Equity Associate for the OMEGA Program - Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Title: Equity Associate for the OMEGA Program

School: Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Location: CWRU

Supervisor Name and Title: David B. Miller, Associate Professor & OMEGA Equity Officer



Working with Equity Officer [EO] to engage community members from identified underserved communities to participate in clinical trials for medical device(s) related to osteoarthritis. Identify, engage, and communicate with community leaders in providing access to community members for educational and project recruitment. Assist in the coordination, development, planning, and organizing educational symposia. Applying culturally competent research methodology for the collection of participant data and manage data analysis, dissemination, and management.


OMEGA (Orchestrating Multifaceted Engineering for Growing Artificial Joints) is a megaproject that involves more than a dozen academic institutions, companies, and consulting entities around the nation. OMEGA’s mission is to reduce an artificial knee joint concept to practice. The consortium has a significant footprint in Northeastern Ohio by way of inclusion of eleven faculty members from Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. Developmental efforts for transitioning the concept as a clinical product will keep the equitable translation of the technology at the forefront.



  1. Work with EO to identify community leaders and organizations serving targeted population groups (20%)
  2. Develop and maintain database for the collection and dissemination of progress on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (10%)
  3. Develops metrics for measuring the effectiveness of the KPIs initiatives and prepares reports on the value of the implemented initiatives. (10%)
  4. Analyze collected data related to target population groups (15%)
  5. Assist in the drafting of reports to the funding agency (15%)
  6. Coordinate schedule of EO with community leaders (10%)
  7. Develops, implements, and sustains partnerships with entities and community organizations representing targeted population groups.  (10%)
  8. Development and implementation of policies, practices, programs, trainings, and initiatives concerning equity matters. (6%)



  1. Perform other duties as assigned. (4%)



Department: Continuous contact with the EO.

University:  Regular contact with faculty, staff, and research personnel in assigned departments, schools, and the central administration who are associated with the OMEGA program.

External: Community groups/leaders (regular), moderate contact with healthcare personnel in local hospitals who are affiliated with the OMEGA program.

Students: Infrequent contact with graduate students and student employees.



May supervise PhD students.



Experience: Background in social sciences. Three to five years relevant experience in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion is preferred. Work experience in underserved/vulnerable communities is desired. Experience with data analysis, collection, management, and storage systems.

Education/Licensing: A PhD or equivalent in social sciences or related fields is preferred.



  1. Public speaking
  2. Ability to analyze and interpret data sets & communicate data in a clear and concise manner, including the use of statistical data analysis tools (e.g., SPSS, Stata, SAS)
  3. Ability to communicate with community members face to face
  4. Requires intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.
  5. Travel is expected and required. Some overnight travel may be necessary. A valid driver’s license is required.
  6. Requires the ability to work non-standard hours as needed.
  7. Ability to meet consistent attendance.
  8. Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills; must demonstrate the ability to effectively and professionally communicate and work with various individuals within and external to the University.



Work in an office building; occasional travel and weekend work.


Interested candidates should send a cv and letter of interest to david.miller@case.edu.