ADMIN MGR 1 (Chief Administrative Officer)


UC Davis

Davis, CA


ADMIN MGR 1 (Chief Administrative Officer)

Apply By Date:  08/09/2024


Chief Administrative Officer


Reporting to the Executive Assistant Dean (EAD), and under the direct guidance of the Center Director, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) manages the Center for Neuroscience and is responsible for a broad range of policy-level administrative leadership for the Center as well as oversight of business and finance, contract and grant administration, IT infrastructure, facilities, and human resources. Manage all center activities including long and short term planning, development activities, and direct support of the Director. Interact with faculty, staff, deans, and assistant deans from College of Biological Sciences (CBS), the School of Medicine (SOM), and College of Letters & Sciences (L&S) on a regular basis.


RECRUITMENT PERIOD ONE MONTH: Applicants will be screened on a weekly basis. The position can be filled prior to the apply by date.



Minimum Qualifications

For full consideration, applicants are encouraged to upload license, certification and/or educational degree if required of the position.

• Bachelor’s degree in related area or equivalent education and experience.

• Experience using leadership, organizational and managerial skills to manage a research, teaching and service center that serves the entire campus and to assume responsibility for a broad range of policy level administrative leadership for the Center.

• Experience, with strong quantitative and financial analysis skills to creatively design innovative approaches and administrative structures within a complex financial context.

• Writing, editing, and proofreading experience to create concise, compelling decision support presentations; and to compose reports, memoranda and other correspondence, and to analyze information and present it logically and concisely.

• Skills to analyze complex information or problems in an objective manner and derive logical conclusions to provide a sound basis for establishing priorities, select appropriate course of action for pursuit or recommendations to others, and resolve conflict.

• Interpersonal and communication skills to interact with a wide variety of people in a tactful and diplomatic manner, and to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.


Preferred Qualifications

• Experience managing external funding sources.

• Management and conflict resolution skills to effectively lead and motivate others.

• Skills to implement academic personnel policies related to a broad range of schools/colleges represented in the Center.

• Skills to direct and accomplish many tasks simultaneously.


Key Responsibilities






Department Overview

The Center for Neuroscience conducts research in the areas of molecular, cellular, systems, cognitive, and computational neuroscience and trains postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students in neuroscience and related fields. The Center consists of 24 faculty and 150+ laboratory academic and staff positions that are housed at the Center, approximately 150 affiliated faculty from across the Davis and Sacramento campuses. The Center is also the home of the Neuroscience graduate program (60 students) and supports the administrative functions for that group. Faculty/researchers are jointly appointed from CBS, L&S, and the SOM. The Center’s annual expenditures well exceed $15 million. The Center is located in 35,000 sq. ft. in 4 separate buildings. Facilities include faculty research laboratories, 2 vivaria, and neuro-imaging and MRI facilities.


Position Information

• Salary or Pay Range: $99,400.00 - $196,400.00 /annual

• Salary Frequency: Monthly

• Salary Grade: 25

• UC Job Title: ADMIN MGR 1           

• Number of Positions: 1

• Appointment Type: Career

• Percentage of Time: 100%

• Shift Hours: Manager will advise

• Location: Davis, Ca           

• Union Representation: No

• Benefits Eligible: Yes

• Hybrid/Remote/On-Site: On-Site



Outstanding benefits and perks are among the many rewards of working for the University of California. UC Davis offers a full range of benefits, resources and programs to help you bring your best self to work, as well as to help you and your family achieve your health, wellness, financial and career goals. Learn more about the benefits and eligibility rules by visiting Benefits Summary for UC Davis Health Employees or Benefits Summary for UC Davis Employees and our Benefits Page.


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• High quality and low-cost medical plans to choose from to fit your family’s needs

• For eligible roles, UC pays for Dental and Vision insurance premiums for you and your family

• Extensive leave benefits including Pregnancy and Parental Leave, Family & Medical Leave

• Paid Holidays annually as stipulated in the UC Davis Policies or Collective Bargaining Agreement

• Paid Time Off/Vacation/Sick Time as stipulated in the UC Davis Policies or Collective Bargaining Agreement

• Continuing Education (CE) allowance and Education Reimbursement Program as stipulated in the UC Davis Policies or Collective Bargaining Agreement

• Access to free professional development courses and learning opportunities for personal and professional growth

• WorkLife and Wellness programs and resources

• On-site Employee Assistance Program including access to free mental health services

• Supplemental insurance offered including additional life, short/long term disability, pet insurance and legal coverage

• Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSFL) Qualified Employer & Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program for qualified roles

• Retirement benefit options for eligible roles including Pension and other Retirement Saving Plans. More information on our retirement benefits can be found here

• UC Davis cares about building a community, which is why we provide resources to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion as well as Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to support our staff


Physical Demands

• Work at a computer for long periods of time. Lift materials weighing up to 20 lbs.


Work Environment

• Work flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays to meet operational needs Restricted vacation during peak periods Measles vaccination or proof of illness required.

• This position is subject to Medical Surveillance procedures and review in accordance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations and University Policy.

• The employee must be willing to work in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious diseases are present.

• Employee is expected to read and follow the UC Davis Principles of Community.

• Demonstrate good interpersonal, oral and written communication skills to interact effectively with a wide variety of people both within and outside the University.

• The Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment policy is intended to provide a healthier, safer, and more productive work and learning environment for the entire UC community. The University of California prohibits smoking and tobacco use at all University owned or leased properties, or facilities operated by UC staff or faculty. Smoking and tobacco use are strictly prohibited in indoor and outdoor spaces, parking lots, residential space, and University vehicles.


Special Requirements

Background Check

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.


To view full job description and submit an on-line application visit UC Davis Career Opportunities at:

Job ID #68749


The University of California, Davis is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer


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