Competitive Intelligence Analyst – UCLA

By Rebecca Moffit January 22, 2021

Website UCLA

Working title: Competitive Intelligence Analyst
Contract, through end of 2020 FY (June 30), with possibility of renewal
Hourly Pay: $20-25 (based on experience)

Job Summary: The UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (SLA GC) is a campus-wide initiative that coordinates research, education and expertise around advancing urban sustainability goals in Los Angeles county and beyond. The goal of the initiative is to make Los Angeles the most sustainable megacity by 2050. SLA GC is looking for a Competitive Intelligence Analyst to support SLA GC leadership in filling knowledge gaps, identifying relevant opportunities and trends, better understanding priorities and behaviors of potential sponsors or partners, and recognizing advantages vs. disadvantages relative to competing institutions. The ultimate goal is to gather information on urban sustainability and stakeholders to inform how the SLA GC should strategically position UCLA’s research and education to win funding opportunities and make effective decisions about future programmatic actions.

Competitive intelligence analysts are responsible for identifying relevant data, and gathering information to inform their recommendations for decisions. In order to access relevant information effectively they must have strong investigative or research skills. They also need to effectively make decisions in order to produce good recommendations. Analytical abilities are required to assess data effectively and accurately. Since their work involves writing reports and communicating with others about their findings, strong communication skills are also very important.

In addition to these qualities, the successful candidate must be a problem-solver with an ability and willingness to look at issues and information in new and different ways. An organized, self-motivated individual that can work independently and also within a team. The position requires attention to detail, skill and the intellectual curiosity to thoroughly investigate subjects, then organize, manage and relate information to multiple audiences. Also required is the ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously, exercise good judgement, and to persist in researching and delivering the needed intelligence in a timely and intelligible manner.

Desired Qualifications:

  1. Able to quickly become an authority on the topic being investigated to understand the macro trends, context and competitive situation.
  2. Skill in conducting qualitative research and drawing insights from in-depth heuristic evaluation of a variety of subjects, i.e. donors, sponsors’ programs and priorities, academic papers, analyst reports, press releases, industry analyses, and/or a wide range of documents produced by policy makers, local, state and federal government.
  3. Demonstrated ability to operate in a fast-paced environment and deliver accurate, timely, unbiased contextual analyses and communicate results via presentations or detailed reports as requested, which may include charts, graphs and data visualizations.
  4. Ability to identify relevant insights, then curate, filter and summarize information and communicate relevant findings to a variety of audiences, but specifically to team members and supervisor to support strategy in pursuing funding opportunities and strategic partnerships.
  5. Be able to perform compliance review or assess alignment for a sponsored program.
  6. Skilled at extracting data from a variety of sources and documents, synthesizing data, news and trends about urban sustainability to anticipate needs and opportunities for UCLA faculty to address.
  7. Persistence in investigations to produce an accurate analysis of the target subject matter.
  8. Develop and maintain an understanding of UCLA’s work on urban sustainability and the competitive landscape that will improve our understanding of our competitive position.
  9. Strong academic background with a bachelor’s degree in an information management or analytical field. Knowledge of urban sustainability is highly desired.
  10. Detailed knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Google Suite, Box, and Airtable preferred.

For more information, or to apply, please email Jennifer Craer (Assistant Director of Research Development for the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge) at

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