Intervention/Community Engagement Coordinator

SDSU Research Foundation - San Diego, CA4.0

Full-time | ContractEstimated: $42,000 - $58,000 a year
San Diego State University's HealthLINK Center for Transdisciplinary Health Disparities Research (SDSU HealthLINK Center) is a multi-college effort to support minority health and health disparities research. With over 60 individuals on the team and growing, the SDSU HealthLINK Center consists of multi-disciplinary faculty, administrative and technical staff, students, volunteers and members of our partner organizations. The Center is committed to the vision of inspiring collaborative and transformational research that promotes health and well-being for everyone.

This position supports SDSU HealthLINK Center by furthering the enhancement of research infrastructure and services at SDSU and its partnered organizations. Under the direction of the SDSU HealthLINK Center Co-Director and MPI, Dr. Guadalupe X. Ayala, and reporting to the Center Research Manager, Ms. Julie Pickrel, the Intervention/Community Engagement Coordinator will develop and manage activities related to intervention and community-engaged research according to the SDSU HealthLINK Center’s policies and procedures.

The Intervention/Community Engagement Coordinator is responsible for:

Administration and Coordination of Community Engagement Core (CEC), 45%

Serve as the primary point of contact with partner organizations, including following up on action plans and deliverables
Maintain CEC directory of core members and partner organizations
Develop and maintain policies and protocols for community-engaged research and train others on how to use them
Organize and facilitate the CEC meetings
Organize and facilitate the CEC Committee meetings, which may include monolingual Spanish speakers
Participate in partner organization meetings, including meetings which occur in Spanish only
Support the activities of the three CEC workgroups: Research, Research Translation, and Clinical Practice
Ensure research compliance documents are in place and used properly by researchers and partners (Business Associates Agreement, Data Use Agreement, Electronic Health Record release forms)
Facilitate new project development for academic-community partnerships
Identify venues and channels for dissemination of research, data, protocols and trainings
Represent the Center on various coalitions and other initiatives of priority to the Center, throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties
Complete all required evaluation activities and promote their completion among partner organizations
Administration and Coordination of Research Infrastructure Core’s Intervention Methods Group (IMG), 45%

Organize and facilitate the RIC-IMG meetings.
Organize the SDSU HealthLINK Intervention Interest Group meetings.
Develop formative research guides (in English and Spanish), including for the development, translation and adaptation of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) for diverse populations and settings.
Assist in the development and implementation of recharge services for intervention-related research.
Collaborate in the development, translation and adaptation of EBIs for the Center Research Projects, Investigator Development Core pilot projects, and other projects through our recharge service.
Conduct formative research (in English and Spanish) and assist with the analyses and interpretation of such data.
Assist in assessing the feasibility and acceptability of technology-based intervention methods.
Develop and test protocols (with support from RP-Pain and IDC pilot projects) for assessing intervention fidelity, including in community-based, clinic-based, organization-based and technology-based interventions.
Prepare, submit, and maintain Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols for research activities conducted within the IMG.
Develop protocols for packaging and cataloging EBIs to archive in the Center repository and for dissemination.
Prepare and maintain materials developed within the IMG for inclusion in Center’s Health Science Knowledge Repository.
Contribute to the annual progress report and participate in all Center evaluation activities.
Other Duties and Responsibilities as Assigned 10%

Sets deadlines and completes tasks to help the Center meet its aims.
Prepare reports, memos, letters and presentations, and deliver presentations on behalf of the Center.
Assist with the development of philanthropic or industry partnerships.
Supervise students and volunteer interns as needed.
Contribute to marketing efforts on behalf of the Center, including promoting the involvement of partner organizations.
Attend trainings and meetings as needed, including all Center meetings and RIC Coordinator Status meetings.
Comply with all Center and SDSURF policies and procedures.

Knowledge & Abilities:
Knowledge of project management to include developing and monitoring goals, priorities, needs, and assets.
Strong leadership skills, providing effective direction and supervision to individuals and small groups
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships and interact effectively with a variety of people within and across organizations
Knowledge of computer programs such as SPSS, NVIVO, Endnote
Ability to independently interpret a wide variety of complex policies and procedures integral to the position
Highly motivated self-starter and independent learner, with a high energy level and strong interpersonal skills
Ability to work variable hours, including late afternoons/evenings and some weekends, as needed for activities in the community
Demonstrate a high level of cross-cultural sensitivity
Ability to obtain a valid California Driver’s license and/or dependable transportation to travel throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties

Minimum Education:
Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in appropriate field related to program/project, or additional experience may be substituted for the required education on a year for year basis.
Four years of progressively responsible experience in technical or administrative assignments.

Preferred Experience:
  • Master’s degree in public health, psychology, sociology, social work, or other relevant field
Fluently bilingual in both English/Spanish-language reading, writing and speaking
Theoretical and practical knowledge of program planning, implementation, coordination and evaluation
Experience conducting collaborative research, including working with federally qualified health centers, health departments (local or state), community-based organizations, and/or other academic institutions
Experience with developing and/or adapting interventions (community-based, worksite clinical, family, individual), including dissemination and implementation science
Experience conducting and analyzing data from formative research activities, such as focus groups, in-depth interviews
Experience conducting workshops, webinars and other types of training
Experience working with student trainees at different levels, ranging from high school students to post-doctoral fellows

San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation