Partners in Education, Evaluation and Research (PEER) Coordinator
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH

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POSITION OBJECTIVE

The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods supports the Community Engagement (CE) Core of the university’s Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CSTC). The CE Core brings together faculty, student/trainees and community partners (community organizations, health care providers) to develop and conduct partnered, community-based health research, with the goal of increasing bi-directional long-term partnerships and developing approaches that will improve population-level health outcomes. To this end, the PRCHN administers the Partners in Education, Evaluation and Research (PEER) Training Program, as well as contributes to community partnership development and collaboration with other key core services of the CTSC. The PEER Training Program is a 14-month, part-time mentored program designed to increase research capacity among community organizations and to facilitate academic/community research partnerships through the training of a selected staff member in each organization, who is mentored by a senior member of the organization and partners with a CWRU faculty member who is interested in similar research topics.

The primary role of the Program Manager is to manage the PEER Training Program, but also serves as the primary liaison between the PRCHN, the CTSC program office and the other CTSC Cores. Specific PEER responsibilities include cohort development and recruitment (faculty and community fellow), developing a community research capacity-building measurement toolkit, developing, evaluating and revising curriculum materials to meet trainee needs, marketing of the program, and program evaluation. Other responsibilities include partnership development through an annual joint Community Advisory Board Retreat, attendance at CTSC core meeting and joint activities, and collecting and reporting all required metrics to the CTSC program office.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

PEER Training Program

1. Lead and implement the Partners in Education, Evaluation, and Research (PEER) program. Create applications template. Recruit applicants from community-based, nonprofit organization, neighborhood clinics, governmental agencies or organizations that have a primary mission of health programming and information dissemination. Interview applicants to determine if there is an appropriate fit. Provide recommendations to faculty mentor/advisor.Train a new cohort of Fellows, their organizational mentor and faculty partner every 18 months.

2. Write, design, and develop all PEER project communication (research poster, toolkit).

3. Spearhead the development of a new set of measures to assess community organization research capacity with the intent of serving as both an evaluation tool for PEER and an evaluation metric for the PRCHN in general (Organizational Research Capacity Toolkit). Access and use the expertise of PRCHN faculty in this development.

4. Lead PEER curriculum development (partnership dynamics, research methods, study design, basic statistics, question/topic development, literature review, researching best practices, IRB protocol, grant writing, data interpretation and dissemination of results and information to diverse audiences); review and revise curriculum format and content based on feedback from participants. Incorporate innovative methods and technologies into curriculum development requiring comprehensive knowledge of community research.

5. Pursue and cultivate collaborative relationships with community partnerships essential to the success of the program.

6. Develop and implement recruitment materials for faculty and organizational partners.

7. Coordinate faculty cohort development and organizational supervisor cohort development.

8. Coordinate core team meetings to initiate recruitment process for 2014 cohort.

9. Research and determinetopic and develop faculty lecturer schedule.

10. Attend and facilitate didactic sessions; conduct post-session evaluations.

11. Write field notes based on interactions with fellows and faculty partners; implement changes to program based on these interactions.

12. Conduct PEER project evaluation; create PEER Pilot Year Evaluation report; and implement program changes based on evaluation.

13. Write process manuscript for publication in peer-reviewed journal.

14. Present at national conferences, PEER retreat, and graduation events.

Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CSTC)

1. Serve as the primary liaison between the PRCHN, the CTSC program office and the other CTSC Cores

2. Attend monthly meetings of the Community Engagement Core and the Practice-Based Research Network Core (our CTSC “cluster”). The cluster involves faculty and staff within the Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the Practice Based Research Network (Family Medicine and Community Health). Coordinate the PRCHN’s hosting of the meeting 3-4 times per year (develop agenda, communicate with members, etc).

3. Work collaboratively within the Community Engagement/PBRN Cluster advance the collective aims of the grant, which include: (1) participating in the REAL campaign; (2) assisting with the Consult Service; and (3) to develop and hold an annual joint retreat of the Community Advisory Boards of the three groups. This involves actively engaging the leadership of the Network of Community Advisors of the PRCHN and coordinating with PRCHN staff involved with NOCA.

4. Attend CTSC meetings on behalf of Dr. Borawski, Co-Director of the CTSC Community Engagement Core.

5. Collect and report all required metrics to the CTSC program office

6. Facilitate collaboration with Community Research Scholars Initiative (CRSI)

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

1. Organize retreat and graduation events.

2. Participate in weekly staff meetings.

3. Perform other duties as assigned.

CONTACTS

Department: Regular contact with the PRCHN Director/PI and deputy director. Regular contact with faculty, staff and collaborators of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods. Regular contact with PEER faculty advisor.

University: Regular contact with faculty partners. Monthly contact with members of the PEER leadership. Regular contact with CTSC program office and leadership.

External: Regular contact with community affiliates of the center. Regular contact with PEER fellows and their organizational supervisors.

Students: Daily/weekly supervision of student employees, as required.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

No staff supervisory responsibility.

QUALIFICATIONS

Experience: 3 to 5 years program development experience. Experience with curriculum development and planning. Research experience, particularly CBPR. Experience working with community organizations. Some event planning or project coordination experience preferred.

Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree in a public health field required; master’s degree preferred.

REQUIRED SKILLS

1. Ability to foster community and faculty relationships.

2. Strong ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

3. Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal.

4. Experience with process writing.

5. Strong interpersonal skills.

6. Outstanding organizational and time management skills and strong work ethic.

7. Experience working with diverse populations.

8. CBPR research experience.

9. Proficiency in Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office Suite.

10. Experience with technical writing, including MLA, APA and Chicago styles.

11. Strong knowledge of public health terminology.

WORKING CONDITIONS

General office working environment.

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Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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