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#120409 Project Officer

Extended Deadline: Wed 2/8/2023

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 12/15/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

One of these position will be a hybrid schedule with part-time in the office and part-time remote work and one position will be hired fully remote


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 newlyarrived refugees from Afghanistan

Under the general direction of the program’s Associate Director, the Project Officer will have broad and independent responsibilities for planning and managing administrative and programmatic operations of the ASRI/AYM program across California. The incumbent will play a key role providing day-to-day oversight and management of program implementation activities conducted by contracted sub-coordinating agencies and community-based organizations providing direct program services within their respective region, ensuring compliance with program guidelines and requirements at the local level. This will include serving as point of contact and maintaining effective communications and engagement with a diverse range of local, regional and institutional partners to effectively oversee program activities, including facilitating meetings, representing the program locally, and supporting development of a Community of Practice.

Job duties and responsibilities will also include supporting regional capacity assessment and resource planning/allocation according with each region’s unique needs; supporting timely sub-contract development and execution between CCH, regional sub-coordinating agencies, and sub-contracted service providers; and conducting regular sub-contract monitoring and quality control to ensure compliance with program and funder guidelines and successful achievement of project goals. The Project Officer will be responsible for supporting program evaluation activities including data tracking and monitoring with sub-grantees, maintaining program files, documenting lessons learned, and contributing to the development of program reports and deliverables per funder requirements. The incumbent will also identify local barriers/challenges and support provision of technical assistance for partners within the region.

For this position, each Regional Project Officer will need to have a high degree of familiarity with local services and service providers for the Afghan refugee community within the region they will oversee. The ideal candidate for this position will have experience as a project manager overseeing regional initiatives and be able to work effectively with diverse agencies including refugee resettlement agencies and community-based organizations to ensure program goals and objectives are met. The Project Officer will have a full understanding of analytical practices, policies, and procedures, and demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

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 possibleimplementation.


  • Seven (7) years of related experience, education/training, OR an Bachelor’s degree in related area plus three (3) years of related experience/training.

  • Knowledge of common organization- 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, both verbally and in writing. Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and build effective working relationships with individuals, groups, and larger-scale communities.

  • Strong skills in analyzing, researching and synthesizing large amounts of data for preparing sound and relevant proposals / analyses. Excellent project management skills, including proven experience planning, implementing, managing, and evaluating projects. Research experience working with qualitative and quantitative methods to assess stakeholder needs, program development, and evaluation. Ability to synthesize large amounts of data for both technical and more general audiences.

  • Strong policy analysis techniques.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers. Prior experience leading and motivating units, leaders and staff to achieve objectives with the ability to plan and organize projects involving multiple steps and participants.

  • Knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices. Experiences with resource allocation, fiscal, personnel, and management of grants/gifts and contracts.

  • Professional research or analytical experience (working with the private and public sector implementing health initiatives).

  • Experience collaborating with internal and external stakeholders across multiple sectors, including community-based organizations, service providers, professional associations and businesses, media, and government stakeholders.

  • Experience coordinating and facilitating effective meetings and communications.

  • Ability to understand and conceptualize public health interventions.

  • Familiarity with and strong commitment to addressing diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Experience in program or contract management including sub-contractor oversight/management ideally with a same or similar population of focus - youth and families and/or immigrant and refugee communities.

  • Knowledge and awareness of political and community environment across key regions you are applying for (i.e., Southern California, Bay Area, etc.).

  • Knowledge of and experience with community engagement and social programming, including immigration and refugee programing/policy and refugee resettlement processes.


  • Advanced degree in related area (e.g., public health, health science) and/or equivalent academic background and experience in community engagement and health disparities.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
  • Must be willing and able to travel within California.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.
  • Bilingual language skills are highly preferred.

Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $53,600 - $111,600 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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