UC Accepts Applications for Staff Advisor to Board of Regents

The University of California Office of the President is accepting applications for the next staff advisor-designate to the Board of Regents.

The position's term runs July 2013 through June 2015.

The staff advisor program, now in its seventh year, allows for two staff and/or non-Senate academic employees to participate in open sessions of designated committees of the board. The staff advisors bring the voice and perspective of staff and non-Senate academic employees to board deliberations.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. March 1, 2013.

The current staff advisors to the regents are Kevin Smith, chief administrative officer for the UCLA Chancellor's organization, whose two-year term will expire in June; and, Kathy Barton, executive director of strategic initiatives at the UC Riverside School of Medicine, who joined the board in July 2012.

"During these times of transformational change, it is imperative to have a liaison between staff and UC leadership so staff concerns and views regarding workplace issues and policy decisions are fully considered," Smith said. "It is an honor to serve in this role."

All employees are encouraged to learn more about the program at the staff advisor website and through local human resources offices.

Questions about the staff advisor position or the application process should be directed to Juliann Martinez, UCOP Employee Relations, at 510/287-3331 or at Juliann.Martinez@ucop.edu

A continuing goal of the UC Regents is to foster two-way communication between UC staff and the board. In January 2007, the regents voted unanimously to establish positions for two staff advisors to participate in their deliberative process and to provide a staff perspective on matters coming before the board.

One new staff advisor is selected each year for a two-year term. The staff advisors serve as non-voting advisors to designated regents' committees, and they attend and participate directly in committee and board meetings throughout their term of service.