditional pathways to success, with a particular focus on foster youth. The Pritzker Center is an interdisciplinary venture that brings together a wide variety of UCLA resources and expertise - the UCLA Dept. of Education, the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, the UCLA Dept. of Social Welfare, and other units across campus - to address the complex needs of foster youth and to create better prevention systems for families who are at risk of losing their children to the foster care system. The work of the Center will include professional development activities for professionals who work with vulnerable and foster youth, research studies on topics related to foster youth and prevention and intervention, school-based programs to empower foster youth, prevention services targeted toward strengthening families, and other activities as developed.
The Administrative Director for the Pritzker Center will carry out the vision of the Center's Faculty Director, Faculty Co-Director and Faculty Leadership Team and will support all aspects of the initial development and growth and expansion of the Center. The incumbent will work with the Center's faculty leaders to develop and implement policies, procedures, and best practices to follow within the Center, and to support the fulfillment of its mission and goals. This includes implementing the vision of the leadership team and carrying out the daily activities to achieve implementation of the Center's strategic plan. The incumbent will be responsible for developing the Center as a hub for UCLA's work on behalf of foster you and families, carrying out and organizing community engagement activities, support services, outreach, model school's programs, training programs, and prevention and intervention strategies for the Center. The incumbent is responsible for working with GSEIS finance office and Center leadership on the financial management and well-being of the Center, including day-to-day management of the Pritzker Center's budget, preparing reports and presentations to inform and educate key administrators and constituents of the financial health of the Center, developing, writing, and submitting grant requests to fulfill the vision of the Center leaders. Managing the communications of the Center including the website, media relations, marketing materials, and white papers. The Administrative Director for the Pritzker Center will work with faculty leaders to promote the Center as a premier resource on foster youth and vulnerable families for the greater Los Angeles region. The incumbent will help to create and support relationships with leaders from the UCLA campus and with external community leaders from government agencies, non-profits, and philanthropic organizations. The incumbent is responsible for coordinating, along with the center leadership the Pritzker Center research studies, business agenda, service projects, dissemination activities, and professional development activities. The incumbent will support the cultivation of relationships and growing partnerships between Center leadership and individuals and organizations in order to raise the public image and impact of the Pritzker Center. The incumbent will also be responsible for overseeing and managing a small team of Graduate Student Researchers whose works are tied to the Center's research mission.
- 5 to 10 years of experience managing a complex project with several concurrent and ongoing areas of outreach.
- Background knowledge in Education, Mental health, Social Welfare, Human Services, Management, and/or Information Studies.
- Ability to work with faculty leaders to build a long-term center environment that leverages the strengths of academic departments and the respective faculty at UCLA.
- Ability to perform budgetary analysis and monitor expenses within University compliance and policy.
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative, ability to be flexible, and ability to focus on "growing" the programs, and taking actions that assure their continuity.
- Excellent written and oral skills to prepare proposals, memos, bulletins, brochures, hand-outs, articles and policy documents, and to organize professional workshops, panel discussions, events, and other communication forums.
- Demonstrated record of managing multiple projects or tasks in a demanding environment.
- Skill in setting priorities which accurately reflect the relative importance of goals and job responsibilities.
- Skill in creative problem-solving with ability to analyze situations and define problems or objectives, identify relevant factors, formulate logical conclusions and recognize alternatives.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective, collaborative relationships and enlist support of all levels of faculty, staff, students, campus administrators, GSE&IS leadership and community constituencies, in order to organize a team effort to accomplish program goals.
- Skill in interacting effectively with individuals or groups representing various social, political, cultural, ethnic, economic and educational backgrounds.
- Demonstrated ability to raise funds, generate revenue, write grants, and solicit private foundations.
- Master's degree or above in Education, Psychology, Social Work, Public Health, Management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Ability to manage budgets, read financial statements, and support a business plan with measurable goals and benchmarks.