Executive Director of STEM-NET

Job Title: Executive Director of STEM-NET
Job ID: 1013842
Location: Downtown Long Beach
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job Code 3300
Job Grade Range A

Chancellor's Office Statement

Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Executive Director of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Network (STEM-NET). The CSU Chancellor's Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position Information

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking an Executive Director of STEM-NET to provide leadership and manage all operations for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Network (STEM-NET) including implementation of planned events and activities in alignment with the STEM-NET vision, mission, and budget and in accordance with all CSU policies. The executive director will have dual reporting to the Lead President of the Governing Board and the Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Research at the Chancellor's Office. The Executive Director will work with the steering committee and the governing board to develop a strategic plan for STEM-NET and implement the plan to advance the vision and mission of the affinity group.

The California State University (CSU) currently has Ten Multi-Campus Collaborations, also known as Affinity Groups, that conduct collaborative activities in research and education on a breadth of topics, from agriculture and biotechnology to desert, ocean life and STEM. The latest affinity group is STEM-NET and it potentially constitutes the most extensive affinity group since all 23 campuses will be members and the expectation is for eventual funding to come entirely from grants and contracts.

The STEM-NET vision is to make the CSU a world-wide leader in increasing the pipeline, preparation, graduation and employment of outstanding, diverse STEM students.

The STEM-NET mission is to enable CSU STEM leaders to share expertise and leverage system-wide opportunities to foster the implementation of global best practices for our students and faculty in pedagogy, learning and research related to STEM fields within the CSU system.


Under the general direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Research and the Consortium Presidents, this position will perform duties as follows:

-In conjunction with the Consortium Presidents and the Steering Committee, set and implement a strategic vision for the STEM-NET affinity group
-Facilitate collaborative STEM research programs and STEM education initiatives inclusively across the 23 CSU campuses and with external partners
-Pursue and obtain sufficient funding for STEM research and administrative costs to ensure STEM-NET's future viability
-Promote and market STEM achievements of the 23 campuses
-Manage the budget of STEM-NET
-Implement activities of STEM-NET

-Develop, maintain, and engage an external advisory council for STEM-NET
-Engage and convene faculty to develop, implement and share STEM research and initiatives
-Identify STEM and STEM education research priorities, as part of the strategic vision for STEM-NET
-Lead the development of a national reputation for STEM-NET as an advocate for CSU STEM achievements
-Develop revenue sources for STEM-NET activities so that STEM-NET will become self-sustaining after the initial eight-year period
-Encourage high quality STEM research activity throughout the CSU and its dissemination through collaborative efforts
-Establish links between CSU faculty and external partners and build upon existing relationships in order to establish STEM-NET as a national leader in collaborative STEM and STEM education research

-Oversee all Operations
-Implement Team Building Activities
-Promote Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness
-Maintain Legislation and Policy Knowledge
-Build partnerships with Industry, School Districts, Government agencies, and NGOs

-Obtain Awards in External Funding
-Implement Equitable RFP Competitions
-Recruit and Manage Proposal Reviewers
-Provide Instructional Activities in Grant Proposal Development

-Coordinate Events and Activities
-Build Awareness through Communication Efforts
-Supervise Staff
-Manage Budget
-Maintain Knowledge of Tech Transfer/Intellectual Property Procedures


This position requires:
-A doctoral degree in a STEM or STEM related education field from an accredited university; additional experience in higher education preferred.
-A minimum of 10 years of experience in a high level administrative leadership role to include the following experience:
-Experience with all aspects of extramural grants and/or contracts including state and federal compliance regulations
-Proven experience in working effectively with researchers/faculty and interacting productively with funding agencies
-Management of various complex assignments and projects from multiple sponsors while providing quality service and meeting deadlines through organization, accuracy, and prioritization of activities
-High-level relationship-building skills, including effective interaction with individuals at all levels in the organization
-Strong organizational and customer service skills
-Ability to make complex information understandable to a broad range of audiences
- Excellent written and oral interpersonal and communication skills
-Proven ability to deliver research of national excellence
-Proven ability to secure significant funding from a variety of sources (state and federal government agencies, private/non-profit organizations/foundations, industry)
-Proven ability to develop internal and external collaborations
-Proven ability to create and implement a strategic vision
-Leadership experience in team building
-Knowledge of current priorities, legislation, and issues related to STEM education and research
-Proven ability to support an environment that is equitable, diverse and inclusive
-Ability to work independently and as part of a team, offering appropriate leadership and guidance
-Thorough understanding of the policies and procedures of granting agencies
-Ability to manage budget and staff
-Proven ability to support an environment that is equitable, diverse and inclusive.
-Ability to represent the system regarding complex and important issues;
-Ability to attend to details, manage multiple responsibilities, organize and prioritize, work collaboratively, and exhibit integrity in the furtherance of the university mission.

Preferred Experience:
-Engagement with faculty/researchers in STEM education. The Director is preferred to have a thorough understanding of CSU institutional policies and accounting systems and a background in emerging areas of STEM education and research.

Application Period

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by May 15, 2019. Applications will be
accepted until the job posting is removed.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.


This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are legally authorized to work in the United States.

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Conflict of Interest

The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, and on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.


The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position.

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