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PROGRAM OFFICER, UC RESEARCH INITIATIVES
Job ID: 19021
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The University of California, one of the largest and most acclaimed institutions of higher learning in the world, is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and public service. The University of California Office of the President is the headquarters to the 10 campuses, six academic medical centers and three national laboratories and enrolls premier students from California, the nation and the world. Learn more about the UC Office of the President
This position is part of the Research Grants Program Office (RGPO) within the Office of Research and Innovation (R&I). The RGPO oversees a broad grant making portfolio of over $100 million a year to support research that is critical to California, the nation and the world. RGPO programs enhance UC's research capacity and excellence, which helps attract top faculty, graduate students, government funding and companies to our state. These grants enable researchers to collaborate and solve the most pressing problems in the state and the world. RGPO also provides grants for training undergraduates, graduate and postdoctoral researchers, whose work will benefit California communities. The RGPO consists of several systemwide and statewide grant-making programs, as well as a central operational unit that provides core administrative support for the grant-making enterprise.
The UC Research Initiatives (UCRI) team within RGPO is responsible for the UC systemwide grant-making programs. The UCRI portfolio includes the Cancer Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC), the Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI), the UC-National Laboratory Fees Research Program (LFRP), Multicampus Research Units, and other systemwide research initiatives. https://www.ucop.edu/research-initiatives/index.html.
UCRI aims to enhance the UC research enterprise systemwide by fostering innovative research and collaboration across the UC campuses, medical centers and UC-managed national labs. Reporting to the UCRI Director, this position has primary responsibility for program development and planning, peer reviewer and applicant relations, grant application and award management, program evaluation and analysis, and representing the program and disseminating research findings to a broad range of stakeholders concerned with UC research across the system. The ideal candidate has an advanced degree with broad research exposure, and research program administration and/or grants management experience in an academic setting. Disciplinary expertise is open, and applicants with specializations in human health sciences broadly defined are encouraged, including behavioral, or health-related social sciences, epidemiology, public health, related human sciences, bioengineering, cancer or infectious diseases, or other expertise relevant to the UCRI portfolio. Enthusiasm for enhancing the UC research enterprise and advancing the University's research mission, and a commitment to diversifying the research workforce at all levels, are key components of this position. In addition to primary responsibilities within UCRI grant-making programs, the incumbent will participate in RGPO-wide special projects and provide cross-functional expertise to other RGPO grant-making programs as needed.
- Experience and leadership ability in research program planning, academic program review, research program oversight, or peer review in a content area relevant to the UCRI Portfolio.
- Demonstrated experience in research management, including knowledge of research grants administration and policy. Experience with research proposal preparation and with evaluating research reports and budgets to assess compliance and modification requests.
- Proven project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects with a proactive, results-oriented approach. Strong organizational and planning skills. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines with initiative, and successfully lead complex projects with minimum supervision.
- Excellent problem-solving skills and judgment. Advanced skills in analyzing information, identifying solutions, evaluating their implications, and formulating alternatives, particularly in relation to research management.
- Outstanding collaboration and demonstrated teamwork ability.
- Excellent client relations skills. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and mutually supportive working relationships with a range of internal and external colleagues and stakeholders.
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills to both establish trust, and to translate complex scientific concepts into everyday prose.
- Facility with all commonly-used office software (eg: Outlook, WORD, Excel, Visio, Box) required.
- PhD or equivalent experience in health-related disciplines to complement team expertise. Broad exposure to research related to key disciplines in the UCRI portfolio, and willingness to contribute broadly across all areas of scholarship strongly preferred.
- Ability to assess research outcomes in fields outside that of disciplinary expertise or field of the earned doctorate. Ability to contribute to program planning and grants oversight in a wide-range of disciplines beyond own disciplinary expertise.
- Direct experience facilitating the smooth conduct of collaborative or multi-location research projects strongly preferred. Enthusiasm for supporting a range of research endeavors that advance the UC research enterprise strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated interest in and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in research training, research grantmaking, the conduct of research and in supporting the public benefit of research.
- Knowledge of UC policies and procedures and research-related experience at UC or at one of the UC-managed national laboratories a plus.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a high volume, fast-paced work environment.
- Facility with web-based database and content management systems desirable. Familiarity with evaluation tools like SciVal, and programming languages (eg python, R, or other coding) to facilitate portfolio-wide data analysis for UCRI and RGPO.
- Advanced degree in relevant academic discipline area and/or equivalent experience/training.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary Range: $106,500 - $124,200 commensurate with education and experience.
Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging
HOW TO APPLY
Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.
APPLICATION REVIEW DATE
The first review date for this job is July 8, 2021. The position will be open until filled.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Background Check Process: Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position. Background check process at UCOP
Smoke Free Work Environment: The University of California, Office of the President, is smoke & tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014. UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy
The University of California, Office of the President, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. EEO/AA Employer UC Nondiscrimination Policy
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