Executive Director, Population Research Center

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Sacramento
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Working Title: Executive Director, Population Research Center

Classification Title: Administrator II

Posting Details 

Priority Application Date: Sunday, October 1st @ 11:55pm PST (Posting will remain open until filled)

Position Summary

Under minimal direction, the Executive Director serves as the administrative, operational, and scientific lead for the Population Research Center (PRC), with broad authority for center activities, research output, stakeholder relations, and fiscal operations. With strategic direction from the Associate Vice President of the Offices or Research, Innovation, and Economic Development (ORIED), and the PRC Advisory Committee, the Executive Director uses industry expertise to provide administrative oversight for the center and staff, leads and prioritizes center work, and provides guidance and leadership in the planning, organizing, and directing of center research.  

In addition, the Executive Director leads collaborations with research clients, both scientific and non-scientific representatives, on projects of broad scientific scope and health, surveillance, social, and behavioral significance. The Executive Director also acts as a highly specialized consultant in survey research methods, prepares research findings and reports for presentation in scientific literature, and interprets these findings for the public and stakeholder agencies. 

The Executive Director independently pursues additional funding opportunities for the PRC, including contracts and grants with public and private entities. The Executive Director leads contract/grant development and implementation, working with ORIED, University Enterprises Inc. (UEI), and other campus entities to ensure requirements are met. The Executive Director provides lead fiscal oversight for the center, ensuring projects stay within budget and invoices are correct and timely.  

Finally, the Executive Director works with the associated colleges of the PRC, the College of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies (SSIS), to expose faculty and students to innovative research initiatives while developing collaborative opportunities when appropriate. Executive Director will coordinate with HHS and SSIS Deans and relevant department chairs on academic and student support initiatives as needed, including appointment as adjunct faculty in one or both colleges. 

FLSA: Exempt (not eligible for overtime compensation)

Anticipated Hiring Range$8000 per month - $11,750 per month Depending on Qualifications

CSU Classification Salary Range: $4583 per month - $14,713 per month

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Salary Grade/Range: 1 

Recruitment TypeRegular (at-will)

Time BaseFull-Time

Work Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; other hours as required. Partial telecommute available upon management approval.

Department Information 

The Population Research Center was founded in 2014 by Sacramento State and the California Department of Public Health to align their research needs. The Center aims to improve Californians’ quality of life and well-being by conducting high-quality, policy impactful research. Through research, the Center provides policy makers and service providers with the data they require to make evidence-based decisions.

Required Qualifications 

  1. Either:
    1. A doctorate in Sociology, Psychology, Public Health, Epidemiology, Statistics, or related field, AND four years of increasing responsibility in social, health, or related research.


    1. A Master’s degree in Sociology, Psychology, Public Health, Epidemiology, Statistics, or related field, AND six years of increasing responsibility in social, health, or related research.
  1. Demonstrated knowledge of, and ability to serve as a scientific expert on, principles and procedures of scientific research methodologies/techniques. Experience with survey and interview design for research data collection.
  1. Experience with, and ability to take, major responsibility for the design, execution/conduct, and analysis of a large or highly complex research project.
  2. Supervisory experience with the ability to develop, plan, and direct the work of support staff. Ability to serve as a team leader on complex research projects.
  3. Experience with, and ability to conduct, the preparation of major reports, including on the methodology and outcomes of a research project.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of statistical methods and procedures. Experience using statistical software packages, including Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).
  5. Demonstrated skills with financial, budget, or accounting systems (e.g., budget preparation, interpreting financial data, expenditure accounting, invoicing, forecasting, etc.), with ability to make operation planning, budgetary, and fiscal decisions including budget for staff, contracts/grants, and related resources.
  6. Excellent analytical and decision-making skills (i.e., analyzing/presenting complex data and/or situations in a way that facilitates decision-making, making strategic recommendations, and taking effective action).
  7. Ability to obtain and coordinate research funding, such as grants and contracts (e.g., writing research proposals).
  8. Effective organizational skills.
  9. Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to establish and maintain effective internal and external working relationships in a diverse environment.
  10. Effective communication (written/verbal) and presentation skills.

Preferred Qualifications 

13. Demonstrated experience in obtaining research funding.

14. Knowledge of grant and/or contract budgeting, financial reporting and policies regarding use of grant/contract funds.

15. Experience in a university environment and familiarity with campus issues, policies, and practices.

16. Demonstrated knowledge of university accounting practices and principles.

17. Experience supervising in a union environment.

Note to Applicants

Position is funded by and contingent upon grants and contracts.

Documents Needed to Apply

Resume and cover letter.

Failure to upload required documentation may result in disqualification.

About Sac State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to student successdiversity, equity and inclusioncommunity engagementphilanthropy, and campus safety.  

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.  

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Background Check Disclaimer  

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position. One variation of background check required could be a LiveScan screening, which involves submitting fingerprints at a certified LiveScan Service Center.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all California State University, Sacramento employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications.

Out of State Employment Policy

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States. 

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit

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Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at . 
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Eligibility Verification  

Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the United States. California State University, Sacramento is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (i.e. H-1-B Visa). 

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.



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