Organizational Area: ANR: Nutrition Policy Institute
Location: Berkeley, CA
Posting Salary: $27.11 - 40.23/hr. (min to mid) Candidates typically hired at or near minimum.
Position Summary: The Project Policy Analyst (PPA) is integral to all aspects of work to build and translate the evidence base to advance NPI's mission to conduct research that informs nutrition policy and programs for healthy children, families and communities. This PPA's work will include but not be limited to NPI's focused work on drinking water and other beverages. Within a team or program area, the PPA will participate in strategic planning to direct policy and program goals. The PPA's work will encompass the full range of activities necessary to implement projects. The PPA will utilize subject-area expertise in nutrition and in drinking water issues to translate science for audience-appropriate presentations and materials and to provide consultative services to a wide variety of stakeholders, both internal and external, at varying levels.
The PPA must be able to work independently as appropriate and also in a collaborative fashion, and to flexibly manage multiple priorities. Interacting with external stakeholders, ranging from community members to decision makers at the federal level, is a key part of the position.
Promote, in all ways consistent with the other responsibilities of the position, accomplishment of the Affirmative Action goals established by the Division.
Special Conditions of Employment: Travel Travel outside of normal business hours
Other Special Conditions of Employment: Must possess valid California Driver's License to drive a County or University vehicle. Ability and means to travel on a flexible schedule as needed, proof of liability and property damage insurance on vehicle used is required.
Employment is contingent upon successfully clearing the FBI/DOJ background check both from the Department of Justice and the FBI, prior to the first day of UC Employment.
As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.
Job Close Date: 1/23/2019
Duty 1: Manage all phases of projects: develop and submit IRB protocols and amendments for human subjects research? prepare training and quality control protocols for data collection? assist with development of survey instruments and other data collection tools? track changing timelines for multiple complex research projects? coordinate with multiple research staff and internal and external stakeholders to keep abreast of study progress; track and assist in production of deliverables and reporting. Provide administrative support as needed. Participate creatively in planning and strategic planning for projects. Function:Project Management Percent: 30
Duty 2: Research and analyze processes and procedures, summarize findings, policies and organizational structures in order to develop and/or implement changes and to provide consultative services to internal and external stakeholders. Provide leadership and creative contributions through the preparation and dissemination of educational information. Make recommendations from findings and suggest solutions or new approaches for policies, program or intervention improvements? determine successes, progress, barriers/challenges and potential impacts for change initiatives. Interface with diverse groups including researchers, policy advocates, decision makers, community stakeholders, and others. Communicate effectively with community stakeholders and other researchers. Function:Consultation and Communications Percent: 20
Duty 3: Draft written communications for diverse stakeholders? contribute to content for and assist in preparation of manuscripts for journal publications, interim and final reports for funders, and project summary materials including fact sheets and policy briefs? prepare presentations for professional conferences and meetings with funders, stakeholders and policy makers. Function:Publications and Presentations Percent: 20
Duty 4: Understand and assess data analysis strategies. Perform simple data analysis; conduct descriptive data analyses. Perform extensive structured content coding. Manage production of reports, briefs, presentations, summaries of findings for a variety of stakeholders. Design and prepare data tables, abstracts, presentations, research reports, policy briefs, and journal manuscripts. Function:Analysis and Reporting Percent: 10
Duty 5: Assess application of data collection method to project needs. Train others to use data collection instruments. Perform data collection in the field in diverse settings and populations. Willingness to travel to perform data collection, including multiple and/or sequential overnights. Function:Data Collection Percent: 10
Duty 6: Track field trends; conduct literature searches, concisely synthesize research and prepare comprehensive research summaries. Ability to synthesize research and field observational findings. Function:Best Practice Monitoring Percent: 5
Duty 7: Propose, lead and/or participate in policy and planning committees and working groups. Coordinate all components of meetings, convenings (invitation, registration, participant communications and management, meeting logistics, preparation and distribution of meeting materials, meeting room preparation, follow-up services and reporting). Function:Networking and Coordination Percent: 5
Job Requirements Expertise - BA/BS plus one further degree in a related science or an equivalent combination of education and experience with a minimum of 3 years' experience in public health, community food and physical activity interventions, or related field. - Knowledge of drinking water policies, systems and environmental issues is essential; minimum of 1 year experience direct work in drinking water. - Public health nutrition and nutrition policy expertise; understanding of legislative and regulatory policy mechanisms at federal and state levels. - Familiarity with data collection instruments including beverage and nutrition survey instruments.
Ability characteristics - Ability to problem solve and complete work with minimal direction, independently or as part of a team. - Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage, prioritize and adjust project timelines, to multitask and manage demanding timeframes and be flexible under pressure. - Highly effective communication and coordination skills are essential. - Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality. - Strong knowledge of common productivity software including Word, Excel, Trello; expertise with PowerPoint and other data presentation software for designing presentations, tables, figures, diagrams and other summary information is essential. - Analytical/problem solving skills and strong skills synthesizing large amounts of information for preparing sound and relevant reports. - Careful and thoughtful editorial skills including the ability to synthesize and express information clearly and concisely with attention to detail. Excellent English language grammatical skills are required.
Interpersonal - Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, both in person and remotely, with a variety of stakeholders from different levels on a wide range of projects and topics. Excellent presentation skills. Understanding of messaging and framing considerations including ability to consider 'audience' needs and to reflect those in the preparation and dissemination of information is essential. - Experience working with diverse and interdisciplinary external stakeholders ranging from youth and community groups to decision-makers at the federal level. - Ability to interact well in field during data collection. Required
- Advanced experience creating graphical summary information for reports and presentations. - Experience in data management and basic statistical analyses using SAS, SPSS or another statistical package. - Masters, Doctorate degree, or registered dietitian preferred. See above. Preferred
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