Coordinator - School of Public Health

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Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
02 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
02 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Summary

The mission of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences is to understand and intervene on the social determinants of health and health equity across the life-course. This mission is achieved through research to identify the social and behavioral determinants of health, development and evaluation of interventions and policies leading to the improvement of population health, and the preparation of professionals and researchers who will fill leadership positions in advocacy and public service. The department’s educational mission is to train both scholars and practitioners: scholars whose research will illuminate basic social determinants of health and who will identify and test innovative social policy and service interventions; practitioners who are skilled in designing, implementing, and evaluating health-enhancing interventions in action settings.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

The primary role of the Program Coordinator is to provide support for the collaborative, technical assistance, and educational activities of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Grant and the School's MCH Concentration. This includes providing assistance in managing an ongoing training grant, providing support to students planning on concentrating in MCH, assisting with the provision of technical assistance to state and Local Title V agencies and other programs providing services to mothers and children, and assisting in the planning and execution of events and activities related to this grant.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Research Support and Technical Assistance:

  • Assists with the translation of relevant current HSPH research activities to integrate with the programmatic needs of Title V agencies and organizations serving mothers, children, and families and assists in development of new research activities that meet those needs
  • Facilitates communication between agency staff and MCH faculty investigators
  • Assists in the development of study materials and data collection protocols for research collaborations with Title V agencies using established software such as REDCap
  • Assists in the training and supervision of student research assistants       
  • Assists with the design and maintenance of study databases and tracking the progress of studies that are conducted in collaboration with Title V agencies

Grant and Finance Support for MCH Training Grant:

  • Monitors adherence to requirements of the MCH training grant to assure the appropriate selection of students and compliance with grant policies and procedures
  • Coordinates student funding for tuition, stipends, travel and other activities and liaises with relevant HSPH offices
  • Drafts sections of required training grant reporting documents 
  • General Administrative Support:
  • Serves as the principal contact and source of expertise on the MCH concentration for faculty, administrators, and students
  • Develops and oversees student activities related to the training grant and concentration such as seminars, symposia, and interaction with academic and public health agencies
  • Coordinates with faculty, outside agencies, and department and School administrators regarding the concentration’s student support services (IT, IRB, Student Aid, Reimbursements, etc.)
  • Develops and maintains web-based materials for the MCH training grant and the MCH concentration
  • Prepares statistics on program participation and maintains comprehensive information related to the ongoing careers of former trainees for tracking and reporting purposes
  • Develops and implements the concentration’s recruitment activities including holding informational events, meeting with potential concentrators, and assisting students in understanding the requirements of the Concentration.
  • Monitors student compliance with and certifies completion of concentration requirements
  • Other duties as assigned 

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of 2 years from date of hire, with possibility for extension.
PLEASE NOTE: Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work.

Basic Qualifications

5+ years of related work experience; a combination of education and experience may be considered

Additional Qualifications

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Public Health or related field (e.g. - MCH) strongly preferred
  • Research project management and experience with federally funded training programs, statistical skills, grant writing and event coordination strongly preferred
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office Suite preferred
  • Experience in strategizing and thinking operationally; strong writing and presentation skills, as well as organizational skills with experience prioritizing work in a context with multiple demands; project management skills; excellent interpersonal skills for interactions with students, faculty, school administration and outside agencies, and written and oral communications skills; experience working independently with limited supervision, and handling complex and confidential information; familiarity with basic research processes and experience in monitor progress of research and maintain secure databases preferred 

Additional Information

  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
  • This position has a 90 day orientation and review (O&R) period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers. 
  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions.

The Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – including fostering respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. To learn more about the Chan School’s mission, objectives, and core values, please visit our website here.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools. 
  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services. 

Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country! 

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