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Program Manager

San Diego State University
San Diego
$5,373.33 - $5,500.00

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Program Manager

Req No: 2023-16242
Category: Research/Project
Type: Full-Time Contract
Salary: $5,373.33 - $5,500.00
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The salary range for this position is $5,373.33 - $5,500.00 per month depending upon qualifications and is non-negotiable.

BienESTAR is a research collaborative working at the intersection of research, education, and service based at San Diego State University. The word bienestar, meaning wellness in Spanish, exemplifies our commitment to utilize community-based research to promote public health and prevent disease among marginalized communities. The acronym represented in the word signifies our commitment to understanding and addressing social and environmental factors impacting communities throughout the US-Mexico border region. This research collaborative seeks to positively impact health outcomes by engaging community members and multisector stakeholders in participatory action research that builds evidence aimed at improving environments, socioeconomic conditions, healthcare access, and overall socio-structural factors.

Under general supervision of the BienESTAR directors the Program Manager will perform a variety of duties in support of the
day-to-day operations of the research collective.

**Must be living in the Imperial Valley area and will work onsite the BienESTAR research collective 720 Industrial Way, El Centro, CA 92243.

The Program Manager is responsible for but not limited to:

Program Coordination (95%)
  • Coordinate and administer all program activities both internal to the university and with external organizations (industry sponsors, benefactors, and other agencies) in BienESTAR.
  • Organize, prepare, and make presentations to including community members, students, industry representatives, advisory boards, university faculty and administrators, government officials and other parties as may be required to advance and achieve the Program goals and objectives.
  • Communicate orally and in writing with students, community members, research staff, university faculty and administrators as may be required in executing the Program.
  • Develop and execute an structured protocol from maintaining equipment in the research collective space, including organizing space within the lab.
  • Support in research activities through either collecting data, organizing instruments, or leading recruitment efforts.
  • Assist in process reimbursement and purchase of tools to execute research activities.
  • Effectively administer all program activities and requirements to include:
    o Maintaining data for the projects and ensuring collection of data
    o Ensuring research protocols are followed by research staff
    o Ensure timelines for research activities are maintained
  • Represent the program at both internal and external meetings and conference calls with sponsors, employers, agencies, university officials, and others as may be required.
  • Draft reports on progress of research program.

Special Projects (5%)
  • Special projects as assigned or required.

Core Knowledge and Abilities
  • Fundamental written and oral communication skills, including a sound foundation in English AND Spanish grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Ability to understand standard office and lab procedures; to operate standard office equipment; to learn office technology systems; to perform basic arithmetic calculations; and typing and keyboard skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively with co-workers, clients and/or study participants.
  • Ability to understand and follow posted work rules and procedures.
  • Ability to relate well to others within the project environment.
  • Ability to display motivation and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to display organization and detail orientation, meet deadlines, possess good judgment and common sense.
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of cross-cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to be independent while valuing collaboration and a diverse lab environment.

Role Specific Knowledge and Abilities
  • Familiarity with SDSU academic and other campus programs including SDSU Imperial Valley.
  • Strong desire to assist others and work with community members within the Imperial Valley and overall border region.
  • Knowledge of operational methods and/or research methods and procedures.
  • Ability to independently interpret a wide variety of policies and procedures integral to the program.
  • Basic understanding of administrative and research processes.
  • Understanding of border region culture including geography of the Imperial Valley.
  • Knowledge of programs, leadership, resource management, and/or financial administration.
  • Ability to relate well with community members, students, professors, administrators.
  • Highly motivated self-starter, with a high energy level and strong interpersonal skills; ability to think and act independently; ability to understand and implement procedures.
  • Ability to reason logically and analyze and solve problems using good judgment.
  • Excellent ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to include preparation of reports, presentations, and other communications to diverse groups.
  • Ability to gather data and complete routine assignments independently with limited instruction.
  • Ability to plan and organize own workflow to meet deadlines.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and database creation through excel or other software.
  • Ability to travel once or twice a year outside of the area to represent the program at conferences or meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field related to program/project, or additional experience may be substituted for the required education on a year for year basis.

  • Two years of progressively responsible experience in technical or administrative assignments.

Additional Applicant Information
  • Candidate must reside in California or live in a commutable distance from 720 Industrial Way, El Centro, CA 92243 at time of hire.
  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results (including a criminal record check).
  • San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer.

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