Job Description

Payroll Title:
VCR Core Services Unit
Hiring Salary Range
$70,000 - $100,000 /year
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Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#115065 Research Engagement Manager ( Hybrid )

Extended Deadline: Mon 5/23/2022

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 03/14/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/23/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

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


Under the direction of the co-Directors of the Yankelovich Center for Social Research, the Research Engagement Manager will provide background research and management support to research-practice partnership projects, implement grant-making programs, provide programmatic services to encourage researcher-practitioner collaborations, support the Race and Democracy program, and take a leading role in the day-to-day management of the Center.

The Research Engagement Manager will work with UC San Diego Social Sciences faculty, as well as community stakeholders and practitioners, engaging them in research-practice partnerships and collaborations. By engaging and collaborating with faculty across the division, the Research Engagement Manager will facilitate social science research in order to create useful and publishable research. The position requires an experienced professional who can take the range of necessary steps needed to connect theories developed by research teams with non-profit groups, governmental actors, and policy makers to ensure that those theories can have an impact on real world practice. Thus the practice requires not only some knowledge of academic processes but also in-depth understanding of the professional fields and real world service providers and policy evaluators. The Research Engagement Manager must be able to work independently to perform the full range of job responsibilities; must possess broad job knowledge; be able to analyze problems and issues of diverse scope and determine appropriate solutions.

Other duties include: read and abstract articles of value in the development of broad research agendas; analyze and interpret data and evidence; participate in writing and publishing research reports and other documents for practitioner audiences; help to organize and lead meetings with practitioners and academics and present research results; organize or assist in organizing Yankelovich Center public events. The incumbent will also provide work direction to Yankelovich center staff, undergraduate and graduate research assistants, and student workers, and perform other duties as assigned.

This position might be eligible for a flexible work arrangement to include a possible non-standard schedule, and/or the ability to work off-site part of the time.


  • Understanding of the research process acquired through an MA, MPP, or PhD, and/or equivalent experience with policy analysis or adjacent fields.

  • Strong knowledge of ways in which research can be useful to public policy and/or practice, ideally from experience in government, grassroots organizations, civic associations, think tanks, or philanthropy.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to prepare and edit effective written documents for public audiences, e.g. memos, op-eds, public reports, etc. Must be able to engage non-technical audiences.

  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results. Successful, positive interpersonal communication skills needed to interact well with others and communicate in a constructive, professional, and pleasant manner.

  • Strong organizational skills including the ability to keep clear and accurate records, organize a varied workload, follow written and oral protocols and give oral presentations on the progress of projects. Proven ability to prioritize.

  • Proven experience in program planning and management of projects. Demonstrated success in planning and managing multi-stakeholder projects.

  • Familiarity with Apple and PC computers and associated word processing and spreadsheet software with a willingness and ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Must be able to collaborate with outside organizations that are working on similar topics, motivate partners and ensure that they meet deadlines and accomplish the appropriate tasks.

  • Demonstrated ability to meet commitments on time and within budget.

  • Strong ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers. Must be able to collaborate with outside organizations that are working on similar topics, motivate partners and ensure that they meet deadlines and accomplish the appropriate tasks.


  • Must be able to work flexible schedule, occasional evenings/nights, weekends and holidays, often on short notice to meet operational needs.

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

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

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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