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Program Officer - Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP)

University of California, Office of the President, Oakland, California

Position Description:

The Health Policy Program Officer is responsible for oversight of public health policy and social-behavioral research areas in the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), including program development and planning, peer reviewer and applicant relations, grant application and award management. The Health Policy Program Officer will represent the program in statewide forums geared toward tobacco-related policy development and will disseminate research findings to a broad range of organizations and institutions concerned with nicotine and tobacco products, tobacco-related disease, and tobacco control. The incumbent will have advanced knowledge of health policy research sufficient to provide independent oversight of the grants in her/his portfolio. The incumbent will also work with the TRDRP Program Director and team of Program Officers to develop best practices and work products needed to maintain TRDRP's excellence in grantmaking.


Required Qualifications 
  • State-of-the-art knowledge of science policy, public health, or policy research.
  • Proven leadership ability in scientific program planning and management of projects; experience leading scientific committees, outreach and technical assistance teams, and/or peer review committees.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills. Advanced skills analyzing information, problems, situations, policies or procedures to define the problem, need or objective.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers, managers and teams with advanced program planning and management of projects.
Preferred Qualifications 
  • Extensive knowledge of the history of tobacco control policymaking and the impact of research.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of historic and current local, state, and federal legislation and regulations regarding the sale and marketing of tobacco and nicotine products.
  • Proven ability to formulate solutions, new program development, alternative choices and implications for implementation.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in research grantmaking and grants administration.
  • Conduct of research in tobacco-related and/or non-communicable diseases and a record of publications in the field.
  • Knowledge of UC research policies, documents and bulletins, grant management database systems, and the UCLA business and finance policies and bulletins.
  • Advanced degree in a relevant science policy, public health, or policy research discipline and a minimum of five years of relevant work experience in the public health policy field.

To Apply:

Please visit this link for more information on the position and to submit an application.

The first review date for this job is February 22, 2021. The position will be open until filled.


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