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#120829 Project Policy Analyst for Research Affairs

Extended Deadline: Thu 2/9/2023

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.

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/27/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 1/5/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

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



The Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) organization supports, facilitates and promotes the world-class research enterprise at UC San Diego by a) providing essential services and resources that enhance research and other creative endeavors, b) enabling partnerships and collaborations among researchers at UC San Diego and between UC San Diego and government, industry and other research enterprises, c) developing infrastructure and policy that promote innovation, an entrepreneurial culture, communication, and compliance for the UC San Diego research enterprise, and promoting research excellence by embedding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion at the core of everything we do.

The organization fosters research across disciplines by enhancing the research experience through effective stewardship of resources, policies, compliance and expertise, and by developing tools and educational programs as the responsible steward of the campus research enterprise. The Office of Research Affairs (ORA) is the central VCR office with direct oversight for all VCR operational, administrative and public relations/communication functions and for core units including Research Scholars, Research Ethics, Government Research Relations, Research Initiatives, Research Proposal Development, International Outreach, and multi-disciplinary campus research (Organized Research Units). Other enterprise-wide research support departments under the Vice Chancellor for Research include Contract and Grant Administration, Innovation and Commercialization, Research Compliance and Integrity (including IACUC, Export Control, Conflict of Interest), the Animal Care Program and the VCR Service Core.


The ORA Project Policy Analyst performs special projects and special assignments as assigned by the direct supervisor, on behalf of the Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) by providing strategic support to leadership of the Office of Research Affairs (ORA). Works with ORA leadership, industry partners, faculty, and students. The incumbent will research a variety of topics and then translate information into written documents to include reports, surveys, presentations, and publications.

The incumbent is responsible for project management, administrative analysis, and policy/audit and compliance support. Consults and engages in joint problem solving with office stakeholders regarding the effectiveness and integrity of information, processes, and procedures. Conducts on-going analyses to ensure functionality and capability; Recommends system enhancements. Develops standing operation processes (SOPs), reports and queries to assist staff in documenting and monitoring unit processes. Makes recommendations on process improvements and policy development and revisions.

Using subject matter knowledge, the incumbent collects and prepares information for use in discussions, meetings of internal and external constituents. The Project Policy Analyst organizes and prioritizes reports and information requests for timely completion. The incumbent coordinates relations with faculty, staff, students, private industry, and government organizations, including multiple sub-awardees in industry and academia.

Applies professional concepts to conduct analytical studies or projects of moderate scope and complexity to address a variety of policy, research and procedural issues. Fully analyzes issues and problems, gathers data and information, finds and evaluates alternatives and makes sound recommendations.

Performs other related analysis functions as required.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and two years of professional experience in planning, evaluating and executing collaborative projects; and / or equivalent experience / training.

  • Working knowledge of common organization- or research-specific and other computer application programs. Demonstrated ability and knowledge of using computer software applications including but not limited to: Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Word. Experience with productivity and project management tools. Experience in researching, conceptualizing, developing and evaluating projects.

  • Proficient in communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Demonstrated superb interpersonal skills to successfully interact with a broad spectrum of people including university faculty and staff, high-level executives and senior leaders and members of the community from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

  • Proficient in ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality. Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment, tact, diplomacy, and discretion in handling a variety of complex and highly confidential matters.

  • Demonstrates ability to use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns. Experience in independently accomplishing tasks in an environment with changing priorities. Experience performing under constant pressure of deadlines.

  • Demonstrates ability to analyze, research and synthesize large amounts of data with strong attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to evaluate and analyze processes and workflow to make recommendations to increase efficiency, productivity and turnaround time.

  • Proficient in ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes. Demonstrated organizational and project management skills including ability to work independently, multi-task, determine appropriate priorities, and complete projects accurately, and with a high level of attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to use independent judgment to initiate & track complex issues and projects to completion in an environment with multiple changing priorities.

  • Demonstrated experience or knowledge in making recommendations on policy or procedure changes

  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and maintain well organized and intuitive computerized and paper-based record keeping systems.


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

  • Must be available to work occasional flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.

Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $43,900 - $91,900 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).

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