The Center on Society and Health at VCU is seeking to hire two
Community Outreach Research Assistants. These positions are
non-benefitted, hourly/wage roles, and are part-time at 29 hours
per week. The Community Research Assistants will be a part of the
Healthy Communities for Youth
team, supporting the
Walker-Talker community outreach program.
Unless COVID-19 policies prohibit, Research Assistants will be
on-site and are not eligible for regular telework. You will work at
our community office at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (1719 N 22nd
St, Richmond, VA 23223). As a part of the research team, you will
be focusing on selected Richmond City communities and therefore
must also have access to reliable transportation (personal or
public,) and be available for a flexible work schedule that can
accommodate community needs. Availability for later evening
meetings (e.g., after school activities,) and the flexibility to
work on weekends for meetings or events is required.
Responsibilities will include:
- Engage youth and families in community engagement activities
for youth and youth-serving organizations as part of a positive
youth development intervention.
- Lead and support Stakeholder Engagement in Question Development
and Prioritization (SEED) and Youth Voices meetings.
- Promote positive youth development strategies.
- Develop mutual trusting relationships between community members
and the university.
- Support and engage adult and youth stakeholders in collective
decision-making and action in addressing health inequities
including supporting monthly meetings with city leadership and
decision-makers from key community-serving government
organizations, as well as working with key youth-serving government
- Assist in organizing grant applications in partnership with
- Engage with residents to develop community action plans.
- Arrange and facilitate community meetings involving residents
and/or community partners.
- Serve on subcommittees of our community partners.
- Participate in staff meetings and trainings.
- Additional duties as assigned.
Strongly preferred but not required:
- Must have access to reliable transportation (personal or
- Ability to meet with community residents and partners at their
convenience (including the flexibility for working nights and/or
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Willingness to work with diverse groups, including being
comfortable working with Richmond City residents (youth and their
caregivers) and our community partners.
This is a wage position and therefore is not eligible for
participation in the state's health benefits program, life
insurance, employer-funded retirement, or cash match
- Experience working or volunteering in public housing
- Experience working with youth and young adults ages 12-18
The work-hour limit for hourly employees is 1,480
hours annually (365 consecutive days). Work hours include regular
and overtime hours, student hours, and any other hours worked in a
second job with VCU.
Hourly rate: $15 per hour
Department: School of Medicine - Department of Family Medicine
and Population Health
Employment Type: H1 - Hourly
Restricted Status: Yes
Exemption Status: Non-Exempt
Contact Name: Lauren Jackson
Contact Email: email@example.com