Thank you for your interest in working at the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods. Our mission is to foster partnerships within Cleveland’s urban neighborhoods for developing, testing, and implementing strategies to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic disease utilizing a community-participatory approach.
As part of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, we offer a stimulating, dynamic work environment that is part of one of the nation's top research universities.
The PRCHN is committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
Graduate Student Research Assistant
The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods is conducting an evaluation of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) project funded by the Office of Adolescent Health. The project involves the implementation of evidence-based comprehensive sexual health curricula in schools and the community. The project is seeking a graduate student research assistant to assist with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis and the development of evaluation reports for project partners and funders. The preferred candidate will have a strong background in applied public health research, community engaged research, and research with adolescents.
Primary responsibilities of the graduate student research assistant:
- Assist the project director and project coordinator with data collection, entry, and analysis of survey, fidelity checklist, and focus group data.
- Assist with the development of reports and presentations related to the evaluation research.
The graduate student research assistant will possess the following skills:
- Knowledge of evaluation research methodology.
- Experience with statistical analysis of large data sets.
- Experience with qualitative methodologies.
- Ability to communicate findings effectively.
- Capacity to work in an interdisciplinary team as well as independently.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Word, Excel, Power Point) and SPSS.
- Familiarity with Qualtrics Survey Software.
Hours: 20 hours/week
Payment: $15-17 per hour commensurate with experience
Please direct questions to Dr. Sarah Koopman Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team Science Coordinator and Facilitator
Supervisor Name and Title: Elaine A. Borawski, PhD, Director of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods
The Cleveland Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) is a collaborative among Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and its affiliated hospital systems, the Cleveland Clinic (CC), MetroHealth (MH), University Hospitals (UH), and the Louis Stokes Veterans Administration Medical Center (VA). The CTSC serves as an institutional resource to promote high quality clinical and translational research locally, regionally and nationally that moves translational research from bench to bedside and to the community.
The Team Science Coordinator will coordinate, and often facilitate, the team science-related activities offered across the participating institutions as part of the overarching Community and Collaboration (C&C) component of the CTSC. The C&C is led by Dr. Elaine Borawski. The C&C team, including this position, is housed within the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods.
An important aim of the C&C component is the development of resources, training opportunities and consultation services that will facilitate the development and support of interdisciplinary research teams within and across the participating institutions. This involves team science curriculum development and facilitation, training on and support of stakeholder engagement in research teams and the institutionalization of team science through the promotion and tenure process and other tracking mechanisms. The Team Science Coordinator will be responsible for the team science activities; carried out as part of the larger C&C plan and team. The Team Science Coordinator will coordinate the implementation of C&C core Team Science plans according to timelines and metrics.
1. Coordinate (and often facilitate) multiple small group training seminars and team building workshops for faculty and research staff to be offered annually to all participating institutions. Work with faculty to develop and formalize the curriculum including new modules and new materials. Choose specific modules to offer to departments and teams across the participating institutions. (30%)
2. With input from C&C Director, C&C Project Manager and participating C&C faculty, develop and present a comprehensive, written plan with 1, 3 and 5 year timelines and deliverables for all team science activities to be conducted by the C&C. Plan should include protocol for review and revision. (20%)
3. Develop relationships with key CTSA personnel at each participating institution responsible for professional development, training and education and/or research team resources. (10%)
4. Plan and implement the annual Team Science Leadership meeting, which will include an external team science expert consultant, all CTSA faculty leads and other leaders within the institutions. (10%)
5. Work with C&C faculty to set up a consultation team to support interdisciplinary teams on a case by case basis. (10%)
6. Work with CTSA Admin hub to link and regularly update team science activities/resources/services on CTSA website and online concierge portal. Work with the evaluation team to develop appropriate metrics for tracking team science activities and to ensure that proper tracking is conducted throughout the year. (10%)
7. Work with the CTSA Admin hub to develop a series of stories of successful team collaborations from across the institutions to be highlighted on the CTSC website and social media. Provide support to the overall C&C team comprised of Project Director and two half-time staff, and student interns, who together are responsible for carrying out the C&C action plans, timelines and metrics. Participate in national CTSA working group on team science, all C&C staff meetings activities, as well as PRCHN staff meetings. (10%)
Perform other duties as assigned.
Department/School of Medicine: Regular contact with C&C faculty and staff and with CTSC leadership, administrative staff and faculty that lead other components of the CTSC.
University: Regular contact with University faculty and staff in all departments connected through the CTSC.
External: Regular contact with health systems and clinical partners engaged with the Team Science components of the program.
Students: Continuous contact with graduate students, student workers, and student interns
Potentially student interns
Experience: Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible project management experience and a minimum of two years of group facilitation experience. Teaching or T/A experience will be considered. Demonstrated experience/knowledge in Team Science; must be able to articulate evidence of the importance of TS. Must have demonstrated experience in: research, successful project coordination, team-based problem solving, critical thinking.
Education/Licensing: Master’s degree required. PhD preferred
1. In depth knowledge and experience of research processes and procedures.
2. Credentials, relationship and confidence to be able to teach university faculty/staff.
3. Highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated individual.
4. Ability to work with minimal supervision to complete tasks.
5. Ability to work collaboratively in a small team environment.
6. Strong, professional and effective verbal and written communication skills.
7. Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work and communicate with various individuals from a broad spectrum of disciplines, technical and educational backgrounds within the department, school and university, and with individuals outside the university.
8. Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel.
9. Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.
10. Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding personnel.
11. Ability to meet consistent attendance.
12. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.
Must be able to have able to attend and conduct meetings with institutional partners throughout the city. Some evenings and weekends might be required.
To Apply: Please visit the CWRU Human Resources page, job #7167
Graduate Research Assistantship Opportunity
The Case Western Reserve University Prevention Center for Healthy Neighborhoods recently received funding from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and is conducting the Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study (foodNEST 2.0). The goal of this project is to develop computational models that reflect interdependencies among different actors and interventions influencing local food system dynamics in low-resource neighborhoods. The graduate assistant will be working with the foodNEST 2.0 research team to:
1. Assist and coordinate survey data collection and recruitment of participants.
2. Assist research team with food retail audits and data collection.
3. Assist with qualitative data collection and analysis.
The ideal candidate must be a student at Case Western Reserve University and will have excellent communication and oral skills, experience managing and analyzing data sets, a flexible schedule, will be detail oriented, and will have experience using Excel. Preference will be given to candidates who possess advance experience in statistical analysis, qualitative analysis, and data management using systems such as SAS, SPSS, or R.
The graduate research assistant must show capacity for working independently as well as collaboratively. The graduate research assistant will be supervised by the Project Manager at Case Western Reserve University. Responsibilities are as follows:
1. Coordinate survey data collection and recruitment of participants
a. Become trained in human subjects’ research.
b. Organize and implement Cleveland recruitment and retention
c. Coordinate Cleveland consent and re-consenting procedures
d. Coordinate survey scheduling for Cleveland participants
e. Follow all study procedures according to protocols.
f. Track and report on study recruitment efforts
2. Complete screening forms and conduct informed consent with potential participants.
a. Assist research team with food retail audits
b. Conduct in field food retail audits
3. Assist with qualitative data collection and analysis
a. Support sampling, recruitment, and scheduling
Hours and Payment
The graduate research assistant will work 20 hrs./week. Hourly wages are $15-$18/hour depending on experience. Work related travel will be reimbursed.
Interested Case Western Reserve University students should complete a PRCHN internship application. Indicate that you are applying for the “foodNEST 2.0 Graduate Research Assistantship.” Attach a CV/resume and cover letter indicating your research experience and interest in the foodNEST 2.0 Graduate Research Assistantship. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. Please direct questions to Dominique Rose at email@example.com.
Internship and Seminar Series Coordinator
Supervisor Name and Title: Elaine Borawski, PhD, Director and Suzanne Johnson, MA, Deputy Director
Working under general direction, the Internship and Seminar Series Coordinator will manage all aspects of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) Internship Training Program and coordinate the PRCHN monthly Seminar Series. The coordinator will also provide administrative support to the center director and deputy director. This position is expected to work 20 hours per week from September to April and 37.5 hours per week from May to August when the summer internship program is the most time intensive.
1. Coordinate, supervise and publicize the PRCHN internship training program. Work with PRCHN investigators to develop an annual internship plan based on available funds; revise each semester according to funding and project needs. Communicate with deputy director, principal investigators, and project managers to determine the upcoming need for interns including the number needed, how long the internships are to be, and what types of interns are needed. Update website including application documents each semester. Prepare and disseminate electronic and print program information and opportunities to appropriate audiences. Serve as point of contact for all PRCHN training opportunities (internships, capstones, practicums), student inquiries and hires. 30%
2. Manage the internship application process. Publicize internships on PRCHN website and send emails to other schools/centers for recruitment. Review and track applications, interview appropriate candidates, gather all review scores and summarize results. Make selection recommendations to the deputy director and principal investigators. Work with deputy director to plan workstation assignments for projected students. Recruit staff and faculty preceptors to assist with all of the above activities. Send acceptance and rejection emails to all applicants. 20%
3. Develop training and project schedules, particularly for summer internship. Prepare project schedule by intern, by week. Develop budget projections for costs each semester. Maintain hours, payroll, and mileage figures for tracking and budgeting. Collect and track relevant training and mentoring program metrics regarding all interns, students (RA, GA, pre- and post-doc), volunteers, projects, hours, etc. for annual reporting to the CDC. Set dates for orientation and professional development sessions.10%
4. Conduct intern orientation(s); prepare materials (including printed manuals and PPT presentation) and orient interns to PRCHN, projects and preceptors. Review and update Internship Manual annually. Update and conduct preceptor training. Ensure open communication between interns and preceptors throughout internship period. 10%
5. Working with deputy director and faculty lead, coordinate the monthly PRCHN Seminar Series. Determine the expected audience, order food accordingly, set up the room on the day of the seminar for food and audience, ensure there is a signup sheet, water, paper products; Track the expenses. Maintain correspondence with guest speakers, both local and national. Serve as liaison between associate director and Communications Specialist to ensure timely and widely disseminated publicity for the series. 10%
6. Organize the final intern presentations, working with students to prepare their presentations, communicate with PRCHN staff and faculty of scheduled presentations, advertising and organizing the day of the event. 5%
7. Oversee the evaluation process; conduct exit interview with each intern with preceptors, develop documentation process for summarizing experiences, and provide feedback to improve the program. Provide written summary report to leadership at the end of each semester. 5%
8. Order food for each seminar, set up the conference space, and ensure availability and functioning of all necessary equipment and materials for each speaker. 5%
9. Assist in preparation of and forecasting of PRCHN Seminar Series budget; reconcile and maintain up-to-date budget; coordinate processing of travel reimbursements and honoraria. 5%
Perform other administrative functions as needed.
Department: Daily contact with center director and deputy director; Regular contact with center faculty and staff.
University: Periodic contact with other faculty, departments, and centers.
External: Periodic contact with seminar guest speakers; partner organizations.
Students: Daily contact with students.
No staff supervisor responsibilities. Supervision of student worker and Center interns.
Experience: 5 or more years of administrative work experience required; preferably in a research work environment. Research and/or public health related experience preferred.
Education: High School education required. Bachelor's degree preferred.
1. Must demonstrate professional and effective oral and written communication skills, and strong interpersonal skills in order to work with various individuals. Ability to distill important information from emails/ phone calls and other written materials. Good note taker.
2. Experience with Microsoft Office suite, especially MS Excel, Access, and Publisher.
3. Ability and willingness to actively learn new procedures, processes, and software programs, etc., and ability to understand the implications of new information for departmental operations.
4. Ability to problem-solve, and demonstrate good analytical skills, good judgment and logical decision-making.
5. Working knowledge of common administrative practices and data management.
6. Excellent organizational skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate attention to detail, accuracy and follow-through, and the ability to coordinate multiple events concurrently and ensure successful execution.
7. Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team.
8. Must be able to maintain confidentiality; work in a fast-paced, changing environment; and have a strong customer service focus.
9. Ability to meet consistent attendance.
10. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.
Typical office environment.
To apply for this position, please visit the Case Western Reserve University HR page, job number 7118.