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Associate Director of Science, Policy, and Engagement - Academic Coordinator Series

Application Window

Open date: September 15, 2022

Most recent review date: Friday, Dec 30, 2022 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: Friday, Mar 15, 2024 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.

Position description

UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment
Associate Director of Science, Policy, and Engagement

The UCSF Program on Reproductive Health (PRHE) is seeking a seasoned, creative and dynamic leader to serve as its Associate Director of Science, Policy, and Engagement. A member of the leadership team, the Associate Director will tackle a strategic agenda at one of the nation’s most impactful mission-centric university programs to create healthier environments for all through scientific inquiry, improved clinical care and evidence-based 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 environmental justice. PRHE is comprised of 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 decisions in clinical and policy arenas; and
(4) partnering with scientists, health professionals, community and public health collaborators in promoting better use of science in decision making for systemic change.

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.

The Associate Director of Science, Policy, and Engagement will work in partnership with PRHE’s Director, Professor Tracey Woodruff, to collaborate with an accomplished leadership team, 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 Associate Director of Science, Policy, and Engagement will oversee PRHE’s work to develop new strategies around the use of science in decision making.

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 skills and experiences desired and encourages anyone who has key elements of the profile to apply.

This position is an Academic Coordinator title and will be expected to administer academic programs that provide service related to the teaching or research mission of the University. Appointees in the Academic Coordinator title must have a professional background of academic training and/or experience.

High level skills of this position, which are preferred for the candidate to possess, include:

  • In-depth knowledge of public policy as it relates to chemicals, fossil fuels, climate, and state and federal policy such as the Toxics Substance Control Act (TSCA).
  • Science translation, and dissemination and communication of this information to a wide range of audiences across community groups, clinicians, policy makers, academics, and the general public.
  • Evidence Evaluation, including systematic review as it relates to evidence-based decision making to support public policy actions.
  • Leading a team of staff and collaborators, with a variety of experience and science and policy expertise.
  • Leveraging funding and support from individual donors, foundations, and grants to advance the science and policy work.
  • Collaborating with a wide-range of partners in academics, community and NGO organizations, and related health fields.

Required qualifications include:

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

How to Apply:

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. For full consideration, please apply by the initial review date. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicant’s experience and training.

See Table 36 (Level I) (, Table 36 (Level II) ( or Table 36 (Level III) ( for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $57,100-$168,624.

Please apply online at: with cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for two references. Applicant materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission. The selected candidate must meet all of the qualifications at the time of appointment.

Every individual is important and contributes to the quality and success of our institution. Diversity provides an array of cultures, viewpoints, and ideas which contributes to the strength of our university. Diversity enriches and empowers our environment. Diversity creates a culture of mutual understanding and respect and collectively increases the strength of our university. Accordingly, the university welcomes and embraces a diverse community of students, faculty and staff encompassing an array of human qualities and varying personal and professional experiences.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - CV must clearly list current and/or pending qualifications (e.g. board eligibility/certification, medical licensure, etc.).

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Please see the following page for more details:

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)

Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy found here:

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