RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM OFFICER FOR THE TOBACCO-RELATED DISEASE RESEARCH PROGRAM
Location: Oakland Job ID: 15039
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The Research Grants Program Office (RGPO) oversees a broad grantmaking portfolio of over $100 million a year to support research that is critical to California, the nation and the world. RGPO programs enhance UC's research capacity and excellence, which helps attract top faculty, graduate students, government funding and companies to our state. These grants also enable health researchers and community agencies to collaborate and solve the most pressing problems in the state. RGPO also provides grants for training undergraduates, graduate and postdoctoral researchers, whose work will benefit California communities.
This position is part of the Research Grants Program Office (RGPO) within Research and Innovation (R&I) at the University of California, Office of the President (UCOP). The RGPO consists of several grant making programs that are administered by the University of California on behalf of the State of California. These programs are the California Breast Cancer Research Program, the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, the California HIV/AIDS Research Program, and the UC Research Initiatives such as the Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives and the Lab Fees Research Program. The RGPO provides central coordination to support grant review and administration, financial and budgetary services, database management, and other core administrative needs to all of the grant programs.
The Health Policy Program Officer is responsible for oversight of public health policy and social-behavioral research areas in the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), including program development and planning, peer reviewer and applicant relations, grant application and award management. The Health Policy Program Officer will represent the program in statewide forums geared toward tobacco-related policy development and will disseminate research findings to a broad range of organizations and institutions concerned with nicotine and tobacco products, tobacco-related disease, and tobacco control. The incumbent will have advanced knowledge of health policy research sufficient to provide independent oversight of the grants in her/his portfolio. The incumbent will also work with the TRDRP Program Director and team of Program Officers to develop best practices and work products needed to maintain TRDRP's excellence in grantmaking.
Grant Application and Award Management. Serves as Scientific Program Officer for the TRDRP portfolio of public health policy grants and a portion of the social-behavioral grant portfolio. Develops goals and objectives for new research initiatives in the science policy or public health policy research. Sets priorities for research funding. Works closely with members of the RGPO Operations Unit to ensure well-run and scientifically sound application reviews. Develops TRDRP application solicitations, ensuring that they clearly communicate the program's research priorities. Identifies potential expert advisors and peer reviewers by keeping abreast of the latest scientific discoveries in relevant public health policy areas, establishing and maintaining collegial relationships with leading investigators in California and nationwide. Serves as Scientific Review Officer during review meetings, interpreting program priorities, and documenting the scientific evaluation of applications. Works closely with members of the RGPO Operations Unit to monitor and evaluate the scientific progress of grant awards.
Content Leadership. Acts as the public health policy subject-matter expert for TRDRP and develops strategies for advancing public health policy research. Is a subject-matter expert in health disparities and/or health equity research and interventions. Maintains the TRDRP mandate of addressing health disparities by developing effective research initiatives focusing on priority populations impacted by tobacco-related diseases. Exercises extensive content expertise and relationships in the science and academic communities in California and nationally to ensure that research initiatives are aligned with emerging science and the needs of the relevant scientific fields.
External Liaison and Research Outcomes Dissemination. Participates in statewide public health initiatives to determine key research needs and to inform stakeholders of existing research that can support the initiatives. Provides recommendations to program staff during the development of new research initiatives to improve the likelihood that research outcomes can inform policy decisions. Works with policymakers and government agencies to provide evidence that informs public policy initiatives and legislation. Determines optimal timing and strategies for disseminating the results of TRDRP-funded studies to strategic partners, policymakers, and other key stakeholders that will utilize the information in policy decisions
Cross-functional Teamwork. The Research Grants Program Office is a highly collaborative department. The successful incumbent consistently identifies and supports opportunities for collaboration across RGPO. Encourages and allows others to explore new cross-unit collaborations. Makes time and resources available for new collaborative projects and initiatives. Interacts well with others in all RGPO grant-making program and operational units. Communicates both verbally and non-verbally in a direct, cooperative, patient and courteous manner. Utilizes effective listening skills. Is diplomatic and strives to be helpful in all situations, and to provide excellent customer service. Supports team decisions and goals even when they may be at odds with personal preferences.
State-of-the-art knowledge of science policy, public health, or policy research.
Proven leadership ability in scientific program planning and management of projects; experience leading scientific committees, outreach and technical assistance teams, and/or peer review committees.
Advanced oral and written communication skills. Advanced skills analyzing information, problems, situations, policies or procedures to define the problem, need or objective.
Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers, managers and teams with advanced program planning and management of projects.
Extensive knowledge of the history of tobacco control policymaking and the impact of research.
Demonstrated knowledge of historic and current local, state, and federal legislation and regulations regarding the sale and marketing of tobacco and nicotine products.
Proven ability to formulate solutions, new program development, alternative choices and implications for implementation.
Extensive knowledge and experience in research grantmaking and grants administration.
Conduct of research in tobacco-related and/or non-communicable diseases and a record of publications in the field.
Knowledge of UC research policies, documents and bulletins, grant management database systems, and the UCLA business and finance policies and bulletins.
Advanced degree in a relevant science policy, public health, or policy research discipline and a minimum of five years of relevant work experience in the public health policy field.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary: $106,500 - $124,200. Commensurate with experience.
Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging
HOW TO APPLY
Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.
APPLICATION REVIEW DATE
The first review date for this job is February 22, 2021. The position will be open until filled.
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