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Policy and Engagement Manager (7399U), Innovative Genomics Institute - 36961
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 5, 2022
Title Policy and Engagement Manager (7399U), Innovative Genomics Institute - 36961
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Policy and Engagement Manager (7399U), Innovative Genomics Institute - 36961

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) is a partnership between the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco. The IGI envisions a world in which genome-engineering innovations benefit humanity and are accessible to all. The Institute's mission is to accelerate genome discovery and translation of resulting technologies in order to ethically and equitably improve human health and sustainable agriculture. Combining the fundamental research expertise and the biomedical talent at UCB and UCSF, the IGI focuses on unraveling the mechanisms underlying CRISPR-based genome editing and applying this technology to cure disease, ensure food sustainability, and provide additional benefits for current and future generations.

The IGI is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. The IGI is interested in candidates who will contribute to our commitment to excellence, diversity, and inclusion in academia. The IGI is also interested in individuals who may have had non-traditional career paths, taken time off for family/personal reasons, or excelled in careers outside academia.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 06/16/2022.


Project Development and Management:

  • Leads projects to conduct and apply highly complex analyses across a broad spectrum of programs, policies and initiatives or provides in-depth, complex analyses on topics such as responsible governance of emerging technologies or equitable allocation of resources.
  • Assists the Public Impact Director in continuing to develop and implement a strategy for the public impact area, including undertaking additional responsibility for overseeing staff in Policy and Engagement areas.
  • Develop and oversee policy and partnerships for IGI projects including COVID testing lab and other clinical lab projects as needed.
  • Acts as a Principal Investigator (PI) for Public Impact Program facets of key institutional initiatives, such as the sickle cell disease, climate change and other initiatives as needed.
  • Guides and directs planning of projects under each initiatives, which may include managing the input of senior campus management, faculty, and/or external constituencies.
  • Fosters positive relationships with stakeholders and peer groups creating an environment of innovation, collaboration, and progress within the institute.
  • Expands and strengthens IGI's ties to the communities affected by our scientific research and policy recommendations.
  • Assists the Public Impact Director with developing and implementing the annual budget.
  • Participates in administrative policy and program planning and development.
  • Organizes and leads workshops/symposiums/working groups on ethics, policies, regulations as they relate to various scientific initiatives.
  • Serves on committees or as a representative in national or international collaborative projects focused on regulation, governance, or ethics of genome editing.
  • Partners with scientific directors to facilitate the consideration of public impact as part of scientific projects.
  • Proposes, leads and/or participates on policy, strategy and planning committees and working groups.

Policy Communication:

  • Develops and coordinates policy communications, both internal and external.
  • Such communications may include comments on federal regulatory policy, professional societies policies, or internal policies in order to maximize the ethical use of, equitable access to, or governance of innovative genomic technologies.
  • Develops and advocates solutions to organizational or research program issues, including developing and administering new systems, policies, processes, or programs.
  • Develops and advocates for new policies, processes, and mechanisms to advance the institute's values of equity, accessibility, and ethical and responsible technology development.
  • Researches and summarizes best practices in the field.

Provides analyses for complex budget, funding, financial, or academic data, systems and resource projects working directly with internal and external constituents.

Makes high level contacts of a sensitive nature, internally and externally, requiring discretion and diplomacy in order to negotiate with or persuade officials to adopt the proposed solution or program/process recommendations.

Representing IGI at key meetings or in publications to establish the institute as a player in the ethical and responsible use of genomic technologies.

This includes, staying abreast of current thinking within the field and giving talks to stakeholder groups or speaking at meetings about the science and policy of genome editing or related technologies.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Advanced knowledge of common organizational- or research-specific and other computer application programs.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff and influence, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
  • Advanced project management skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of organizational or initiative processes, protocols and procedures.
  • Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
  • Advanced knowledge of genome editing and related technologies policy and analysis techniques.
  • Advanced knowledge of dilemmas and issues related to the ethics, social impacts, stakeholder viewpoints, and other related considerations of the impacts of the application of genomic technologies.
  • Advanced analytical/problem-solving skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in molecular biology, genome editing area and/or equivalent experience/training; or similar education level in social sciences or policy, particularly as it pertains to genomic technologies.
  • Masters or PhD degree in molecular biology, genome editing area and/or equivalent experience/training; or similar education level in social sciences or policy, particularly as it pertains to genomic technologies.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) exempt career position, which is paid monthly and eligible for full UC Benefits. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $80,000.00 - $130,000.00.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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