Project Manager (Sustainable Water Initiative)

Luskin Center for Innovation (UCLA)

Los Angeles, CA, US

Position Description:
The Luskin Center seeks to hire a project manager with a mix of strong empirical quantitative and qualitative skills and applied engineering, economics, policy or planning training.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to conduct, analyze and translate research to inform real-world policy innovations in the field of sustainable water, including but not limited to the areas of drinking water supply policy, the human right to water, water markets, the water-energy nexus, climate change and water resources, and emerging technologies and programs supporting local water reliance.

Research and analysis

·      Oversee and conduct extensive data collection from public sources

·      Plan, design and conduct policy analyses, including undertaking or overseeing the development of engineering, economic and applied GIS modeling,

·      Develop tools and analysis that enable policymakers and stakeholders to analyze environmental, economic and social issues related to sustainable water technology and policy deployment, and

·      Support the development of grant and contract proposals.


Project management

·      Manage projects or discrete components of large projects that involve multiple collaborators from the public sector and academia,

·      Supervise the work of graduate students, and

·      Provide timely responses to information demand from external audiences, including the media.

Applicants should possess some combination of the following qualifications:

·      Masters in Civil Engineering, Public Policy, Planning, Resource Management or other related field with an emphasis on applied policy analysis, and significant coursework in urban water management,

·      Strong quantitative skills including: basic econometrics, and modeling and organizing, manipulating and combining multiple datasets. The candidate should have experience utilizing a range of data sources and software packages

·      Strong inter-personal and communication skills, including excellent writing skills.

·      Interest in contributing to and knowledge of state and local water policies in (Southern) California

Contract Length and Location:
The contract position is for one year with possibility of extension. The position is based in the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation under the direction of Dr. J.R. DeShazo.

Salary:  Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. The UCLA Luskin Center can offer a generous, comprehensive benefits package.

Application Process

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV and work sample to Senior Researcher, Gregory Pierce, at [email protected]