University of California Santa Cruz — Project Manager

Project Manager

Location: Santa Cruz
Job ID: 25306

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UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the intimacy of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university.

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The Initial Review Date for this job is: 11-03-2021

Dept Marketing Statement
The Office of the Chancellor at UC Santa Cruz oversees the administration of the university, leads large-scale initiatives, and sets the vision and goals for the university. Office members collaborate consistently with other senior leaders and teams from across the university to align policy and practice with university goals and to support the mission of the university. The Office of the Chancellor is focused on advancing the university's four primary goals: 1) advancing student success by improving retention and graduation rates and closing equity gaps; 2) increasing UC Santa Cruz's research profile and impact; 3) fostering an inclusive campus climate that embraces and values diversity and 4) making UC Santa Cruz more efficient, effective and resilient.

More information about Office of the Chancellor can be found at:

Job Summary

The Project Manager in the Office of the Chancellor provides high-level project management and policy analysis support on a range of issues related to the work of the Chancellor and in collaboration with other senior leaders. The Project Manager will be responsible for analyzing internal and external data to support decision-making, drafting official documents and written communication, supporting presentation development for high-level meetings, supporting and leading workgroups and committees focused on specific issues, maintaining internal documentation that furthers collaboration and accountability across offices and divisions, stewarding projects with campus-wide impact, and supporting and contributing to strategic work to support the university's goals and mission.

Salary Information: Salary Range is: $89,150 – $104,600. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: This position is eligible for Full benefits

Schedule Information
Full-time, Fixed
Percentage of Time: 100%
Average Hours Per Week: 40
Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus

Union Representation: None

Employee Relations Code: All Others, Not Confidential

Job Code Classification: 007399 PROJECT POLICY ANL 4 

40% Project Management

Develops and implements efficient and effective systems for managing information, projects and communications to ensure accurate and timely responses

Maintains a comprehensive database of initiatives and assignments, to include actions delegated

Independently and collaboratively manages projects of all scales and durations with complex issues and competing priorities

Supports effective use of project management tools to enhance collaboration across offices and progress on shared goals

Supports organizational restructuring and liases with other offices to facilitate executive hiring for positions that report to the Chancellor

Manages in-person and remote events related to projects

35%  Policy Analysis and Writing Support

Investigates issues and problems; pulls and analyzes metrics and data, identifies trends, visualizes data and trends for presentation to a range of audiences, drafts and prepares responses to urgent requests

Researches, compiles and summarizes issues, policies and relevant topics

Contributes to background information, talking points and briefing materials for the Chancellor

Supports the development of presentation strategy and materials for routine and ad-hoc events

15% Committee & Working Group Support

Proposes, leads and / or staffs strategic planning committees, campus-wide and smaller-scale committees, task forces, and working groups

Coordinates monthly and bi-weekly committee meetings, generates reports and identifies action items

Uses influence and project management skills to ensure progress toward outcomes for these groups

5% Collaboration and Relationship Building

Strong commitment to teamwork, support for busy executives, and recognition of the mission of the university as the driver of our work

Commitment to customer service and support for a high level leadership office with responsibility to the entire campus

Develops effective and supportive working relationships with offices across campus to facilitate collaborative work

Establishes and maintains contacts internally and with external constituents for the collection and exchange of data

Makes high level contacts of a sensitive nature, internally and externally, requiring discretion and diplomacy

5% Professional Development

Pursues opportunities to enhance skills, stay abreast with institutional methods for data analysis and reporting. 

Participates in workshops and training, professional groups and organizations to enhance skills and stay current on tools.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training
  • Advanced knowledge of policy analysis techniques
  • Advanced project management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to learn organizational processes, protocals and/or procedures
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Advanced analytical  and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent policy analysis ability
  • Strong written communication skills with the ability  to produce impactful documentation
  • Advanced knowledge of standard computer application programs including Power Point, Word, Excel and their Google equivalents
  • Political acumen and sensitivities to the differing perspectives and political circumstances within all levels of the organization as well as the Office of the President and external constituencies
  • Ability to exercise judgement and apply solutions from past problems to future situations
  • High motivation and sense of responsibility to complete work independently  
  • Strong support service orientation
  • Strong verbal communication skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, faculty, students and external constituencies
  • Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes
  • Ability to use high-level discretion and maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Strong skills in problem identification and identifying a range of solutions

Preferred Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of organizational processes, protocols and/or procedures

Special Conditions

  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check
  • Selected candidate must have the ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here:

All UCSC employees must know and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.  

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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. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. 

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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. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.