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This position is a split position between the Initiative Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH) (and its Partnership for Native Health (P4NH)) and the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine’s (ESFCOM’s) Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) program.
The incumbent will exercise independence in developing, planning, and leading P4NH’s research engagement and outreach activities focused on urban and rural American Indian and Alaska Native populations (AI/AN), locally, regionally, and nationally. The incumbent is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive marketing, outreach and engagement strategy that promotes the core mission of P4NH. The incumbent will provide direction to Research Coordinators, Faculty, and P4NH staff, in implementing outreach strategy, and engages in strategic planning with tribal and urban clinics and community organizations in Washington State to determine further the intersection of community health and academic research efforts between IREACH and Native communities.
The incumbent will seek consultation from project Principal Investigators (PIs), faculty leads, and senior research coordination staff, but will generally exercise independent judgement in day-to-day decision-making and project oversight.
The incumbent will also be responsible for managing the operations and research projects for the PBRN, a team of multidisciplinary faculty who conduct extramurally funded research in the area of rural health with clinical facilities around Washington State. In addition, the incumbent will work with the Native American Health Sciences Program Director to implement the outreach programs of the PBRN, especially those involving tribal partners. The position will include travel to practices and communities throughout Washington State, conducting outreach and implementing research projects that crosscut topics and methods, and scope. This position will provide research support to project investigators, oversee implementation of research protocols, manage project timelines, and coordinate other research tasks.
PBRN Community Health Outreach – 30%
Develops and implements PBRN marketing, education, and outreach activities directed to AI/AN communities, tribes, and Native organizations. Advises faculty and provides training and mentoring to research coordinators in implementing the PBRN marketing and outreach strategy.
Leads the PBRN’s research engagement and outreach activities focused on AI/AN, locally, regionally, and nationally.
Conducts strategic planning with tribal and urban clinics in Washington State to further the intersection of community health and academic research efforts between the PBRN and Native communities.
Serves as the Native Outreach representative for WSU Health Sciences for rural and tribal community and student engagement in research for Spokane and Seattle locations, including the PBRN.
Serves as a subject matter expert for both research and outreach for the PBRN, training and mentoring research coordinators in program implementation.
Participates in tribal and urban Native American community events to build WSU’s contacts and relationships in Native communities.
Collaborates and consults with other WSU campus locations to ensure that recruiting efforts for research studies and recruitment of tribal and community partners to participate in the PBRN are not duplicated or interfering with other recruitment efforts. Builds relationships with other campus locations and shares recruiting ideas and programs that have been successful for AI/ANs.
Develops and cultivates relationships with AI/AN alumni and other useful contacts within the WSU system and within the PBRN region.
PBRN Operations – 25%
Lead and support startup of the practice based research network, including regularly updating PBRN member practice contact list, forging relationships in communities, setting agendas for startup meetings, and recruiting tribal and community health clinics to participate in the PBRN. Performs data collection and analysis on PBRN research studies as needed.
Manages PBRN project milestones and timelines, and patient/community advisors. Ensures timely completion of project milestones and timelines, and forges successful and ongoing relationships with patient/community advisors. Conducts program evaluation, soliciting feedback from patient/community advisors as to improvements that can be made in the structure and operations of the PBRN. Position holds ultimate responsibility for timely completion of timelines, and has responsibility for communicating results, completed or missed, to PBRN Director. Exercises authority to allocate or re-allocate PBRN resources to meet established timelines.
Manages and organizes all PBRN weekly, monthly, and quarterly meetings (as applicable), including scheduling and attending meetings, tracking and reporting activities, and coordinating follow-up.
Develops, organizes and distributes regular PBRN communication and marketing materials, in collaboration with the Director of Communications of the ESFCOM, including regular newsletters, professional newsletter write-ups, and social media pages.
Co-leads PBRN research, education, and outreach programs and manages necessary communication for the life of the program.
Regularly meets with PBRN project teams to discuss and communicate progress to all members.
Collaborates with PBRN project teams to write, edit, and prepare journal submission materials.
Collaborates with PBRN project teams to develop and prepare abstracts for professional presentations, such as workshops, oral presentations, and posters.
PBRN Project and Research Management – 20%
Works with the PBRN Director and the AG’s office to review and approve all PBRN-related tribal resolutions and Memoranda of Understanding, making recommendations to the PBRN Director regarding authority to commit resources on behalf of the PBRN.
Conducts site visits to ensure that PBRN faculty and staff are in compliance with established policy and procedure governing the PBRN’s relationships with Native populations. Addresses any noncompliance issues immediately. Ensures transparency is present and that tribal partners are notified of non-compliance issues in accordance with all laws and regulations.
Collaborates with the AI/AN tribal law advisor when creating and implementing policy that pertains to research-related PBRN support projects.
Serves as subject-matter expert for PBRN researchers who work or wish to work with Native populations, when they have questions concerning how to negotiate the research process with Native communities.
Negotiates and coordinates collaboration on research-related PBRN efforts with tribal agencies and governments, including handling human subjects activities, addressing compliance issues, conducting focus groups, coordinating with tribal staff and elected officials, and serving as the lead contact person for information and updates on partner projects in Native communities.
Represents PBRN at scientific conferences and AI/AN community events and conferences.
PBRN Strategic Planning and Leadership – 10%
Collaborates with the Native American Health Sciences Program Director in the planning, development and implementation of a strategic outreach plan for Native American programs that are responsive to the tribes within the PBRN region.
Collaborates with the PBRN Director in the planning, development and implementation of a start-up plan for the PBRN. Develops and manages operational budgets for the start-up program.
Exercises considerable independence in ensuring conformance with University regulations, procedures, and policies, in implementing the start-up plan for the PBRN. Advises faculty and staff of relevant policy provisions and follows through on implementation and adherence.
Researches established PBRN programs in order to develop the program, including conducting program evaluation as applicable.
Serves on committees as requested and assigned.
Collaborates with staff, faculty, and current students in ESFCOM and other academic programs to develop the PBRN, and to promote, implement, and evaluate PBRN programs and services. Works closely with the Director of the PBRN and the Director of IREACH.
Budget and Grant Management – 10%
In collaboration with the IREACH Finance/Budget Manager oversees the PBRN budget and related grant budgets.
Addresses issues concerning budgets and subcontracts as they arise, collaborating with fiscal staff to review reconciliations of study budgets as money is allocated and spent.
Writes, edits, and oversees preparing progress reports to funders and proposals, as needed.
Other – 5%
Other duties as assigned.
Positions require a Bachelor’s degree in relevant field and three (3) years experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified within the project specialty. A Master’s degree in a related field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Biology, Psychology, Native American Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Tribal Planning, or related area.
Three (3) years project management experience.
Demonstrated experience developing research programs in a higher education or healthcare setting or similar, related experience.
Demonstrated experience using proactive problem-solving skills, ability to work independently, and ability to take appropriate autonomous initiative to carry out study related functions.
Demonstrated experience utilizing outstanding interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, as well as, outstanding organizational skills.
Proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of products.
Demonstrable experience developing, managing, or maintaining research databases using Access.
Must be willing to work evenings and weekends on occasion to meet the needs of the project, including scheduling participant visits and contacts, as well as meeting project deadlines.
Travel for site visits is required.
Will need to have a valid driver’s license by the time of hire.
PhD in Epidemiology, Public Health, Population Science, or another health-related field.
Three years of experience working with American Indian and/or Alaska Native communities.
Demonstrated knowledge of AI/AN cultures, laws, and regulations.
Experience working in a health research setting.