Executive Director

Irvine, Orange County
May 09, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Department: Pediatrics
Req No.: 2013-1103
Location: UCI Medical Center - Orange

Job Summary

The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders is a partnership between the University of California Irvine, CHOC Childrens, Chapman University, College of Educational Studies, the Children & Families Commission of Orange County and the William and Nancy Thompson Family Foundation. Its mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families challenged by autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. The Center provides help and hope through excellence of clinical care, quality education and training, innovative research and community engagement.


This new and evolving Center embraces two previously separate centers: a UCI-sanctioned research center with 40 top neuroscientists involved in a sophisticated drug discovery initiative, and a 21,500 square foot clinical services facility (presently under construction) that will provide a full array of services, with specialists for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment, as well as for education and training. Recent catalytic gifts enable the Center to expand the depth and breadth of its reach to help children, teenagers and young adults from birth to age 22 years. It is projected to grow from 15 to 62 employees and from 3,000 to 21,000 visits per year.


The principal role of the Executive Director is to support the Dean and the Advisory Board in fulfilling the mission of the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and for ensuring the sustainability of the Center through effective fund development and fiscal management. He or she will be charged with leading the transformation of the Center from a local clinic to a national center of excellence, and for ensuring the smooth and effective transition from two centers into one.


The incumbent reports to the Dean, School of Medicine with a dotted-line reporting to the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is chaired by the Dean of the School of Medicine. The incumbent also serves as the Centers chief representative to families impacted by autism and early neurodevelopmental disorders, to the scientific community, to donors, to grant-making government agencies, and to the Centers partners.


The Executive Director serves as the chief operating officer of the Center and is responsible for overseeing the entire scope of the Centers operations, including: research; clinical operations, including the quality of care; fund development; strategic and operational planning and priority setting; financial and resource management; expansion of services and facilities; community relations; marketing and branding; stakeholder communications; human resources; and for Advisory Board relations and communications.


Salary: Range $Commensurate with experience

Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F

Career Position.

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.

Please attach your resume.


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View Job Description for the position requirements. 

Job Description
Job Essential Function 1
Percent of Time: 100%
Advises the Dean and Advisory Board on policy and guidelines to implement the strategic plan, achieve financial goals and objectives, ensure appropriate allocation of resources, and secure financial sustainability.
Responsible for fund development to ensure the ongoing success and sustainability of the Center.  Plans and executes comprehensive fund raising campaigns; sets annual fundraising goals; determines effective strategies; identifies, prospects and cultivates donors.  Collaborates with the heads of development in partner organizations.  Identifies and works to secure governmental and other agency funding.
Responsible for measuring and ensuring performance against specific goals and priorities.
Is the chief reporting executive to the Advisory Board and the Dean, providing regular, user-friendly reports to the Dean and to the Board on the status and performance against objectives of all pertinent research, clinical operations, financial, fund raising and administrative activities.
Participates in the development of principles and strategies for resource allocation and in resource allocation negotiations.
Leads the implementation of the strategic plan, including the development of operational goals and objectives, and keeps the plan updated.
Develops and implements a financial plan and related financial policies, systems, controls and processes to enable the Center to carry out its mission and to achieve financial sustainability.
Responsible for all financial functions, including annual budget preparation, oversight and variance reporting, cash flow and expenditure monitoring, capital budgeting, audit oversight, grant management, and payroll and salary management.
Builds awareness of the Center; develops and promotes consistent branding and messaging.  Serves as an official voice of the Center to the community.
Ensures the development of human resource programs aimed at attracting, motivating and retaining a high-performance team.
Provides leadership for all space, facilities and capital needs.
9 - 10 years of relevant work experience with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in related field, 3-5 years of relevant work experience with a Masters of Arts/Masters of Science; or equivalent experience.
Experience with autism or early developmental disorders; a field dealing with disabilities, children and families; or a related scientific enterprise.
A proven track record of success in fund development, both from private sources and governmental agencies.
The stature, credibility and communications skills required to enlighten and inspire and to serve effectively as the face of the Center.
The interpersonal style and people skills to build relationships with a range of stakeholders, including physicians, researchers, Center partners, staff, donors, community leaders and university administrators.
Demonstrated ability to understand, analyze, and interpret complex written and financial data, and effectively communicate results of analyses.
A strong and sophisticated leader with high values; business acumen; marketing savvy; a drive for results; an operating style that measures success and holds people accountable; and a proven ability to lead growth, change and complexity.
The interpersonal style and people skills to build relationships with a range of stakeholders, including physicians, researchers, Center partners, staff, donors, community leaders and university administrators.
A blend of functional expertise to include strategy development and implementation, fund development, community relations, marketing, finance and facilities management.
Results oriented and a proven leader of growth, change and complexity.
Extensive experience in developing, implementing and controlling budgets with multiple funding sources and financial systems and policies.
Experience in short- and long-range financial and resource planning management.
Management Experience in a multidisciplinary work environment.
Well developed oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
Working knowledge of issues and procedures in Human Resource management.
Experience in space planning and management.
Innovative decision-making and judgment on a frequent basis entailing the planning, development and implementation of new policies, procedures and situational solutions.
Strong analytical and research background.
Experience in developing, implementing and evaluating strategic plans.
Demonstrated background to function at an executive level and, as such, work independently and exercise sound judgment.
Ability to take initiative and demonstrate strong commitment to duties.
Demonstrated ability to stay abreast of rapidly changing information from a wide range of sources and to incorporate into strategic planning.
Demonstrated ability to understand, analyze, and interpret complex written material and financial data, and effectively communicate results of analyses.
Doctorate Degree
Below are general guidelines on the position's physical, mental, and environmental working conditions.
In accordance with applicable state and federal law, UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-5210.
Bend: Occasionally
Squat: Occasionally
Crawl: Not Applicable
Climb: Occasionally
Kneel: Occasionally
Handle Objects: Occasionally
Push/Pull: Occasionally
Reach Above Shoulder Level: Occasionally
Sit: Frequently
Stand: Frequently
Walk: Occasionally
Use Fine Finger Movements: Frequently
Carry/Lift Loads up to 25 Pounds: Occasionally
Carry/Lift loads between 25-50 lbs: Not Applicable
Carry/Lift Loads over 50 Pounds: Not Applicable
Read/Comprehend: Constantly
Write: Constantly
Perform Calculations: Constantly
Communicate Orally: Constantly
Reason and Analyze: Constantly
Chemical/Biological Agent: Not Applicable
Construction Activities: Not Applicable
Contact with Water/Liquids: Not Applicable
Drive Motorized Equipment: Not Applicable
Confined Spaces: Not Applicable
Elevated Work Location: Not Applicable
Radioactive Materials: Not Applicable
Temperature Variations: Not Applicable
Gas System: Not ApplicablePI77160368