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#120575 Assistant Director

Extended Deadline: Tue 2/7/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This position is a contract position with the possibility of extension/career conversion.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/28/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

A hybrid schedule with part-time in the office and part-time remote work will be available for this position


The UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) advances scientific discovery to improve health - bringing discoveries from the lab to the bedside. ACTRI was established to provide education, training and infrastructure for clinical research in the San Diego area. It encompasses four hospital systems, two universities and four biomedical research organizations. It receives partial funding from a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the NIH, National Center for Advancing Translational Science.

ACTRI is home to the Center for Community Health (CCH), a multi-disciplinary group with a mission to transform health and wellness in diverse communities by improving health equity. CCH programs and initiatives focus on advancing innovative, community-informed, community-driven health research and capacity- building, particularly in the binational and southern California region. The Center for Community Health has a history of over 30 years working in, with, and for communities in the San Diego region via multisector and multi-level approaches that bring together community partners and key stakeholders to solve complex systemic problems.

The Refugee Health Unit is housed under the Center for Community Health and was launched in 2017 in response to the growing number of refugees in San Diego, which is home to the largest refugee population in California to date. The Afghan Refugee School Impact (ASRI) and Afghan Youth Mentoring (AYM) program within CCH Refugee Health Unit is newly funded by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) through the 2022 Afghanistan Supplemental Appropriations Act to provide support services to youth and families from Afghanistan. The program aims to engage and connect youth and families with available resources to support academic and social integration and education across four key program areas: 1) Early Childhood Development, 2) Family Engagement, 3) Mental Health and Well-Being, and 4) School Enrollment and Support. UCSD-CCH will oversee administration of these funds statewide with regional lead agencies and local community-based organizations (CBOs) who will deliver and coordinate culturally responsive services in regions with high numbers of newly arrived refugees from Afghanistan.

Under direction, the Assistant Director has broad and independent responsibilities to oversee programming intersecting public health. The Assistant Director will oversee administration, finances, and human resources, including designing and developing major program components, and administering the program’s full range of operational requirements. The Assistant Director will have broad and independent responsibilities planning and directing administrative and operational/programmatic activities for the Afghan Refugee School Impact (ASRI) and Afghan Youth Mentoring (AYM) program. This includes fiscal oversight under CCH and with sub-contracted regional entities. The Assistant Director will also be responsible for leading monitoring, evaluation, and reporting activities, staff management, and ensuring effective partnerships and communications with program partners and other key stakeholders.

Uses advanced operational concepts and objectives to resolve highly complex issues. Regularly works on issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Primarily deals with programs and proposals with broad impact across the function, research initiative, program and / or organization. Develops and oversees the implementation of new programs and processes.


  • Nine years of related experience, education/training, OR an Bachelor’s degree in related area plus five years of related experience/training.

  • Advanced knowledge of common organizational- or research-specific and other computer application programs. Advanced knowledge of common computer applications such as Microsoft and Google Suites.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff and influence, both verbally and in writing. Exceptional written and oral communication and presentation skills.

  • Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.

  • Advanced project management skills. Project management skills associated with fiscal and personnel management; resource allocation; and management, monitoring and negotiation of grants, cooperative agreements and subcontractors.

  • Thorough knowledge of organizational or initiative processes, protocols and procedures.

  • Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes. Demonstrated ability to prioritize and organize job responsibilities in an environment of high-volume workload, competing deadlines, changing priorities, and frequent interruptions.

  • Advanced knowledge of applicable policy analysis techniques.

  • Advanced analytical / problem-solving skills. Strong critical thinking skills, including ability to analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs, and develop integrated, creative solutions.

  • Exceptional leadership skills and ability to work with a variety of system leaders to build consensus around strategy and tactics to achieve mutually beneficial goals.

  • Demonstrated experience developing and leading regional, statewide, or large-scale initiatives or programs that involve multiple sectors such as community-based organizations, service providers, professional associations and businesses, media, and government stakeholders.

  • Possesses a high level of political and organizational acumen, with experience building and leveraging strong relationships with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders.

  • Strong conceptual and analytic skills and demonstrated experience in formulating strategic plans for a complex organization, including providing leadership to execute plans with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Experiencing managing staff and budgets, including knowledge of budget preparation, cost estimating, monitoring, and fiscal management principles and procedures.

  • Excellent data analysis and reporting skills. Experience managing data and creating reports for multiple audiences.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently. Ability to follow through and complete projects with minimal direction. Ability to meet deadlines while managing and prioritizing multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.

  • Deep understanding of and experience with community engagement and social programming, with substantive knowledge of or leadership experience in immigration and refugee programing/policy.

  • Strong knowledge/subject matter expertise related to the refugee resettlement process.

  • Experience highly desirable in advancing immigrant and refugee equity as well as addressing disparities, racial justice and disproportionality.


  • Bilingual language skills, English and Somali.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must be willing to work occasional overtime as needed for deadlines.

  • Must be able to attend occasional meetings on evenings & weekends.

  • Must be willing and able to travel.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

  • Bilingual language skills are highly preferred (Somali).

Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $63,400 - $142,800 Annually

The University of California, San Diego is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is defined as the Full Pay Range. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position defined as the Expected Pay Scale. Placement within the Expected Pay Scale is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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