Organizational Area: Academic Affairs: Research & Graduate Studies - Research Policy, Analysis, and Coordination (RPAC)
Location: Oakland, CA
Posting Salary: Salary commensurate with experience
Position Summary: Research Policy Managers provide expertise to and management of research policy activities in several broad areas of responsibility including policy development, guidance, interpretation, and implementation assistance; systemwide leadership and representation on research policy issues; systemwide coordination - promoting best practices, convening systemwide committees and work groups; and development of training materials and resource documents for campus use and providing systemwide and local training on various issues related to research policy. The Research Policy Managers manage activities within assigned content area(s) and work collaboratively with others on issues that cross content areas including issues related to government sponsors of research (e.g., federal and state); research policy (e.g., COI, human subjects, and animal research); intellectual property policy; private research sponsors/collaborators (e.g., industry, non-profit); material transfers; clinical trials; and research administration/contract and grant functions.
Content areas could include, but are not limited to, government-funded research contracts/grants, intellectual property, ethical conduct of human and animal research, conflicts of interest, international research, administration of research contracts and grants, and more. Collaborates with peers and independently provides guidance to campuses regarding interpretation and application of internal and external policies. Contacts are both internal and external to the department, and include research administrators from Vice Chancellors to front line negotiators, as well as many units within UCOP, such as OGC, government relations and health sciences.
Special Conditions of Employment: Travel Travel outside of normal business hours
Other Special Conditions of Employment: Successful completion of a background check is required for appointment to this critical position.
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Duty 1: Coordinates development and revision of systemwide UC policies that facilitate high quality research while complying with legal, ethical, and regulatory standards.
Develops and advances UC policy positions through liaisons with government officials, associations and/ or internal UC staff and faculty.
Monitors and interprets federal and state legislation and/or proposed actions by government, as well as internal and external trends affecting research policy.
Facilitates compliance with applicable federal, state and/or local laws, regulations, and/or rules, standards and guidelines.
Provides clear guidance to campuses and OP on implementation of UC policies and external rules and regulations in assigned content areas, including case-specific guidance.
Serve as high level point of contact for campus/client support in respective areas.
May approve exceptions to policy. Function:Policy Development & Guidance Percent: 55
Duty 2: Monitor in respective area(s) the external and internal environment for trends, state, and national issues, and proposed and enacted changes to regulations, legislation, and sponsor requirements that affect UC's conduct of research, administration of extramural awards, and public service mission.
Work proactively to establish and maintain a UC national presence on research and/or technology transfer policy issues; maintain relationships with and represent University positions to other institutions, associations, and organizations.
In respective area(s), draft UC actions/responses/written comments as appropriate on proposed legislation, regulations, requests for comments, etc. for both internal and external audiences, in coordination with appropriate UCOP and campus offices and other RPAC staff.
Represent RPAC to systemwide work groups, advisory groups, and policy review and implementation groups on matters that require input concerning specific aspects of research and technology transfer policy. Function:Systemwide Leadership and Representation on Research Policy Percent: 10
Duty 4: Provide leadership and/or support to standing systemwide groups organized to create efficiencies, promote best practices, and facilitate systemwide communication and collaboration.
Provide leadership to and/or participate on project teams and work groups established to address specific problems or issues, with members drawn from campuses and OP.
Work with the Executive Director and other Research Policy Managers to keep UCOP and campus leadership informed of significant systemwide research policy issues and consult on matters that require systemwide consensus and/or action.
Monitor and assess needs for UCOP services and support in areas related to research policy development and implementation; develop and implement strategies to ensure that appropriate support and services are provided.
Serve as a systemwide resource for campuses and OP on matters relating to administration of research agreements, including negotiation of master and template agreements and providing leadership and support on issues pertaining to contracting with research sponsors/collaborators. Function:Systemwide Coordination Percent: 25
Duty 5: Work in coordination with the Resource Manager on development of systemwide resource materials and training programs in areas of importance to constituencies such as researchers and research administrators; provide subject matter expertise to development of on-line and in-person training materials and curricula, and campus resource materials. Function:Training and Development of Resource Materials Percent: 5
Duty 5: Other duties as assigned. Function:Other Duties as Assigned Percent: 5
Job Requirements Bachelor's degree in related area and at least seven years progressively responsible experience working in university research administration and/or policy analysis, or equivalent experience/training.
Demonstrated understanding of academic policies and procedures at UC or in higher education in general, including mission, goals, issues, and infrastructure.
Demonstrated knowledge of issues, regulations, statutes, agency requirements and university policies relating to negotiation and administration of research and agreements with one or more of the following: federal agencies, state agencies, nonprofit sponsors, and/or industry sponsors/collaborators.
Demonstrated advanced knowledge of and experience with issues, regulations, statutes, agency requirements and university policies related to two or more of the following subject matter areas: conflict of interest; publication and dissemination of research results; academic freedom; intellectual property, licensing, and technology transfer; contracts and grants administration and/or clinical trials.
Demonstrated ability to research, track, and understand current trends and issues in research policy, higher education policy, and state and federal legislative and regulatory requirements, including state and federal policy-making processes.
Demonstrated ability to translate policy requirements into practical operational terms.
Excellent analytical skills with ability to develop, assess, and synthesize information from a wide variety of sources on a wide range of issues in order to develop sound policy recommendations.
Collaborative skills and political acumen to build strong working relationships with constituents.
Ability to present complex findings and recommendations in a clear concise manner both in writing and verbally.
Ability to function independently in a complex institutional environment and manage multiple assignments, competing priorities, and rapid deadlines.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Required
Advanced degree in public policy, law, technical or scientific fields and/or equivalent experience/training (strongly preferred).
At least ten years progressively responsible experience working in university research administration and/or policy analysis, or equivalent experience/training.
Experience within the University of California is preferred. Preferred
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