Capps Center Associate Director (Academic Coordinator II)

Capps Center Associate Director (Academic Coordinator II)

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Position title: Academic Coordinator II


Open date: February 8th, 2022

Next review date: Tuesday, Mar 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 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.


The Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for the Associate Director position, a full-time Academic Coordinator II. This is a 12-month fiscal year appointment (non-tenure track, renewable). The Associate Director (AD) works with the Capps Center Director to develop and implement initiatives and programming consistent with the mission of the Center, including a public lecture series, seminars, workshops, conferences, a graduate fellowship program, and other programming opportunities. The Center runs approximately 12 public events per year. In addition, the Center co-sponsors and cooperates in the production of campus lectures, film screenings, panel discussions, and community-based cultural events and lectures that actively engage the ‘out of college’ audience with the humanities. The AD also manages public relations and outreach to the community, and develops strong working relationships with relevant departments, campus units, community organizations, related centers at other institutions, academic organizations, and foundations to reach the overall goals of the Capps Center.

Program Administration

The AD performs administrative functions, serving as a key contact for all visiting speakers, UCSB faculty, staff and students, and the off-campus community. The AD oversees the coordination and implementation of all Center activities and interacts with public and government officials, authors, and other public figures. The AD is also responsible for assisting the Director in implementing research and community engagement opportunities for UCSB students and faculty associated with the Center. The AD attends all Capps Center events (including those that take place on occasional evenings and weekends).

General Administration, Supervision, and Grant Writing

The AD hires, trains, and supervises the part-time student employees and staff of the Capps Center, with the exception of the Academic Coordinator for the McCune Internships program and postdoctoral positions, who report directly to the Center Director. The AD assists the Director with the management of existing budget lines. A primary role of the AD will be to facilitate the programmatic and financial growth of the Center through developing grant applications and identifying relevant foundation opportunities.

Program Analysis and Evaluation

The AD analyzes the Center’s budget and prepares regular and ad hoc reports to the Center Director and advisory committee on the Center’s finances, grant writing and reporting, and program analysis. The AD monitors the demographics of program attendance and works with other campus centers and programs both to coordinate co-sponsored events and to ensure diversity of participants and audience.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

M.A. in the humanities or social sciences

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

  • Experience working within an academic institution for at least two years
  • Management/administrative, and organizational skills and experience as demonstrated by prior work record and as attested in letters of recommendation
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills as demonstrated in the applicant’s materials, letters of recommendation, and interview

Preferred qualifications

  • Background in public humanities engagement
  • Experience coordinating public events
  • Proficiency with website and social media platform creation and management
  • Experience in program evaluation
  • Experience in supervising staff and students
  • Experience in financial management
  • Demonstrated grant writing ability
  • PhD in the humanities or social sciences
  • Research and publication record in areas relevant to the Center’s mission


Document requirements

Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.

Cover Letter

Statement of Contributions to Diversity – Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.


Reference requirements

3 letters of reference required

Please arrange to have recommendation letters submitted via UC Recruit.

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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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


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