CEARCH Assistant Director
About the Job
The CEARCH Assistant Director builds and nurtures relationships across different communities and the University; works collaboratively with the CEARCH Management Council, CEARCH leadership, and CTSI faculty and staff to develop, lead and sustain community-engaged research initiatives, programs and activities; and manages a portfolio of operations, projects and collaborations, including initiatives and collaborations of and across the national CTSA consortium. Reporting to CEARCH co-directors, the assistant director partners across CTSI to set comprehensive goals and priorities and advance overall organizational direction, performance and progress.
We seek applicants who desire to be part of an organization that values equity, integrity, innovation, teamwork, and who actively seek out different viewpoints to leverage the benefits of diverse perspectives.
Model collaborative leadership, provide development, oversight, administration, and evaluation of a broad array of CEARCH programs and initiatives, and direct the activities of CEARCH-related staff (e.g. pilot grants, community engagement studios, research poster sessions, community-engaged research consultation) (30%)
- Use collaborative leadership skills to coordinate, implement and oversee day-to-day CEARCH operations directing the work of CTSI staff with CEARCH program responsibilities
Oversee the management of all aspects of grant making processes which total over $300,000 per year; monitor CEARCH budget and approve expenditures for grant awardees and CEARCH projects
- Collaborate with CEARCH co-directors in developing and carrying out existing and new initiatives in alignment with the CEARCH vision to advance the missions of health equity and engaged scholarship.
- Help to design and implement comprehensive process and outcome evaluation of CEARCH programs and collaborative projects; oversee development and implementation of electronic data and tracking systems to assure accurate and timely reporting.
- Synthesize goals, accomplishments, and challenges of CEARCH to help craft and disseminate “big picture” key message presentations for funders and external advisors, including quantitative and qualitative data, case studies, and strategic recommendations.
Develop and support research partnerships based on principles of mutual respect, trust, shared power, and openness to different ways of knowing through community-engaged research consultation and grantee partnership development (25%)
- Collaboratively develop and implement high-quality programs, tools, and training for Community and University audiences to build and maintain capacity in community-engaged research, particularly with researchers new to collaborative research
- Offer personalized consultation to advise collaborative grantees and other investigators on the principles, conduct and dissemination of community-engaged research
- Access resources from the CTSI and across the UMN for grantees and other investigators on issues related to research collaborations, equity and diversity, community-engaged research methods and analysis, IRB approval, participant recruitment, dissemination, and evaluation
- Serve as the point of contact for complex problem resolution and a liaison to other institutional consultative resources
Provide comprehensive oversight to assembling, convening, facilitating, and supporting CEARCH Management Council and associated workgroups to assure broad community involvement, fully functioning groups, and an accurate archive of Council activities and outcomes. (20%)
- Support community organizations, researchers, and stakeholders in working together in the CEARCH Management Council and create opportunities for authentic partnerships and meaningful contributions to the mission of CEARCH and the CTSI
- Plan, organize, facilitate, and carry out Council and workgroup meetings and functions such as agenda development, co-facilitating meetings, note taking, communication and follow-up with council members, support of lead faculty, and assessment of Council process and activities
- Recruit and involve Council members and other community representatives in CEARCH and CTSI activities, and facilitate successful onboarding to UMN and CTSI for new Council members to enable effective working relationships across diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, and experience.
Forge new relationships and sustain existing partnerships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure access to CTSI resources, create avenues for stakeholder input and collaboration, and foster community-engaged research, translation and dissemination of research findings. (10%)
- Develop and sustain partnerships with UMN units, faculty and staff, CTSI cores, hub partners, external stakeholders, and public and private organizations to promote collaboration and build capacity in community-engaged research
- Identify meaningful ways in which UMN and CTSI can contribute to community organizations and stakeholders in their endeavors to reduce health disparities and promote population health
- Represent CTSI on national CTSA community engagement groups and partner on projects
Facilitate high quality, accessible dissemination locally and nationally to respond to community requests, highlight collaborative research, and prepare products for wider use (e.g. science cafes, community engagement forums, social media platforms) (10%)
- With CTSI and Communications staff and workgroup members, create and disseminate program materials and external messaging, and elicit critical feedback from diverse community members across Minnesota on emerging health issues and approaches
- Explore creative opportunities for community-engaged dissemination of relevant research, health information, and best practices
- Prepare and present interactive lectures, classes and informational sessions on community--engaged scholarship and translational research to audiences in educational institutions, community organizations, and public agencies
Other duties as assigned (5%)
About the Department
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Minnesota exists to accelerate discoveries toward better health by improving the way clinical and translational research is conducted. Translational research focuses on the integration of basic research, patient-oriented research and population-based research with the long-term aim of improving the health of the public. The CEARCH Assistant Director supports CTSI’s community engagement mission and vision to promote health equity through collaborative research, trust-building, and deepening mutually beneficial partnerships between CEARCH and communities across Minnesota. CEARCH’s vision focuses on people of color, American Indians, people with disabilities, people living in poverty, people living in rural communities, and members of the LGBTQ community, as these communities have fewer opportunities for health and experience worse health outcomes in Minnesota.
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
For more information regarding benefits: 2021 Benefits Summary
- Demonstrated track-record and proficiency working with communities most experiencing health inequities to advance community health and equity
- Demonstrated record of effective collaboration, collaborative leadership, and success in building and sustaining partnerships
- Demonstrated experience with program development, implementation and evaluation
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
- Outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills
- BA/BS with at least 10 years professional experience or advanced degree plus 8 years, to include at least five years of progressive experience in a community setting (e.g. nonprofit, public health, or health care provider setting).
- Managerial experience, to include staff supervision and budget management
- Familiarity with clinical or community-engaged and health equity research
- Master’s degree in public health, health sciences, or related area
- Experience in an academic research environment and/or with research projects
- Evidence of a strong community network
- Experience with grant-making processes
- Demonstrated experience with collaborative leadership models
- Demonstrated leadership experience at local, state or national level
Applications must be submitted online - https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/338713