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Program Officer - University of California Initiatives Program Officer

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

Position Description:

The UC Research Initiatives Program Officer position reports to the Director, UC Research Initiatives (UCRI). 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. 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 specialization in either physical or computational sciences, atmospheric sciences, or engineering with broad research exposure, and research program administration and/or grants management experience in an academic setting. 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.


Required Qualifications 
  • 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.
Preferred Qualifications 
  • PhD or equivalent experience in the physical or computational sciences, atmospheric sciences, or engineering, to complement team expertise. Broad exposure to research related to key disciplines in the UCRI portfolio 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.

To Apply:

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