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Executive Director, California Council on Science and Technology
Job Category:   Managerial/Professional
Unit:   Office of Research
Position Code:   SOR8722A
Status:   Filled
Closing Date:   Applicant review and screening will begin on or around March 25th and will continue through selection
Salary:   Commensurate with Experience
Location:   Sacramento, CA
Background check:   Background check may be required


CCST was established in 1988 at the request of the State Legislature and the Governor to “report public policy issues significantly related to science and technology.” The issues include ones tied to the role of science and technology for the economic development and competitiveness of the state. The CCST’s role in California is modeled on the national role of the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. CCST recently celebrated its 30th anniversary and receives annual financial support from the state’s major universities and federal research laboratories. In addition, it raises funds from the nonprofit and private sectors for its activities. CCST’s recurring work focuses primarily on two key purposes: 1) responding to requests from the State Legislature and the Executive branch to conduct expert non-partisan studies on science and technology issues facing state policy makers and 2) recruiting, training, and placing
Science and Technology Policy Fellows (who typically hold doctoral degrees in STEM fields) for one-year terms as staff members in the State Legislature and Executive Branch agencies. Links to some recent studies and to the Fellows programs, plus a sketch of other activities can be found at https://ccst.us/.

Governance of CCST rests with the Board of Directors, which is responsible for CCST’s sustainability, adherence to mission, long-term strategy, oversight of the leadership team, and the organization’s accountability to the supporting institutions. CCST also has a Council that focuses on the creation and execution of its studies. The Council’s membership is drawn from researchers at the supporting institutions as well as other scientists and engineers affiliated with California institutions of higher learning and industry. CCST’s activities have grown in scope and scale in recent years. Under the direction of the Board, the organization is reworking its governance processes, its budgeting, and its strategic plan to better serve the evolving needs of the state government and the sponsoring institutions. The Executive Director will hold the key leadership role in turning these decisions into programmatic realities. The ability to successfully work with the state government is essential. The Executive Director will also play the lead role in overseeing fund raising and an important supporting role to the Board and the Council in working with the supporting institutions, maintaining the reliability and integrity of the Council’s studies, and overseeing the Fellows’ programs.


The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) seeks an Executive Director to lead the organization in fulfilling its mission supporting policy and decision-making in California regarding science and technology issues. The position will be located in Sacramento together with a staff of 12 full- and part-time employees. The Executive Director, who serves as an ex officio member of the Board of Directors, is responsible for developing programs and services to provide science, engineering, and biomedical advice to the State of California’s government and is the chief executive responsible for CCST’s administration, fund raising, and budgeting. The Executive Director also plays a crucial role in working with the Council’s Partner Institutions (see below) to achieve their public service missions.

For a senior leader (i.e. direct report to the Chancellor or Health System CEO), develops divisional and / or organizational policies and authorizes their implementation. Provides advice, guidance, and assistance to senior leader and may also support members of management team. Represents the organization in location-wide and system-wide meetings and discussions. Recognized as an influential leader. Makes final decisions for the organization and ensures achievement of objectives. Erroneous decisions will have a serious impact on the overall success of division or the organization.


1) Advises Board of Directors on matters concerning issues, operations or plans impacting the unit or organization, and implement long-term strategic decisions that impact the division and organization as a whole. Plans, designs and implements programs and establishes direction, policies and procedures for division.

2) Interacts with senior management on controversial situations, contract negotiations, or influencing and persuading other senior level managers. Directs the administrative operations, planning and budget of the organization.

3) Working with state or national government and an understanding of legislative processes. An understanding of science and technology sufficient to bridge the world of research and policy is essential. Examples of such a capacity could be: a university degree in a scientific/engineering/medical discipline, significant work experience in a scientific organization, or a record of research or policy making on science and technology issues. Provides organization-wide influence on the identification and framing of systemic issues, and the formulation and advancement of approaches to address them.

4) Raising funds through grants and from philanthropic sources. Directs the management of general appropriation, endowment, grants and contracts and gift funds. Prepares and has authority to make decisions on short and long range strategic and financial planning. Manages and has accountability for all functional operation and budget operations for the unit. Establishes and recommends organizational policy. Experience in working with senior executive leadership or boards of directors is essential.

5) Negotiates and directs agreements with other research institutions and laboratories, community enterprises and contracts for facility usage and contract services. Monitors or implements legal or policy compliance measures. Negotiates directly to achieve solutions with high level stakeholders such as faculty, senate committee chairs, senior administrators, other UC locations, Office of the President, public agencies and the community to develop solutions to complex problems.

6) Provides leadership and mentoring to subordinate staff.


Qualifications:   - Advanced degree in a relevant field required.

- Significant experience working within a scientific organization, a record of research, and/or policy making on science and technology issues.

- Candidates with business experience and demonstrated results in policy areas are also welcomed.

- Broad understanding of the California legislative process.

- Broad knowledge of organizational processes, protocols and procedures.

- Excellent consulting, relationship building and strategic thinking skills.

- Proven ability to establish mission and goals at the macro-level in order to lead subordinate management to develop goals in alignment with mission.

- Sophisticated leadership abilities to establish department goals, and motivate and influence others to achieve.

- Thorough knowledge of financial analysis and reporting techniques; human resources and risk management planning; accounting and payroll.

To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

    The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered 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: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction

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