The Center of Alaska Native Health Research at the Institute of Arctic Biology is seeking qualified individuals for the position of Qungasvik Research Director.
The Institute of Arctic Biology (IAB) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), is seeking applications for a highly motivated Research Project Director with excellent communication and customer service skills.
The Research Project Director manages the research and evaluation activities of five rural Alaska Qungaskvik (Toolbox) projects aimed at reducing youth alcohol use and suicide by encouraging reasons for life through traditional Yup'ik activities that involve the youth, their families and their communities. This position works closely with the Qungaskvik leadership team that includes the principal investigators and co-investigators and the prevention project director. In addition to managing the research and evaluation activities in the remote locations, the incumbent is also the primary liaison with other professional stakeholders such as local school districts, providers at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporations, and members of the local Tribal, City and Corporation Councils. The project staff meet frequently with members of each community (community planning groups) to ensure the activities represent the local values while still retaining fidelity to the research model
Because of the wide range of responsibilities, the incumbent must be skilled at supervision, project management, organization and communication of complex research concepts to people of varied backgrounds. In addition, the incumbent must have the experience and skills to ensure that the project complies with numerous federal (NIH/SAMHSA), state and university regulations.
Prepares and manages all IRB and YKHC HSC submissions for the NIH and SAMHSA grant projects.
Assists with preparation of manuscripts and presentations. Presents results of the research at conferences.
Assists with the preparation of community dissemination materials and community-based products including digital stories and mobile applications.
Supervision of data management and integrity functions including data collection, data entry, fidelity and verification on funded projects. Collaborates with the project Principle Investigators on analyses. This involves collaboration with faculty and staff in the CANHR Bio statistics cores. Manages logistics for baseline and intermediate assessments at each site.
Supervises Field Research Coordinator and coordinates data collection, research and evaluation activities.
Grade 80 Research Professional 3 or 81 Research Professional 4 depending on experience.
To qualify as a Research Professional 4 Grade 81 applicant must have the ability to write proposals to secure funding for future Qungaskvik research projects, and be eligible to serve as a Principle Investigator (PI). For NIH this requires a terminal degree. Candidates within one year of receiving their terminal degree will be considered for this higher grade.
Applicants must provide a cover letter expressing interest in this position. A current resume and 3 professional references including their email contact and phone number.
Review of applicants will begin on December 16, 2017 11:55 pm AST. To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date by 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time
Minimum of two years post graduate research and/or clinical experience in a field related to suicide prevention, health intervention and/or youth wellness. Minimum three years’ experience working with Alaska Native communities on issues related to health and wellbeing.
Required Education and/or training:
Master’s degree in psychology, public health, sociology, social work, counseling, anthropology, education, psychiatric nursing, or related field or equivalent combination of training and experience.
PhD – Preferred
Community-based participatory research methods and analytic procedures in behavioral health and intervention outcome research in rural Indigenous settings in Alaska. Ability to interpret data.
Experience developing research models and tools. Computer skills to collect, organize, and analyze information and to communicate findings both internally and externally.
Strong written and verbal communication skills and cross-cultural communication skills. Knowledge of human subject’s issues in cross-cultural research.
Ability to supervise research professionals and assistants.
Knowledge of grant writing procedures and the ability to secure grant funding – Preferred
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.
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