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FreshLink, the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods’ core research study, is hiring a new Project Manager.
POSITION OBJECTIVE
The mission of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) is to foster partnerships within urban neighborhoods to develop, test, and disseminate effective strategies to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic disease utilizing a community-engaged and participatory approach. Working with a high degree of independence and under general direction, the research project manager will work closely with the PRCHN investigators to manage all aspects of the FreshLink core research project including: developing and implementing the FreshLink Ambassador intervention; recruiting, training and managing community ambassadors for the FreshLink Ambassador intervention; developing and supporting use of data evaluation instruments; coordinating data collections efforts; organizing all research meetings; supervising staff, student interns, and representing the PRCHN within the community.

Over the next 3-year research cycle, FreshLink will continue the PRCHN’s work on increasing nutritious food access in urban neighborhoods by working with community partners to create and use a rapid-response system for evaluating and improving the reach, adoption, and impact of farmers’ markets and the Produce Perks incentive program among low-income consumers living in neighborhoods in Greater Cleveland. A key focus of FreshLink over the next three years is to develop, implement, and evaluate a peer-to-peer outreach approach, FreshLink Ambassadors, aimed at improving demand for and social connectedness to farmers’ markets among people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

This FreshLink research is conducted in partnership with the PRCHN’s Network of Community Advisors (NOCA), Cuyahoga Office of Job and Family Services, Ohio State University-Extension, and Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition.
The PRCHN is committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
1. Manage major activities of the research project throughout the three-year grant cycle. Apply project management principles to organize tasks, coordinate data collection efforts, schedule and monitor project resources (financial, equipment, and staff), and ensure project deadlines and goals are met effectively and efficiently. 30%
2. Co-develop and implement FreshLink Ambassador intervention training materials and support dissemination of these products. Recruit and train community residents to serve as FreshLink Ambassadors. 20%
3. Provide input and recommendations to the principal investigator regarding significant developments in the research project. 10%
4. Serve as liaison to the community partners involved with the project. Facilitate communication with community partners. Represent the PRCHN at meetings with partner organizations and community leaders. Engage community partners to support implementation of the FreshLink Ambassador intervention. Foster partnerships with the community to ensure successful implementation and completion of the project. This includes active data collection as well as representing FreshLink and the PRCHN at meetings with community partners and residents. 10%
5. Co-author research papers, project reports, and policy briefs. 10%
6. Monitor project budget, track expenses, provide fiscal reports, and ensure compliance with CDC and university guidelines. Compile and provide detailed project cost analysis for annual CDC reporting. 5%
7. Develop data collection and intervention evaluation instruments for all project phases, working closely with the research team and FreshLink data analysts. 5%
8. Supervise staff employees and student interns involved with the research project in various capacities. Teach or instruct the employees and interns in research techniques. 5%
9. Create monthly and annual project reports and compile project metrics to deputy director for CDC reporting. 5%

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
1. Participate in all PRCHN staff meetings and activities.
2. Perform other duties as assigned.

CONTACTS
Department: Regular contact with department and with PRCHN leadership, faculty, and staff.
University: Occasional contact with University faculty and staff.
External: Continuous contact with community residents, particularly SNAP recipients and community health advocates. Frequent contact with community leaders and farmers’ market management to represent the PRCHN and the university. Regular contact with PRCHN community partners, including the PRCHN Network of Community Advisors, and community partners that may assist with the successful completion of the project, particularly Cuyahoga Office of Job and Family Services, Ohio State University-Extension, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition, and Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.
Students: Continuous contact with graduate students, student workers, and interns involved with the FreshLink project.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY
Direct supervisory responsibility for the FreshLink team, including the data manager, research assistants, graduate students, and student workers involved with the project.

QUALIFICATIONS
Experience: Minimum of 5 years of research experience with at least 1 year of project management and collaborative leadership experience. Must have demonstrated experience in: intervention development and evaluation, community-based intervention research, working with low-income populations/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries in research, and implementing interventions in partnership with the community. Preference given to candidates with a strong background in food or food access environment interventions and/or prior experience implementing and evaluating community ambassador interventions.

Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.

REQUIRED SKILLS
1. Program development and evaluation expertise.
2. Program management skills, including budget management of large budgets.
3. Quantitative and qualitative research knowledge.
4. Highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated individual.
5. Ability to work with minimal supervision to complete tasks.
6. Capacity to facilitate institutional review board applications.
7. Ability to work collaboratively in a small team environment.
8. Strong organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills, and proven ability to successfully follow-through on assigned projects.
9. Strong, professional and effective verbal and written communication skills.
10. Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work and communicate with various individuals from a broad spectrum of disciplines, technical and educational backgrounds within the department, school and university, and with individuals outside the university.
11. Basic analytical skills.
12. Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel.
13. Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.

WORKING CONDITIONS
Must have personal, reliable transportation to travel to community sites throughout the project, documented mileage will be reimbursed. Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.

TO APPLY
Applications must be submitted through the Case Western Reserve University Human Resources system, job #5822. https://www.case.edu/finadmin/humres/employment/career.html?utm_source=FreshLink+Project+Manager+posting&utm_campaign=FreshLink+Project+Manager+Posting&utm_medium=email

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