University of California, Santa Cruz seeks a collaborative and equity-minded leader to serve as its next associate vice chancellor for equity and equal protection. This is an on-site and in-person role, and the anticipated start date is September/October 2022.

The University of California, Santa Cruz (UC Santa Cruz) was founded in 1965 as a bold experiment in higher education, blossoming in a short time into a global research university and a creative powerhouse. One of the world’s most respected public research universities and perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, UC Santa Cruz offers rigorous academic programs and cutting-edge research opportunities that teach students how to think, not what to think. Its unique, cross-disciplinary approach, combined with an unwavering commitment to research excellence has resulted in a steady stream of paradigm-changing discoveries since its founding.

The high-impact research conducted at UC Santa Cruz complements the campus’s guiding commitment to access and student success. U.S. News & World Report ranks UC Santa Cruz number two among universities in the nation for promoting social mobility. The ranking is determined by how well a university enrolls and graduates low-income students. United by the pursuit of social and environmental justice and driven by passion and curiosity, UC Santa Cruz students, faculty, staff, and alumni innovate across disciplines, seek to push the envelope of knowledge, and deploy their expertise and voice to advocate for transformative change.

The Position

Reporting to Chancellor Cynthia Larive, the associate vice chancellor for equity and equal protection (AVC EEP) provides executive leadership, oversight, and coordination of UC Santa Cruz’s Title IX, Title VI, Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action, and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance programs and leads the Equity and Equal Protection (EEP) Office, the primary campus investigative unit for a range of compliance issues. As a vital member of the Chancellor’s leadership team, the AVC EEP works with campus leadership and managers in all areas to promote a culture of accountability around anti-discrimination compliance, and ensures that the Chancellor and Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor are apprised on a regular and timely basis of trends, compliance issues, and emerging problems in accordance with confidentiality requirements.

Through strategic and operational vision for the office, this senior leader oversees the university’s Title IX and Title VII compliance efforts, providing oversight and monitoring of Title IX and Title VII-related policies, complaint processes, and procedures; related education and training for the university community; and appointment of the university’s Title IX Officer. Further, they ensure coordination and development of ongoing efforts to fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other federal and state laws regarding equal access for people with disabilities, and provide consultative services to the university community. The AVC EEP also oversees the management of the Equal Opportunity Employment program and compliance and monitors the university’s compliance with Executive Order 11246, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Act, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and related federal laws and regulations that apply to federal contractors. The AVC EEP leads a team of fourteen professionals within the EEP Office and oversees an operating budget of $1.6 million.


A bachelor’s degree in legal studies, public policy, higher education, public administration, or a related area, or equivalent experience and training are required; an advanced degree is preferred. Required knowledge, skills, and abilities include the following:

  • Substantive subject matter expertise and/or advanced knowledge of some or all of the following: Title IX, Violence Against Women Act, Clery Act, Title VI, Executive Order 11246, Title VII, equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, the Americans with Disabilities Act. California Fair Employment and Housing Act, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, whistleblower statutes, and other relevant federal and state laws.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, analyze, and interpret compliance issues, policies, and regulations as well as complex written materials and data while communicating results of analyses in formats accessible to diverse groups.
  • Proven record of working effectively and respectfully with all campus constituencies in a large, diverse organization, comprising students, staff employees  (including law enforcement) and academic employees (including faculty), and the public.

The search advisory committee is particularly interested in candidates who have  experience in Title IX, workplace investigations, equal employment opportunity/affirmative action compliance, and/or diversity and inclusion; have demonstrated expertise and skill in applying independent judgment in the assessment, investigation, and resolution of discrimination and harassment concerns; possess the ability to handle personal, confidential, sensitive and complex information and maintain the highest level of confidentiality with composure and sound judgment; and have evidence of professional leadership needed to function at an executive level and in a leadership capacity within the UC system and to work independently and exercise sound judgment.

Application and Nomination

University of California Santa Cruz has retained the services of Spelman Johnson, a leading national executive search firm, to assist with leading this search. Applications submitted on or before Wednesday, July 6, 2022, will receive full consideration; applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Michel R. Frendian at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

COVID Vaccination Requirement

The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from the date of hire.

Visit the UC Santa Cruz website at  and the UC Santa Cruz Equity and Equal Protection Office website here.

The University of California is an Equal Employment 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. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.