DIRECTOR, CALIFORNIA HIV/AIDS RESEARCH PROGRAM AND HEALTH EQUITY RESEARCH
Job ID: 28064
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This program is part of the Research Grants Program Office (RGPO), a department that oversees a broad portfolio of research grant funding programs representing more than 700 active research grants totaling $450 million and over $110 million in annual grant awards. These granting programs include: the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP); the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP); the California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP); the UC Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI); the UC National Laboratory Fees Research Program (LFRP); and the UC Cancer Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC).
This position leads a statewide program dedicated to supporting scientists in California to develop, evaluate, and disseminate innovative research for eliminating new HIV infections, optimizing treatment uptake and outcomes for all persons living with HIV, and addressing the comorbidities and social determinants that threaten the health and well-being of persons at risk for or living with HIV. In addition, this position provides leadership in the development of grant programs and initiatives in other public health-related areas and that advance health equity for all Californians.
This Director position reports to the RGPO Executive Director within Research and Innovation (R&I), Division of Academic Affairs at the UC Office of the President. The Director is responsible for leading the California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) funded by the State of California through UC. The CHRP annual budget of ~$9 million supports research by qualified California academic institutions and non-profit organizations and agencies. This Director also coordinates RGPO initiatives in other public health-related areas with a particular emphasis on advancing health equity both across the RGPO grant programs and through developing relationship with the California agencies. The incumbent also develops new funding sources to support grant-making in related research areas.
Because the core mission of the CHRP is to serve the interests of the State of California, it must seek to achieve diversity among its employees, grantees and populations served. CHRP has a compelling interest in making sure that scientists from all backgrounds perceive that access to CHRP funds is possible and that the research it funds reaches and benefits all communities.
- Strong academic background and experience in selected area of research, including a record of publications in HIV/AIDS and related field(s) required.
- Demonstrated understanding of the research-related issues that are specific to HIV/AIDS and commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic, while also having a vision that includes the related syndemics and the health equity research needs important to communities most impacted by HIV/AIDS.
- A visionary leader with demonstrated ability to deliver results, demonstrated creativity and success in program development, and ability to act as a highly effective advocate for research in general, and for HIV/AIDS specifically.
- Demonstrated outstanding ability to supervise personnel, including organizing workflow to accomplish objectives, delegating responsibility, identifying training needs and opportunities, developing incentives, evaluating effectiveness, and administering corrective action where necessary.
- Experience as a research grant funder with expert knowledge of research funding and proven record of building and managing cutting edge, effective research grant programs.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and mutually supportive working relationships with faculty, administrators, staff, other campus units, UC system units and sponsoring agencies.
- Experience operationalizing meaningful engagement with communities, advocates, and policymakers by establishing an evidence base for decision-makers and ensuring that research products are accessible and grounded in local experiences.
- Extensive experience in the management of large and complex multi-year research and operating budgets and with 10 or more years professional experience in the development of relevant public health and academic research programs.
- Strong communication skills to champion program effectiveness and impact, both internally with UCOP leadership and externally with lawmakers, advocates, and the broader community.
- Earned doctorate degree in a related field of study, including but not limited to public health, medicine, psychology, social/behavioral science, biochemistry, virology, immunology, clinical infectious diseases and similar fields. Fifteen years of relevant experience required, with at least five in research in the field of the degree, or an equivalent level of education and experience.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience.
Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging
HOW TO APPLY
Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.
APPLICATION REVIEW DATE
The first review date for this job is February 7, 2022. The position will be open until filled.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
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