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Program Manager (Transparency) (7398U), Center for Effective Global Action - 68464
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted May 7, 2024
Title Program Manager (Transparency) (7398U), Center for Effective Global Action - 68464
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Psychology - General
    Social Sciences - General

Program Manager (Transparency) (7398U), Center for Effective Global Action - 68464

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.

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Departmental Overview

CEGA generates innovative research and ideas that leaders can use to improve policies, programs, and people's lives. Headquartered at the University of California, Berkeley, our academic network includes more than 170 faculty, 65 scholars from low- and middle-income countries, and hundreds of graduate students-from across academic disciplines and across the globe-to produce rigorous evidence about what works to expand education, health, and economic opportunities for people living in poverty.

CEGA is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion - see our values page.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: May 20, 2024. Department will review applications on a rolling basis.


The Program Manager will manage the implementation of all programmatic activities that fall under CEGA's research transparency portfolio, including fundraising and financial management, coordination of research activities, BITSS program communications, and organization of BITSS-related events and trainings. The Program Manager will be a proactive team player with strong project management experience, awareness of threats to research credibility and promising approaches to mitigate them, and general knowledge of the academic research process. Specific responsibilities include the following:

Program Implementation (40%):

  • Oversee implementation of all programs under the BITSS portfolio, identifying and leveraging synergies with other CEGA programs.
  • Develop and maintain research and capacity building partnerships, and conduct outreach to policy-makers, implementing organizations, and other stakeholders.
  • Coordinate the scale up of the Social Science Reproduction Platform (SSRP) and Social Science Prediction Platform (SSPP), liaising with partners, collecting feedback, and making recommendations for platform improvement.
  • Manage operations for research projects led by BITSS scholars, such as recruiting study participants and research staff, and procuring software and other research materials.
  • Provide technical guidance, on occasion, related to research transparency and reproducibility inquiries from CEGA staff and faculty, BITSS Catalysts, and other partners.
  • Manage competitive grant-making processes as appropriate, including RFPs, peer review, contracting arrangements, and project monitoring.
  • Lead performance management by gathering and analyzing data, recommending and implementing changes to program design based on metrics, and writing program plans, quarterly performance reviews, budget milestones, and theories of change. Aspirationally, identify and pursue opportunities for rigorous impact evaluations of BITSS activities.
  • Develop expertise in research transparency subject matter (publication bias; p-hacking; pre-analysis plans; pre-results review; selective reporting; reporting guidelines; evidence aggregation; reproducibility; open data; ethics; and privacy; as well as how these translate to policy analysis); stay up-to-date on relevant research and policy developments.
  • Mentor interns and other junior collaborators, as appropriate, including work plan design, performance management, and professional development.

Fundraising and Financial Management (30%):

  • Work with CEGA Executive Director Carson Christiano, BITSS Faculty Director Edward Miguel, and Staff Scientist Fernando Hoces de la Guardia to develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy for BITSS, draft concept notes and proposals, and manage relationships with several current and prospective funders.
  • Manage multi-year, multi-million dollar budgets, with numerous funding sources including grants, gifts, revenue, and contracts.
  • Track expenses and payments and reconcile program finances on a monthly basis.

Events and Communications (20%):

  • Design and implement BITSS events in collaboration with CEGA's Events and Communications Team, including negotiating contracts with vendors, developing timelines, budgets, agenda, and materials; coordinating media capture; overseeing logistics; synthesizing lessons learned; suggesting content improvement; making intellectual contributions to event programming, for example designing agendas and selecting speakers and participants; and speaking at events.
  • Lead promotional outreach and community building for the SSRP and the SSPP, for example developing newsletters, FAQs, and promotional materials, and identifying opportunities to present to relevant audiences, and presenting themselves.
  • Develop and coordinate content for the BITSS website, newsletter, blog, YouTube, Twitter, and community channels.
  • Manage the dissemination of research and BITSS activities to policymakers and partners, including conceptualizing briefing materials and managing their production, monitoring media coverage, and managing relationships with relevant stakeholders.

Center-Wide Duties (10%):

  • Participate in center-wide activities, including participation in internal working groups, maintenance of the CEGA Wiki, process documentation, center event planning and management, and performance management.
  • Support mainstreaming of research transparency across CEGA programs, including strengthening (and conceptualizing processes for enforcing) CEGA's Transparency Policy.

Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS in Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy, or related fields and/or equivalent years experience/training.
  • Well-versed in issues related to research transparency subject matter (publication bias; p-hacking; pre-analysis plans; selective reporting; reporting guidelines; reproducibility; open data), and solutions for improved transparency (pre-registration and pre-analysis plans, data sharing, version control software, and other).
  • Strong financial and project management skills and familiarity with academic research grant-making.
  • Strong skills in short-term and long-term planning, analysis, problem-anticipation, and problem-solving; ability to independently investigate solutions to challenges and anticipate leadership/sponsor needs.
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of evidence-based policy-making.
  • Self-directed, intrinsically motivated; proven capacity to manage work independently, multitask, and be responsive to time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong and effective interpersonal skills in working with colleagues at all levels. Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality. Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work diplomatically with diverse constituencies.
  • Takes ownership of professional development. Highly coachable, anticipating and integrating guidance and direction.
  • Strong competency with MS Office and Google Suite applications.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MA/MS in Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy, or related fields.
  • At least 3 years of relevant professional experience
  • Familiarity with journal review processes
  • Previous quantitative research experience
  • Experience with productivity tools such as GitHub/Git, Slack, Salesforce, and Trello.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (including Adobe InDesign and PhotoShop)
  • Sense of humor with a positive attitude in approaching challenges and uncertainty

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $90,000.00 - $110,000.00.

  • This is a 12-month, 100%, full-time (40 hours per week), contract position that is eligible for full UC benefits with the possibility of extension pending funding and performance.
  • This position is exempt and paid monthly.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

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