The Swetland Center has ongoing opportunities for students, trainees, and professionals from a variety of disciplines to engage in meaningful research that will have an impact on environmental health in greater Cleveland and beyond. Case Western Reserve University is an Equal Opportunity Employer encouraging excellence through diversity. Qualified women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.
Graduate Research Assistantship in Food Security and COVID-19
The Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health studies the complex interplay between the environment and human health placing a special emphasis on identifying policies and practices that advance environmental health equity. The Swetland Center is recruiting a Graduate Research Assistant to join the Food Security and COVID-19 Study, a sub-study of the Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood (foodNEST2.0) study. The goal of foodNEST 2.0 is to develop decision support tools to make food systems more equitable in the city of Cleveland.
The Food Security and COVID-19 Sub-study extends this work to cities throughout Cuyahoga County by investigating how a common system shock, like COVID-19, has differential impacts on neighborhood-level food system dynamics such as food security, economic opportunity, and affordable access to fresh and healthy foods. Qualitative and participatory systems modeling methods will be used to identify potential short- and long-term actions to sustain food security within the context of a public health crisis.
There is one Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) opportunity to support the Food Security and COVID-19 Study. Under general supervision, the GRA will coordinate recruitment and informed consent of study participants, co-facilitate Zoom-based qualitative interviews, support analysis of qualitative data, assist with participatory systems modeling workshops, contribute to the development of summary reports to share with key stakeholders, support manuscript development, and engage in other time-sensitive tasks to support study implementation.
The GRA should have training in human subjects research (i.e., CITI), experience with qualitative research methods such as in-depth interviews, the ability to interact with diverse populations and stakeholders, and strong written and oral communication skills. In addition, the candidate should have strong attention to detail, be highly motivated and comfortable taking initiative, and exhibit excellent time management and organizational skills. The GRA will be required to use qualitative data management and analysis software, such as Nvivo. Training on this software will be provided, as needed.
Hours and Payment
The Graduate Assistant will work 20 hours/week including some evenings and weekends for data collection. Hourly wages range from $15-$18/hour and are commensurate with experience.
All interested applicants must be a current CWRU student. To apply for the GRA position, applicants should complete an application (indicate that he/she is applying for the “Food Security and COVID-19 GRA”), attach a CV/resume, and submit a cover letter expressing interest in this position, previous research experience, and professional development or learning goals that could be accomplished through the position. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled with the goal of starting the position January 2021. Please direct questions to Mary Beth Marks at firstname.lastname@example.org
FFAR/foodNEST 2.0 Program Manager
Working with a high degree of independence, the program manager will be responsible for coordinating major activities of the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health. Specifically, the program manager position will lead project management and strategic direction to the Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study (foodNEST 2.0), a multifaceted community-engaged study designed to develop, disseminate, and evaluate decision-making tools that offer a system lens within an equity framework to guide future community-driven food systems change. Additionally, the program manager will lead Center-wide external communications to advance the Swetland Center’s mission and strategic vision focused on the complex interplay between the environment and human health with a focus on translating these findings to advance environmental health equity. The program manager will provide input and recommendations to the Center Director regarding significant developments in research projects and Center-wide initiatives. The essential functions of this position are:
- Provide input and recommendation to the Center Director regarding significant developments in the foodNEST 2.0 research project. Coordinate grant reporting for existing grants and support grant writing activities to extend study goals. Monitor complex project budgets that require documentation of matching funds and expenses, as well as provide fiscal reports and ensure compliance with the key funders of the study. Advise Director on strategies to advance study goals through innovative partnerships and implementation approaches. (25%)
- Lead execution of study’s organizational structure including management of the internal team, cross-institution investigative team, and the study’s 20+ member multi-sector partnership. Develop and apply project management, team science, and strategic planning skills to support coordination and collaboration of the multifaceted study team and timely execution of study deliverables. Develop and execute 6-month study timelines and create and implement contingency plans, when needed. Supervise staff employees and student interns involved with the research in various capacities. Manage the study’s steering committee using a collaborative, well-coordinated, trust-building, and agile approach and support coordination of other working groups including supplemental research focused on COVID-19 and food systems. Manage all sub-contracts related to the study. (35%)
- Lead translation and dissemination of foodNEST 2.0 study findings to reach diverse audiences including residents, food retailers, and leaders from community organizations, coalitions, and local governments. Execute communications plan to translate the study’s findings into user-friendly decision support tools. Working collaboratively with community partners, design, execute, and evaluate webinar series to share study findings with diverse audiences. Support dissemination of foodNEST 2.0 study findings to scientific audiences through coordination of writing teams. (25%)
- Consult with study teams to provide technical assistant to support effective translation of study findings using diverse approaches including toolkits, data briefs, white papers, and manuscripts. Development of the design and aggregation of content for Center’s annual report. Maintain contact with key communication partners to advance Center visibility. Facilitate and execute Center-wide communications strategy including website and social media within the CWRU framework. (15%)
Please visit the CWRU job opportunities page to read the full job position and apply (Use job code 8521).
Research Assistant 4
Working with a high degree of independence, the program manager and training lead (Research Assistant 4) will be responsible for coordinating major activities of the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health. Specifically, the Research Assistant 4 position will lead project management and strategic direction of the Building Capacity for Obesity Prevention (BCOP) study, a research partnership conducted in collaboration with The Ohio State University SNAP-Ed program.
The goal of BCOP is to develop, disseminate, and evaluate web-based decision-support tools for tailoring implementation of community nutrition interventions (e.g., farmers' markets, health food pantries, healthy food retail, etc.) to the unique levels of readiness and capacity within diverse communities throughout Ohio.
Additionally, the Research Assistant 4 will lead Center-wide programming focused on training and community education to advance the Swetland Center’s mission and strategic vision focused on the complex interplay between the environment and human health with a focus on translating these findings to advance environmental health equity.
In this role, the Research Assistant 4 will provide leadership to the implementation of the Center’s summer internship program, recruitment and retention of trainees to the Center, and monthly seminar series as well as technical assistance to ongoing studies in the Center as they seek to train others to apply Center findings to diverse audiences.
Please visit the CWRU job opportunities page to apply (Use job code 8506).
Research Assistant (3/4)
The research assistant is responsible for coordinating major activities of the Mary Ann Swetland Center. Specifically, the research assistant will be responsible for developing, implementing, training, and disseminating new and innovative community-engaged research techniques involving a high degree of skill and training.
The research assistant will contribute to several active studies within the Center’s robust research portfolio focused on the complex interplay between the environment and human health with a focus on translating these findings to advance environmental health equity.
The research assistant will provide input and recommendations to the Center’s Director of Operations and Partnerships regarding significant developments in research projects.
Working on the Center’s Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study, the research assistant will develop protocols for engaging the community in the translation and dissemination of the Center’s research focused on food systems modeling including methods for engaging diverse community stakeholders in community action planning for food systems transformations that lead to equity.
This includes expertise in building trusting relationships with community stakeholders, collaborative models of implementation, and grant writing skills. The research assistant will engage in mixed methods applied research including qualitative data collection, analysis, and reporting as well as quantitative data collection and descriptive reporting.
The research assistant must have exceptional skills in communication using diverse methods to develop reports, infographics, webinars, and leverage social media to share study methods and findings. The research assistant will assist the Director of Operations and Partnerships with the annual evaluation of the Center’s community engagement approach within the areas of research, training, and service.
**Please Note** We are hiring one person for this position. Two job descriptions are available. Please review both to identify the one that best meets your background and experience.
Please visit the CWRU job opportunities page to apply (Use job code 8507 for the RA3 position and 8508 for the RA4 position).