Applications to become the next staff advisor to the UC Regents are due March 10, and staff across the UC system with an interest in public policy, advocacy and the future direction of the university are encouraged to apply.

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Staff advisors are staff or non-Senate academic employees who bring the employee voice and perspective to UC Board of Regents deliberations and to decision-makers at the Office of the President. Staff advisors participate in open sessions and designated committees of the board.

Each of the two staff advisors serves two years. The terms are staggered, with one new staff advisor selected each year. The term for the staff advisor position that is open for applications runs from July 2017 to June 2019. 

“The experience was a lot broader and deeper than I imagined,” said Staff Advisor LaWana Richmond, a business analyst at UC San Diego whose term expires in June. “You get exposed to different aspects of university operations, and get to understand the process a policy goes through to be developed and vetted, the attention that’s paid to even the most granular details.”

Richmond shared more of her experience in the role in a recent story

You are eligible to serve in this role if you:

  • Are a staff or non-Senate academic employee. The seat is open to both non-represented and represented employees.
  • Have at least five years of UC service

The current staff advisors are Richmond and Jason Valdry, a director of technology at UC Irvine, whose term expires in June 2018.

You can learn more about the program and how to apply by March 10 on the staff advisor website.

If you have questions about the staff advisor position or the application process, you can contact Juliann Martinez, UC Office of the President Employee Relations, at 510-287-3331 or via email: Juliann.Martinez@ucop.edu.

More about the staff advisors to the Regents

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; they attend and participate directly in committee and board meetings throughout their term of service, and visit many of the campuses to solicit input from staff. 

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