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Job Detail: Research Assistant

About Case Western Reserve University:

Case Western Reserve University improves and enriches people's lives through research that capitalizes on the power of collaboration, and education that dramatically engages our students.

Position Summary:

Working with limited supervision, the research assistant is responsible for coordinating major activities of the Mary Ann Swetland Center. Specifically, the research assistant will be responsible for developing, implementing, training, and disseminating new and innovative community-engaged research techniques involving a high degree of skill and training. The research assistant will contribute to several active studies within the Center’s robust research portfolio focused on the complex interplay between the environment and human health with a focus on translating these findings to advance environmental health equity. The research assistant will provide input and recommendations to the Center’s Director of Operations and Partnerships regarding significant developments in research projects.

Working on the Center’s Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study, the research assistant will develop protocols for engaging the community in the translation and dissemination of the Center’s research focused on food systems modeling including methods for engaging diverse community stakeholders in community action planning for food systems transformations that lead to equity. This includes expertise in building trusting relationships with community stakeholders, collaborative models of implementation, and grant writing skills. The research assistant will engage in mixed methods applied research including qualitative data collection, analysis, and reporting as well as quantitative data collection and descriptive reporting. The research assistant must have exceptional skills in communication using diverse methods to develop reports, infographics, webinars, and leverage social media to share study methods and findings. The research assistant will assist the Director of Operations and Partnerships with annual evaluation of the Center’s community engagement approach within the areas of research, training, and service.


Position Responsibilities:

  1. Co-develop, implement, and evaluate complex community-based and participatory research methodologies that apply adult learning approaches to engage community stakeholders including residents, food retailers, and leaders from community organizations, coalitions, and local governments to devise an action plan to address the deeply rooted forces impacting community food security. Apply and evaluate the adequacy of multifaceted decision support tools to help community stakeholders simulate different policy and system level interventions to examine their impact on outcomes such as economic opportunity, food security, and fair access to fresh and healthy foods. Support the development of scientific papers and presentations as well as presentations for lay audiences related to study approach. (45%)
  2. Manage community dissemination core of the Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood study including coordination of community-engaged research meetings with faculty, trainees, and community partners; development and management of timelines to achieve deliverables using project management strategies; and execution of communication methods to translate work to diverse audiences including community partners, funders, academic, and lay audiences. (35%)
  3. Co-develop annual evaluation of the Center’s community engagement approach within the areas of research, training, and service. Collect and interpret qualitative and quantitative data and using findings to make recommendations for enhancing community-engaged research and community systems science within the Center. (20%)


Nonessential Responsibilities:

  1. Engage in staff-wide activities of the Mary Ann Swetland Center and the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences. (<1%)
  2. Perform other duties as assigned. (<1%)

Position Qualifications:

  • Experience: 3 to 5 years of related experience required.
  • Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree in community development, public health, social work, environmental health, anthropology, or related field preferred.
  1. Knowledge in public health, environmental justice, and/or food systems.
  2. Ability working in diverse community settings including evidence of capacity to build trust and work collaborative with groups.
  3. Demonstrated ability using community-engaged and participatory research approaches.
  4. Skills in collecting data using qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  5. Ability supervising staff and students across varying disciplines.
  6. Excellent written and oral communication skills with capacity to communicate complex ideas to diverse audiences.
  7. Excellent attention to detail.
  8. Ability to work collaboratively in cross-function teams comprised of individuals from various academic departments and community sectors.
  9. Ability to be motivated, self-directed, and independent.
  10. Ability to meet consistent attendance. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.


Wage, Timing, and Additional Information:

The research assistant is required to work onsite at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Work is computer-based in an office setting. Some travel (20%) is required for data collection and to attend relevant professional meetings in Ohio and across the United States. This position will require work from home while social distancing is being implemented due to COVID-19.

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In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation.  Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

About the job

Location Cleveland, Ohio
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 03 November 2020

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Company name Case Western Reserve University
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Phone 216.368.6964


Street 10900 Euclid Ave.
City Cleveland
District Ohio
Zip 44106
Country United States