The incumbent will serve as the Community and Special Population Engagement Research (CASPER) program manager to initiate, monitor, and manage various research project activities to ensure community engagement and integration of special populations for the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC). The overarching mission of the program is to ensure engagement of the community and integrate special populations into UCD’s research enterprise to ensure that breakthroughs are translated for the benefit of society and its subpopulations. Special populations include the very broad categories of across the lifespan (children, adolescents and young adults, older adults), rural populations, diseases without cures, and populations affected by health disparities including but not limited to racial/ethnic minorities. This work is highly interdisciplinary and the CTSC CASPER program appropriately includes faculty, staff, and community members from diverse backgrounds. Interactions with other community outreach and engagement programs at UC Davis, including but not limited to the Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Environmental Health Science Center, Alzheimer Disease Center, MIND Institute, and the UC Davis Office of Community Integration will be encouraged to coordinate multi-level interventions and activities in the UC Davis Health catchment area.
The CASPER program manager will be supervised administratively by the Executive Director of the CTSC in a matrix environment. Scientific oversight, priorities, and direction will be provided by the CTSC PI, and the Community Engagement and Special Populations program directors. Deliverables include, but are not limited to: 1) providing consultations and mentorship to scholars, fellows, and faculty across the UC Davis clinical and translational research enterprise; 2) increasing research collaborations on special populations; 3) accelerating inclusion of special populations in translational research; and 4) providing platforms to facilitate research with special populations at UCD and as a hub for national activities. A willingness to be flexible and ability to work well with others is critical.
Responsibilities of the CASPER program manager include tasks that require: 1) excellent interpersonal skills, for example interacting with diverse groups and coordinating task forces and work-groups across institutions, departments, and other centers; 2) excellent organizational and data-management skills, for example detail-oriented tracking of investigators, projects and staff in complex data systems; 3) excellent writing skills, for example preparing reports and presentations; and 4) working with a high degree of independence, and handling a high volume and variety of tasks and activities. The incumbent will be responsible for prioritizing tasks, participating in analyses of data and presentation of findings, interpreting results, and drafting summary reports and papers. He/she will work with investigators, staff, mentees, administrators, and directors of other centers on several research-related tasks including collecting and analyzing data on special populations to enable inclusion of special populations in research across UCD. The incumbent will support the national Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Community Engagement program and its counterparts in other CTSA institutions nation-wide around establishing curricula and training for clinical and translational research. If appropriate, the incumbent will have the opportunity to co-author manuscripts for publication in scientific journals.
- Master’s degree in public health, social science, education, or related field and/or equivalent education, experience, and training.
- Excellent written and verbal communication in Standard English, and the interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with faculty and staff across the institution.
- Successful experience developing health/research partnerships within higher education and/or the community.
- The ability to initiate, forge, and maintain collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, and community partners and maintain bidirectional communications with a diverse group.
- Experience synthesizing research results for publication (e.g., academic journals, lay publications, and appropriate community forums).
- Advanced skills and experience developing training and education curricula or materials for senior research, professional, and/or administrative staff.
- Experience managing multiple projects with competing deadlines in a matrix environment.
- Expertise sufficient to produce refined work products with word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, desktop publishing, survey, and data management software.
- Familiarity with qualitative data analysis techniques and methods.
- Knowledge of the IRB approval process.
- Familiarity with the Principles of Community Engagement.
- PhD degree in public health, social science, education, or related field and/or equivalent education, experience, and training.
- At least 5 years of experience working in an academic, state, federal, or large non-profit environment.
- Experience with grant writing, design, implementation and evaluation of community-based participatory research, population-based research, health policy, and/or cultural competency training.
- Experience with grant funding mechanisms, especially state or federal.
- Skills to identify and implement appropriate community-based health research metrics, outcome measures, and program evaluation.
- Bilingual (Spanish preferred).
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