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#103488 Senior Program Manager

Filing Deadline: Tue 1/21/2020

This is a UC San Diego internal recruitment open to UCSD staff only.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 01/16/20 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 01/21/20. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The mission of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health is to improve Public Health through preventive, behavioral, epidemiologic and clinical research, education and clinical care. With over $25 million in research grants, our award-winning faculty conduct innovative Public Health research at the intersection of behavioral and medical sciences to: assess and understand chronic disease etiology, improve human health; and prevent disease at the individual and population level.

The Senior Program Manager position shares overall responsibility for the leadership and management of all aspects of the Coordinating Center for the International Physical Activity and Environment Network (IPEN), as well as other projects existing concurrently in the field of built environment and physical activity/health research. The incumbent will be responsible for the execution and oversight of the highly complex international Coordinating Center of research studies occurring concurrently in 15-20 countries, in addition to other US-based research projects. The Senior Program Manager also provides support to other investigators, students, and visiting schools in management of complex data, service on publication committees, preparation of datasets and support of analysis by others, and personal conduct of data analyses.

Projects are supported by federal, state, international and private funders in the form of grants, contracts, gifts, and service agreements. Supports administration of finance, human resources and facilities and other operational activities for small to midsized academic or research program. Provides leadership for all human subjects-related requirements. Administers major program components, and some or all of the program's operational requirements, especially management of complex databases and coordination of use of data by others. Conducts statistical analyses and takes major roles in preparation of scientific manuscripts and conference presentations. Works under direction of Principal Investigator or more senior Academic Program Officer to establish center agenda, funding, objectives, and oversight of completing scientific activities.


  • A minimum of three (3) years of program management experience. Advanced Degree in related area; and/or equivalent experience/training. Academic background and experience in selected area of research preferred.

  • Experience in managing small to mid-size programs. Prior experience in program/project management. Experience managing and overseeing staff, interns, students, contractors, and inter-disciplinary research teams.

  • Thorough knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices. Experience in contract and grant development and reporting, including federal grants.

  • Proven experience with NIH and other grant organizations' procedures, guidelines and regulations. Experience with budget preparation for pre and post awards and monitoring budget expenses.

  • Additional knowledge based requirements: familiarity with the research fields of built environment (macro and micro), active living, mental health and physical activity including subjective and objective measures commonly used in these fields (e.g., GIS, pedestrian audits, accelerometers, self-reported measures of physical activity, sedentary behaviors, and mental health).

  • Knowledge and experience coordinating multi-site international studies. Experience working with collaborators in numerous geographic locations, including international partners, in order to meet project goals.

  • Comprehensive and sophisticated knowledge of computers and various software packages including proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher.

  • Ability to perform and carry out analyses (e.g., repeated measures, mixed regression) using SPSS or other statistical software packages. Working knowledge of GIS.

  • Strong ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills. Ability to recognize problems, develop solutions, and evaluate results or progress.

  • Demonstrated ability to oversee completion of all phases of research projects. Knowledge with human subjects guidelines and requirements and with research protocols.

  • Proven track record of authorship of scientific manuscripts, including first authored publications.

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

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


  • Terminal Degree in a related field preferred (PhD, JD, MD, etc.).
  • Solid fundraising experience.
  • Master's Degree in social science, public health or related field and at 5 years of experience in the public health, built environment and/or physical activity research field.


Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!


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UC San Diego School of Medicine
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Family Medicine and Public Health
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Commensurate with Experience
La Jolla
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri


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