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Director of Ralph J Bunche Center for African American Studies

Position overview

Position title: Director
Salary range: Commensurate with credentials and experience.
Review timeline: February - March 2023

Application Window

Open date: December 14, 2022

Next review date: Sunday, Feb 12, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Feb 17, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

TITLE: Director of Ralph J Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Institute of American Cultures (IAC) seeks a dynamic and respected scholar to provide intellectual research and programmatic leadership for Ralph J Bunche Center for African American Studies (Bunche Center) and invites applications for the position of Director of the Ralph J Bunche Center for African American Studies.

Qualifications for success include an outstanding scholarly research and publication record; experience developing interdisciplinary research programs in African American Studies; a demonstrated commitment to social justice; a demonstrated commitment to community partnerships; a demonstrated ability to administer budgetary and personnel processes; and proven effective experience in fundraising, including engaging in development activities as well as obtaining and managing extramural grants and/or contracts, gifts and donations, and endowment funds.

This scholar is expected to work effectively with Bunche Center staff members, members of the Bunche Center Faculty Advisory Committee, and campus leadership to develop internal priorities. This individual needs to maximize the external visibility of the Bunche Center through building bridges between UCLA and African-American communities, strengthening intercampus collaboration, forging new research and community partnerships. The candidate will also be expected to work collaboratively with other UCLA ethnic studies research centers, which constitute the Institute of American Cultures. This is a tenured faculty appointment in the appropriate department or school with the expectation at the associate or full professor rank. Ph.D. or equivalent is required by date of hire.

We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Each candidate should provide:
1) A cover letter that includes statements on research, administrative and leadership experience, fundraising experience, teaching, and commitment to diversity and community partnership
2) A curriculum vitae
3) A statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.
4) Three-five references (names/contact information only)
5) Reference check authorization release form

Inquiries may be addressed to Professor Emerita M. Belinda Tucker, Search Committee Chair, at mbtucker@ucla.edu.

All application materials should be submitted via UCRecruit: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08042 beginning December 14, 2022. Review of applications will begin on January 20, 2023 to ensure full consideration; candidates are encouraged to apply before February 17, 2023. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Preferred starting date of July 1, 2023.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, bullying and other demeaning behavior, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UCLA conducts targeted employment reference checks for finalists to whom departments or other hiring units would like to extend formal offers of appointment into Academic Senate faculty positions. The targeted employment reference checks involve contacting the finalists’ current and prior places of employment to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UCLA requires all applicants for Academic Senate faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If the applicant does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Academic Senate faculty positions will be subject to targeted employment reference checks.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent is required by date of hire.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - A cover letter that includes statements on research, administrative and leadership experience, fundraising experience, teaching, and commitment to diversity and community partnership

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • 3-5 referees (contact information only) - Names of three to five referees who know you and your work well to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf.

  • Reference check authorization release form - Complete and upload the reference check authorization release form

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Names and email addresses for the referees with your application. Actual letters will be requested at a later date.

Apply link: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08042

Help contact: iaccoordinator@conet.ucla.edu

Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA