Organizational Area: Academic Affairs: Research & Innovation - 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 intellectual property policy; private research sponsors/collaborators (e.g., industry, non-profit); material transfers; clinical trials; government sponsors of research (e.g., federal and state); research policy (e.g., COI, human subjects, and animal research); and research administration/contract and grant functions.
Content areas could include, but are not limited to, intellectual property, government-funded research contracts/grants, 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/or University, and include research administrators from Vice Chancellors to front line negotiators; many units within UCOP, such as OGC, government relations and health sciences; and external parties, such as government, industry, and non-profit representatives. Moderate travel required.
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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.
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: industry sponsors/collaborators, nonprofit sponsors, federal agencies, and/or state agencies.
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: intellectual property, licensing, and technology transfer; publication and dissemination of research results; conflict of interest; academic freedom; 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 and critical thinking 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.
Thorough written, verbal, collaborative, and interpersonal communications skills and political acumen to effectively represent the University, build strong working relationships with constituents at all levels across and external to the organization, and work effectively with research partner/sponsor representatives.
Strong written skills with ability to produce effective position statements, communicate complex and technical information in a clear and concise manner for multiple audiences, and draft proposed policies and guidelines. 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. Requires 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 negotiating clinical trial or material transfer agreements in the university setting is strongly preferred.
Experience with intellectual property policies and agreement provisions, clinical trial or material transfer agreements, and/or industry sponsors/licensees is strongly preferred.
Experience within the University of California is preferred. Preferred
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