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This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
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Department Name/Job Location:
This position is located at Hillman Hall in the Brown School of Social Work at the Danforth Campus.
Responsible for collaborating with the Principal Director of the Race and Opportunity Lab, Dr. Sean Joe, implementing research projects. Primary responsibilities for this position include managing the day-to-day community science activities of the Race & Opportunity Lab, HomeGrown STL and related studies, including supervision of any project staff, coordination of evaluation activities, oversight of data collection and analyses, and development of reports and other products. The position will work closely with the HGSTL’s Associate Directors and a wide variety of community organizations and entities, to cultivate, develop, and manage opportunities for healing, transformative, strategic, sustainable and innovative community engagement. This includes often serving as a representative of Dr. Sean Joe and the Race and Opportunity Lab. The Associate Director for Community Science may travel out of state one to two times per year.
As a leader, visionary, point of contact, and a spokesperson for the HomeGrown STL within the community, the Associate Director of Community Science’s primary responsibilities include: taking lead on the development of study protocols: training and supervising project research assistants and student officers: database development and maintenance – supervising research data entry, cleaning and analysis; working directly with our field collaborators to implement existing projects and to initiate new studies; proposal development and seeking funding opportunities; and independent travels both nationally and internationally to disseminate findings to researchers, practitioners and policy makers.
This is an executive-level equivalent position that requires a high degree of independent judgment, individual initiative and discretion. The incumbent is expected to work independently, but with ongoing supervision from the Principal Director, and in collaboration with several research and community partners as well as administrative offices at Washington University.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Independently and under the direction of the supervisor (the PD/PI), the Associate Director of Community Science will be required to:
Travel nationally or internationally for research related work.
Work on IRB protocol creation, submission and follow up.
Work on developing data collection instruments; managing data entry, cleaning and database maintenance.
Coordinate with study teams, collaborators and consultants both local and in-country.
Manage and supervise literature reviews on relevant topics; work on manuscripts for publication and project reports.
Manage outreach and dissemination activities of study outcomes and results both in publications and at conferences locally and internationally.
Plan and attend meetings with HomeGrown STL partners that are located both within the country and outside the United States.
Manage and monitor systems which track study participants; create qualitative and quantitative databases.
Track and take action on new funding program announcements from the federal government and from private institutions; and work with the PD/PI to prepare proposals for funding.
Program Design, Implementation, & Evaluation.
Lead research and development of core strategic capacity building initiatives and program models focused on the healing, inner transformation, relationship-building, and skills development of young Black men and boys aligned with overall HomeGrown STL goals and strategic plan.
Identify and develop key strategic and collaborative partnerships.
Lead implementation, management, and evaluation of all pilots, including providing training, facilitation, coaching, and healing services to participants and partners.
Assess, coordinate, and evaluate supports and resources necessary to support piloting and implementation of strategic capacity building interventions or program model.
As movement is made out of the development and piloting phase of the core pillars of the HomeGrown STL model, greater time will be directed to duties related to expansion, scale, and delivery of the model.
Serve as a primary facilitator and liaison between HomeGrown STL, the Race and Opportunity Lab, and relevant units within the University (e.g., other Brown School Research Centers, Human Resources and administrative offices).
Supervise the training of coordinators, research assistants, MSW and PhD students involved in the projects.
Bachelor’s degree in social work, social sciences, or a related field and five to seven years of experience in community engagement or a master’s degree and three years of experience.
Familiarity with rights management of copyrighted materials, and how to obtain rights and permissions as needed.
Research experience, especially with an understanding of human subjects research and ethical issues.
Experience participating in the development of a research program, its implementation and evaluation.
Ability to use quantitative statistical data analysis programs (such as SPSS and Stata) to analyze data.
Ability to use qualitative data analysis programs (such as Nvivo, Atlas. Ti).
Knowledge of NIH funding procedures.
Strong organizational skills; strong academic writing; and strong verbal communication skills.
Comfort with public speaking.
Working knowledge of proposal writing.
Proficiency in using Microsoft Office applications.
Ability to travel to on and off campus locations is required.
Ph.D. or an equivalent terminal degree and at least one year of postdoctoral experience.
Prior work with focused research and knowledge of field research in low resource communities.
Knowledge of the local cultures of Saint Louis, including East Saint Louis, and other regional municipalities.
Analytical reasoning and problem solving skills.
Ability to communicate in oral and written form with all levels of personnel and technical publications.
Ability to work well independently or as a team member.
Strong analytical skills.
Ability to respond to quick deadlines.
Ability to prioritize tasks and work well under pressure.
Self-starter and strongly motivated.
Excellent typing skills.
Ability to optimize content presentations.
Possess initiative, discretion and mature judgment.
Ability to be an excellent team player that is trustworthy.
The hiring range for this position is $52,943 - $68,816 annually.
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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