| The Department of Global Health and Population (GHP) is seeking a Behavioral Research Program Manager to support a community based participatory action research (CBPR) project on refugee mental health for the Research Program on Children and Global Adversity (RPCGA), a research program that focuses on the health and mental health of children and youth facing adversity. The portfolio includes a randomized control trial of a family home-visiting intervention to strengthen Somali Bantu and Bhutanese refugees resettled in Massachusetts and Maine.|
Under the direction of the Principle Investigator (PI), the program team will collaborate with local service providers and community organizations – Jewish Family Services, The Chelsea Collaborative, and Massachusetts General Hospital Chelsea, etc. - to implement a pilot of the Family Strengthening Intervention integrated into existing refugee community health programs.
In the US, refugee children and families face dramatic disparities in the incidence and treatment of mental health disorders. Resettlement stressors (poverty, limited access to care and treatment) and acculturation challenges (cultural norms, discrimination) aggravate the risks for mental and behavioral health problems acquired from prior exposure to war and violence. This program aims to build capacity of refugee staff, as research assistants and interventionists, and to address the needs of refugee families into family strengthening project design and implementation.
The Program Manager will be responsible for activities including, but not limited to, the following:
- Acting as a liaison between the PI , the Program Manager and program team at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will work with Jewish Family Services, MGH Chelsea, The Chelsea Collaborative, and other organizations across MA and ME to ensure a smooth day-to-day flow of communications with the project team and collaborators, keeping his/her supervisor informed of relevant information.
- In collaboration with the GHP core administrative staff, organizing and implementing administrative systems and procedures and performing necessary support duties.
- Serving as a principle source of information on study status and deliverables.
- Negotiating, setting and managing field based budgets in coordination with the GHP finance team, PI, and community partners.
- Developing and designing local training and capacity building in collaboration with community partners.
- Drafting, editing and preparing correspondence, reports and other project related materials.
- Under minimal direction, coordinating a wide range of research procedures and conducting a variety of complex tasks determined by the field and scope of the study.
- Working as part of a team in contributing to the analysis of results under the direction of the project PI and data team, collating, managing and analyzing data during data collection periods (monthly) and providing quality assurance/quality control.
- Coordinating and carrying out designated research tasks and projects, making use of selected methodology and materials, desk research, statistical analysis, or other investigative techniques.
- Preparing, managing and maintaining study tools and information gathering and developing training on the study tools.
- Communicating and collaborating with affiliated research personnel at other institutions.
- Managing community partnership team members.
Duties and Responsibilities will be continued in the "Additional Information" section.
PLEASE NOTE: Travel is required 25-30% of the time for this position, between various partnership locations in MA and ME.
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of 1/31/2018, with potential for extension pending future funding.
Duties and Responsibilities continued:
- Processing, organizing and summarizing data, reporting experiment results using a variety of scientific, word processing, spreadsheet or software applications and program platforms.
- Supporting the submission of periodic project status reports to the PI, and regularly suggesting additional tests or modifications to the current procedures.
- Contributing to the preparation of research papers, manuscripts, progress reports, articles or other documents for publication and/or presentation.
- Participating in the design of experiments and field work; carrying out their implementation with a high degree of independence.
- In collaboration with the PI, GHP finance team and NIH Project Manager, managing budgetary reporting.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Join Harvard Chan School to support our mission of health research & education and be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary