Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis), one of the nation’s premier public research universities, seeks a collaborative, inspiring, and entrepreneurial leader to serve as Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources (AVC). The AVC will provide strategic leadership and oversight of all UC Davis human resources (HR) functions, including the academic medical center, and partner with leadership to help shape the future of the university. This position reflects the university’s commitment to inclusive excellence, employee success, social justice in employment, and community. The AVC will be a leader in seeking new and innovative approaches to human resources management at a complex, diverse, multi-campus public higher educational institution.

Founded in 1908, UC Davis is known both for working across disciplines to solve the world’s most pressing problems, and for its commitment to artistic and cultural expression. UC Davis is the most academically comprehensive university on the West Coast and recognized for excellence across a wide array of disciplines and measures. It is a member of the Association of American Universities and ranked sixth in the nation among public research universities by the Wall Street Journal.  In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks the School of Veterinary Medicine, plant science, and animal science programs first in the nation. The highly-ranked Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and the UC Davis Medical Center are located on the UC Davis Health campus in Sacramento, the state capitol, approximately 15 miles away from the 5,300-acre main campus in Davis, a vibrant college town of approximately 68,000.

The AVC HR will be responsible for further developing a culture of “One HR” across the university’s Davis and Sacramento campuses. This will be aided by the upcoming implementation of UCPath—a single payroll, benefits, human resources and academic personnel solution for all UC employees—which is currently scheduled for roll-out in early 2019. Human resources provides invaluable services to UC Davis’s approximately 23,600 employees and this position represents a remarkable opportunity for a gifted HR strategist and builder to bring innovative organizational thinking, approaches, and best practices to a large, prominent public research institution and a leading academic medical center.

It is a time of great change and promise at UC Davis; Chancellor Gary May joined the campus in August 2017. The AVC HR will serve as a trusted advisor and partner to leadership across the university and health system in all matters relating to human resources, and will have the opportunity to play a pivotal role in developing and implementing innovative and high-quality services to serve all of the university’s staff members, and serve as an example of world-class HR service and program delivery for other campuses within the UC System and beyond.

Working collaboratively with leaders and human resources professionals across the university and the University of California system, the AVC will:

  • Establish a cohesive human resources vision across all UCD campuses;
  • Engage with campus and UC System partners to achieve the goal of “One HR”;
  • Provide progressive and effective leadership for the division;
  • Embrace and strengthen the culture of inclusivity and commitment to diversity at UC Davis;
  • Provide outstanding customer service; and
  • Enhance the campus’ capacity for talent management.

UC Davis has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

David Bellshaw and Brett Barbour

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA  94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

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