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#98181 Special Projects and Communications Manager

Extended Deadline: Thu 6/27/2019

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 02/27/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/19/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

  • This position is open until filled.


At the UC San Diego Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (VC–EDI), we believe that true excellence is achieved through productive relationships among people of diverse perspectives. Creativity and innovation prosper when the collective talents of our students, faculty, and staff are joined together in an environment that is open and inclusive. We define greatness by our ability to work together in a climate of shared respect, where diverse perspectives are valued and opportunities for growth and self-reflection exist for all. VC-EDI works in partnership with other Vice Chancellor areas to ensure that students, faculty, and staff find community and self-empowerment, regardless of heritage, orientation, or situation.

Central to the purpose of the Office of the VC–EDI is to ensure that our community is one of equal opportunity, where mutual respect and cross-cultural collaboration is fostered and open dialogue is encouraged. It is our mission to provide leadership, build capacity, and forge partnerships to facilitate shared responsibility for creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus in which students, faculty, and staff can thrive.

The VC–EDI, through partnership and collaboration, directs the campus efforts relative to diversity initiatives, which includes the work of the Campus Community Centers, as well as the efforts of the Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion. Incumbent will assume special projects and communications management within VC EDI. Initial emphasis will be on coordinating campus-wide hate/bias prevention and response. Individual will assist the Vice Chancellor in establishing and managing a comprehensive, coordinated strategy to help prevent, mitigate, and effectively respond to incidents of hate and bias on campus.

Working in collaboration with OPHD, VCSA, University Police, CAPS, and other campus partners, the project manager will assist in establishing campus protocols and strengthening our efforts with regard to education (before a crisis occurs), responsible and rapid management and communication (during an active hate/bias –related crisis) and restoring a sense of community (post crisis). This includes coordinating campus units to provide assistance, referrals, resources, and support for individuals, groups, and communities affected by hate and bias. Ideal candidates will have the ability to establish and maintain strong interpersonal relationships with students, faculty, alumni, staff, and local community members.

Individual is a project management professional with a full understanding of project management frameworks and methods, including crisis response and rapid response, and is versed in relevant policies and procedures to help resolve a wide range of issues, including responding to hate/bias incidents. Duties include: advance planning; creating and disseminating written communications - including layout, editing, and coordination of printed and electronic materials; advising the VC-EDI and other EDI personnel on comprehensive strategy.

Must be willing to work extended hours as needed to address unplanned crisis and be available after hours for consultation and potential response by text, phone or in person. Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

  • Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.


  • Thorough and advanced knowledge of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion subject matter, including knowledge of the history and societal impacts of discrimination and unequal opportunity in the United States and how this impacts higher education.

  • Proven knowledge of diversity and social justice issues including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual-orientation, religious, and class background.

  • Strong understanding of project management frameworks and methods, including crisis response and rapid response, and versed in relevant policies and procedures to help resolve a wide range of issues, including responding to hate/bias incidents

  • Demonstrated ability to implement and manage projects from inception to completion.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in developing, implementing and managing successful, multi-partner initiatives and policy changes.

  • Strong and demonstrated ability to provide leadership in addressing complex and sensitive problems with tact and diplomacy.

  • Ability to communicate in writing and verbally. Adeptness with a wide range of communication methods and tools including written, visual, and digital media (e.g., effective writing, web design, public speaking, MS Powerpoint).

  • Strong skills in analyzing, researching and synthesizing large amounts of data for preparing sound and relevant proposals/analyses. Goals of analysis are: (1) define problems accurately, (2) separate problems from symptoms, (3) identify potential solutions, (4) select appropriate solutions for application, and (5) formulate logical and objective conclusions from situations, data and observations.

  • Excellent organizational skills, with ability to gather, organize and perform analysis related to organizational structure, systems, practices, and policies.

  • Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact tactfully and diplomatically, yet assertively, with all segments of the campus and community.


  • Job offer is contingent upon a satisfactory clearance based on background check results.

Duties may require direct contact with 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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$65,000 - $82,600 /year
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri