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Executive Director HCI Program

  2021-12-06     University of California Santa Cruz     Santa Clara  

Executive Director HCI Program

Location: Silicon Valley

Job ID: 26943


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The Baskin Engineering Computational Media Department has launched a new Human Computer Interaction (HCI) MS program at the Silicon Valley campus in Santa Clara, CA and seeks an Executive Director (ED). The ED will serve the professional orientation of the MS students and will establish vital relationships between the HCI MS program and industries that practice and hire in User Experience (UX) Design, UX Research, and HCI. The ED will be a respected HCI figure with extensive industry experience and a wide network of industry connections. The ED should be committed to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech industry, seeking to develop pathways that uplift and recruit underrepresented students to the UX/HCI profession. The ED will play a key role in shaping the next generation of UX and HCI professionals at the UCSC Silicon Valley campus in Santa Clara. The ED will work in close collaboration with the Vice Chair of the HCI MS program and consult with the faculty of Computational Media Department to develop and support the HCI MS program.

The HCI Executive Director will be appointed concurrently as a Lecturer to teach courses for the program and must be qualified for an academic appointment (see Special Conditions of Employment).


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The IRD for this job is: 12-12-2021


Salary Information: Salary Range: $123,600 - $160,000/year. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full

Schedule Information:

Full-time, Fixed

Percentage of Time: 100%

Average Hours Per Week: 40

Days of the Week: Mon-Fri

Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: Career

Job End Date: None

Work Location: Silicon Valley (Santa Clara)

Union Representation: Non-Represented

Job Code Classification: 000379 (ACAD PRG MGT OFCR 5)


35% - Shapes the external image of the program, which includes the following activities:

• Development of marketing and outreach plans and execution of marketing and outreach activities.

• Oversight of the development and maintenance of web and social media presence.

• Visits to universities, companies, and events to promote the program.

• Development of events sponsored by the program.

• Completion of surveys related to national program rankings.

• Development and oversight of the program's board of advisors.

35% - Industry Outreach:

• Identifies and develops relationships with potential project partners and other collaborators (especially with industry), identifying internship opportunities for students, and working with project partners to identify capstone projects and the appropriate students for the projects.

• Designs and executes fundraising strategies for sponsorship of seminars, capstone projects and other initiatives (e.g., student awards, public events).

• Leads the program's public presence through public speaking, organizing events, developing online and media presence, etc. as needed.

• Invites and organizes the speakers for the HCI seminar series.

• Organizes educational and professional visits to local companies and to HCI conferences.

• Represents the program to governing boards, outside agencies, and the public. Develops and maintains liaisons with external advisory board.

• Assesses program's effectiveness in professionally preparing students and recommends changes to program's content, policies and strategic goals accordingly.

30% - Program Management:

• Assists in planning and directing the program budget and manages financial, HR, technical, and other supporting resources.

• Develops pathways to ensure the inclusion and success of underrepresented students in the UX/HCI profession.

• Develops and executes fundraising strategies for sponsorship of seminars, capstone projects and other initiatives (e.g. student awards, public events).

• Presents seminars and workshops and participates with faculty on research.

• Helps build social cohesion within and between MS cohorts in HCI through social events and other processes.

• Helps bridge HCI MS activities with other colocated MS programs (Games & Playable Media and Serious Games).


Required Qualifications

• MS Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience / training.

• Academic background and recognized expertise in Computer Science.

• Expert oral and written communication skills.

• Expert written communication skills.

• Demonstrated experience in interfacing with academia, industrial and government agencies.

• Deep industry connections with UX and HCI professionals and researchers.

• Fundraising experience.

• Leadership experience.

• Experience with the HCI/UX profession.

• Demonstrated expertise with program building within a leading academic institution for handling administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.

• Expert ability to work with dynamic and diverse group of faculty, staff and students.

• Expert negotiation skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• Ph.D. in Computer Science with a strong background in HCI/UX or equivalent

Special Conditions of Employment

• Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.

• Selected candidate must have a valid license to drive in the State of California

• The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.

• This full-time position will be based at the Silicon Valley Center (SVC) in Santa Clara, CA and the ED will be expected to maintain a physical presence at SVC. Frequent travel will be required to the UCSC main campus in Santa Cruz, CA to participate in faculty meetings and other activities (e.g. interacting with the CM faculty).

• Since the HCI Executive Director will also be appointed as an HCI Lecturer to teach courses for the program, s/he must be qualified for an academic appointment as a Lecturer. For full consideration, applicants must apply concurrently to the Computational Media Department's open lecturer pool:

• Teaching courses as needed in curriculum will include the following: determine what is covered in these courses each year; deliver lectures, lead exercises and workshops and use other appropriate pedagogical methods; assess and grade student work; participate in broader curriculum development for the program. The Executive Director is a full time position. The incumbent will hold staff and HCI Lecturer appointments concurrently equal to 100% time overall; staff appointment will be 100% when teaching is not assigned; sick and vacation accruals will be impacted when the staff appointment is reduced to allow time for teaching.

• It is expected that the incumbent will work a total of 100% at all times, either as 100% staff or the combined total of staff and lecturer appointments; the pay rates for the staff and lecturer appointments may differ slightly. When appointed as a Lecturer, incumbent will report to the Department Chair.


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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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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