Description This is limited term position ending April 30, 2018. Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) (www.tuftsctsi.org/), one of 64 organizations supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), was established in 2008 to transform the biomedical research process through education, promoting collaboration, and the provision of research infrastructure and support services. Tufts CTSI accelerates the translation of laboratory research into clinical use, medical practice, and health policy. In addition to its work with Tufts University, Tufts Medical Center, and other partner organizations, Tufts CTSI contributes to the national CTSA Consortium. Tufts CTSI is a leader nationally in the development of frameworks and methods for stakeholder and community engagement in translational research. Most recently, Tufts CTSI enlisted experts from the fields of civic engagement, stakeholder engagement, and participatory research to establish a broad set of resources and training programs to help researchers, communities and partnerships improve the relevance and transparency of research. The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life (http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/) prepares Tufts University students to become active citizens and community leaders. The only university-wide college of its kind, Tisch engages Tufts students in meaningful community building, public service experiences, and transformational learning. It also conducts and supports groundbreaking research on civic and political participation and forges innovative community partnerships. Tufts CTSI and Tisch College of Civic Life seek a faculty member to split his or her time between leading the Stakeholder and Community Engagement (SCE) Program [Tufts CTSI] and directing Civic Learning for the Health Professions at Tufts [Tisch College]:
The Director of the SCE Program will jointly lead the program with two other SCE program directors to create and maintain a nurturing and collaborative research environment focused on broadly engaged team science, where stakeholders and community members are authentic members of the research team. The SCE Director is a Tufts CTSI-wide scientific leader who maintains links and promotes collaboration between diverse stakeholders and community members relevant to, invested in, and accountable for, improved public health. Building on Tufts CTSI's successful national leadership and existing programs in SCE, the Director of SCE sets the strategic direction in consultation with Tufts CTSI leadership and in alignment with NIH priorities, including developing new programs, tools and resources; promoting community-engaged research projects; leading education efforts; and advancing the science of community-engaged research across the translational spectrum. The Director of SCE will work closely with other Tufts CTSI components to develop novel approaches to include diverse populations in translational research with a particular focus on underserved and health disparity populations. This is a 50% appointment. The Director of Stakeholder and Community Engagement at Tufts CTSI will be expected to be appointed as assistant professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine. That position does not carry tenure. Some teaching and mentoring responsibilities are expected. The Director may also hold professorships in other schools and departments of Tufts, by mutual agreement.
The Director of Civic Learning for the Health Professions at Tufts is appointed by Tisch College of Civic Life and reports to the Associate Dean of Tisch College. Tufts University Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine all offer or require service-learning for their students, supported by Tisch College. Through professional placements in community organizations, students develop advanced skills and deepen their understanding of health-related issues. Each of these schools has its own coordin
Organization: Tisch College
Employee Status: Limited Appointment
Qualifications Basic Requirements: The SCE Director/Service-Learning Director will be a senior faculty member experienced in clinical and translational scientific methods who has a history of scientific and academic leadership in community-engaged research and working with underserved and health disparity populations. Additional qualifications include:
Advanced (doctoral, MD, etc.) degree in a health care, social science, or public policy (e.g., medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, political science, sociology, public health, or related disciplines)
Leadership in the development of stakeholder and community engagement programs for health care or research
7 to 10 years of experience and success in stakeholder representation, government relations or policy-making
Knowledge of pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, and related issues in the education of health professionals
Experience with mentoring and leadership of professional colleagues
Experience leading service-learning programs
Training or extensive experience in communication with professional and community-based stakeholders
Excellent negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and communication skills
Familiarity and interest in use of digital media for outreach, communication, participant recruitment, and stakeholder surveys
Familiarity with evaluation and research methods Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds. Please see the Tufts University non-discrimination statement.