Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
The position is in the Institute for Public Health and will primarily work in the Taylor Avenue Building on the Medical School campus. This position requires some travel between campuses and/or work done on the Danforth campus.
The Center for Community Health Partnership & Research aims to reduce disparities and improve health and wellness in the region by fostering bidirectional communication and supporting community-academic partnerships and research endeavors. The Center is jointly run by Washington University’s Institute for Public Health (IPH) and Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS). The Center’s goals are to:
Serve as a resource for community stakeholders, faculty members, students and trainees to facilitate: collaborative community health initiatives, community health partnerships, and community-engaged research.
Build and sustain community partnerships toward advancing health.
Facilitate active engagement and participation by community stakeholders as partners in all stages of clinical and translational research processes to improve community health.
Develop a coordinated, more integrated approach to community-academic partnership initiatives across the university.
Provide education and training on community-engaged research and partnerships.
The Center is dually led by a faculty Co-Director representing IPH and a faculty Co-Director representing ICTS. Functions of the Center will be carried out by the Center Manager position at IPH and a peer Center Manager at ICTS. The IPH Center Manager position will centrally report to the Associate Director of the Institute for Public Health, with functional reporting, regular interaction, and close collaboration with the IPH faculty Director of the Center for Community Health Partnership & Research.
This position supports the IPH faculty Center Director and other leaders of the Center in its operational management to fulfil the community engagement goals/objectives of the Center. Key responsibilities for management of all aspects of the Center include, but are not limited to, relationship development, strategic planning and implementation, data tracking, evaluation, and reporting. This position will manage Center activities (including supervising students and staff) and support the Center’s governance and structure.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Partnerships and Community Partnerships:
Establish strong relationships and connections with community organizations to foster development of community-university research and practice partnerships and other meaningful collaborations.
Work closely with the Center’s IPH faculty Director, conduct outreach with university faculty in efforts to help connect them to community organizations to develop research and/or practice partnerships and collaboration opportunities where interests align.
Work closely with the Center’s IPH faculty director, to help align connections between community organization interests and those of university faculty or other internal units.
Build strong relationships with campus constituencies involved with community health.
Implement programs and activities to help build the capacity of community organizations and faculty related to community-engaged research and practice. Provide consultations to community partners and faculty in the areas of best practices in community-university partnerships, principles of community-engaged research, stakeholder engagement, recruitment, and dissemination.
Attend and participate in Community Advisory Board (CAB) meetings. This includes, but is not limited to, working with the CAB community co-chairs to develop the agendas, planning annual retreats, and communicating with faculty and other units at the university about opportunities to engage with the CAB.
Work closely with IPH faculty Center Director on a strategic plan for executing Center objectives, and lead implementation of strategies. Oversee daily operations and activities.
Assist in determining metrics of success for the Center. Develop and maintain a system to track and monitor progress in achieving metrics.
Ensure integration of Center efforts into larger Institute for Public Health mission and key priority areas that include a focus on mental health, diabetes, community and social disparities, and personalized medicine and disparities, and gun violence from a health equity lens. Identify opportunities for collaboration with other initiatives.
Serve as a liaison for information sharing with the Center Directors and staff about activities going on broadly in IPH.
Plan and coordinate center initiatives and projects with community members, community organizations, faculty, and other stakeholders at the university. This includes, but is not limited to, planning and preparing materials, agenda development, and maintaining detailed notes meetings.
Develop written material for the Center such as annual reports, briefing documents, abstracts, agendas, news articles, and other publications for Center leadership and other stakeholders.
Develop informational content to support the Center, sometimes, but not always, in conjunction with public relations and communication staff.
Represent the Center’s IPH faculty Director at meetings and events, as needed.
Supervise and manage student workers (e.g. work study, RAs, post-docs, practicum students) and staff of the Center.
Work closely with the Center’s IPH faculty Director as well as senior leadership of the IPH to determine the Center’s budget, prioritize spending, and determine long-term financial needs.
Work with IPH business and administrative staff to monitor expenses.
Identify potential funding sources for research, service projects, and special events.
Assist with writing proposals to seek funding for Center initiatives.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree with five years of professional experience in public health, social work, community engagement, public administration, or other appropriate discipline or an equivalent education/experience.
Mastery of basic computer software, such as Microsoft Word, spreadsheets, PowerPoint, e-mail and internet.
Proficiency in simple accounting.
Master’s degree with at least five years of professional experience.
Professional experience in project management, grant writing, research, public presentations, and community outreach and engagement.
Knowledge of principles of community engagement, community-based participatory research, and relevant standards in health and public health (CLAS Standards, Title VI, Americans with Disabilities, etc.).
Demonstrated superior writing and editing skills.
Strong interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse groups, including faculty, staff, students, public affairs, community groups, and health and news organizations.
Strong analytic skills and the ability to think strategically and programmatically.
Strong ability to problem-solve and identify alternatives and best options.
Ability to represent the Center effectively with scholars, students, and community groups.
Ability to work independently and exercise outstanding judgment.
Experience in organizing and conducting special events and programs.
Demonstrated project management skills, including the ability to handle multiple tasks in a complex organizational environment.
Excellent consultative skills, especially skilled in building strong working relationships between university and community organizations.
Self-starter and flexibility to work in fast-paced and changing environment.
Demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency and diplomacy both individually and as part of a complex team effort.
The hiring range for this position is $52,943 - $68,816 annually.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
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