Environmental Health & Health Policy Sciences Program Officer (5915)

Requisition Number: 20170569
Appointment Type: Staff - Career
Personnel Program: MSP
Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Percentage of Time: 100
Organizational Area: Academic Affairs: Research & Graduate Studies - SRP - California Breast Cancer Research Prog (CBCRP)
Location: Oakland, CA
Posting Salary: $75,600 - $115,000 (Minimum of range to midpoint of range)

Position Summary:

This position is part of the Research Grants Program Office (RGPO) within the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS). The RGPO consists of several grant-giving programs that are administered by the University for the University of California or on behalf of the State of California. These programs are the California Breast Cancer Research Program, the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, the California HIV/AIDS Research Program, and the UC Grants programs such as the UC Discovery Grants, the Canada-California Strategic Innovation Partnerships, the Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives, and the Lab Fee Research Program. The RGPO provides central administrative units to support grant review and administration, financial and budgetary services, database management, and other core administrative needs to all of the grant programs. These services are provided by the Grants Budget, Finance and Administration Unit; the Contract and Grants Unit; and the Evaluation and Dissemination Unit.

The position has primary responsibility in the area of environmental health and health policy sciences in the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP), including program development and planning, peer reviewer and applicant relations, grant/contract application and award management, and representing the program and disseminating research findings to a broad range of organizations and institutions concerned with breast cancer.

Custom Scope:

Has independent responsibility for large, complex research grant programs/initiatives. Participates in short-term and long-term strategic planning for grant-making, program evaluation and research strategies. Provides guidance to less experienced team members.

Special Conditions of Employment:

Other Special Conditions of Employment:

Successful completion of a background check is required for appointment to this critical position



Duties Function (%)

Duty 1: Serves as Scientific Program Officer for environmental health, prevention, and health policy sciences for CBCRP Program Initiatives. Staffs expert committees, prepares scientific position papers, drafts concept proposals and RFAs, recruits and staffs ad hoc review committees. Assesses the scientific progress of grantees and determines the need for special monitoring or grant actions. Plans and implements site visits of problematic and/or high priority research projects.

Applies knowledge of recent scientific advances and the priorities of the National Institutes of Health and other major public and private breast cancer research funding programs to ensure that CBCRP funds innovative research that complements and does not duplicate research funded by other agencies. Identifies issues to be considered as research priorities by analyzing scientific trends in breast cancer environmental, prevention, and policy research in pertinent literature and in presentations at scientific and advocacy conferences.

Identifies issues to be considered as research priorities by analyzing scientific trends in breast cancer environmental, prevention, and policy research in pertinent literature and in presentations at scientific and advocacy conferences.

Represents CBCRP in the breast cancer environmental, prevention, or health policy areas with groups and organizations with compatible objectives including colleagues in the scientific community, federal and state governmental agencies, research institutions, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, breast cancer patient advocacy groups and providers in communities across California.

Function: Content Leadership
Percent: 40

Duty 2: Participates in short-term and long-term planning for the program's grant-making, program evaluation, and research dissemination strategies. Analyzes outcomes and strengths and weaknesses of strategies and develops new initiatives.

Identifies and assists in implementing state of the art approaches and methodologies to evaluating the impact of research funding, especially breast cancer environmental, prevention, and policy research funding; collaborates with Breast Cancer Research Council on these approaches and contributes to program planning in this area.

Gathers, compiles and communicates priority-setting data to BCRC members, summarizes portfolio data for presentation to the BCRC, formulates recommendations for considerations.

Manages external, multi-year planning for Program Initiatives, including overseeing planning and evaluation contracts and relations with Strategy Team and external scientific and advocate advisors.

Identifies outside collaborators and sources of funding for Program Initiatives, establishes relationships with potential partners and funders, and prepares and submits requests for funding.

Function: Program Planning and Evaluation
Percent: 30

Duty 3: Serves as Scientific Program Officer on the CBCRP portfolio of Program Initiative grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts. Maintains frequent contact with all Program Initiative awardees to ensure continued progress and close adherence to project plans, to provide technical assistance and scientific resources, and to identify and carry through opportunities for cross-fertilization and collaboration among projects and awardees. Assesses the scientific progress of grantees and determines the need for special monitoring or grant actions. Plans and implements site visits of problematic and/or high priority research projects.

Closely interacts with scientists in many disciplines and at many institutions, and with patient advocates, to encourage and facilitate the preparation and submission of multidisciplinary proposals to identify and address research questions that are under-investigated or promise to yield significant advances.

Develops CBCRP application solicitations, ensuring that they clearly communicate the program's research priorities. Identifies potential expert advisors and peer reviewers by keeping abreast of the latest scientific discoveries in breast cancer environmental health, prevention, and health policy sciences, establishing and maintaining collegial relationships with leading investigators in California and nationwide, reading the pertinent scientific literature, and attending scientific meetings. Serves as Scientific Review Officer during review meetings, interpreting program priorities, and documenting the scientific evaluation of applications.

Works closely with members of the RGPO Contracts and Grants Unit to ensure well-run and scientifically sound application reviews.

Plays a primary role, in conjunction with the Director and other Program Officers, in providing scientific content for CBCRP communications for dissemination to scientists, research institutions, elected officials, policy-makers, the news media, and the interested public. Gathers and analyzes information regarding noteworthy scientific findings and issues in environmental health and health policy sciences for use in developing the program's symposia, web and media outreach, and articles for the CBCRP newsletter and in presentations to various program stakeholders.

Function:Grant/Contract Application and Award Management
Percent: 30

Job Requirements

Advanced degree in occupational or environment health, epidemiology, health policy, or toxicology, or related field of study and minimum of five years of relevant work experience.

Extensive knowledge and understanding of issues in disease-related research program management, science and health policy, and research program evaluation.

Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in the scientific, community, systems, and political issues related to breast cancer and breast cancer research.

State-of-the-art knowledge of breast cancer environmental and policy issues.

Proven leadership ability in scientific program planning and management of projects; experience leading scientific committees, outreach and technical assistance teams, peer review committees, and internal and external staff.

Advanced oral and written communication skills. Advanced skills analyzing information, problems, situations, policies or procedures to define the problem, need or objective.

Ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and lead project teams. Proven ability to formulate solutions, new program development, alternative choices and implications for implementation.

Demonstrated experience and commitment to working in collaborative teams and in positions with shared authority for accomplishing program goals.

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers, managers and teams with advanced program planning and management of projects.


Experience as program or grant officer managing a multi-million dollar research portfolio.

Conduct of research in breast cancer and a record of publications in the field.

Knowledge of UC research policies, documents and bulletins, grant management database systems, and ther UCLA business and finance policies and bulletins.

Experience with educating legislators and their staff, organizing press conferences and policy briefings
Extensive networks in the research and funding arenas, especially in breast cancer research.


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The University of California, one of the largest and most acclaimed institutions of higher learning in the world, is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and public service. The University of California Office of the President is the corporate headquarters to the ten campuses, five medical centers and three Department of Energy National Labs and enrolls premier students from California, the nation and the world.

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 or protected veteran status.

published: 19 January 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.