Community Health Assessment & Planning Associate

Brief Overview:

We are searching for a Community Health Assessment & Planning Associate to join our Research & Evaluation and Strategic Planning & Organizational Effectiveness teams. The Community Health Assessment & Planning Associate will provide critical services in developing and carrying out assessment and planning services.

This is an exempt, full-time position that can be based remotely or in our Boston office once it reopens in 2021 (exact timing to be determined). Funding for this role goes through December 2021; however, we have numerous active projects and for good performers, we work hard to find other opportunities as projects end. The starting range for this salary is in the mid 50’s.

Position Description:

An experienced provider of a comprehensive suite of community health improvement (CHI) services, Health Resources in Action partners with hospitals, health systems, and community collaboratives throughout the U.S. to improve the health and wellbeing of their surrounding communities. HRiA’s tailored, collaborative approach is grounded in health equity, ensuring authentic engagement and powerful community-informed results.

HRiA partners with many different institutions on community health assessments, community health improvement plans, and strategic implementation plans. Our expertise includes work with acute care hospitals and academic medical centershealth departments, community collaboratives, federally qualified health centers, and specialty institutions, like cancer centers. HRiA offers clients an understanding of what is happening in the field nationally and lessons learned in other communities.

The Community Health Assessment & Planning Associate will be involved in all aspects of several assessment and planning activities from project management to survey instrument development to focus group moderation to data analysis to planning group facilitation and writing, while working closely with the project leads. It is expected that the Community Health & Planning Associate will have strong research and facilitation skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills.

The Community Health & Planning Associate will be supervised by a Director in the Research and Evaluation Department and will also work closely with members of the Strategic Planning & Organizational Effectiveness and all members of the Research & Evaluation Department.

Duties and Responsibilities:

While this position will be involved in a variety of tasks, primary duties will include:

Data Collection and Analysis

  • Conducting quantitative data collection and analysis, including analyzing secondary data as well as assisting in primary data collection (e.g., developing survey instruments, overseeing survey administration, conducting statistical analysis such as frequencies and bivariate analyses), while working closely with project leads
  • Conducting qualitative data collection and analysis, including developing focus group and interview guides, conducting interviews with stakeholders and facilitating focus group discussions with a range of community members, particularly those from traditionally underserved populations, and analyzing qualitative data, while working closely with project leads
  • Conducting other research-related activities, as needed, such as literature reviews and environmental scans, including searching academic databases, reading and synthesizing published studies

Facilitation and Planning

  • Facilitating prioritization and planning sessions using analytical, organizational development and problem-solving skills
  • Motivating individuals to develop priorities and effectively implement strategies to address priorities
  • Communicating effectively with the planning team to ensure consistency and alignment throughout the planning phases of the work

Report Development and Presentation

  • Synthesizing data from multiple sources (e.g., focus groups, surveys, secondary data, literature review) and interpreting findings so that they are meaningful to public health practitioners, health care professionals, program planners, and non-academic audiences
  • Writing draft assessment and other reports, under the guidance of the project leads, geared towards public health practitioners, health care professionals program planners, and non-academic audiences
  • Developing PowerPoint presentations of findings
  • Presenting findings to community and stakeholder audiences, in partnership with the project leads

Project and Client Management and Other Tasks

  • Assisting project leads in project and client management, including developing meeting agendas, taking meeting notes, and developing project workplans and timelines
  • Providing logistical and organizational support for research projects (e.g., logistics for conducting focus groups, note-taking during focus groups, etc.)
  • Completing research-related administrative tasks when needed (e.g., formatting reports and proposals, copying and packaging surveys for administration)
  • Attending project meetings, as appropriate, and performing other related duties
  • Pending public health guidance, participating in some domestic travel (3 to 4 weeklong trips per year) to assist in data collection for specific projects (e.g., facilitating focus groups, survey administration)

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree, preferably with a focus in public health, health policy or health care management or the social sciences, and 1-4 years relevant experience
  • Strong written and analytical skills, including the ability to write about and present data for non-academic audiences (high priority)
  • Strong interest and knowledge of research and evaluation methods (both qualitative and quantitative) used in public health, health care and the social sciences
  • Demonstrated facilitation, networking/partnership-building skills; experience working with diverse populations.
  • Strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills; experience in interview/focus group facilitation preferred
  • Basic knowledge of statistics using a statistical program such as SAS, SPSS, or Stata
  • Experience and skills in project management including developing workplans and working with clients, partners, and a range of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of Microsoft software, specifically MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Spanish language skills preferred, but not required
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse staff and improving public health
  • Demonstrated commitment to working on health and racial equity
  • Calm in a fast-paced, busy environment
  • Able to work well independently and as a part of a team
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor
  • A valid driver’s license a plus
  • Health Resources in Action’s headquarters is located in the Greater Boston area, however this full-time position is available to be worked remotely.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position.  It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under his/her supervision.  The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.

HRiA staff have been working remotely since March 2020 and it is anticipated that staff will not return to the office setting until summer or fall of 2021. This position will be a full-time remote position.  Staff do not need to be living in the Greater Boston Area.

How to Apply:

Diversity in organizational practices is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs.  Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.

HRiA offers an attractive benefits package, including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous vacation.

We are using a blind screening process for this position.

To apply, please submit a cover letter omitting your name, the names of your educational institutions, and the names of your current and former employers.  

Please also submit a “blind” resume with a file name of first letter of your first name, first letter of your last name, day of the month that you were born, and the letter B (Jane Smith born on July 1 becomes JS1B)

The blind resume should also have the following removed, blacked out, or revised:

Names and locations of educational institutions – removed or blacked out
Names of current and former employers – removed or blacked out
Year of graduation/completion or years of employment – revise to duration



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