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Executive Director - Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice

Position overview

Position title: Executive Director
Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position: A reasonable estimate for this position is $164,715-$217,748.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Summer/Fall 2023
Position duration: Initial one year term, with the possibility of renewal

Application Window

Open date: July 17, 2023

Most recent review date: Thursday, Aug 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Dec 31, 2023 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.

Position description

Berkeley Law is pleased to announce a search for applicants for the position of Executive Director for the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice (CRRJ), a multidisciplinary research center dedicated to issues of reproduction and designed to support law and policy solutions by bridging the academic-advocate divide.

CRRJ advances a joint mission of reproductive rights and reproductive justice. Reproductive rights means securing access to abortion, which is now starkly embattled in the post-Dobbs period. But reproductive rights are only one part of the pressing agenda of reproductive justice, which aims to enable all persons to achieve reproductive and sexual health and autonomy; to determine whether, when, and through what means they will create families; and to parent any children they choose to have with dignity and material sufficiency.

CRRJ seeks to implement these goals by connecting people and ideas across different institutions, communities, and disciplines. We aim to influence legal, political, and social science discourse by furthering new paradigms in research and scholarship, so as to bolster legal, policy advocacy, and organizing efforts.

Reporting to the faculty director, the Executive Director will administer and manage the center, including generating external support to build and sustain the center’s budget, staffing, and programming. In conjunction with the faculty director, the Executive Director will hire and oversee a small staff and associated graduate student researchers, student assistants, and visiting scholars.

In addition to supporting staff, the Executive Director will work closely with members of the law school faculty, law school clinics and centers, UC Berkeley departments, and other academic institutions and criminal legal system stakeholders in the community and public and private spheres. The Executive Director will also oversee the center’s communications and public events, including report writing and editing, program development for convenings, and publications or other deliverables.


Fundraising, Fiscal Management, and Employee Supervision
• Develop a budget and fundraising plan to meet the center’s goals.
• Primary fundraising responsibility to support the center’s annual budget.
• Manage all aspects of individual, foundation, and corporate fundraising, including cultivating and maintaining donor relationships.
• Hire, train, and support the activities of the center’s staff to meet its goals.
• Create and foster an equitable, inclusive, and antiracist workplace.

Program Development and Management
• In consultation with internal and external stakeholders, develop a strategic plan for the center, including key initiatives and long-term objectives.
• Develop and manage the center’s portfolio of programs and activities to meet strategic objectives.
• Develop new and innovative activities and oversee strategic projects that meet the center’s long-term objectives.
• Work with law school faculty, students, and administration to improve the curriculum.
• Consult on the hiring and assessment of lecturers and visiting professors in the area

Additional materials may be requested of finalists.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

● Candidates must hold an advanced degree at time of application, such as a J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent international degree.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

● 4 years+ of professional experience (post-advanced degree) at the time of hire.

Preferred qualifications

● Experience navigating and/or challenging racial discrimination and other forms of structural inequities in the legal system.
● Demonstrated ability to foster a diverse, inclusive, and antiracist workplace.
● Excellent fundraising skills with demonstrated experience fundraising for academic, government, or nonprofit programs
● Advanced program development, marketing, strategic planning, organizational development, and analytical/problem-solving skills.
● Demonstrated leadership and management skills and ability to network and build relationships with various internal and external stakeholders, including professionals, students, community members, and people impacted by the criminal legal system.
● Advanced interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Writing Sample - Such as a policy brief, article, blog post, comment letter, white paper, or equivalent of no more than 10 pages

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley. More Information and guidelines.

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley 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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Berkeley, CA