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#109126 China Programs, Asst. Dir. of Research and Writing

Filing Deadline: Mon 6/21/2021

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 04/30/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/11/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

  • This position is open until filled. First Review Date 5/12/21.


The University of California’s only school of international affairs, the School of Global Policy & Strategy (GPS) provides a unique resource for training leaders, creating ideas, and building networks for the governance of globalization and its local impacts. GPS is internationally renowned for its innovative programs, superb faculty and outstanding students and now stands among the world's top graduate schools of international relations and is the established leader in its focus on Asia and the Americas. GPS instructs a diverse student body consisting of 60% domestic and 40% international students in MPP, MCEPA, MIA, BA-MIA, MAS, joint PhD with Department of Political Science and executive education programs. GPS also administers the International Studies Program, a fast-growing interdisciplinary program with over 1700 declared undergraduate majors, that offers a rigorous curriculum for undergraduate students interested in international affairs.

Offering nine B.A. degree options, three combined BA/MIA programs, and a minor program, the International Studies Program explores the interaction between the international and national, global and local, contemporary and historical ideas shaping globalization. GPS is also the parent organization to major research centers: Center for Commerce and Diplomacy (CCD), Center on Global Transformation (CGT), Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, 21st Century China Center, Fudan-UC Center on China, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), Policy Design and Evaluation Lab (PDEL), Laboratory on International Law and Regulation (ILAR), and Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology (JFIT).

The Assistant Director of Research and Writing for the China Programs manages the 21st Century China Center’s research and policy publications, including original blogs, interviews and policy briefs. Advises leadership with respect to policy development and implementation to promote program goals. In collaboration with academic leadership, assumes responsibility for short and long-term projections and analysis of available and projected financial resources for use in forecasting and planning of program activities and personnel. Facilitates ongoing research discussions by faculty and organizes new research initiatives among faculty, including collaborative research projects with Chinese scholars. Drafts and edits grant applications (individual or collaborative) as well as grant progress reports and regulatory reports. Other duties within scope of description.

Flexible schedule required, with ability to work occasional evenings, weekends and holidays.

  • Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.


  • Demonstrated fluency in written/spoken Chinese.

  • Advanced degree in public policy, social sciences or international relations, and four (4) years of experience in a related field (e.g., research operations or administrative analyses); or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • In depth knowledge of China, U.S.-Chinese relations, Chinese culture and current events; as well as, thorough knowledge of and familiarity with the leading figures in Chinese intellectual, political, and business communities.

  • Excellent knowledge of accepted social protocols in order to interact and communicate effectively with senior government officials, business executives, scholars, and opinion leaders with poise, confidence, and professionalism. Thorough understanding of and familiarity with Chinese and other Asian cultural norms and nuances.

  • Proven experience working with faculty in developing research plans and in writing and securing contracts, grants and/or other support from public and private funding sources for the social sciences.

  • Experience facilitating communications with PhD-level faculty and researchers across a broad range of disciplines and cultures. Ability to identify and promote research excellence of academics and programs.

  • Proven experience administering programs, including budgeting, fiscal management, marketing, promotion, program revision, expansion and evaluation.

  • Demonstrated experience posting content, images and videos on LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social networking platforms.

  • Academic background and experience in selected area of research preferred.

  • Thorough knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.

  • Solid fundraising experience.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Strong ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills.

  • Proven interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results. Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers.

  • High level of political acumen, diplomacy, professionalism, and integrity to act appropriately and with sensitivity in a culturally diverse environment.

  • Superior oral, written, presentation and personal communication skills. Ability to clearly and concisely present ideas, concepts and detailed technical information in a multidisciplinary setting, and to funding organizations and representatives as well as to those possessing minimal technical backgrounds.

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: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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