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Job Opportunities at the PRCHN
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. 
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The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods is conducting a 40-month research project entitled, Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study (mfoodNEST). The study is funded by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) with equal support from other foundations and donors. This Cleveland-based study, which will be connected to a national research network support by FFAR, has the goal to develop credible and relevant computational tools to offer a systems lens within an equity framework to guide future sustainable food systems change to promote food security, nutrition, and economic development. The study will employ participatory system dynamic modeling methods to develop the computational tools, which will be underpinned by an integrative data platform to guide simulation models. The study is conducted in partnership with the CWRU Institute for Computational Biology, The Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine as well as with community stakeholders participating as experts on the Core Modeling Team for the study. The Program Manager will responsible for coordinating all study-related procedures once they have been finalized by the Principal Investigator and the investigative team.
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Manage major activities of the research project. Apply project management principles to organize tasks, coordinate data collection efforts, schedule and monitor project resources (financial, equipment, and staff), and ensure project deadlines and goals are met effectively and efficiently. Provide input and recommendations to the principal investigator regarding significant developments in the research project. Supervise staff employees and student interns involved with the research project in various capacities. Co-author research papers, project reports, and policy briefs. (30%)
  • Assist with the development of data collection tools related to dietary recalls, psychosocial surveys, food retail audits, and food system change implementation evaluation, working closely with the research team and community partners. Coordinate all aspects of data collection and management in an efficient manner with attention to guidelines for human subjects research and scientific rigor. Teach or instruct the employees and interns in research techniques. (30%)
  • Coordinate Core Modeling Team of community stakeholders including bi-monthly meetings and maintenance of relationships using principles of community-based participatory research. Coordinate annual conference engaging community members in model building, refinement, and validation. Develop and implement protocol for disseminating computational modeling tools for application by three community groups in Cleveland using an interactive pedagogical approach. Systematically record implementation methods to guide refinement and further dissemination. (25%)
  • Monitor complex project budgets that require documentation of matching funds, track expenses and matching funds, provide fiscal reports, and ensure compliance with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and other funders of the study. Coordinate all required grant reporting for human subjects research and fiscal compliance. Assist with identifying new funding opportunities and with grant writing. (10%)
  • Serve as liaison to the community partners involved with the project. Facilitate communication with community partners. Represent the study at meetings with partner organizations and community leaders. Foster partnerships with the community to ensure successful implementation and completion of the project. (5%)

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Participate in all PRCHN staff meetings and activities.
Perform other duties as assigned.

CONTACTS
Department: Regular contact with department, study investigators, and PRCHN leadership, faculty, and staff.
University: Occasional contact with University faculty and staff.
External: Continuous contact with community partners associated with study implementation including potential funders. Frequent contact with co-investigators from Ohio State University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.   
Students: Continuous contact with graduate students, student workers, volunteers, and PRCHN Interns.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY
Direct supervisory responsibility for student workers/interns involved with the project. Oversight and support of community researchers contracted to work on study.

QUALIFICATIONS
Experience: 5 years of experience required. Experience preferred in any of the following areas:  community-based research in urban neighborhoods; food and nutrition research; nutrition-related policy, systems, and environmental interventions; or experience working on food environment interventions in Cleveland.

Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree required; a Master’s degree in public health or related field is strongly preferred.

REQUIRED SKILLS
  • Community-engaged research and program evaluation expertise.
  • Knowledge/experience with quantitative and qualitative research designs.
  • Program management skills, including budget management of large budgets.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated individual.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision to complete tasks.
  • Capacity to facilitate institutional review board applications.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a small team environment.
  • Strong organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines.  Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills, and proven ability to successfully follow-through on assigned projects.  
  • Strong, professional and effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • 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.
  • Basic analytical skills.
  • Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel.
  • Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.
  • Ability to meet consistent attendance.
  • Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.

To apply for this position, please visit the CWRU Human Resources page, referencing job posting #6726. 

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Post-doctoral Scholar
Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods

15-month Post-Doctoral Scholarship Opportunity
May 15, 2018 - August 14, 2019

The CDC-funded Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) at Case Western Reserve
University in Cleveland, Ohio is seeking one post-doctoral scholar to contribute to the Center’s vibrant program of
research focused on community nutrition and healthy food access. This is a 15-month position with the option of
renewal based on performance and availability of funding. The post-doctoral scholar will join a collaborative
research team that includes strong community-university partnerships and will have an opportunity to develop
independent research goals within the scope of existing projects aimed at improving nutrition and healthy food
access among people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and other low-income
populations. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in nutrition, health communications, public health, community
psychology, or social work; a strong background in community nutrition research; skills in mixed methods and
systems modeling research; and a record of translating research findings into publications. Preference will be given
to candidates with experience in food-related research, community-based research, research with SNAP
populations, and implementation research.

RESPONSIBILITIES
The post-doctoral scholar will: Contribute to a team science approach through regular interaction with investigators,
community partners, and other research staff; Assist with qualitative data collection and analysis and establishment
of causal loop models for system dynamic modeling; Collaborate with investigators on qualitative and quantitative
data analysis related to the research aims; Contribute to grant writing to sustain the research; Provide leadership to
the development of presentations and publications related to research serving as lead author on at least one
manuscript; and Participate in weekly seminars focused on population health promotion.
It is expected that the post-doctoral scholar will develop content expertise and a publication track record based on
this experience. A competitive salary, benefits, and travel/research opportunities in the interdisciplinary
environment of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods are available.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
1. Experience with qualitative data collection and analysis, and management of quantitative databases.
2. Demonstrated skills in analysis of quantitative data, and evidence of capacity to translate findings for public
dissemination.
3. Experience in systems science.
4. Highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated individual.
5. Ability to work with minimal supervision to complete tasks.
6. Experience facilitating institutional review board applications.
7. Ability to work collaboratively in a small team environment.
8. Strong organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate attention to
detail and accuracy, time management skills, and proven ability to successfully follow-through on assigned
projects.
9. Strong, professional and effective verbal and written communication skills.
10. 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.
11. Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel.
12. Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as
needed.

WORKING CONDITIONS
Given the field-based nature of the research, the candidate must be physically present at the Prevention Research
Center for Healthy Neighborhoods in Cleveland, Ohio. There are no special health or safety hazards, environmental
conditions or hazardous equipment or supplies. Must have personal, reliable transportation to travel to community
sites throughout the project, documented mileage will be reimbursed. Must be able to work a flexible schedule,
including evenings and weekends as needed.

To apply, please send a statement of qualifications and research interests, CV, dissertation abstract (500 words),
contact information for three references, and one sample publication by email to Dr. Darcy Freedman, daf96@case.edu. Initial review of applications will occur on March 15, 2018 and then on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 
 
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