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Executive Director for the Center on Reproductive Health, Law and Policy Los Angeles, CA

UCLA School of Law seeks a visionary and highly collaborative inaugural Executive Director to lead the Center on Reproductive Health, Law, and Policy (the Center). There has never been a more important time for an impassioned leader to step up to protect, rebuild, and expand reproductive rights and justice in this country. The Center will be at the heart of that effort: training the next generation of reproductive justice lawyers and advocates, working with scholars and movement actors to generate innovative strategies to safeguard the health and wellbeing of people capable of pregnancy, and developing programs and initiatives to address the great challenges and pressing needs created by the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs. With a $5 million allocation from the State of California, the Executive Director will have the strong foundation necessary to continue to grow the Center and increase its visibility on the national stage. Working with the new Center’s Faculty Director and Advisory Committee, the inaugural Executive Director will develop the vision, goals, strategy, and programs for the Center and direct their day-to-day implementation. The Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibilities for the Center’s staff, research, programs, fundraising, budget, and mission.

Founded in 1949, UCLA Law has a reputation for artful teaching, influential scholarship, and enduring innovation. As the first public law school in Southern California and the youngest top-ranked law school in the United States, UCLA Law consistently pushes new boundaries in the study and practice of law. The current climate of the United States reinforces the imperative of the rule of law and lawyers’ critical role in maintaining democracy and justice for all. It is in this context that UCLA Law educates the next generation of lawyers and leaders, and trains graduates who are committed to the school’s values: The highest level of individual and institutional excellence, a belief in the promise of people from all walks of life, and a commitment to serving the greater good. Now, UCLA Law is excited to launch the new Center on Reproductive Health, Law, and Policy.

The Center will be a leading interdisciplinary academic center on the West Coast, dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on reproductive health, law, and policy. The Center will join other highly regarded programs such as the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy; Critical Race Studies Program; The Promise Institute for Human Rights; David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy; Health and Human Rights Law Project; and the Criminal Justice Program in promoting the highest standards of intellectual discourse at UCLA Law School. Through research, publications, and conferences, UCLA Law’s centers offer invaluable information for legislators, the judiciary, and the public, while providing critical training for UCLA students and the broader community.

In leading the Center, the Executive Director will address the following opportunities and challenges:

• Develop a comprehensive and cohesive vision that drives the Center’s work;

• Thoughtfully craft and lead the Center’s internal organizational structure;

• Convene the UCLA community to elevate and strengthen the interdisciplinary and intersectional mission of the Center;

• Expand and secure the financial resources that will allow the Center to achieve its many aspirations;

• Help train and fortify the next generation of reproductive rights lawyers and advocates; and

• Serve as a compelling and effective ambassador for reproductive justice.

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Electronic submission of materials is required.

Courtney Wilk-Mandel is leading this search with Sofia Vargas. 

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, including protected veterans. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy at

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