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#97472 Project Policy Analyst

Filing Deadline: Fri 1/25/2019

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 01/16/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 01/25/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Academic Affairs is the largest of the vice chancellor areas at UC San Diego. Led by the Executive Vice Chancellor (EVC), it is comprised of seven academic divisions and schools, six undergraduate colleges, the University Libraries and University Extension. The vice chancellor area also includes academic support units, as well as the units under the purview of the Vice Chancellors of Student Affairs and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.

Academic Affairs annually manages expenditures in excess of $750M, 2.7M ASF of space and employs over 13,500 academic, staff and research employees. The Office of the EVC supports the EVC in driving strategy for undergraduate and graduate education, administering academic policy and procedure communication and implementation, and is responsible for resource administration, training and guidance, and program development for administrators, faculty, and staff within the EVC's purview.

Provides high-level professional support to the Office of the EVC and Academic Affairs in the planning, appraisal, analysis and implementation of major campus programs, strategic initiatives and special projects. Participates in long and short-range planning, and advises on complex and important issues affecting Academic Affairs and/or the campus. Collaborates with partners to coordinate the development, implementation and monitoring of new programs and processes. Develops and implements transition plans as projects are completed to ensure that unit personnel are able to continue managing business processes on an ongoing basis.

This position provides high level oversight and coordination of EVC-AA initiatives and their implementation, functions with a high degree of responsibility for identifying objectives, formulating strategies, directing programs and initiatives, managing people to achieve objectives, and reporting outcomes. Identify bottlenecks, develop modifications, and implement changes through cross-functional teams. Identify programs and studies designed to measure efficiency and effectiveness of current policies, procedures and business practices. Provide leadership, consultation and guidance to project team members as needed, ensuring they are clear on directions and towards achieving the vision of the executive sponsors.

This position is part of the Academic Affairs succession planning and leadership development pipeline to prepare future leaders. It is a career position, with the intention that the successful candidate will remain in the position for a two to three year time period. The incumbent will complete a training and development plan while working on high-level projects within Academic Affairs. The intent is that a successful incumbent in this versatile position will be well positioned for leadership roles within Academic Affairs as opportunities arise.

  • Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.


  • Advanced project management skills. Includes strong ability to set project objectives, determine and address potential barriers; identify required resources, identify process steps and milestones; and adjust action plans to achieve desired outcomes.

  • Thorough knowledge of organizational or initiative processes, protocols and procedures. Proven ability to guide the efforts of cross-organizational work groups, and to build consensus among a broad spectrum of diverse constituencies and at varying organizational levels.

  • Advanced knowledge of applicable policy analysis techniques. Ability to make recommendations and take actions based on understanding and judgment of all factors involved and based on independent interpretation and application of various disciplines involved.

  • Advanced analytical/problem-solving skills. Demonstrated ability to analyze and anticipate needs and problems; problem-solve independently and appropriately; make decisions; plan and implement complex projects and events.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with staff and influence, verbally and in writing. Skill in negotiating and exchanging ideas with others and to arrive jointly at decisions, conclusions or solutions. Ability to clearly articulate goals, strategies and direction.

  • Proven ability to develop and maintain effective, productive and cooperative working, reporting and professional relationships with employees at all levels of the organization, working collaboratively with individuals and groups to incorporate their ideas and adapt to their needs.

  • Ability to learn quickly and independently understand, analyze, and interpret complex written material, financial data, and computer generated information and effectively communicate results of analyses to senior campus management and others.

  • Demonstrated high level skill in assessing needs and developing strategies to support diversity and inclusion.

  • Demonstrated ability to recognize and consider the big picture and long range view of complex current circumstances and relationships.


  • A background check is required.

Duties may require direct contact and/or supervision of children (defined as individuals under the age of 18); completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) form will be required.

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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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday