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#109904 Research Project Manager

Filing Deadline: Thu 6/24/2021

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Under the supervision of the PI and Co-investigators, the Research Project Manager will manage the implementation of a study to determine how the legalization of cannabis has affected cannabis use within the state of California by looking at several key areas: strength of product, types of product, frequency of use, location, sources of cannabis, use with other drugs and alcohol, high risk behaviors, measured across age, gender, race/ethnicity, and geographic location. The research is being conducted with funding from the CA Bureau of Cannabis Control. The project will involve collection and analysis of program participant data and other public data sources.

This position will maintain ongoing collaboration and direct communication with PIs, co-investigators, consultants, and the funder to ensure successful collaborations with partners, adherence to research protocols, and high quality of data. Incumbent will contribute to all parts of research implementation, including evaluation planning, study protocols and data-collection tool development, qualitative and quantitative data collection, data management and analyses, and scientific report and manuscript writing.

The incumbent will be responsible for monitoring project deliverables and study implementation, as well as overseeing students assisting with the project. It is expected that the incumbent will author and co-author manuscripts, as well as develop presentations for scientific conferences. The incumbent will be expected to work independently and manage conflicting priorities. They will use public health research skills as a seasoned, experienced research professional with a full understanding of industry practices and organization policies and procedures; resolves a wide range of issues. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and typically three (3) years or more of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of experience/training. Advanced degree (Master's/PhD) in public health or related field preferred.

  • Knowledge of Public Health research or related field, or equivalent combination of experience and education with the ability to make advanced contributions to research projects at a conceptual level.

  • Thorough knowledge of data collection activities, research studies, data collection procedures and protocols.

  • Thorough knowledge and skills relating to the development of survey instrumentation. Thorough knowledge and skills relating to the development of qualitative and quantitative instrumentation.

  • Knowledge associated with monitoring staffing levels, recruitment and training procedures. Experience training data collectors.

  • Thorough knowledge of budget planning process.

  • Proven experience in managing research projects and teams, demonstrated experience monitoring study deliverables and budgets, and ensuring timely completion of deliverables.

  • Proven experience or similar skills in design and implementation of rigorous research methodologies, development of data collection tools and systems, and coordination of complex study methodologies.

  • Strong field research experience collecting quantitative and/or qualitative data from human subjects.

  • Knowledge and experience developing, submitting, and tracking protocols to human subjects and Institutional Review Boards.

  • Experience researching, gathering, organizing information to produce reports, correspondence, graphs, and spreadsheets to generate, track, and analyze required data.

  • Demonstrated ability to research information via formal and informal literature reviews and analyze data from multi-media sources to arrive at valid conclusions.

  • Demonstrated experience in conducting moderate to complex quantitative and qualitative data analyses.

  • Experience with manuscript and report writing, including the interpretation of statistical results and the ability to succinctly synthesize multiple sources of information for scientific and lay audiences. Experience in writing, proofreading, editing, and submitting publications for scientific journals.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to interact with a variety of personalities at all levels of the organization and cross-cultures. Works effectively as a member of a research team and with community partners.

  • Strong project management and problem solving skills. Strong analytical and critical thinking skills to identify problems and develop innovative solutions.

  • Experience in the field of public health research and thorough knowledge of rigorous research methods and data collection procedures and protocols.

  • Ability and commitment to establishing and cultivating ongoing effective working relationships with community partners and serve as a bridge between research and practice.


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

  • Must be able and willing to travel (domestic) and work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends when required.

  • Must be located in San Diego or be willing to relocate to San Diego after remote work safety measures for Coronavirus (COVID-19) are lifted.

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Payroll Title:
Public Health Research
Hiring Salary Range
$53,600 - $83,833 /year
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri