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PRHE Associate Director of Science & Policy

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 14th, 2020

Last review date: Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Jul 14, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


PRHE Associate Director of Science & Policy

The UCSF Program on Reproductive Health (PRHE) and the Environment & Health Initiative (EHI) is seeking a seasoned, creative and dynamic leader to serve as its Associate Director of Science & Policy. A member of the leadership team, the Associate Director will tackle an ambitious agenda at one of the nation’s most impactful mission-centric university programs to create healthier environments for all through scientific inquiry, science-informed clinical care and public policy.

PRHE is known for cutting-edge research, scientific integrity, creative policy and clinical solutions to environmental and public health problems, and dedication to health equity and justice. PRHE and EHI comprise more than 30 affiliated faculty, postdoctoral fellows, clinicians, and staff, and a highly successful research, science and policy program. We implement a multi-pronged strategy to transform environmental science into improved health by:

1.conducting rigorous science;
2.bringing the science to decision-makers through briefings and communications;
3.developing and scaling innovative, evidence-based tools to make prevention-focused decisionsin clinical and policy arenas; and
4.partnering with scientists and health professional leaders in promoting better policy.

This work is essential for equitable science-based decisions across all environmental health issues, including air pollution, toxic chemicals, building materials, and many others.

Our program is housed at UCSF, one of the most prestigious medical centers in the US, ranked in the top 5 universities in the country for education, research and patient care. UC San Francisco is the leading university dedicated to advancing health worldwide through preeminent biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.

PRHE has grown substantially over the last 2 years and the new Associate Director of Science & Policy will work in partnership with the Director, collaborate with an accomplished leadership team, and engage across the organization to deliver on PRHE’s mission and vision for its future, help craft its strategy for continued impact to improve health, and to engage across PRHE, within UCSF, and nationally and internationally to advance PRHE’s goals. The new Associate Director of Science & Policy will oversee PRHE’s work to develop new strategies around the use of science in decision making and improve clinical practice and policy.

About the Position:
The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced and collaborative leader, expert in environmental health related science and science policy, science translation, and a proven program builder and fundraiser with a commitment to PRHE’s mission and to diversity, equity, and inclusion. PRHE recognizes that no candidate will have all the experiences desired and encourages anyone who has key elements of the profile to apply.

Required Qualifications:

  • Science-based background with a Master’s level degree (required) in environmental health sciences, public health, occupational health, epidemiology, toxicology, or other related field.
  • Public policy experience or equivalent; such as the Toxic Substances Control Act.
  • Strong communicator and ability to work well with others.
  • Hardworking and determined.
  • Technological savviness.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in environmental health sciences, public health, occupational health, epidemiology,toxicology, or other related field.

High level skills of this position include:

  • In-depth knowledge of public policy as it relates to chemicals, fossil fuels, climate, and federaland state policy such as the Toxics Substance Control Act
  • Experience in science translation, and dissemination and communication of this information to awide range of audiences across clinicians, policy makers, academics, and the general public
  • Leading a team of staff and collaborators, with a variety of experience and science and policyexpertise.
  • Leveraging funding and support from individual donors, foundations, and grants to advance thescience and policy work.

Please apply online at, with a CV, cover letter outlining qualifications and interest, and three references (contact information only).

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Job location

San Francisco, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Outlining qualifications and interest

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)