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#118562 HBCD Study Project Manager (Hybrid/Remote)

Extended Deadline: Thu 9/29/2022

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Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 8/31/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 9/12/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Position will be filled either as a Project Policy Analyst 3 or a Project Policy Analyst 4. based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate identified for hire.


The Healthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) Study is a large-scale longitudinal study of brain, cognitive, and emotional development that will follow mothers and their children from before birth through the first decade of life. The project will involve over 7,000 families at 25 sites across the United States and the close partnership of over 500 investigators, research staff, consultants, external board members, and federal collaborators from a dozen NIH institutes and offices. The HBCD Consortium seeks to better understand which harmful and protective environments exert the greatest impact on child development. Knowledge gained from this research will help to improve the health and development of children across the nation.

The Project Manager provides program administration and project management services for the HBCD Study. Creates and manages plans for assigned projects, identifying scope, timeline, roles, and priorities. Adopts a work breakdown structure to define and track a hierarchy of deliverables, tasks, and subtasks, identify task dependencies and project risks. Acts as a liaison to subject matter experts and leadership to gather requirements, conduct needs assessments, develop project plans and workflows, propose solutions, and manage research project implementation. Develops and monitors metrics to ensure the ongoing success of complex projects and completion of study milestones. Participates in the development and refinement of study tracking and monitoring tools with the HBCD developers and data management group. Provides regular progress reports to study leadership and workgroups.

The incumbent uses skills as a seasoned, experienced professional with a full understanding of analytical practices, policies and procedures; researches, analyzes and develops solutions to a wide range of issues. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Primarily deals with policies, programs and proposals which are complex in nature and diverse in scope. Develops new programs, policies or procedures for possible implementation.

This position may work remotely, requiring a remote work agreement, anywhere in the United States. This position may be eligible for a flexible work arrangement, which could include a non-standard work schedule, and/or the ability to work off-site part of the time. The employee shall be available full-time during assigned work hours (specific hours to be discussed with supervisor).


  • Bachelor's degree in behavioral neuroscience or a related field, or equivalent research experience/training.

  • Prior experience working on a highly interdisciplinary, pediatric, multi-site, longitudinal, research study. Experience with human subjects research.

  • Exceptional ability to write and communicate technical content effectively in a variety of mediums (web, summaries, reports, brochures, presentations, scientific manuscripts, SOPs, etc.) and in ways appropriate to targeted audiences (scientists, research participants, general public, funding agencies, etc.). Ability to write and speak clearly and present detailed information and analysis.

  • Advanced project management skills. Demonstrated experience formulating strategic and operating plans, and expertly navigating and leading several ongoing projects across multiple teams and settings. Demonstrated capacity to anticipate obstacles and plan for contingencies. Ability to use data to inform decision-making and proactively resolve unforeseen situations to ensure project success.

  • Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes. Exceptional attention to detail and strong organizational and time-management skills.

  • Advanced analytical / problem-solving skills. Demonstrated experience working independently in unstructured projects and situations, identifying priorities, and applying creativity and originality in problem-solving in an environment with changing priorities. Proven ability to conduct research and interpret and present data.

  • Advanced knowledge of common organizational- or research-specific and other computer application programs. Superior working knowledge of personal computers with the ability to effectively use software for word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, email, calendaring, databases, reference management, and experience working with project management software.

  • Experience overseeing the scheduling and coordination of a variety of meetings and conferences for large and small groups.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • Must be willing and able to travel (infrequently).

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

  • Position will be filled either as a Project Policy Analyst 3 or a Project Policy Analyst 4. based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate identified for hire.

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

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