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Eligibility and Selection

The period for Staff Advisor Designate applications, 2024-2026, has closed.  Please email any questions to

Selection of the next Staff Advisor Designate will be from all eligible UC staff and non-Senate academic employees. One new Staff Advisor Designate will be selected each year to serve a two-year term - the first year as Staff Advisor Designate and the second year as Staff Advisor. Selection of the new Staff Advisor Designate will be made by the President in consultation with the Chair of the Board of Regents after an initial round of interviews of eligible candidates.

  1. Eligibility
    At the time of application, each candidate must be a career employee of the University of California, with a minimum of five years of career service and be employed in good standing with sustained performance of "meets expectations" or higher. All titles and positions among staff and non-Senate academic employees (both represented and policy covered) are eligible to serve, with the exception of members of the Senior Management Group. During a Staff Advisors tenure, they must remain a career employee and remain employed in good standing with a performance of "meets expectations" or higher. A Staff Advisor will not be eligible for an appointment to more than one two-year term.
  2. Conflict of Interest
    In order to prevent a conflict of interest or the appearance thereof, employees holding an office or position of leadership or advocacy in an employee organization or association (e.g., union, staff advisory group, employee association/organization) must resign from any such office or position before accepting and while serving in the position of Staff Advisor.
  3. Selection Criteria
    Candidates for the position of Staff Advisor should:
    1. Demonstrate broad knowledge of the University of California
    2. Possess broad knowledge of staff needs and interests
    3. Exhibit the ability to consider and speak to issues from varied perspectives
    4. Demonstrate exceptional communication and analytical skills
    5. Demonstrate political acumen in appropriate circumstances
    6. Commit to attend and participate fully at all assigned committee meetings, and plan to attend all Regents meetings
  4. Compensation for Staff Advisors
    While performing services as a Staff Advisor, both the Advisors will receive a 15% administrative stipend for the duration of their tenure. The stipend recognizes the additional time and work entailed in serving as a Staff Advisor.
  5. Application Process
    Candidates will self-nominate in a timely manner in response to the systemwide notice. Fully completed applications must be submitted to the Office of the President by email by the listed deadline. Go to the Application Process page to download the application and find information on where to submit your application. 
  6. Selection Process and Timeline
    1. Release of systemwide notice. The system notice will provide information on eligibility, the role and time commitment of the Staff Advisors, and the application period.
    2. The Office of the President Systemwide Human Resources|Employee Relations will perform an administrative review to ensure appropriate eligibility and qualifications of the applicants.
    3. The Office of the President Screening Committee will select at least 3 semifinalists. Each semifinalist must then provide at least two references from University members who are able to respond to predefined questions about the candidate's qualifications. References will be kept confidential by the Office of the President and must be received prior to an interview.
    4. The semifinalists will be interviewed by the Office of the President Interview Committee. The Committee will choose 2-3 finalists.
    5. The finalists will be interviewed by the President or his designee. The President will make the final selection of the Staff Advisor Designate, in consultation with the Chair of the Board of Regents. Each finalist will be notified of the President's decision with an official notice from Systemwide Human Resources. The newly-appointed Staff Advisor Designate/Staff Advisor will serve a two-year term beginning July 1.
  7. Screening and Selection Committees
    1. The Screening Committee will be comprised of the current Staff Advisor Designate, 1-2 previous Staff Advisor(s), staff or non-Senate academic employees from UC locations who will be selected by the Chair, and staff administrators at the Office of the President. The committee will be chaired by the Director of Systemwide Employee Relations - Systemwide Human Resources, or his/her designee.
    2. The Interview Committee will be chaired by the Vice President-Systemwide Human Resources, or his/her designee, and will be comprised of 1-2 previous Staff Advisor(s), the Staff Advisor whose term will expire that year, and senior staff administrators from UC locations, including from UCOP areas such as The Office of the Regents, UC Communications, and Systemwide Human Resources.

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