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Moores Cancer Center
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#110716 Research Program Coordinator

Extended Review Date: Tue 10/19/2021

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This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 07/30/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/10/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Moores Cancer Center is one of just 51 in the United States to hold a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. As such, it ranks among the top centers in the nation conducting basic and clinical cancer research, providing advanced patient care and serving the community through outreach and education programs.

The Cancer Center's mission is to translate promising scientific discoveries into new and better options for the care of patients with cancer. The Center supports one of the broadest ranges of cancer activities in the nation - from fundamental and translational cancer research in molecular genetics and advanced molecular therapeutics, and from population studies of cancer incidence to community education about cancer prevention and risk reduction.

Under the general direction of the Program Leader of the Cancer Control Program and the Executive Director for Cancer Research, the primary responsibilities of this position are in three areas: pre-award research administration; manuscript submission and program management.

Incumbent has full functional responsibility for planning, implementing, evaluating, and communicating about program seminars, projects, and both internal and external events. These responsibilities include but are not limited to preparation of project proposals, marketing materials, reports, budget preparation, review/analysis of expenditures and requisitions for purchases, and coordination of activities with other divisions and departments. This position will interact with diverse groups of people at all levels within multiple organizations, including individuals at the UCSD campus, RCHSD, ACTRI, as well as external organizations such as foundations, societies, and other research groups at different campuses.

Incumbent is also independently responsible for pre-award research administration for the Cancer Control Program's collaborative grants, which includes reviewing, analyzing, editing, and/or rewriting of components required in applications/proposals, working with the PI to develop budgets and prepare budget justifications, and interfacing with collaborating organizations to obtain required documents. Proposal submission includes using web-based campus proposal repository systems to upload proposal documents and coordinating with OCGA/HSPPO for submission and the Office of Business Contracting for subawards and contracts.

Finally, the incumbent is responsible for coordination of publications generated by the Cancer Control Program Leaders faculty, including but not limited to book chapters, journal manuscripts, and presentations. Incumbent collaborates with faculty, trainees, project managers and other staff (i.e. analysts, clinicians, and research assistants) to support organizational and research functions that bring reports, deliverables, peer-reviewed publications, presentations at professional meetings and other milestones to fruition.


  • Six (6) years of related experience, education/training, OR a Bachelor’s degree in related area plus two (2) years of related experience/training.

  • Demonstrated high level administrative skills to include experience with complex calendaring, domestic and international travel, and event/meeting planning.

  • Working knowledge of common organization- or research-specific and other computer application programs. Proficient in the use of standard software applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, email programs, databases, and internet browsers.

  • Proficient in communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Ability to communicate effectively with wide variety of people, individually and in groups, in varying mediums and venues (email, phone, presentations, meetings, social media, etc.).

  • Exceptional organizational skills, independent problem-solving skills, analytical skills, and mid-range planning skills with ability to identify future contingencies.

  • Demonstrates ability to analyze, research and synthesize large amounts of data with strong attention to detail. Skill in analyzing information, situations, practices, and procedures to define the problem or objective, identify relevant factors, formulate logical and objective conclusions and recognize alternatives and their implications.

  • Knowledge of contract and grant proposal formats, preparation, and submission, as well as federal, state and private funding agency regulations. Ability to guide principal investigators and administrative contacts in the preparation of proposal, continuation, and renewal materials.

  • Proficient in ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.

  • Experience with program development, planning, operations and reporting requirements for extramurally funded grants and contracts.

  • Ability to use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns. Proven ability to exercise independent judgement, tact and firmness in interaction with faculty, staff, students and institutional colleagues. Ability to communicate in a professional, positive and persuasive manner.

  • Demonstrated experience organizing, implementing, analyzing, and managing continuing medical education curricula and seminars.

  • Working knowledge of applicable policy analysis techniques.

  • Ability to work as a team member, actively listen, learn quickly and take personal accountability for contributing to success of team in meeting programmatic deliverables and organizational objectives.

  • Ability to independently interpret, analyze, and implement appropriate policies in a given situation.


  • Effective writing skills and strong editing and proofreading skills. Ability to formulate and present written material in a logical and comprehensive manner.
  • Knowledge of University policies and procedures. Demonstrated experience using UCSD business management systems, such as Financial Link, My Travel, and My Events.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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