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BTS - Academic Coordinator III

Recruitment Period

Open date: April 11th, 2017
Last review date: April 26th, 2017
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: October 11th, 2018
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.


The Department of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences is now recruiting for an Academic Coordinator III, under a joint project of the UCSF-Stanford Center of Excellence in Regulatory Sciences and Innovation (CERSI) and the UCSF-UC Berkeley Master of Translational Medicine (MTM) programs.

The UCSF-Stanford Center of Excellence in Regulatory Sciences and Innovation (CERSI) brings together a world-class team of collaborative scientists from two outstanding academic institutions, with the goal of collaboratively supporting the FDA’s mission to protect the public’s health. Launched in 2014, UCSF-Stanford CERSI focuses on mission-driven regulatory science, generating new knowledge that helps the FDA in its regulatory decision making.

The UCSF – UC Berkeley Master of Translational Medicine (MTM) program seeks to develop leaders who will create and drive health care innovation through specialized training. The MTM curriculum spans bioengineering, design, clinical needs, innovation, and entrepreneurship, alongside healthcare finance, business development, and regulatory issues.

The academic coordinator works directly with the UCSF-Stanford CERSI co-director at UCSF and the Executive and Faculty directors of the MTM graduate program. The primary responsibility of the coordinator is to develop, and implement the Regulatory Science(RS) pathway/track in the Master of Translational Medicine (MTM) graduate degree program. Responsibilities include evaluation and selection of the Regulatory Science pathway/track core competencies, scoping curriculum, developing course materials including didactic and online courses, and the development of cap stone projects. Additionally, the academic coordinator will collaborate with the Executive Director of the MTM, on student recruitment, admissions, student advising and career counseling, strategic planning, marketing, growth initiatives, financial, budgetary, and operational management of the RS pathway/track under the scope of the MTM graduate degree program. The academic coordinator uses highly specialized expertise to develop and teach courses. The academic coordinator will develop and maintain an active liaison with current UCSF and Stanford certificate programs in regulatory science such as the American Course in Drug Development and Regulatory Sciences (ACDRS), and the Biodesign program at Stanford. Interactions with the CERSI advisory board on the programs are expected as well as some fundraising activities to support the program. This position will also take a lead role in establishing connections to the FDA, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries to assist program graduates in career placement. The academic coordinator will function with a high degree of autonomy, and is required to analyze and solve unique problems without precedent and/or structure. The academic coordinator is responsible for articulating the long-term vision and goals of the Regulatory Science pathway/track, and is accountable to the two UCSF-Stanford CERSI co-directors, the Executive and Faculty Directors of the MTM, and the CERSI advisory board.

Key responsibilities of this position will be to develop a Regulatory Science curriculum for the establishment of a pathway/track in the Master of Translational Medicine (MTM) graduate program, evaluate and select core competencies for each course, provide intellectual leadership in the development of curriculum and course materials for in class and on-line teaching, teach Regulatory Sciences classes in the MTM program. Develop instruments to assess program effectiveness, and recommend changes to program content, policies and procedures accordingly,define, and develop cap stone projects in collaboration with faculty director and executive director of the MTM program. Mentor students, student advising on course and project selection and career counseling; coordinate and help with student recruitment and admissions, advise program leadership about curriculum issues,develop short term and long term planning for the RS pathway/track. Meet regularly with the UCSF-Stanford CERSI co-director at UCSF, and the faculty director and executive director of the MTM program. Promote programs to prospective students, investigators and industry partners, establish connections to the FDA, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. In collaboration with the executive director of the MTM program, develop a financial revenue module for the CERSI. Prepare meeting agenda for discussion, write minutes summarizing action items. Develop promotional materials, prepare presentations for key stakeholders. Ensure that program actions follow and adhere to university policies and procedures.

In addition, under the supervision of the UCSF-Stanford CERSI Educational Program Director, run onsite case-study sessions and workshops for CERSI mini-courses, assist UCSF-Stanford CERSI Educational Program Director with teaching online CERSI mini-courses to FDA scientists, which includes preparing online hands-on exercises, leading online discussion forums and grading assignments. Work with UCSF-Stanford CERSI Educational Program Director to prepare online modules for CERSI mini-courses.

Required qualifications for this position include:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate highly technical concepts to a broad community of researchers and scientists. Advanced ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills. Advanced interpersonal skills, and political acumen, ability to work with dynamic and diverse groups of faculty, staff and students to achieve results. Advanced ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers. Ability to form relationships with internal and external entities. Strong leadership and teamwork skills. Highly independent, self-starter, critical thinking and initiative driven. Proven ability to define and facilitate strategic decision making and to execute on strategies. Ability to navigating within two to three large complex organizations. Excellent analytical and independent problem solving skills in a results-deadline oriented environment. Demonstrated ability and skill with standard software applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Knowledge of learning theories and instructional design models. Lesson and curriculum planning skills. Ability to write effective instructional text, audio/video scripts. Experience in developing curriculum and course materials in related field. Experience in teaching courses at a bachelor or master's degree level. Experience in mentoring and advising students. Experience in administrative, budgetary/financial principles and practices. Experience developing or managing budgets. Experience working in a complex, dynamic, academic environment.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:
Ph.D., M.D., or PharmD degree in related field. Experience working with government entities.

Appointees in the Academic Coordinator title are in administration and will be expected to administer academic programs that provide service related to the teaching or research mission of the University. The academic program overseen by an Academic Coordinator must be fundamentally academic in nature, involving University research activities or activities requiring judgments relating to University instruction. Appointees in the Academic Coordinator title must have a professional background of academic training and/or experience. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.

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.

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San Francisco, CA


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

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  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

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