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Executive Director of the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy

Position overview

Position title: Executive Director of the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy
Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $200,000 to $250,000

Application Window

Open date: October 30, 2023

Most recent review date: Sunday, Jan 7, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Mar 31, 2024 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

The Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy (“Institute”) is seeking an Executive Director with substantial practical experience in business law and policy to plan, oversee and execute the work of the Institute. The Institute is, by design, a dynamic one and the Executive Director will have significant opportunity to creatively shape the Institute’s mission and initiatives together with key faculty and leaders at UCLA School of Law. The Institute supports and expands educational opportunities, job-search support, academic scholarship, and policy analysis in business law and tax law. The goals of the Institute are to train the next generation of leaders in business law and to be an important resource for both scholars and practitioners in analyzing current issues in business law and tax law and developing policy solutions in response to those issues. The Executive Director will lead a talented team, and will oversee the Institute’s core programs, fundraising, and operation.

About the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy

The Lowell Milken Institute was established in 2011 with a visionary $10 million gift to serve UCLA Law students, faculty, and the business law community. Since its establishment, the Institute has developed a suite of highly successful programs and events for UCLA Law students. Candidates are invited to familiarize themselves with the Institute’s existing programming by visiting its website at https://lowellmilkeninstitute.law.ucla.edu/ and reviewing its recent annual reports at https://lowellmilkeninstitute.law.ucla.edu/news/publications/#annualreports.

At its core, the Institute is composed of several interrelated programs:

First, the Institute partners with UCLA Law’s Business Law Faculty to improve and expand the successful Business Law and Tax Law Specializations for law students. The Institute’s work includes identifying and developing new courses such as experiential courses (clinics, simulations, externships) that train law students in skills that they will need to be successful in their first years as lawyers in business law and tax law. The Institute also develops and hosts co-curricular programs for students that include outside speakers, law competitions, and other events that educate and train students in the skills they will need to succeed as young lawyers. The Institute serves as a resource for students interested in business law and tax law by providing counseling on class selection as well as career guidance in conjunction with UCLA Law’s Career Services.

Second, the Institute works closely with UCLA Law’s esteemed Business Law Faculty in supporting scholarship and research in business law and tax law. This work includes providing financial and administrative support in hosting academic conferences and symposia at UCLA Law for business law and tax law scholars. The Institute works directly with the UCLA Law Business Law Faculty in the planning and execution of conferences that elevate the reputation of UCLA Law and its Business Law Faculty.

Third, the Institute has a convening function for the national business law community. The Institute develops and hosts programs and conferences for legal practitioners, senior officers and directors, governmental regulators, and other business leaders on current and important topics. In doing so, the Institute seeks to educate and to create processes to develop policy solutions to current problems in business law and tax law. In addition, through its convening function, the Institute facilitates engagement by scholars and law students with the greater business law community.

Executive Director of Lowell Milken Institute

Working with the Institute’s Faculty Director(s), core faculty, senior law school leaders, and an Advisory Board, the Executive Director will lead a talented team and will have overall strategic and operational responsibilities for the Institute’s programming, staff, fundraising, budget, and mission. The Executive Director will help develop and articulate a strategic vision for the Institute as the leading center for the study and practice of business law and policy. The Executive Director will provide strategic leadership and direction to build the public profile of the Institute and will lead the execution of programming, and initiatives that advance the mission of the Institute. The Executive Director may also teach courses in business law or tax law.

This position will entail substantial academic and administrative responsibilities including improving and expanding on the Business Law and Tax Law Specializations for law students; identifying and developing new courses as well as developing and hosting co-curricular programs such as competitions and other events all toward educating, training, and providing skills needed by students to succeed as young lawyers; supporting scholarship and research in business law and tax law such as hosting academic conferences and symposia that elevate the work and reputation of the School and its faculty; developing and hosting programs and conferences on current and important topics for the national business law community to educate and create processes to develop policy solutions to current problems in business law and tax law; and facilitating engagement by scholars and law students with the greater business law community.

Minimum academic requirements include a J.D. or equivalent advanced degree from a U.S. school and an excellent academic record. The ideal candidate will have at least 7+ years of successful senior management and leadership experience; a track record of innovation, program leadership and program building; extensive experience, engagement and understanding of business law and policy; advanced administrative and organizational skills; a proven track record in fundraising and budget management; strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse array of colleagues, students and the broader community; strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to draw on the ideas of others and convert them into meaningful strategies, and the ability to facilitate dialogues, identify barriers to effectiveness, and generate support for solutions; and high professional and ethical standards that reflect UCLA’s core values, purpose, and mission.

This is a full-time, year-round, non-tenure track, academic position. This appointment is subject to the rules and regulations of the Regents of the University of California, which are mostly embodied in The UCLA CALL and the University of California Academic Personnel Manual. (See https://www.apo.ucla.edu/policies/the-call; http://www.ucop.edu/acadpersonnel/apm/welcome.html.) The salary and level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. See UC Salary Table 34 at https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2023-24/july-2023-acad-salary-scales/t34.pdf for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $200,000 to $250,000. The appointment is expected to begin March 1, 2024.

Please apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08964 by submitting pdf copies of a cover letter, cv or resume, and the names and contact information for at least three professional references. Finalists will later be expected to supply at least two letters of recommendation during the final vetting process.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

J.D. or equivalent advanced degree

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - A letter discussing your interest, qualifications and/or experience.

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

  • List of References - Names and contact information for at least three professional references.

  • 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.
    (Optional)

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

Names and contact information for at least three (3) professional references

Apply link: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08964

Help contact: spitz@law.ucla.edu

About UCLA

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government 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