Director, Institute of the Environment & Sustainability University of California, Los Angeles

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) seeks outstanding candidates for the position of Director of the Institute of the Environment & Sustainability (IoES). The Director will have the academic rank of Professor and will hold a named chair.

The IoES’s primary mission is to identify study and provide solutions for regional and global environmental problems, and to educate the next generation of scholars and leaders. The Institute achieves this mission though its core faculty, affiliated faculty from across UCLA, undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and interdisciplinary centers and off-campus partnerships. Working both locally and globally, the IoES employs innovative cross-disciplinary approaches to address critical environmental challenges including climate change, water and energy sustainability, urban and business sustainability, and ecosystem and biodiversity conservation. Through its eight centers, the institute enables a wide range of research, education, and outreach activities that span the breadth of academic disciplines at UCLA, with the important goal of encouraging interdisciplinary research and policy. For more information about the IoES, please visit

The successful candidate should be a distinguished scholar holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in any area of environmental research, and should have the ability and desire to cross disciplinary boundaries, demonstrated administrative experience, and a passion for environmental stewardship. The Director will provide vision, leadership and support for IoES research, educational, and outreach programs, and take a strong role in promoting collaborative efforts among faculty and between UCLA and the broader community. The successful candidate will also take a primary role in fundraising and development, building on the strong base of philanthropic and extramural research support that enables many of the Institutes most exciting activities. The incoming Director will have the opportunity to guide several new faculty hires, and is expected to play a leadership role in sustainability and environmental initiatives at UCLA. Therefore, the ability to articulate and develop a strategic plan for the institute’s future growth and development is a requirement.

We invite interested applicants to submit a cover letter outlining your interests in and qualifications for the position, including a succinct description of your vision for the future of environment and sustainability in a university setting, as well as a curriculum vita, to UCLA Academic Recruit at: Please use job number: JPF00184.

For additional information about the IoES or about submitting an application, contact Ms. Karen Lefkowitz (, 310-794-4908) or see Review of applications will begin on May 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Please address any questions to Brad Shaffer, Search Committee Chair, at 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, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

March 17, 2014