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Assistant Dean, Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff to the Dean

University of California-Riverside
Riverside, CA

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Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine, the Chief of Staff/Assistant Dean (CS/AD) advises the VC/Dean and other senior leadership on matters of School-wide importance, sets priorities and executes strategy for internal projects and external community engagement in alignment with medical school goals, and facilitates coordination among senior leadership to create and achieve the School’s strategic plan. The incumbent provides leadership in six broad areas: 1) Executive consultation and support to the VC/Dean, including briefings, presentation and research, and providing leadership on high-level special projects and committees; 2) Strategic plan development and implementation, including establishment of strategic planning processes and regular renewals/updates, integration with budgeting and financial planning; creation of goals and metrics and tracking/reporting on progress and barriers; 3) Internal and external communications and public affairs, including website, social media, articles, newsletters/publications, and coordination with Development and others on communications for external funding opportunities; 4) Governmental and community relations; including coordination on legislative initiatives and required reporting, and representing the SOM with community and governmental groups; responsible for developing and implementing a strategy for community engagement and includes oversight of external sponsorships; 5) Provides leadership for the planning and execution of SOM wide events such as Commencement, White Coat and other special events such as major lectures, open houses or recognitions; 6) Coordination of non-financial data and reporting including annual key statistics, and reporting to UCOP external entities. The incumbent is responsible for the planning and execution of the budget of the Strategic Initiatives unit, and manages career and student staff in the implementation of projects, and programs under his/her purview. The CS/AD is accountable for developing and implementing the strategic planning process, and for tracking and reporting related to the strategic plan at both the school-wide and unit level. The incumbent is also responsible for for a variety of mission-critical activities and special projects at the direction of the VC/Dean, which can include leading the development of new projects, initiatives and facilitating a coordinated approach across units. The incumbent provides leadership for the development and implementation of a comprehensive communication and public affairs program for internal and external audiences to promote the interests of the UCR School of Medicine and serves as an advisor to the VC/Dean and other medical school leadership on communications and external relations matters. He/she manages selected intra-campus relationships, including those with the Chancellor’s Office, University Advancement, UCR Governmental and Community Relations, and University Communications, as well as related functions in the UC Office of the President. The CS/AD represents the School of Medicine for selected campus, system wide and external activities. The incumbent works with a high level of discretion, independence, and responsibility, and handles a workload based on priorities and timeliness of projects.The full salary range for this position is $170,800 to $350,600. However, the expected pay scale for this position is $170,800 to $305,650 annually. We base salary offers on a variety of considerations, such as education, licensure and certifications, experience, and other business and organizational needs. Applicants must have current work authorization when accepting a UCR staff position. Currently, we are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa for staff.


The University of California, Riverside is one of 10 universities within the prestigious University of California system, and the only UC located in Inland Southern California.

We are located approximately 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. UCR is also within easy driving distance of dozens of major cultural and recreational sites, as well as desert, mountain and coastal destinations.

Widely recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the nation, UCR's current enrollment is over 19,000 students, with a goal of 21,000 students by 2020. The campus is in the midst of a tremendous growth spurt with new and remodeled facilities coming on-line on a regular basis.

UCR plays many roles. As a university, we help educate students to reach their potential and goals. As the only public research university in Inland Southern California, we are on the leading edge of pioneering research that affects the challenges each of us face daily. As a proud member of the Riverside and Southern California communities, UCR's impacts extend beyond just educating students, including contributions to the local economy and promoting positive growth.

The University of California, Riverside serves the needs and enhances the quality of life of the diverse people of California, the nation and the world through knowledge – its communication, discovery, translation, application, and preservation. The undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs; research programs; and outreach activities develop leaders who inspire, create, and enrich California’s economic, social, cultural, and environmental future.

With its roots as a Citrus Experiment Station, UC Riverside is guided by its land grant tradition of giving back by addressing some of the most vexing problems facing society. Whether it is assuring a safe, nutritious, and affordable food supply; stimulating the human mind and soul through the humanities and arts; or finding solutions to the profound challenges in education, engineering, business, healthcare, and the environment, UC Riverside is living the promise.

Located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California, the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities — air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UCR provides a gathering place where scholars can pursue their life's work in an academic setting that encourages faculty to make a difference in the world. The university provides faculty members with the resources, support and stimulation needed to reach their goals.

UCR has a commitment to excellence and a proven track record of innovation and collaboration. Every day, our diverse faculty brings an entrepreneurial spirit to showing what a public university is capable of in the 21st century.

In the process, our faculty makes a global impact while remaining leaders for innovation in Inland Southern California.

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