Community Engagement and Research Coordinator

Community Engagement and Research Coordinator

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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Posted Job Title
Community Engagement and Research Coordinator

Job Profile Title
Clinical Research Coordinator A

Job Description Summary
This position will assist with the day-to-day implementation of community-based research studies within the Urban Health Lab with the overall mission to dismantle racism and help build healthy neighborhoods. They will work closely with a team of fellow Community Engagement and Research Coordinators and other staff to help bring in community perspectives to inform study design and execution, enroll study participants within the community, help with the collection of data through surveys and interviews with participants, and connecting study participants to financial service partners. Community experience, lived experience, and knowledge of Philadelphia neighborhoods, particularly Black neighborhoods is essential to this position. The position will involve large amounts of time spent outdoors in Philadelphia neighborhoods, as well as time in office on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

Job Description

The Community Engagement and Research Coordinator position is a unique opportunity to help develop and grow several efforts at Penn Medicine to dismantle structural and institutional racism through research and action. The Community Engagement and Research Coordinator will work closely with Project Managers, Urban Health Lab Faculty Director, and the Opportunity for Health Lab Director on a broad range of neighborhood-based initiatives to advance the science of urban health including:
  • An NIH funded randomized controlled trial designed to improve health among Black Philadelphians through neighborhood vacant lot cleaning, abandoned house remediation, tree planting, trash pickup, tax preparation, financial counseling, micro grants, and maximizing public benefits.
  • The Nature and Well-Being Project- a research study designed to evaluate the impact of greenspace on mental health and wellbeing in Black communities.
  • Various other projects within the Urban Health Lab and Opportunity for Health Lab

The Community Engagement and Research Coordinator will (1) bring community perspectives, knowledge, and feedback to help inform study designs, execution, and problem solve, (2) attend weekly project and UHL team meetings and work as team with fellow community and research engagement coordinators, (3) help develop participant interview guides and outreach communications, (4) travel in teams of two to different neighborhoods in Philadelphia to enroll study participants through door-to-door recruitment and conduct study activities, (5) conduct face to face and/or phone surveys and interviews with study participants, (6) conduct computer data entry, (7) help to connect participants to financial service partners, and (8) talk with neighborhood residents about tree planting.

The ideal candidate (1) is passionate about the health and well-being of Black and other minority communities, (2) has lived experience either being from or currently living in Black Philadelphia neighborhoods, (3) community experience and knowledge of Philadelphia neighborhoods, particularly Black neighborhoods; community experience and knowledge is of great importance to this position and will override any education requirements (3) has strong social, rapport building, and oral communication skills, proficiency in Spanish is a plus but not required (4) is comfortable meeting with and conducting interviews with study participants in person across Philadelphia and via phone, (5) preferably has a driver's license and is able to drive or take public transportation from the Penn campus to Philadelphia neighborhoods, (6) and is willing to work a flexible schedule as needed that may include some evenings and some weekends during study recruitment periods.

The Penn Urban Health Lab is dedicated to designing and testing individual and community level interventions to build healthy neighborhoods. The UHL has a focus in urban nature, blight remediation, violence prevention, and structural racism that has impacted Black and Brown communities. The Opportunity for Health Lab seeks to understand how the American Dream affects health and identifies ways to eliminate health disparities by improving economic opportunities. This position is funded for 5 years.

Bachelor's Degree with 1-2 years of related experience in research and clinical study methodologies or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. 1-2 years of community experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Community experience and knowledge will supersede the education requirement.

This position is contingent upon funding.

Working Conditions
Office, Library, Computer Room; Requires extensive safety

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$36,401.00 - $55,814.33

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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