Project/Policy Analyst 3

University of California, Berkeley
Jan 15, 2013
Feb 14, 2013
Human Resources
Full Time

Project/Policy Analyst 3
UC Berkeley - Main Campus

The incumbent will serve as a research/proposal development analyst in the recently created Berkeley Research Development Office (BRDO) in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Because federal funding is now the largest component of Berkeley's income, it is critical to the campus’ financial health that the campus renews its focus on our competitiveness in this era of highly constrained Federal budgets.

The position will support the goals of the BRDO, which are to facilitate proposal development and increase research funding on campus while decreasing faculty burden in applying for extramural funding. The scope of projects this position will work on includes:

1. Large proposals (e.g., multi-investigator or multi-disciplinary).
2. Projects with significant interest/relevance across multiple campus units.
3. Projects with strategic priority for campus or for VCRO units.
The incumbent must be experienced in the area of extramural research development using analytical, writing, and editing skills to facilitate the development of the research proposals. The majority of proposals will be for federal or state support, but work will also include corporate and foundation proposals.

The incumbent will work with the BRDO team and faculty and researchers across disciplines, departments, research units, colleges, and institutions (both domestic and international) to support the development of competitive, complex research proposals. Additionally, the incumbent could identify funding opportunities, provide training and assist in the development of support resources.



• Assist faculty and administrators with proposal development.
• As an editor, ensures clarity, organization, accuracy, style, and quality of written work.
• Under limited supervision, researches, writes and/or edits material for a variety of publications for internal and external audiences, consulting with clients as necessary.
• Researches and drafts complex proposals, reports, briefings, executive summaries, speeches.
• Monitors and analyzes changes in external regulations, legislation, and UC policies for impact on the Campus.
• Researches organizational structures, policies, and procedures and summarizes best practices in field.

Administrative and Other Duties

• Record and maintain data on proposal submissions and track annual numbers and funding amounts requested and awarded.
• Create and maintain relevant and useful information on the Berkeley Research Development Office webpage.
• Develop training material and provide training sessions on aspects of proposal development and writing.
• Assist with other duties as needed in the operation of the office.

Strategic Planning

• Provides analyses for complex academic, data, systems and resource projects working directly with all levels of managers.
• Participates in policy and planning committees and working groups.
• Conducts post-implementation analysis to determine the need for further enhancements, finer distinctions and/or additional process/policy components.
• Develops proposals and recommendations to guide and support a broader strategic direction for the organization.
• Coordinates efforts with a variety of internal and external contacts.
• Performs ad hoc, analytical studies on a wide variety of policies, programs and issues that are complex in nature.


• Knowledge of common campus-specific and other computer application programs. Analytical/problem-solving skills.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff; both verbally and in writing.
• Strong skills in analyzing and synthesizing large amounts of data for preparing sound and relevant proposals.
• Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
• Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
• Thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation.
• Thorough knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines.
• Thorough skills to write clear, engaging and persuasive text in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences and/or the broader public, while ensuring adherence to the funding sponsor's guidelines.
• Thorough knowledge of the campus, including its mission, goals, achievements, infrastructure, programs, and policies.
• Thorough interpersonal communications skills, including active listening and effective collaboration skills.
• Proven experience in successfully securing grant or contract funding required.
• Working knowledge of OMB Circulars A-21, A-110, A-133 and other pertinent external regulations beneficial; knowledge of federal forms preferred.
• Knowledge of grant funding policies and procedures and applicable local, state, federal and university regulations.
• Knowledge and understanding of effective grant funding processes, procedures, and techniques.
• Effective oral and written communications, interpersonal, negotiating, and organizational skills are required.
• Knowledge of budget preparation and fiscal management is beneficial.
• Analytical, evaluative, and critical thinking skills and ability to meet multiple deadlines.
• Project management skills and the ability to resolve complex problems and issues; demonstrated skills in organizing, prioritizing and scheduling complex work assignments.
• Ability to present information effectively to groups; to develop, plan and implement short- and long-range goals; to foster a cooperative work environment; to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops; to make effective administrative/procedural decisions and recommendations.


• Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
• Advanced degree or equivalent experience preferred.

Salary: Annual Salary Range:  $51,000 - $75,700. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

First Review: January 11th. This position will remain open until filled.

To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying through click on ‘Job Listings’ followed by ‘External Applicants’, and then search for job number 15066.

The University of California, Berkeley is one of the world's leading universities in research, teaching, and public service. The campus employs 2,028 faculty and over 14,000 staff in more than 130 academic departments and interdepartmental groups, libraries, museums and more than 65 interdisciplinary research units contribute to this dynamic and vital research and teaching environment.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We offer a diverse working environment, competitive salaries, and comprehensive benefits.


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