Research Associate - NAM Culture of Health Program

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Keck Center

National Academy of Sciences Engineering Medicine

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Full time

Overview: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (&ldquo;the National Academies&rdquo;) is a private, nonprofit institution that provides expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. Our work helps shape sound policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine. The Academies bring together leaders from academia, industry, government and other sectors to provide cogent, unbiased advice to the government and citizens of the United States. <br /><br />The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), established in 1970 under the name Institute of Medicine, is an independent organization of eminent professionals from health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and other fields. Together with the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, it advises the nation and the international community. Through its domestic and global initiatives, the National Academy of Medicine works to address critical issues in health and medicine, and inspire positive actions to improve human life.<br /><br />The National Academy of Medicine&rsquo;s Culture of Health Program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a multiyear collaborative effort to identify strategies to create and sustain conditions that support equitable good health for everyone in America. The program focuses on four approaches that build upon and reinforce each other:<br /><br />-Understand: building, informing, and elevating the evidence base, including evidence from the lived experience of health inequity, to better understand and eliminate health inequities<br />-Translate: communicating the evidence in a timely and culturally appropriate manner to bring understanding of the strongest science to those working to advance health equity<br />-Engage: ensuring that key stakeholders working at every level to eliminate health inequities are provided the evidence-related tools they need to ensure their effectiveness<br />-Learn: learning in real time from our activities to ensure effective and equitable evaluation and metrics of impact<br /><br />The Culture of Health Program seeks a research associate to perform research and analysis related to advancing health equity. The research associate should have exceptional writing skills, general knowledge of current issues in the field of health equity, as well as strong research, analytic, and synthesis skills. The Research Associate will work closely with the program director, associate program officer, and administrative staff.<br /><br />The Research Associate will develop pertinent background toward a greater understanding of conditions, issues and trends impacting assigned project(s), subjects, and topics. Examples include drafting background papers; preparing preliminary outlines of projects to determine appropriate methodology, which may involve developing an historical perspective; identifying prevailing social and economic conditions; outlining legislative considerations such as regulatory impacts; and future trends and implications. Other duties may include preparing data for use in summaries, fact sheets, and reports; managing reference databases; editing publication material developed by advisory members, senior staff, and consultants; responding to inquiries about program activities; and increasing public awareness of relevant program activities. The research associate may also assist with administrative duties related to programs/projects.<br /><br />The successful candidate will, in addition to professional experience, have:<br /><br />-A passion for the National Academy of Medicine&rsquo;s vision and a commitment to advancing health equity<br />-The ability to operate under limited supervision and with teams<br />-An understanding of how to manage deadlines and prioritize multiple activities <br />-Strong communicative skills <br />-A positive attitude, sense of humor, and spirit of collegiality
Responsibilities: <p dir="LTR"><strong>ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="LTR">Develops information sources. Reads, analyzes, and evaluates data and literature. Prepares preliminary outlines of projects to determine appropriate methodology. Conducts discussions with various officials, academics, allied groups and staff. Analyzes data developed and prepares written interpretations. Synthesizes data for specific sections of the report or other types of output. Verifies references and checks facts of committee reports.</li> <li dir="LTR">Performs research and analysis, analyzing and organizing technical data and reports and compiling summaries of information. May perform basic statistical research and analysis. Prepares and formats various survey instruments and databases to accept specified information.</li> <li dir="LTR">Manages database to track references. Manages and maintains bibliographic and analytical databases. Documents and establishes files on all statistical analyses performed indicating methodology, variations in manipulation of data and resource materials used.</li> <li dir="LTR">Writes technical papers or summaries. Abstracts information from scientific studies to create tables for committee review or use in committee reports. Drafts, summarizes, and edits findings and provides feedback to appropriate parties.</li> <li dir="LTR">May ensure Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and Governing Board Executive Committee (GBEC) compliance. Ensures the National Academies Projects and Activities Repository (NAPAR) is updated in a timely manner, the Public Access File is maintained, and documents are properly archived.</li> <li dir="LTR">Participates in selecting literature for committee members, forum and workshop participants, and other applicable groups to receive through mailings, briefing books, and meetings. Attends meetings to present and receive feedback regarding study area and prepares meeting summaries.</li> <li dir="LTR">Prepares the report for review and assists with review response. Ensures edits are included in the report. Creates bibliographies, graphics, and tables for reports.</li> <li dir="LTR">Responds to inquiries from the public sector, sponsors and other scientific peers outside of the National Academies. Increases public awareness of studies. Identifies and contacts professional and advocacy groups interested in the committee&rsquo;s work.</li> <li dir="LTR">Performs administrative tasks such as corresponding with committee members, participating in the planning and execution of committee meetings, and other tasks associated with preparing for committee meetings and workshops.</li> <li dir="LTR">Serves as a mentor and/or resource to employees. May be responsible for training and supervising junior staff.</li> <li dir="LTR">May assist senior staff in researching and identifying potential speakers and committee and forum members.</li> </ul> <p dir="LTR"><strong>NONESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p dir="LTR">Related duties and special projects as assigned.</p> </li> </ul>
Requirements: <p dir="LTR"><strong>Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:&nbsp;</strong>Ability to solve intellectual problems of appreciable variety and complexity using originality and ingenuity. Ability to exercise appreciable latitude for independent judgment and action. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness. Ability to work successfully in a team environment. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies' departments through effective communication. Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.</p> <p dir="LTR"><strong>Minimum Education/Training Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;Bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent knowledge.</p> <p dir="LTR"><strong>Minimum Experience:&nbsp;</strong>Two years of related professional experience.</p> <p dir="LTR"><strong>Preferred Education and Experience:</strong>&nbsp;Master's degree in a related field.</p> <p dir="LTR"><strong>Physical Capabilities:&nbsp;</strong>Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time. Ability to travel.</p> <p dir="LTR"><strong>Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:&nbsp;</strong>None.</p> <p dir="LTR"><strong>Supervisory <span class="WLL2">Responsibilities/Controls:&nbsp;</span></strong>Reports to program officer/director. Sets objectives with supervisor.</p> <p dir="LTR"><strong>Work Environment:</strong>&nbsp;Office environment, with occasional travel between National Academies' facilities and to off-site meeting/sponsor locations.</p>