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Community Research Assistants - School of Medicine

Employer
Virginia Commonwealth University
Location
Virginia, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 19, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach
Employment Type
Full Time
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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 organizations.
  • Assist in organizing grant applications in partnership with community organizations.
  • 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.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Must have access to reliable transportation (personal or public).
  • Ability to meet with community residents and partners at their convenience (including the flexibility for working nights and/or weekends).
  • 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.
Strongly preferred but not required:
  • Experience working or volunteering in public housing communities.
  • Experience working with youth and young adults ages 12-18 years.
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 programs. 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



Position Details:

Department: School of Medicine - Department of Family Medicine and Population Health
Employment Type: H1 - Hourly
Restricted Status: Yes
FTE: .5
Exemption Status: Non-Exempt




Contact Information:

Contact Name: Lauren Jackson

Contact Email: lauren.jackson@vcuhealth.org




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