Oregon Health & Science University Community Research Coordinator in Portland, Oregon

Work Unit Description

This position is located in the OHSU Community Research Hub (Hub) which is off campus in Bend, Oregon. Jackilen Shannon, PhD, director of Oregon Clinical Translational Research Institute’s (OCTRI) Community Engagement and Collaboration Core leads this community-based team in developing and implementing strategies that build community engaged research capacity and community-academic partnerships to improve the health and wellness of all Oregonians.

The Oregon Clinical Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) is a large and complex NIH-funded program that creates an “academic home” for clinical and translational research; expands and builds upon current education curriculum to engage, train, and nurture new inter-disciplinary investigators; and creates a coordinated infrastructure of core research tools and services. The Institute budget is approximately $14 million annually with more than 70 employees, and provides research services for a wide range of scientific disciplines.


Functions/Duties of Position

Position located in Bend, Oregon.

This position initiates and performs tasks related to the community research program processes and research projects developed and supported by the OHSU Community Research Hub team and the Community Research Liaison team that lives and works in communities across Oregon.

The Community Research Hub utilizes a unifying model for efforts around community engaged research in order to address the following three key supports: 1) _Building Capacity_ – strengthen necessary infrastructure to connect academic researchers and interested communities as well as to foster communities' ability to implement and disseminate research; 2) _Ensuring Relevance_ – promote development of research questions and approaches that address issues relevant to the community and the region; 3) _Enhancing Receptivity_ – encourage trust between the community and the academic partner, expand the understanding of research and what it means to participate and collaborate in research activities.

The Community Research Coordinator will work independently and collaboratively with the Community Research Program Manager and other staff to support community-academic partnerships and help build capacity for community engaged research across Oregon.

Duties include: meeting and planning with collaborators on the Healthy Oregon Project and other community engaged projects, research coordination, providing services to collect and provide research information for the research team and enabling efficient conduct of research, assisting with and reporting on the Community Project Assistance Program, connecting the liaison team and community partners with research resources, setting up and updating research projects in a database, creating timelines and research project visuals. This position will plan and create digital and print media and other communications materials that support the program and specific research projects (e.g. presentations, educational and recruitment materials, data visualization etc.). S/he will also interface professionally with related OHSU programs (e.g. Knight Cancer Institute, Campus for Rural Health, School of Public Health), academic researchers from OHSU and other institutions, community leaders and the general public.

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (4 yr) ORAA (2 yr) and 3 years of relevant experience
  • Able to speak and communicate clearly, respectfully, and consistently with colleagues, researchers and community members. Organized and detail-oriented self-starter. Must be able to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Computer skills in MS Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat DC; ability to utilize project management and database systems to record, track and report. Aptitude and interest in learning new software is required
  • Ability to manage and perform multiple tasks under conditions of fluctuating workloads, competing requirements, and changing deadlines; working independently and following through on assignments with minimal direction
  • Ability to think analytically and devise creative solutions to problems.
  • Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodations
  • This position requires occasional travel to other locations around Oregon and possible travel to OHSU for training or other team meetings. Main work locations will be in the OHSU Community Research Hub office in Bend and at local community agencies or meeting spaces
  • Ability to sit for five to six hours in a day
  • Ability to travel, including for weekend or weeknight events
  • Work in a fast-paced environment while performing a variety of complicated tasks
  • The employee must have use of hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; speak and hear

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years of relevant experience
  • Prior experience conducting and/or supporting programmatic and/or data-driven activities in an academic or community setting.
  • Prior experience in research activities in academic setting and/or in a community organization
  • Experience preparing academic manuscripts and “popular” media to share research results
Additional Details

This position requires occasional travel to other locations around Oregon and possible travel to OHSU for training or other team meetings. Main work locations will be in the OHSU Community Research Hub office in Bend and at local community agencies or meeting spaces.

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

Job Title: Community Research Coordinator

Department: Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute

Location: SON L407

Drug Testable: No

Job: IRC74941

FTE: 0.5, Part Time (20 hours per week)

Schedule: Monday - Friday, To be Determined

Salary Range: $19,000 - $20,000

Location: Bend, OR

Job Type: Unclassified