RESEARCH PROJECT SPECIALIST DIVISION OF HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Classification and Title: Research Professional 2 (8352P2)
POSITION SUMMARY: The primary purpose of this position is to support the design and implementation of programming and research projects that improve the health and well-being of rural individuals, families, and communities, with a focus on communities in rural Minnesota, including Indigenous communities and communities of color. The person in this position will act as a coordinator for the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center’s OACA/CTSI-funded Rural Health Initiative.
This position has four essential functions: 1) program design and implementation; 2) organization and management; 3) research writing and analysis; and 4) administration and communication. Specific responsibilities include:
Program design and implementation – 50% • Conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and managing changes needed to operationalize a new program: The Rural Minnesota Health Impact Program • Coordinating the implementation and continuous quality improvement of the Rural Minnesota Health Impact Program and the Rural Health Equity Postdoctoral Program • Acting as lead to other UMN departments, divisions, and external stakeholders for the Rural Minnesota Health Impact Program and the Rural Health Equity Postdoctoral program • Ensuring that strategies and program activities are consistent with the Rural Health Initiative and University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center’s mission and goals. • Acting as a subject matter expert and representing a rural perspective on task forces, work groups, and other internal and external groups that engage in improving health and well-being for people living in rural communities. • Providing strategic guidance and support to participants in the Rural Minnesota Health Impact Program and the Rural Health Equity Postdoctoral Program. • Providing solutions, strategies, and making recommendations to the Director of the Rural Health Initiative and to stakeholders on health care policy reforms and partners in rural Minnesota. • Supporting meetings with University and external partners and decision-makers focused on the health of rural communities in Minnesota and on rural health equity.
Organization and management – 20% • Day-to-day implementation, administration, management and coordination of the Rural Minnesota Health Impact Program and the Rural Health Equity Postdoctoral Program • Acting as the main point of contact for the participants in the Rural Minnesota Health Impact Program and the Rural Health Equity Postdoctoral Program, including recruitment, selection, and support for participants • Preparing and maintaining work plans, ensuring that all aspects of the Rural Health Initiative and related projects (including reports and products) are completed on time. • Collaborating with the Director and other colleagues/staff to ensure that all paperwork and documentation related to the projects are accurate and monitored. • Drafting data management plans, assisting in obtaining external data sets, working with IT staff to monitor and ensure data security appropriate to specific projects. • Creating and developing tools to manage key rural stakeholder contacts, program participants, and the UMN rural network members.
Research writing and analysis – 15% • Participating in development and implementation of plans for data collection and analysis • Initiating the preparation of reports, scientific publications, and presentations for local, national, and international conferences • Participating in proposal preparation
Administration and Communication – 15% • Providing administrative support for Director of the Rural Health Initiative • Serving as liaison between the Office of Academic and Clinical Affairs (OACA) and Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) key staff to leverage resources for program implementation and dissemination. • Communicating with program participants, members of the target population or communities, and other stakeholders • Developing communication strategies and tools to promote and support the Rural Health Initiative, including coordinating with media relations and communications staff at the University, School of Public Health, OACA and CTSI.
The Coordinator will complete other duties as assigned, and will have regular meetings with their supervisor to prioritize and discuss research tasks.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT This 12-month, 75-100% time appointment is annually renewable, dependent upon continued funding, and offers the standard University benefits. Salary is based on experience and qualifications.
This position is located in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health, in the University Office Plaza building on the Twin Cities East Bank Campus.
START DATE October 2020
CONTACT PERSON: Megan Lahr
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
· Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
· Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
· Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
· Excellent retirement plans with employer match
· Disability and employer paid life insurance
· Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
· Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
BA/BS with at least 2 years of experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal 6 years
Demonstrated effective writing skills, including an ability to translate research results into reports, policy briefs, papers and presentations for diverse audiences such as local communities, federal agencies, policymakers, media, and health care providers and delivery systems
Strong interpersonal skills, including demonstrated excellence in written, telephone, email, and in-person communication
Robust organizational skills
Ability to work independently as well as with a multidisciplinary team
Dedication to advancing health equity and justice in health care
BA/BS in health policy, public health, or a related field, with at least 2 years of experience or an advanced degree with 1 year of experience.
Experience in program management
Demonstrated experience with program development, including participant recruitment and support
Demonstrated experience in health care policy at the local, state or federal level, including engagement with legislators, executive agencies, and advocacy organizations
Demonstrated interest in rural communities and the health of rural residents, geographic variations in health, and rural-urban differences in quality of care and quality of life
Demonstrated relationships with rural communities, key stakeholders with legislative outcome interests and understands the political, fiscal and policy implications of health policy proposals
Experience working in rural Minnesota
Internal Number: 337054
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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