Student Affairs Officer – Bioinformatics Dept. (Req. 28874)

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Student Affairs Officer – Bioinformatics Dept.   (Req. 28874)

Under the general supervision of the Program Chair and the Boyer Hall MSO, provide primary administrative and program support to ensure the optimal functioning of the Bioinformatics Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program. Working with the Boyer Hall fund manager, serve as the administrative coordinator for the Training Grant in Biomedical Big Data Science, which is managed by the Bioinformatics IDP.

Advise students and faculty mentors regarding University and program policies and procedures governing graduate education.

Coordinate admissions, curriculum, course offerings, program requirements, and teaching evaluations. Prepare all relevant course and time-to-degree materials. Counsel individual students in academic difficulty; apprise Program Chair and appropriate faculty as needed. Conduct annual orientation for incoming students. Provide fellowship and other funding information. Track graduate student support stipends, fee payments and awards.

Serve as staff member on the program's governing committee. Serve as liaison to university's Graduate Division and other graduate programs and campus committees.  


Application Instructions

Applicants must submit their qualifications via UCLA's Career Opportunities website at  Reference position # 28874  AA/EEO

The complete listing of qualifications is available on UCLA's official job posting.


  • Strong interpersonal skills sufficient to establish and maintain productive, cooperative and effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty, students, university officials, prospective students, and visitors, and to serve as an advocate for program and its students.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills sufficient to interpret and convey complex information relating to the duties of the position. Ability to compose and edit concise, logical and grammatically correct correspondence and other communications in standard English. Persuasive oral and written communication skills are required to prepare and present recruitment strategies, proposals and promotional materials.
  • Ability and personality to work collaboratively with faculty, administrators and students campus-wide; to exercise initiative and accept responsibility; to work proactively and with minimal supervision under heavy workload with frequent interruptions; and to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated skill in analyzing information, problems, situations, practices, and/or procedures to define problems or objectives.
  • Ability to obtain, synthesize, and utilize information appropriately; ability to communicate and present information to faculty and administrative staff members in order to maintain consistency within the program and to develop new policies.
  • Demonstrated skill in advising students on complex information, difficult conditions and providing multiple options, utilizing detailed knowledge of policies and past precedents; 
skill in employing fundamental counseling techniques with sensitivity to assist students in the resolution of problems; skill in interacting with persons of various social, cultural, economic and educational backgrounds for the purpose of advising students and working with faculty, staff, and the community.
  • Demonstrated skill in negotiating: exchanging ideas, information and opinions with others to formulate policies and programs and/or arrive jointly at decisions, conclusions or solutions
  • Demonstrated skill in student support funding, initiating and submitting timely and accurate financial transactions; ability to assemble, analyze, interpret and present financial data clearly and concisely.


UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy -




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Job No: 28874
Posted: 12/17/2018
Application Due: 2/15/2019
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