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Institute for Social Transformation: Water Evaluation Project Manager

Position overview

Position title: Water Evaluation Project Manager
Salary range: $53,300 to $65,237, salary commensurate with qualifications and experience (see rank qualifications).
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: July 1, 2021.
Position duration: Appointment will be through June 30, 2022.

Application Window

Open date: April 19th, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 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: Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021 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

The Division of Social Sciences' Institute for Social Transformation at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of Water Evaluation Project Manager. Under the direction of Professor Brent Haddad, the project manager will coordinate and support the activities of an expert panel that will evaluate proposals for the long-term restoration and management of the Salton Sea. The proposals include engineering, environmental, economic, and social-impact elements, all of which will be evaluated. The project manager will coordinate information flows among the expert panel, UCSC-based researchers, subcontracted researchers, representatives with the state Department of Water Resources and California Natural Resources Agency, companies and individuals with proposed restoration projects, and the public. Additionally, the project manager will help the panel through its deliberations (e.g., coordinating the response to requests for additional analyses from the research support team) to arrive at a completed final report with analysis and recommendations on its preferred approach for long-term restoration and management of the Salton Sea. The project manager will identify and seek to resolve delays in the project, while reporting regularly to Professor Haddad. The project manager will also support Professor Haddad in preparing required reports, planning field studies, and managing public information on the website.

Applicants with expertise in water systems engineering and management via a degree in engineering, hydrology, environmental science, or related field (or achieved through relevant work experience) are strongly encouraged to apply. Other preferred skills include project coordination, experience with communicating with multiple audiences, familiarity with Spanish, and knowledge of the Salton Sea and northern Sea of Cortez regions.

The successful applicant would have the option of working either in Santa Cruz or in the Salton Sea region.

The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Master’s degree (or foreign equivalent degree) or a baccalaureate degree (or foreign equivalent degree) in engineering, hydrology, environmental science, or a related field. Applicants with only a baccalaureate degree must also possess a minimum of two years post-baccalaureate experience demonstrating expertise in engineering, hydrology, or related field.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes how you meet the position's basic and preferred qualifications as well as your interest in the position.

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation*. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

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Campus Information

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. 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. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California or Salton Sea Region in Calfornia (Imperial and Riverside Counties)