The successful candidate will join a collaborative research team within a dynamic research environment. This position will support the Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research (CFAAR), directed by Dr. Ruchi Gupta. The Program Coordinator/Community Coordinator is responsible for planning and helping implement the Center’s community engagement, education, and advocacy strategies. Reporting to the Center Director, the Program Coordinator/Community Coordinator will lead the Center’s efforts to improve the health and well-being of all those affected by food allergies and asthma.
Specific responsibilities include:
Manage community advisory board and all associated activities
Coordinate summer internship program
Assist Marketing & Communications Coordinator on all center communications
Manages planning and arrangement of meetings, workshops, Food Allergy Conference for Education and Science (FACES), Conference for Asthma Research and Education (CARE), etc. designed to exchange information, promote research objectives, and to build internal and external relationships within Northwestern University and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Assist in all activities within the Community/School and Outreach Core
Identifies service improvement opportunities that will better enable program/project to achieve its goals and objectives.
Communication, Outreach & Recruitment
Develops coordinated, consistent marketing and brand messages.
Creates state-of-the-art website.
Incorporates social media and networking into program/project aspects as appropriate.
Strengthens partnerships with external resources by defining, promoting, and marketing benefits of participation and involvement to the organization.
Creates and nurtures relationships with organizations to develop a network of enthusiastic organizations engaged via active participation in the success of program/project.
Coordinates programming, educational, student, alumni, workshops, meetings, etc. including speakers, agendas, etc.
Develops plans and arranges meetings, workshops, events, etc. designed to exchange information, promote research objectives, and to build internal and external relationships within NU.
Ensures that event details including communication, venues, presenters, travel arrangements, materials, refreshments, and technology are arranged and completed in an appropriate and timely manner.
Manages program/project curriculum, seminars, presentations, workshops, learning experiences, chat rooms, websites, social networking, etc. based on goals/objectives.
Reviews programs/projects to increase efficiencies to support growth.
Leads program/project updates and improvements.
Administers & maintains existing strategic plans.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
1-year program/project administration or other relevant experience.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Knowledge & familiarity of Chicagoland communities including community priorities, & local issues/history, politics, & community engagement in an academic health/medical setting;
Great communication & interpersonal skills, including public speaking, group facilitation, & writing. Able to interact effectively & tactfully with a broad range of people (e.g., grassroots leaders, community residents, government officials, teachers, physicians); persuasive and diplomatic; assertive, with the confidence to talk to people at all levels.
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Public Health, Social Services/Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related field or equivalent combination of education, training, & experience from which comparable skills can be acquired;
Experience working within Chicago-based community health or service agency;
Understanding and/or experience with community-engaged research project or partnership and/or in university/academic setting.
Experience in the area of food allergies and asthma
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Outstanding coalition building and relationship management skills.
Ability and commitment to foster a highly collaborative work environment.
Excellent communication skills.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 40680
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.