Job Description

Payroll Title:
CANCER CENTER/Kick It California
Hiring Salary Range
$18.25 / Hour
Greenwich Drive
Appointment Type:
Limited Appointment
Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 4 hrs/day, Monday-Saturday

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#116290 Tobacco Cessation Quit Coach - Hybrid/Remote

Extended Review Date: Tue 7/5/2022

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

This is a part-time limited position with the possibility of extension/career conversion.

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/08/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will work a hybrid schedule which includes a combination of working both onsite at Greenwich Drive and remote.


Kick It California, formally known as California Smokers' Helpline, is part of the UCSD Moore's Cancer Center and offers free evidence-based telephone coaching to help people quit using tobacco. Kick It California offers service in six languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Vietnamese. In addition, Kick It California conducts research in tobacco control through grant funding (NCI, CDC, CMS, TRDRP and others). At any given time, research projects are being developed, implemented, written-up and published. Kick It California is also responsible for evaluating the Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) program and providing a restorative justice alternative to suspension program for students found using tobacco and/or cannabis at school.

The Tobacco Cessation Quit Coach will learn to provide tobacco cessation telephone coaching to clients calling Kick It California. Answers incoming calls to the program, following established procedures and protocol to assess needs of callers, transition into coaching and provide the best possible service. Learns to assist clients in developing and implementing effective strategies to quit smoking or other tobacco use. Provides education on cannabis and health effects as appropriate. Creates and sustains a supportive client-focused environment for the change of addictive behavior. Gathers and records detailed and accurate information on clients. Maintains thorough and confidential records of all client interactions. Acquires a thorough grasp of all aspects of smoking cessation, including the psychology of addictive behavior, physiological aspects of withdrawal, and behavior modification techniques that facilitate the quitting process. Participates in various research studies, applying protocols and procedures appropriate to the subject populations. Provides assistance with quit coach training.


  • Coursework or work experience in related area. Continuing education in related field.

  • Fluency in English, or English and at least one of the following: Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Mandarin or Cantonese.

  • Knowledge or experience in program content and objectives. Knowledge of how to deliver educational programs in a variety of settings. Demonstrated skill in communicating in a helpful, informative, and supportive manner on the phone, and in providing appropriate interventions based on accurate assessment to a diverse group of study participants.

  • Organizational skills to develop a project plan, monitor plans against established deadlines, and review and analyze results.

  • Basic effective reading, verbal, written communications and presentation skills to interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

  • Ability to maintain positive interactions with others and work cooperatively.

  • Experience using business software systems in the completion of work assignments; i.e., Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint.

  • Demonstrated skill in conducting detailed telephone interviews, and ability to simultaneously use online databases.

  • Ability to understand and follow research protocols, including determining subjects' eligibility to participate in studies, randomization procedures, and coding of data.


  • Background in counseling, psychology, or health-related field.

  • Bilingual.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Weekends and some holidays may be required.

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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UC San Diego Health 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:

UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit for more information.

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