The Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi) will be the bedrock for the healthy start that every child deserves, regardless of the circumstances he or she was born into. PTBi is a cross-campus and multi-disciplinary initiative at UCSF, with leadership from the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Global Health Sciences (GHS), Family Health Care Nursing, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Together PTBi unites researchers, clinicians, public health experts, community organizations and community members to collaboratively apply innovative ideas and approaches to the epidemic of prematurity. This transformative model targets not just how we address preterm birth, but many of the health disparities that persist in families and communities across generations.

Help us turn the curve on preterm birth.

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Job Opportunities

Program Coordinator | Req# 49048BR

The Program Coordinator will work closely with the Associate Director for Preconception and Prenatal Interventions and other investigators within the California Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi-CA) to help support the management of the aim’s research portfolio and develop and implement potential strategies to fill identified research gaps. S/he will be responsible for day-to-day management of some projects, some of which entail development, testing and dissemination of patient-education, decision support, and other digital health applications. These include: 1) a risk-communication tool, 2) an app to facilitate engagement in the health care system by adolescents and others who are not currently pregnant (sometimes referred to as the “interconception” or “preconception” stage of the reproductive life course), 3) an app to help pregnant women identify community and other resources to address components of health not typically offered in prenatal care, and 4) a decision support tool to help women and their partners who are facing the possibility of a periviable delivery (22-25 weeks gestation).


• Communications Associate | Req# 49045BR

The Communications Associate for the California Preterm Birth Initiative will support the day to day communication needs for PTBi-CA, as well as manage projects related to visual media and health education with a focus on health equity. The role includes responsibility for designing and maintaining online/website content, designing publications and outreach campaigns, electronic communications, newsletters, digital storytelling efforts, and marketing materials. The Communications Associate will work collaboratively Communications Managing Director and with the larger full PTBi team to support the California communications strategy and objectives. As a research initiative rooted in racial equity we actively seek partners and candidates with a strong racial equity and intersectional feminist lens. People of color and people who identify as women are highly encouraged to apply.


• Community Engagement Associate | Req# 49060BR

The California Preterm Birth Initiative is seeking a Community Engagement Associate to support the community engagement and community mobilization activities and strategies to reduce the burden of preterm birth in the participating communities of San Francisco, Oakland and Fresno. The Community Engagement Associate will report to and work closely with the Director of Community Engagement to help support and deepen community engagement across all areas of the Initiative. 



For more information about current openings, please visit Careers at UCSF and search openings by requisition number (Req#).

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California San Francisco 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, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.


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