Job Announcement: Administrative Vice Chancellor

March 23, 2015

Administrative Vice Chancellor

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Administrative Vice Chancellor (AVC). The AVC provides strategic leadership for a wide range of university policies and procedures, services, programs, functions and enterprises that have major ongoing and long-term campus impact. With senior management responsibility for a broad spectrum of administrative, operational and service units that comprise the UCLA Administration division, the AVC is responsible for developing policy, monitoring compliance and overseeing campus operations in the following areas: Campus Human Resources; Central Ticket Office; Environment, Health & Safety; Events & Transportation; Facilities Management; Housing & Hospitality Services (including faculty and staff housing, and UCLA conference centers); Information Technology Services; and the UCLA Police Department. UCLA Administration supports the university’s education, research and public service mission by providing high-quality and cost-effective administrative and business services to the campus. In addition to supporting human resources and providing technological and physical infrastructure, UCLA Administration consistently aligns services and products with campus priorities to meet the needs of campus clients. The division has an annual operating budget of approximately $625 million and more than 4,400 employees.  

In a dual reporting role, the AVC interacts with and advises both the chancellor and the executive vice chancellor on major UCLA strategic initiatives and programs, and serves as a member of the chancellor’s cabinet and the chancellor’s executive committee. In providing strategic leadership, consultative advice and support to individuals and organizations campuswide and in representing UCLA in the University of California (UC) systemwide context, the AVC forges effective relationships with a wide range of campus and UC system constituents, as well as external business and community leaders and government officials.

The AVC must possess a unique combination of managerial skills and the ability to plan and direct for the largest UC campus a complex set of business administrative and support services, consistent with UCLA’s mission and the UCLA Administration Strategic Plan. Major objectives of the 2014-2017 strategic plan include to develop the campus infrastructure; support a safe and secure campus; provide high-quality, innovative and easy-to-use products, services and solutions; simplify and streamline internal processes to provide efficient and effective workflows; recruit, develop and retain qualified staff and create an inclusive workplace climate; support stewardship of university resources; and educate and promote sustainable practices and social responsibility.

UCLA Administration requires dynamic and innovative leadership. Candidates must demonstrate vision, creativity and collaborative and managerial acumen, along with a strong commitment to UCLA’s public mission. Ideal candidates will have substantial administrative leadership experience; strong visibility within the higher education community; knowledge of transformative trends in the field; aptitude and creativity to work within complex financial constraints and an increasing regulatory environment; a keen ability to make high-impact business decisions with positive long-term consequences for the university; and the capacity to exercise leadership at local, state and national levels. Preferred qualifications include 10 to 15 years of increasingly responsible experience with a proven track record in strategic administrative and operational leadership of a major segment of a university; comprehensive and thorough understanding of all elements of operational management, including strategy and business planning; a record of advancing diversity; proven success in – or aptitude for – external relations; and a record of success in developing effective relationships with and among campus, business, government and community organizations.

Situated on 419 acres, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, UCLA is enriched by the cultural diversity of the dynamic greater Los Angeles area, as well as the geographic advantages of Southern California. One of the world’s preeminent public research universities, UCLA is an international leader in breadth and quality of academic, research, health care, wellness, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs, with more than 4,000 faculty members who teach approximately 40,000 students in the College of Letters and Science and 11 professional schools. UCLA is consistently ranked among the top institutions nationally for research funding, having generated an average of $1 billion in research grants and contracts annually over the past four years.

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. To be ensured full consideration, please email a letter of interest and resume to UCLA’s Korn Ferry search consultants at by Friday, May 15, 2015. Inquiries may be addressed to John Amer, senior client partner, at or 310-556-8577.

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity, and seeks candidates committed to a campus climate that supports equity and inclusion.