Research Communications Specialist


Under the supervision of the Director of the TIE Core, the Research Communications Specialist will manage the communications for the TIE Core and provide technical assistance. The position is full time. The individual will assist in managing the production of HIV prevention fact sheets, manage and develop content for the CAPS website and social networking platforms, create dissemination products (e.g., newsletter), engage in outreach activities, provide administrative support to the TIE Core and respond to technical assistance requests. The individual will also provide support to the UCSF Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Project at CAPS.

The Technology & Information Exchange (TIE) Core, also known as the Domestic Response Core, applies HIV research to practice and helps integrate community expertise into HIV science. The Core aims to support CAPS scientists’ use of community expertise, support community collaborative research, and disseminate relevant HIV research.

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in public health, psychology, social sciences or other related field and three to four years of experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
• Comfort/experience working with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and health departments
• Experience providing Technical Assistance (TA)
• Knowledge of HIV/AIDS
• Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Office (Outlook, Power Point, and Excel)
• Demonstrated ability to use web 2.0 tools, including social media and blogs, and graphics and presentation software
• Demonstrated ability to work independently – able to prioritize among competing, multiple priorities; good organizational skills; able to take initial direction from others and complete work independently
• Able to write clearly and for multiple audiences: no grammatical errors and the writing is able to be understood clearly
• Demonstrated ability to work with multiple staff and with a team
• Demonstrated ability to prioritize competing requests
• Excellent organization skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to work with people from different professional settings, including research and community advocacy

Note: Fingerprinting and background check required.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with community collaborative research
• Knowledge of Northern California HIV-related CBOs
• Knowledge of the CDC capacity building assistance (CBA) program
• Knowledge of, empathy for, and experience working with sexual and racial minority and other marginalized populations

This position is located at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus.

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Further information about the University of California, San Francisco, is available at UCSF seeks candidates whose skills, and personal and professional experience, have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence, and the communities we serve.


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Last modified: June 24, 2015