Community Outreach Associate

New Haven, New Haven County
Jul 24, 2014

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

STARS Requisition Number 26338BR
Department Int Med Clinical Scholars
University Job Title Community Outreach Associate
Bargaining Unit None
Job Category Managerial & Professional
Position MP Overtime Eligible? Yes
Type of Employment Part Time
Duration Type Regular
Salary Grade 21
If Fixed Duration, Period 3 years from date of hire
If Fixed Duration, is continuation possible? No
Other Fixed Duration Date: 30-Jun-2017
Work Location Medical School Campus
Worksite Address 333 Cedar Street
Work Week Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Total # of hours to be worked: 20
Position Focus: Under the primary supervision of the Co-Directors for community research and having wide latitude in the exercise of independent judgment and initiative, the Community Outreach Specialist will lead the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars Program in building and maintaining relationships in the community, oversees the Steering Committee on Community Projects, prepares reports and communications on the program's community-based participatory research (CBPR) initiatives, works internally with other Yale entities doing community engagement, provides support for Clinical Scholars on their community projects, shepherds community members attending the National Meeting, manages the community research budget, and works with CBPR faculty in all aspects of the CBPR thread, especially in the development of a new Center focused on CBPR training. Ideally the candidate should live in New Haven, be well known and respected in the city, be comfortable in approaching the leadership of the city and key organizations, and be known and trusted by grassroots groups. The candidate must develop strong community relations experience, be knowledgeable about research and how research is used to advance action, be comfortable in working with academics, demonstrate bridge building expertise between academia and the community, and have experience in the practice of CBPR.
Principal Responsibilities 1. Leads the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program in building and maintaining community relationships.
2. Manages all aspects of the New Haven immersion experience for new Clinical Scholars, including organizing neighborhood walking tours, meeting with neighborhood leaders and leaders of major health and city organizations, and working with CBPR faculty to identify key visits.
3. Serves as a resource for other faculty on the health campus who seek advice and consultation on doing collaborative research in New Haven.
4. Gives the Clinical Scholars Program a presence in the New Haven community by attending key events, serving on key committees/boards related to CBPR priorities, and being an ambassador/spokesperson for the Program in the community.
5. Oversees the RWJF Steering Committee on Community Projects; guides the agenda for the meetings in partnerships with the Co-Chairs, attends meetings, and prepares meeting materials.
6. Serves as a resource/mentor to the Clinical Scholars as their research projects evolve; facilitates community connections and serves on Clinical Scholar research project teams when appropriate.
7. Works with CBPR faculty to develop a Center focused on the training of community members, academics, and policymakers in CBPR. Works with faculty to develop the vision and foster the necessary community relationships for this Center.
8. Develops and prepares budgets and financial forecasts for the Program's community research project account. Works with Scholars in developing and managing their CBPR budgets. Serves as a resource to Scholars and faculty on budget-related policies; ensures budgets and spending are in compliance with University guidelines.
9. Leads the Program's communication initiatives relating to CBPR, including preparing reports and updates for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Steering Committee, Institutional Advisory Committee, and Yale Center for Clinical Investigation. Prepares a summary of projects and their impact for the Steering Committee as well as internal and external audiences, communications to introduce the Scholars Program to new entities in the community and University, and other reports as requested.
10. May perform other duties as assigned.Required Education and Experience Bachelor's Degree in a related field and three years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.
Required Skill/Ability 1: Excellent writing, analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
Required Skill/Ability 2: Candidate should have at least 3 years of proven experience participating in community-based participatory research projects in New Haven, ideally with the Clinical Scholars Program.
Required Skill/Ability 3: Strong written and oral communication skills are essential.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Advanced degree preferred.
Weekend Hours Required? Occasional
Evening Hours Required? Occasional
Drug Screen No
Health Screening No
Background Check Requirements All External candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.
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Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.