The Community Engagement Facilitator (CEF) serves a key role in the HEALing Communities Study (HCS), a large, multi-site clinical trial being led in New York State by Columbia University School of Social Work. The study will use community-engaged methods to unite experts and community stakeholders to narrow service gaps and reduce overdose deaths across New York. The study will be carried out across sixteen communities throughout the state with the ultimate goal of reducing opioid deaths by 40%. The CEF will report to the HCS Project Director and will be embedded to work in one of the HCS communities to support the implementation of the HCS intervention.
The CEF will work directly with a local community coalition and support them in 1) assessing community priorities, strengths, and needs related to opioid overdose; and 2) facilitating the creation of a community action plan reflective of stakeholder priorities and expertise. The CEF will then work closely with HCS county staff, community partners and the HCS research team to facilitate the implementation of the community action plan in both community and clinical settings. The CEF will provide ongoing support to communities to ensure fidelity to chosen interventions. They will be a primary point of contact for community coalitions and clinical partners, facilitating strong working relationships with the study team. The CEF will support the overall goals of the Communities that Heal (CTH) intervention, focusing on Community Engagement and Care Continuum.
Work closely with study and community partners to promote a community-engaged process that supports local decision making.
Serve as main liaison for communication between community coalition coordinator, coalition members, clinical experts, various research staff and all other appropriate stakeholders.
Support the process of creating and maintaining a Community Profile to document community strengths, priorities, and needs.
Participate in the development of a Community Action Plan by assisting coalition members in choosing from a menu of evidence-based interventions.
Identify and navigate local and study-wide power dynamics to ensure community voices are at the table.
Assist clinical partners and other relevant organizations in implementing the Community Action Plan.
Partner with the Technical Assistance team to facilitate and coordinate training sessions of programs to be implemented.
Provide ongoing support and technical assistance for community coalitions. Schedule, attend and facilitate working meetings both in communities and at the research site as needed.
Assist with the preparation of reports and presentations for the coalition and research team.
Perform other duties as assigned or as necessary.
SPECIAL WORKING CONDITIONS (RESPONSIBLE FOR ON-CALL, 24 HR. COVERAGE, ETC.)
Local travel required with ability to independently travel, occasionally overnight, to multiple locations throughout assigned county and to meetings at Columbia University
Some evenings and weekends may be required to attend community events
Bachelors Degree with 3 years cumulative experience in community engagement, behavioral health or program coordination
Advanced facilitation and interviewing skills
Experience navigating issues of cultural humility and power.
Keen sense of social justice in health equity work.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).
Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team (sense of humor is valued).
Strong organizational and multitasking skills.
Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality of all personal/community coalition information.
Prior experience in the field of addiction and substance use disorders encouraged.
Masters in Social Work, Public Health, or other human services areas or equivalent experience.
Experience with evaluation and qualitative data collection a plus.
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Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
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