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Research Assistant/ Project Coordinator-CBHJ

Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 11, 2024

Job Details

Research Assistant/ Project Coordinator-CBHJ

Wayne State University is searching for an experienced Research Assistant/ Project Coordinator-CBHJ at its Detroit campus location.

Wayne State is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high-quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities which prepare students for success in a global society.

Essential functions (job duties):

The Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ) is seeking a Project Coordinator to support its Assisted Outpatient Treatment and Courts initiative. The Project Coordinator will work closely with external partners and CBHJ team members to ensure successful program implementation and evaluation. The ideal candidate thrives in a dynamic environment, enjoys navigating systems, and is a natural at building relationships. Knowledge of criminal/legal and behavioral health systems and a passion for programming that supports justice-involved individuals is preferred.

Serve as primary liaison within state and county partners and maintain positive collaborative relationships among all involved partners and systems including law enforcement, jails, courts, dispatch, community mental health, emergency medical services, behavioral health providers, etc.

Implement technical assistance, evaluation design, and data collection methods as defined by Principal Investigator, Directors, and/or Project Manager including facilitations of interviews and community of practice meetings and management of data collection, process mapping, identification of data points, collection methods, and entry.

Apply critical thinking in completing tasks such as needs assessments, assisting county partners in determining the best programs and interventions for their region and developing implementation plans.

Work with partners to establish formal meeting schedule, determine attendees, and revise as needed; facilitate meetings, using innovative techniques for maximum participation.

Work closely with Project Manager and other Project Coordinators to ensure efficiency in performing duties and fidelity of processes and practices across counties.

Coordinate and balance goals and objectives of project with needs, abilities, and priorities of community partners.

Work with PI, Directors, Data Teams, and/or Project Manager to report findings to community partners and assist in interpreting data and determining next steps.

Provide support in writing reports and manuscripts, developing presentations, and creating other materials as needed.

Must have transportation for meetings in communities across the state.


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience or Master of Social Work or related master’s degree in related field including Public Health or Criminal Justice preferred.

Experience working in behavioral health and/or criminal/legal systems; preferred experience or knowledge of behavioral health and court processes.

Experience interfacing with project partners including courts, behavioral health, substance use, criminal/legal, jails, probation/parole, and/or law enforcement agencies.

Experience implementing new programs or interventions preferred.

Excellent oral and written communication, problem-solving, and inter-personal skills.

Ability to conceptualize and map processes within a system or agency to illustrate the flow of information or services and identify data collection points.

Self-motivated; ability to work remotely and independently.

Proficiency with Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.


H13 - School of Social Work

Primary department:

H1303 - Social Work Instruction Un

Employment type:
  • Regular Employee
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Job category: Research
Funding/salary information:
  • Compensation type: Annual Salary
  • Salary minimum: $55,000
  • Salary hire maximum: $69,000
Job openings:
  • Number of openings: 1
Background check requirements:

University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting work. If you are offered employment, the university will inform you if a background check is required.

Equal employment opportunity statement:

Wayne State University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. The university encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


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