I am a novice Jira user, part of a pilot project where none of us have notable experience. We are using hosted Jira. The site administrator has made me administrator of a couple of projects. Now I'd like to start by importing a backlog from an existing spreadsheet. I have prepared the CSV, but can nowhere find the "import" link mentioned in the documention, nor can I get to an Administration page such as I am seeing in YouTube videos. I am listed in "users and roles" as an administrator of the project in question, but I am not a site administrator, if that matters.
You need to be a Jira Administrator, per the documentation.
Importing your CSV file
Once your CSV file has been prepared, log into your JIRA Cloud site as a JIRA administrator to start the import process.
Running the CSV file import wizard
Before you begin, please back up your JIRA data.
Log in to JIRA as a user with the JIRA Administrators global permission. Select Administration > System > Import & Export > External System Import > Import button associated with the Comma-separated values (CSV) option to open the CSV File import page.
It turns out that Jira =does= allow regular users to import while using the hosted Jira (presumably, 7.x?). This is present as part of the "issues" menu. It is currently absent when beta-testing the new, allegedly improved Jira interface.
So, if the ability to import issues using CSV is important, and you are =not= a Jira administrator, you can do so, but you must be using the current "classic" interface, not beta-testing the new.
This lack may be corrected as the new beta develops.