Job description

University of California Irvine


Updated: Feb 10, 2021
Location: UC Irvine Campus
Job Type:

Job Opening ID: 15391

Reports To: Faculty Director, Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation

Working Title: Director, Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation

Department: DUE Blum Center

Bargaining Unit: 99

FLSA: Exempt

Payroll Job Code: 007398

Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine

Percent of Time: 100%

Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F

Employee Class: Career

Position Summary:

The UCI Blum Center's mission is to promote social change and inspire the next generation of leaders to action with research on poverty alleviation. By collaborating across disciplines with students, faculty and practitioners, the UCI Blum Center rigorously explores systemic, geopolitical, technological and climate forces affecting poverty. The UCI Blum Center's innovative education programs, basic and applied research, and work in community development and policymaking engage future leaders to reduce the risks of poverty for vulnerable populations and improve humanity and its institutions. The Blum Center at University of California Irvine focuses its work around 3 key division areas: 1. Flood Hazards, 2. Human Trafficking and 3. Science & Practice of Compassion with partnerships in Environmental Peacemaking, Technology Innovation for Humanitarian Action and policy making in Washington D.C. The UC Blum Center is a network of interdisciplinary research initiatives across University of California's 10 leading public university campuses working to solve the global challenge of poverty. The Blum Center was first established at UC Berkeley in 2006 as the UC Blum Center for Developing Economies. The accessibility of the UC-wide Blum Center's public research aims to educate and engage a diverse group of tomorrow's leaders to become conscious change agents and lead fact-based solutions to poverty alleviation. The Blum Center at UC Irvine launched their poverty alleviation research to coincide with the campus' 50th anniversary in 2014.

Under the general direction of the UCI Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation Faculty Director, this Director is responsible for the development and implementation of all the Center's programs and services. This position's responsibilities include short and long-term strategic planning; oversight of budget, staffing, and resources; management of the Center's day-to-day operations and administrative processes; and oversight of the Center's programs and growth opportunities. Uses skills as a seasoned, experienced professional with a full understanding of analytical practices, policies, and procedures; research, analyzes and develops solutions to a wide range of issues. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Primarily deals with policies, programs and proposals which are complex in nature and diverse in scope. Develops new programs, policies, or procedures for possible implementation. This Director serves as the lead staff delegate in internal meetings and to external partners. The Director will collaborate across disciplines with students, faculty and practitioners to further the Center's innovative educational programs, research and work in social change and most importantly, serve as a high-quality leader to successfully meet the goals and objectives of the organization while promoting and supporting Inclusive Excellence.

Compensation Range:

Annually: $55,700.00 - $85,000.00

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Minimum of 5 years of experience; or an equivalent combination of both education and/or experience.

Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience/training.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

Strong skills in analyzing, researching, and synthesizing large amounts of data for preparing sound and relevant proposals/analyses.

Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.

Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.

Strong policy analysis techniques.

Knowledge of common organization- or research-specific and other computer application programs.

Analytical/problem-solving skills.

Strong skills in analyzing, researching, and synthesizing large amounts of data for preparing sound and relevant proposals/analyses.

Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes. Strong policy analysis techniques.

Political acumen and diplomacy to correspond positively and effectively with scholars from diverse world cultures, university officials and faculty, and external agencies amidst changing political climates, exercises sound judgment and discretion with complex and sensitive information.

Knowledge and experience managing a portfolio of programs and projects with successful outcomes; ability to define problems, propose and implement course corrections, and set and re-prioritize often competing priorities. Knowledge of program evaluation and experience utilizing impact measures in support of fundraising and communications efforts.

Proven ability to raise funds via grant-writing and RFP submissions, crowdsourcing campaigns, and/or private donors.

Writing, editing, and publication experience indicating a strong attention to detail with the ability to prepare sophisticated documents, reports, and proposals.

Experience developing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with various partners such as stakeholders, universities, industry, government (both domestic and abroad), non-profit sector and the community; ability to enlist support with colleagues and partners in different departments to further goals of the Blum Center. communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills to represent the Center and campus in public forums.

Ability to organize and develop presentations geared towards a wide variety of constituents.

Skill to collect, assess, analyze, interpret, evaluate, and summarize data; experience in developing, tracking, and overseeing program budgets; familiarity with financial management and accounting procedures and advising organizations on these practices.

Ability to solve problems independently and creatively as they arise. Ability to analyze situations, define problems/objectives, identify relevant factors, formulate logical conclusions, recognize, and identify implications and define alternatives.

Skill to use a computer and computer software programs.

Excellent supervisory skills and strong leadership presence/qualities to successfully hire, train, develop, engage, and support staff in a positive and supportive nature, while inspiring staff to progress towards and achieve their individual, unit, and campus goals.


Familiarity with UCI policies and procedures; experience working in an academic environment. Strong knowledge of local and global poverty issues. Experience in strategic planning and program design. Knowledge of issues and policies impacting international issues, academic planning, and professional development activities. Knowledge of website management and social media platforms and tools; Experience utilizing multimedia and social media to expand reach of work. Knowledge and experience in curriculum development and online education. Experience conceptualizing and executing a targeted communications strategy.

Special Conditions Required:

May be required to work some evening and/or weekend hours. Position is currently remote, pending return to campus.

Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.

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.

UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500.

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Job No:
Posted: 2/11/2021
Application Due: 2/11/2033
Work Type: Full Time