Reports to: Director of the Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation (CHAI)
Purpose of the role: Lead the planning and execution of community-oriented activities, partnerships and engagement at CHAI. This position will proactively cultivate, grow and manage CHAI’s network of partner community agencies and organizations, and placing a special emphasis on increasing collaboration with black, indigenous, and communities of color as well as sexual and gender minorities (SGM).
Essential duties and responsibilities:
1. Serve as the primary liaison with community organizations and agencies at CHAI (35%) â— Engages external stakeholders in the CHAI Assembly: o Develops and implements a comprehensive plan for growing stakeholder engagement in the Assembly. o Maintains and continuously updates the list of external Assembly members (aging network) members â— Leads meetings and regularly communicates with partner community organizations regarding the progress and outcomes of joint projects. Seeks to identify shared interests and new opportunities for collaboration. â— Promotes the availability of aging-related resources, conferences, best practices and programs, etc. to appropriate partner agencies and organizations. â— Helps assemble and moderates the CHAI Community and Equity Advisory Board (CEAB), designing engagement opportunities for members in CHAI activities, developing incentives to be part of CHAI and identifying ways in which CHAI can add value to its members. â— Networks with other academic centers on aging, stays current on innovative models for academic-community partnership and identifies opportunities for collaborating with other centers. â— Participates in a variety of advocacy and policy groups advancing the interests of diverse older adults, in Minnesota and nationally (e.g. the Minnesota Diverse Elders Coalition, the Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging, etc.)
2. Research (35%) In collaboration with the Associate Director of Research, sets the vision, goals and plan for CBPR at CHAI. For example, o Collaborates with community partners to establish agreements about research practices, data, protection of human subjects; o Identifies new lines of research and research questions that address the needs and priorities of diverse older adults and especially those in disenfranchised and underserved communities, etc. â— Creates guidelines for and oversees all aspects of the Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) process at CHAI, from conception to dissemination. For example: o Develops criteria for selecting community organizations, and assessing their capacity and readiness for research projects; o Matches UMN researchers with interested community organizations; o Prepares dissemination plans, etc. â— Identifies funding sources and applies for and secures grants for CBPR projects. â— Prepares assessment reports about CHAI’s portfolio of CBPR projects. â— Develops and continuously updates list of University of Minnesota (UMN) researchers interested and/or engaged in community participatory research related to aging. â— Partners with CTSI and other UMN departments engaged in community participatory research, as needed, to educate and coach academic researchers and community-based organizations about the principles, roles and process of community-engaged research. â— Plans and facilitates Community Needs Assessments related to aging and older adults, with an emphasis on communities of color, blacks, indigenous, SGM and other underserved minorities in Minnesota.
3. Education (10%) In collaboration with the Associate Director of Education: â— Initiates and facilitates educational and networking opportunities (e.g. workshops, guest speakers, panels, presentations, roundtable discussions) on topics of interest for partner community organizations. â— Supports efforts to identify new opportunities for immersive learning experiences for UMN students interested in Gerontology and aging.
4. Policy (20%) â— Informs and engages community partner organizations on policy issues related to aging in Minnesota â— Participates on policy-relevant community facing committees â— Solicits and obtains community feedback as needed to inform policy statements and recommendations made by CHAI’s leadership team. â— Collaborates with policy makers on aging-related policy proposals and studies, especially those addressing inequity and health disparities for older adults of color, black, indigenous and SGM.
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 · Student loan forgiveness opportunity · Opportunities for growth and promotion · Employee Assistance Program
â— Bachelor's Degree with at least eight years of experience â— Trends in research and science in the field of aging; general landscape of national, state and local organizations serving, providing care and advocating for the interests of older adults; policy issues and local, state and federal laws governing long-term care and services for older adults, etc.; â— Project management principles and practices; â— Contemporary diversity and equity issues affecting the experience of aging (e.g. race, ethnicity, gender, culture, socioeconomic status, etc.); â— Principles of community engagement and cross-cultural communication.
Demonstrated skills and abilities:
â— Developing and maintaining strong relationships with members of the community, government agencies, as well as businesses or industry; â— Facilitating groups and processes; â— Ability to effectively work in and manage diverse and multidisciplinary teams; â— Ability to successfully solicit and obtain new sources of funding (e.g. foundations, government agencies, etc.); â— Planning, implementing, improving, and evaluating programs; â— Communicating and collaborating with diverse stakeholders and people from varied cultural, racial and linguistic backgrounds; â— Desired, but not required: foreign language skills, particularly in Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
Preferred Experience: â— Graduate Degree in Gerontology, Sociology, Public Policy or Administration or a related field. â— 5 years professional experience in community and program development, ideally in the field of aging. â— Experience with community-driven decision-making and equity focused programming. â— Experience working with diverse communities and stakeholders in equity, diversity and cultural programs or initiatives.
Internal Number: 337370
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