Associate Director, Community Engagement Research

The Associate Director Community Engagement Research (CEnR) supports the Scripps Hub Academic Core (SHARC) and the Community Engagement (CE) Director in all aspects of CEnR planning and operations, and community and public sector partnerships aimed at reducing health disparities and promoting health justice and equity. The Associate Director manages the development of community engagement and education programs related to clinical translational research conducted in collaboration with researchers at Scripps Health, Scripps Research and Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute (SWDI).  The Associate Director will collaborate and participate with other Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) sites and hubs across the country to share best practices and develop manuscripts for dissemination.  The Associate Director serves as a bridge for community partners to support translational research and community engagement activities that are health equity focused; support community and scientist trainings for how to work in, and with, diverse and vulnerable communities/populations; and coordinate outreach activities to strengthen current and grow new pathways for collaborative research programs for underrepresented community members. 


  • Support CEnR strategic program planning and management
  • Work with project teams to ensure adherence to timelines and reporting on project and program milestones
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation, plans and reports
  • Design and manage outcome evaluation tools and systems to determine program effectiveness 
  • Convene CE Advisory Board meetings and manage communication between the CE and the Translational Research Advisory Board
  • Create presentations and co-author publications on CEnR work


Health Disparities, Community Partnerships, and Funding

  • Participate with health equity stakeholders to promote excellence in CE, academia, research, clinical care and public health practice in socially and economically disadvantaged communities
  • Strengthen, expand and institutionalize existing community stakeholders and system partnerships (i.e. public and private health organizations, community-based partners, academic institutions, individual and group health care providers, faith-based organizations, Federally Qualified and Community Health Clinics)
  • Assist staff and scientists to develop, coordinate and implement health initiatives designed to reduce demonstrated healthcare and workforce disparities
    • Identify opportunities and partners in seeking federal, state, local and foundation grant opportunities for the purpose of increasing health equity in underserved communities.
    • Develop and implement general and project specific CEnR tools and resources (discussion guides, project planning tools, evaluation and assessment, etc.).


Academic Collaboration

  • Act as an agent to increase collaboration within Scripps to leverage and enhance partnerships between other CTSA sites, programs and community-based organizations aligned with its mission, vision, and values.
  • Support staff, scientist and trainee training/development in the context of CE and CEnR in underserviced, diverse communities
  • Support staff, scientists and trainees to incorporate CE into curriculum and learning outcomes that are mutually beneficial to under-resourced communities
Qualifications: Experience

Preferred Education/Experience/Specialized Skills/Certification:

  • Preferred Ph.D in Psychology, Behavioral Health, Public Health or related field.
  • Coursework in multivariate statistics.
  • Experience in knowledge of SPSS, SAS or other related statistical software.

Required Education/Experience/Specialized Skills:

  • PhD or MD with emphasis in life science or other field of study with direct applicability to diabetes biomedical and health research.
  • At least 2 years experience coordinating or conducting projects in a community setting.
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal and organizational skills required.
  • Ability to thrive in a team setting with an interdisciplinary group including physicians, data analysts, scientists and laboratory staff is essential.

Required Certification/Registration:

  • PhD or MD, CITI research training certification
Qualifications: Education
Doctoral or professional degree
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La Jolla, CA
United States

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