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#92994 Organizational Research Assistant

Filing Deadline: Thu 4/26/2018

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 04/17/18 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Eligible Disability Counseling and Consulting services (DCC) or Special Selection clients should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for assistance.


UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art clinical services. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities for its talented and dedicated employees.

The lab investigates what it takes to effectively implement and sustain clinical practices in community-based settings. Multiple ongoing research studies utilize quantitative and qualitative methods to develop detailed service assessments and improvement recommendations for behavioral health, substance use disorder treatment, and criminal justice service settings within San Diego County and throughout the State of California.

Our studies aim to identify and support the organizational factors that improve evidence-based practice implementation and sustainability, including organizational culture, organizational climate, and leadership. Data sources include large administrative data sets as well as original data collected from mental health and social service agencies. Study participants include program executives, supervisors, direct service providers, and their clients.

Under supervision, the incumbent will work as an Organizational Research Assistant for the Child & Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC) in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego. The incumbent will be responsible for assisting in the management of day-to-day operations of a NIH-funded research study using organizational and leadership strategies to improve the implementation and quality of evidence-based practices in substance use treatment programs.

The main duties and responsibilities will include: maintaining contact with research participants, coordinating participation retention and tracking of participants, preparing and administering survey instruments, tracking and downloading data using web-based survey programs, managing data using SPSS and web-based data collection programs, conducting research data analysis, assisting with preparing reports and presentations, and compiling agency feedback reports. Other duties will be assigned as needed.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and two (2) years of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college including courses in Psychology, with a preferred emphasis in Industrial/Organizational Psychology or equivalent and one (1) year of laboratory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in psychology research with human subjects.

  • Strong ability to communicate effectively and professionally with study participants, colleagues and community stakeholders including agency executives, program managers, and service providers.

  • Knowledge of public sector mental health, substance use treatment, and social service organizations in the state of California.

  • Proficient in using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint.

  • Strong ability to manage organizational survey data and perform basic descriptive analyses using SPSS or SAS software.

  • Experience utilizing an electronic bibliographic database such as Endnote (or comparable program.

  • Demonstrated experience using Qualtrics or similar web-based data collection platform.

  • Solid knowledge of evidence-based practices in mental health, substance use, or social service agencies.


  • A Bachelor's Degree in Psychology or related field.
  • Proven experience using NVivo qualitative data analysis software (or a similar tool).


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

  • Must have a valid CA driver's license and access to reliable transportation.

  • Must be willing to travel occasionally to various research study sites.

  • Must be able to work various hours (flexible schedule), including occasional overtime.

  • Special conditions for UCSD Employees Working at Rady Children's Hospital location:

  • Clearance must be obtained for special Background Check including National Criminal Database Search.

  • Pre-employment physicals including, but not limited to drug screening, TB Test, flu vaccination.

  • Annual TB test, flu vaccination and background check required to be in accordance with Rady Children’s Hospital health requirements.

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
Payroll Title:
PSYCHIATRY/Child & Adolescent
Hiring Salary Range
$17.23 - $18.74 /hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday


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