Position: Specialist

(Community Health Educator)

Department: Economics

Northeastern Illinois University invites applications for the position of Community Health Educator.

Part-Time Position

This is a part-time position (.80) for NEIU’s Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC), a 5 year, NCI grant-funded research center designed to address cancer-related health inequities in Chicago. ChicagoCHEC is a multi-million dollar triad Center led by Northeastern Illinois University, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. It builds on groups of investigators (including faculty, students and staff) from many leading Chicago-area community organizations and educational institutions. ChicagoCHEC is seeking to hire a part-time Community Health Educator who will play a vital role in ChicagoCHEC’s mission to advance cancer health equity through meaningful scientific discovery, education, training, and community engagement. The Community Health Educator will be responsible for cultivating community partnerships, developing community engagement strategies, and coordinating and delivering health promotion activities to community sites such as health centers, schools, and community-based organizations. Additional responsibilities include participation in research related activities, such as production of health intervention materials and protocols, recruitment of study participants, data collection and evaluation, and working with the National Cancer Institute’s National Outreach Network to develop and disseminate culturally sensitive, evidence-based cancer information that is tailored to the specific needs of underserved communities.

About Northeastern Illinois University:

Founded in 1867, NEIU has a rich tradition of educational innovation and prides itself on preparing teachers and administrators who make a difference in Chicago. That tradition continues to this day and has expanded to include an array of academic disciplines, allowing the University to embrace fully the community in which it resides. NEIU is regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest and is designated by the United States Department of Education as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Diversity is an important factor in the character of this urban institution and in the social fabric of the student body. NEIU has an enrollment of 10,000 students, and ALANA students represent nearly 60% of the student body. Located on 67 acres in an attractive residential area on the northwest side of Chicago, the University offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, education, and business. The University has additional campuses in the metropolitan area: The Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, El Centro, and the Center for College Access and Success (formerly the Chicago Teachers’ Center). The University is also a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. Newsweek magazine named Northeastern Illinois University the sixth “Best Investment” in the United States and number one in Illinois. Northeastern shares the top-ten spot with Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and MIT.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Community Health Educator reports to the Center’s Manager and Principal Investigator team which includes an Associate Professor from Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics and an Associate Professor from Economics, who, in turn, report to the Dean of the College of Education, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate College for Studies and Research. The Community Health Educator is in regular contact with other investigators, students, staff, and community partners supported by the grant.

Technical:

The Community Health Educator will: Coordinate community engagement forums by incorporating topics across the cancer care continuum, empowering the community to alter health behaviors; Contribute to the development, implementation, dissemination, evaluation and analysis of community engagement activities and research of ChicagoCHEC; Work closely with the Community Health Educators from the other two institutions of ChicagoCHEC and in alignment with the National Cancer Institute National Outreach Network; Provide opportunities for students, trainees and faculty members to collaborate with community on cancer related issues; and Develop and nurture relationships between NEIU, ChicagoCHEC, and a diverse group of stakeholders to enhance our ability to effectively reach underserved communities with tailored cancer information and foster community engagement in research. They will also: Create linkages amongst ChicagoCHEC and community stakeholders regarding the research projects, bringing the community voice to the research team; Advise and assist in message development and cancer content for culturally competent educational materials; and Facilitate community education and outreach efforts and serve as a critical link between underserved communities and research programs, increasing communities’ knowledge, decision-making skills, and involvement in cancer research. They will participate in the planning and conduct of research study including participant recruitment and retention. Some of these activities include: Supporting the community engagement and health promotion operations of the ChicagoCHEC; Assisting the ChicagoCHEC Community Engagement Core developing and implementing appropriate community engagement strategies; Interfacing, coordinating, and cultivating working relationships with community partners; Coordinating and delivering health promotion, education and engagement activities to community sites such as health centers, schools, faith-based, and community-based organizations; and Participating in the National Cancer Institute’s National Outreach Network to develop and disseminate culturally sensitive, evidence-based cancer information that is tailored to the specific needs of underserved communities.

The Community Health Educator will also: Interface with researchers, partners, and the community to identify, develop, and disseminate health promotion and cancer information; Assess baseline community-level knowledge and educational material availability related to recommendations for various cancer risk reduction and screening and ascertain local gaps and needs; Collaborate closely with the ChicagoCHEC Community Steering Committee who will help guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of tailored education and community engagement activities; Increase awareness and adoption of National Cancer Institute recommendations on cancer prevention, detection, treatments and survivorship through dissemination and evaluation of educational materials; Participate in annual National Cancer Institute training and other appropriate training activities; Develop best practices on effective community engagement strategies to reach underserved and/or underrepresented communities; and Inform the community about important research goals and seek input on the research agenda.

Administrative:

The Community Health Educator will serve as a liaison to the ChicagoCHEC and the community by participating in bi-weekly phone meetings and as well as in-person meetings. They will collect, record, review and summarizes research data. These activities include: Maintaining required project documentation and assist in the preparation of study products and reports; Organizing, facilitating, attending, and documenting project meetings; Developing culturally relevant health intervention materials and protocols; Participating in the evaluation of Community Engagement Core activities, including data collection, data entry, data management, and quality assurance; Performing scientific literature searches in support of the various Cores; and Assisting with the maintenance of the ChicagoCHEC website and social media. The Community HEalth Educator will collaborate on grant applications and co-author scientific papers, participate in the various aspects of the IRB process, and track and evaluate impact of outreach activities.

Finance:

The Community Health Educator may process payments for research participants per study protocol (purchasing supplies, materials, equipment and services; ensuring appropriate allocation and compliance). They may also coordinate reimbursements for expert panel travel, consultant pay, gift card orders, etc. while ensuring that costs remain within allotted grant budget.

Supervision:

The Community Health Educator may act as a mentor in regard to education of junior coordinators. They may also provide supervision, training, and mentoring to students, as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in a major such as public health, social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience; Preferred graduate level degree. Two or more years in cancer community engagement and/or research study experience or other relevant experience. A breadth of experience across the cancer care continuum, including survivorship. They should have knowledge of, and experience with, the National Cancer Institute National Outreach Network; Proven ability to work in teams, foster collaborative environments, and deliver results with and through others; Proven track record in working successfully in a diverse range of ethnic, cultural, and economic communities; Strong communication, problem-solving, creative thinking and presentation skills; and strong organizational skills and attention to detail. They should display a high degree of professionalism; Willingness/ability to work off-site in different communities; Knowledge of developing strategic and/or program plans; Ability to work independently, take initiative, manage competing priorities, and adhere to deadlines; and the ability to synthesize complex health information and data for general public use. The Community HEalth Educator: Must be willing to work flexible hours to accommodate travel and community needs; Skilled in writing clear and concise reports for internal and external audiences; Grant writing and publication experience preferred; and a breadth of experience in health education theory and practice, communications, outreach, program planning, training and evaluation.

Upon hire, it is mandatory that the candidate complete NEIU’s IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants, and must re-certify every 3 years.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and vision benefits, sick and vacation days, and participation in the State Universities Retirement System. Applicants are expected to respond based on the entire job description.

This position requires a background check.

To Apply:

In order to be considered for employment by Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) you must submit the following and send all documents within one PDF/Word document to ChiCHEC@neiu.edu.

In addition to the links provided above for the Employment Application (fillable), Affirmative Action Form and Statement of Annuitant Status, you can also obtain these forms at the NEIU Office of Human Resources, Bernard Office Building (B0B), 5555 N. Bernard Street, Chicago, IL 60625, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University's positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.