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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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Title: Research Assistant and Training Coordinator
Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
School: Medicine
Location: PRCHN, BioEnterprise Building, 4th floor
Supervisor Name and Title: Elaine Borawski, PhD, Director and Suzanne Johnson, MA, Deputy Director

POSITION OBJECTIVE
Working under limited supervision, the Research Assistant and Training Coordinator will manage all aspects of the PRCHN Internship Training Program and coordinate the PRCHN monthly Seminar Series. Working closely with the PI, the Research Assistant and Training Coordinator will perform data analyses of the Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFSS) and other research projects as requested; develop data briefs for data dissemination; coordinate the development of and regularly update the BRFSS website (under the PRCHN.org main website); and assist with development of manuscripts and presentations. The coordinator will also provide administrative support to the center director and deputy director.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
1. Coordinate, supervise and publicize the PRCHN internship training program. Update website including application documents each semester. Prepare and disseminate electronic and print program information and opportunities to appropriate audiences. Review and update Internship Manual annually. Serve as point of contact for all PRCHN intern and student inquiries and hires (except Nutrition and Capstone students and YRBS volunteers). 20%
2. Manage the internship application process; review applications, interview appropriate candidates, and select and assign interns. Recruit and train staff and faculty preceptors. Conduct intern orientation(s); prepare materials (including printed manuals and PPT presentation) and orient interns to PRCHN, projects and preceptors. Develop training and project schedules, particularly for summer internship. Prepare project schedule by intern, by week. 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.20%
3. Conduct statistical analyses of the Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFSS). Prepare summaries to present to PI and PRCHN’s Network of Community Advisors. Working closely with the T.I.E.S. Committee of the PRCHN’s Network of Community Advisors, review and analyze data results. 20%
4. With the PI, develop/author data briefs for data dissemination. Co-author research manuscripts and presentations. 10%
5. Coordinate the development of and regularly update the BRFSS website (under the PRCHN.org main website). 10%
6. Annually develop an internship plan within budget; revise each semester according to funding and project needs. 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. 5%
7. Working with associate director/faculty lead for training core, coordinate the monthly PRCHN Seminar Series. Maintain correspondence with guest speakers, both local and national, as needed. Serve as liaison between associate director and Communications Specialist to ensure timely and widely disseminated publicity for the series. 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%
8. 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%
9. Provide administrative support for the director: schedule personal calendar, respond to email requests, and maintain CV, biosketches and other support pages. Assist director with various committees and meetings for the PRC Executive Board, Community Committee, leadership and management meetings, etc. Attend meetings, take and distribute notes, send out invitations, and respond to calls. Arrange meetings and maintain necessary correspondence with attendees, where required. Assist with research manuscript editing and publication preparation. Ensure documents are formatted correctly and submitted in a timely manner. 5%

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Perform other administrative functions as needed.

CONTACTS 
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.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY
No staff supervisor responsibilities. Supervision of student worker and center interns.

QUALIFICATIONS
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 degree required; Bachelor's degree preferred.

REQUIRED SKILLS
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. Strong research manuscript writing and editing experience.
3. Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Ability to problem-solve, and demonstrate good analytical skills, good judgment and logical decision-making.
7. Working knowledge of common administrative practices and data management.
8. Experience with Microsoft Office suite, especially MS Excel, Access, and Publisher.
9. Must be able to maintain confidentiality; work in a fast-paced, changing environment; and have a strong customer service focus.
10. Proficient with writing-related work (Mendeley, editing, etc).

WORKING CONDITIONS
Typical office environment.
TO APPLY 
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Food Access Raises Everyone (FARE): PRCHN-FARE Fellow
Anticipated term: May 2018-August 2018

The Case Western Reserve University Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) and the Food Access Raises Everyone (FARE) coalition are collaborating on a Health Improvement Partnership for Cuyahoga County funded program, called Healthy Food Retail (HFR). The goal is to improve access to healthy foods in neighborhoods flagged as food deserts through existing food retail businesses. HFR started in 2015 and currently works with 22 stores in Cuyahoga County that are in various stages of program implementation. The program implementation team is looking for students with experience in local business, entrepreneurship, social enterprise or community development to support sustainability of the current initiative by assisting the team in the following areas:   

Responsibilities include:
1. Assist HFR project in maintaining relationships with corner store owners, local suppliers, vendors, and community partners to implement sustainable strategies for bringing fresh produce and other healthy foods into corner stores. This will include systematic examination of food distribution and healthy food vendor networks already serving corner stores and exploring innovative partnerships toward a more efficient and healthy food centered distribution model.
2. Assist HFR team in store development activities. Including but not limited to effective in-store marketing strategies, and healthy product mix sale and promotion ideas.
3. Assist in diversifying our existing coalition to re-focus business partnerships and an entrepreneurship lens to build a more sustainable HFR model that serves both the healthy food needs of the community and business interests of stakeholders involved.
4. Assisting the healthy retail team in determining and streamlining creative solutions that support and enhance development of local healthy eating business opportunities.
5. Incorporate healthy retail business development into existing planning processes and other community engagement conversations.
6. Establish data and tracking system to evaluate effectiveness of the program, impact on the participating businesses and their customers and community from the financial and sustainability perspective.
7. Lead proposal efforts for the healthy food retail program teams including gathering information, proposal and grant writing.

Hours and Payment
On average, the FARE fellow will work 15-20 hours/week. Hourly wages are $13-$16/hour depending on experience. Work related travel will be reimbursed. Expected start date May 1st, 2018.

Application
Job description can also be found at the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods weblink. Interested applicants should send a CV/resume and cover letter indicating your research experience and interest in this position to Kakul Joshi (kxj106@case.edu). Indicate that you are applying for the “PRCHN-FARE Fellow” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. Please direct questions to Kakul Joshi at kxj106@case.edu.
 
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Graduate Research Assistantship – Data Management
Anticipated Term: May 14th  2018 –September 28th, 2018

The PRCHN is recruiting a graduate research assistant to assist with our Core Research, “FreshLink,” from May 15th, 2018 to September 28th, 2018 with the chance to continue the work in the future. The aim of the FreshLink study is to increase access to nutritious foods among people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) benefits. The FreshLink Study is a multi-phase, mixed methods study that will occur in Greater Cleveland. In the current year, we are implementing our intervention which uses a through peer-to-peer outreach model (FreshLink Ambassadors) to promote awareness of and social connectedness to markets. 

We are recruiting a data manager to support intervention implementation and evaluation. Primary duties include:
• Assist with maintaining research protocols;
• Assist with management of data collection relevant to farmers’ market use through FM Tracks application;
• Provide technical assistance to Market Managers using FM Tracks data collection application;
• Track and monitor process evaluation data related to referrals distributed via the FreshLink Ambassador intervention;
• Assist with organization of monthly data transfers and data management systems;
• Create weekly and monthly reports of intervention data trends;
• Conduct literature reviews related to FreshLink Ambassador study;
• Assist with the development of abstracts, reports, and papers related to FreshLink;
• Attend weekly team meetings.

The graduate research assistant will be working in a team-oriented environment and must show capacity for working independently yet collaboratively. Candidates must have strong organizational and written and oral communication skills. Candidates with prior data management and community-engaged research experience are preferred.

Candidates must be available to work onsite at the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods or within the community at designated research locations. Preference will be given to graduate students with experience conducting community-engaged public health research.

Hours: 20 hours/week
Payment: $15-$17 per hour depending on experience. 
Application: Interested applicants should send CV and cover letter indicating your research experience and interest to Rachael Sommer (ras333@case.edu). Please include “FreshLink Application-Data Manager” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. 
 
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Building Capacity for Obesity Prevention (BCOP) Graduate Research Assistant
February 2018– June 2018

The Building Capacity for Obesity Prevention Project (BCOP) is a partnership between Case Western Reserve University, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, the Ohio Department of Health, Creating Healthy Communities Program (CHC), and The Ohio State University SNAP-Ed program. The aim of this project is to develop diagnostic tools (PSE READI) that can be used by CHC and SNAP-Ed practitioners as they implement and sustain four different nutrition-related policy, systems, and environment (PSE) interventions. The targeted interventions include: Farmers’ Markets, Healthy Food Retail, Farm to School, and healthy eating policies in child care.
 
The Graduate Research Assistant will work with Project Manager and other study staff to:
1. Develop a basic proficiency with FM Tracks, an iOs application and website designed to collect, manage, and evaluate information about farmers' markets.
2. Using a zip code feature in FM Tracks, develop a proposal that will support and guide SNAP-Ed practitioners as they target and refine farmers’ market outreach in their service areas.
3. Assist with the development and maintenance of an online compendium of resources for the four nutrition related PSEs.
4. Assist with literature reviews and manuscript preparation as necessary.
5. Assist with other BCOP study-related tasks as necessary.

The ideal candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication and organization skills, an ability to follow study protocols, an ability to work well independently and in a team setting, and will be detail oriented. Access to office space and a telephone will be provided.

Responsibilities
The Graduate Research Assistant will work in partnership with the with other team members and will be supervised by the Study Project Manager at Case Western Reserve University.
Responsibilities include:
1. Become trained in human subjects’ research
2. Follow all study procedures according to protocols
3. Maintain detailed electronic files
4. Attend weekly BCOP team meetings, monthly BCOP conference calls, and monthly PRCHN staff meetings

Hours and Wages
This is a temporary position beginning on or around February 1, 2018, through June 30, 2018. The Graduate Assistant will work 20 hours per week at the PRCHN. Work schedule will be consistent week to week and hours will be scheduled between business hours of 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Hourly wages are $16.00-$18.00/hour depending on experience. Work related travel will be reimbursed.
 
To Apply
To apply, you must complete the PRCHN Intern Application form. Indicate that you are applying for the BCOP Graduate Assistant position under the question "Please indicate the specific position for which you are applying (if any)."
 
Please direct any questions to Julie Hewitt, BCOP Project Manager, at: jah18@case.edu.

 
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Title: Research Assistant and Training Coordinator
Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
School: Medicine
Location: PRCHN, BioEnterprise Building, 4th floor
Supervisor Name and Title: Elaine Borawski, PhD, Director and Suzanne Johnson, MA, Deputy Director

POSITION OBJECTIVE
Working under limited supervision, the Research Assistant and Training Coordinator will manage all aspects of the PRCHN Internship Training Program and coordinate the PRCHN monthly Seminar Series. Working closely with the PI, the Research Assistant and Training Coordinator will perform data analyses of the Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFSS) and other research projects as requested; develop data briefs for data dissemination; coordinate the development of and regularly update the BRFSS website (under the PRCHN.org main website); and assist with development of manuscripts and presentations. The coordinator will also provide administrative support to the center director and deputy director.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
1. Coordinate, supervise and publicize the PRCHN internship training program. Update website including application documents each semester. Prepare and disseminate electronic and print program information and opportunities to appropriate audiences. Review and update Internship Manual annually. Serve as point of contact for all PRCHN intern and student inquiries and hires (except Nutrition and Capstone students and YRBS volunteers). 20%
2. Manage the internship application process; review applications, interview appropriate candidates, and select and assign interns. Recruit and train staff and faculty preceptors. Conduct intern orientation(s); prepare materials (including printed manuals and PPT presentation) and orient interns to PRCHN, projects and preceptors. Develop training and project schedules, particularly for summer internship. Prepare project schedule by intern, by week. 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.20%
3. Conduct statistical analyses of the Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFSS). Prepare summaries to present to PI and PRCHN’s Network of Community Advisors. Working closely with the T.I.E.S. Committee of the PRCHN’s Network of Community Advisors, review and analyze data results. 20%
4. With the PI, develop/author data briefs for data dissemination. Co-author research manuscripts and presentations. 10%
5. Coordinate the development of and regularly update the BRFSS website (under the PRCHN.org main website). 10%
6. Annually develop an internship plan within budget; revise each semester according to funding and project needs. 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. 5%
7. Working with associate director/faculty lead for training core, coordinate the monthly PRCHN Seminar Series. Maintain correspondence with guest speakers, both local and national, as needed. Serve as liaison between associate director and Communications Specialist to ensure timely and widely disseminated publicity for the series. 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%
8. 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%
9. Provide administrative support for the director: schedule personal calendar, respond to email requests, and maintain CV, biosketches and other support pages. Assist director with various committees and meetings for the PRC Executive Board, Community Committee, leadership and management meetings, etc. Attend meetings, take and distribute notes, send out invitations, and respond to calls. Arrange meetings and maintain necessary correspondence with attendees, where required. Assist with research manuscript editing and publication preparation. Ensure documents are formatted correctly and submitted in a timely manner. 5%

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Perform other administrative functions as needed.

CONTACTS
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.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY
No staff supervisor responsibilities. Supervision of student worker and center interns.

QUALIFICATIONS
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 degree required; Bachelor's degree preferred.

REQUIRED SKILLS
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. Strong research manuscript writing and editing experience.
3. Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Ability to problem-solve, and demonstrate good analytical skills, good judgment and logical decision-making.
7. Working knowledge of common administrative practices and data management.
8. Experience with Microsoft Office suite, especially MS Excel, Access, and Publisher.
9. Must be able to maintain confidentiality; work in a fast-paced, changing environment; and have a strong customer service focus.
10. Proficient with writing-related work (Mendeley, editing, etc).

WORKING CONDITIONS
Typical office environment.