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You could be the next staff advisor to the UC Regents

Applications for the position of staff advisor to the Regents are once again open! Non-represented staff, represented staff and non-Senate academic employees with at least five years of UC service are eligible to apply through April 3, 2020. The two-year term runs from July 2020 to June 2022.

Since the UC Board of Regents established the position in 2007, staff advisors have participated in open sessions and designated committees of the board of Regents, representing the employee perspective in Regents deliberations and to decision-makers at the Office of the President. They serve as non-voting members of designated Regents’ committees, attend and participate directly in committee and board meetings throughout their term of service, and visit many UC locations to gather input from staff.

Departing Staff Advisor Kate Klimow has simple advice for anyone who is intrigued by the role: “Apply. You don’t need to have years of experience, or be at a certain level, to serve as staff advisor to the Regents. UC staff — and the roles we play — are incredibly diverse. If you’re interested in bringing your perspective and your experiences to the table, UC needs you — and the experience will be more enriching than you can imagine.”

Klimow — who is chief administrative officer and director of External Relations at UC Irvine Beall Applied Innovation — first served alongside her former colleague Sherry Main as staff advisor designate. Since last year, she has served with UC Berkeley Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff Ann Jeffrey, whose term continues through June 2021.

“I went into this role with an open mind, ready to serve however I was needed. I’m leaving with a window into how all of the pieces fit together, and with a profound appreciation for how much care and commitment people throughout the system bring to their work at UC,” Klimow says. “It’s not ‘us’ and ‘them.’ Staff, faculty, students and the Regents — we’re all working together for this special place that is the University of California.”

Cheryl Lloyd, acting vice president of Systemwide Human Resources and Chief Risk Officer, couldn’t agree more with Klimow’s advice. “UC staff are the engine of the university. Staff advisors bring their voices to the table – and the Regents listen. If you’re up for the challenge, your service as staff advisor can have a real impact on UC’s future.”

Learn more about the program and how to apply on the staff advisor website.

If you have questions about the staff advisor position or the application process, contact Juliann Martinez, UC Office of the President Systemwide Employee Relations, at (510) 287-3331 or


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