Senior Coordinator, Research & Evaluation, the HAVI

Brief Overview:

We are seeking a Senior Coordinator, Research & Evaluation to play a central role in coordinating and communicating with researchers and other stakeholders in the violence intervention community.

Position Description:

To heal communities affected by violence, The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (www.thehavi.org) fosters hospital and community collaborations to advance equitable, trauma-informed care for violence intervention/ prevention programs. Our vision is to build a system of healthcare that mobilizes hospitals and communities to end violence, together.

Hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) vary in the specifics of their design and scope, but typically include a brief intervention in the emergency department or at the hospital bedside as well as intensive community-based case management services following discharge. HVIP services are provided by culturally competent Violence Prevention Professionals who often also serve in a mentorship capacity. HVIPs are rooted in the philosophy that violence is preventable and that violent injury offers a “teachable moment” and unique opportunity to break cycles of violence.  HVIPs embrace a public health approach to violence prevention as they are grounded in data, which indicate that victims of violence are at elevated risk for re-injury and violence perpetration. This model has been the subject of numerous peer-reviewed studies indicating promising impact on injury recidivism, criminal justice contact, and trauma symptoms. HVIPs are now a recommended practice by the federal government.

The network has grown to hundreds of individuals, including physicians, nurses, therapists, gang interventionists, outreach workers and researchers who are affiliated with 41 member programs in the U.S., Canada, England and El Salvador. Our goal is to support the growth of HVIPs throughout the United States. The HAVI’s work is carried by three distinct, yet interconnected clusters. These clusters include: Capacity Building, Strategy & Impact, and Research & Evaluation. The Research & Evaluation Cluster is a new entity within the HAVI which has emerged from a need to elevate existing research in the field and to promote new research that could be used to support stakeholders across the network. These stakeholders include city and state government, hospitals/health systems, medical and public health organizations, researchers, the broader gun violence prevention movement, as well as other racial justice organizations.

The Senior Coordinator, Research & Evaluation will play a central role in coordinating and communicating with researchers and other stakeholders in the violence intervention community. We seek leaders with a passion for violence intervention work who want to measure the impact of HVIPs within the community violence intervention ecosystem. Candidates should have strong project management skills – i.e. have the capacity to focus on clear, achievable goals, with the ability to pivot quickly as new opportunities arise.

The Senior Coordinator, Research & Evaluation will report to the Managing Director, Research & Evaluation. This is an exempt, full-time position with a salary of $70,000 – $80,000 based on skills and experience. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff are working remotely. Staff who are fully vaccinated may work in HRiA’s Boston office as desired and/or conduct in-person work activities as necessary. Since 2022, HRiA’s office has operated on a “hybrid model,” that provides Massachusetts-based HRiA employees the option to work remotely and/or in the office. This position can be fully remote or hybrid, based on the candidate.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This includes but is not limited to the following:

Management

  • Manage tasks and correspondence for the HAVI’s Research and Evaluation Working Group
  • Develop and support the Research Track at the annual HAVI Conference
  • Mentor and support HAVI interns as needed

Project Work

  • Act as a liaison between internal and external groups engaged in research
  • Support internal and external grant research efforts and assist in carrying out programmatic grant-related activities
  • Work on new initiatives that use community-partners’ research approaches
  • Generate summary reports for the department as requested
  • Act as a broker/communicator for research information requests from third parties
  • Support with the maintenance of a resource database that outlines current research, outcomes, and instruments used in HAVI fields of interest

Thought Leadership

  • Assist the Managing Director of Research Evaluation and the Director of Strategic Planning with developing and coordinating a department-wide research agenda
  • Develop presentations for training, education, and conferences on behalf of the HAVI

Business Development

  • Assist with proposal writing and/or submission

Special Requirements

  • Masters degree in public health or related fields with at least 2 years of relevant experience preferred;
  • Strong experience in program/project management;
  • Flexibility and innovation with formulating solutions in an applied setting;
  • Experience with community-based research and settings;
  • High level of curiosity and commitment to health disparities and equity research
  • Research experience with exposure to a team research environment.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Strong analytical and planning skills;
  • Well-developed oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of people representing various backgrounds and levels of training
  • Ability to work independently, juggle multiple tasks and responsibilities, and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to telecommute;
  • Ability to travel nationally (10-15% of your time, pandemic nonwithstanding);
  • Ability to work as a part of a team–leading when appropriate and accepting feedback;
  • Ability to adapt communication appropriately for purpose and audience;
  • Ability to design presentations using professional tools such as powerpoint, prezi, etc;
  • A healthy sense of humor and the ability to work with grace under pressure.

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.

How to Apply:

HRiA is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. The organization encourages multiple perspectives and experiences, supports a multicultural environment, and strives to hire and retain a diverse workforce that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity 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 is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Health Resources in Action offers an attractive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous starting vacation of four weeks.

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter online.

Please include in your cover letter experience (paid or unpaid) as it relates to this job description as well as any other relevant or adjacent skill sets. Please note that the interview process will consist of a minimum of two video interviews and a written performance task. If accommodations are required, we welcome any request at any point in the application process.

About Health Resources in Action (HRiA):

Health Resources in Action offers exciting, engaging, and challenging employment opportunities for researchers, facilitators, analysts, trainers, policy specialists, and more. People come to HRiA because of our commitment to social justice and health equity, our wonderful clients and partners, and our dedicated and dynamic staff. People stay at HRIA because of our collaborative approach to problem solving, our friendly work environment, and our commitment to providing employees with challenging and exciting professional opportunities.

Equity & Inclusion are core values of our organization. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through varied backgrounds. As public health practitioners with a social justice focus, we are committed to better understanding and learning from the institutional structures that create disparities among us and our work. We are actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. We provide an energizing and supportive environment in which to work and to build a career.



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