Associate Project Director for an NIH-funded, Longitudinal Study of Childhood Obesity in Five NJ Cities

About: The associate project director (research analyst) will provide research support and coordination to a major study addressing the impact of changes in the environment on childhood obesity. Funded by the NICHD (NIH), the research follows a panel of children in five New Jersey cities over five years. The associate project director will be responsible for collecting data on changes in the food and physical activity environment in the cities and coordinating other data collection for the project.

Specific Responsibilities: Working with senior research faculty and staff on the project, the associate project director will develop and implement a systematic strategy for monitoring selected changes in the environment. In so doing, s (he) will establish and maintain routine contact with local government officials and community organizations in each of the five cities to elicit information on environmental change. Responsibilities also include collection and maintenance of all project-related files and documentation, including records in compliance with regulations regarding research with human subjects. Coordination functions include maintaining communication with team members across two universities, organizing team meetings, and assuring attentiveness to the work plan and deadlines. The associate director will also be expected to contribute to writing interim and final project reports and communication with funders. Opportunities will be afforded to develop advanced analytic skills, work closely with policy-makers, and participate in policy briefings, academic presentations, and publication of research findings.

Qualifications: The position requires a master's degree in urban planning/urban affairs, public health, health promotion, policy analysis/administration, a social science or a related field, and approximately three years of research experience in health or health services research. Additional graduate courses, up to a PhD, may be substituted for one year of experience. We are seeking someone who is well-organized, has a significant grounding in research methods, and possesses strong interpersonal, time management, and written and oral communications skills. Knowledge of PC applications (e.g., MS Word and Excel) is essential, while familiarity of statistical analysis software (SAS or SPSS) would be helpful. Content knowledge related to childhood obesity prevention, evaluation of policy and environmental interventions, and urban affairs is desired.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and a generous benefits package is included. It is the policy of Rutgers University to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic information, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status, or any other category protected by law.

Any individual newly hired by Rutgers after September 1, 2011 will be required to abide by the New Jersey First Act/Residency Law and establish a principal residence in New Jersey, unless their position is on the exempt list or they successfully petition for exemption based on critical need or hardship. New employees will have a full 365 days to establish such residence, from the effective date of hire. For additional information regarding this law visit the University Human Resources website at: http://uhr.rutgers.edu/OLR/NJResidency.htm .

The Center for State Health Policy, a unit of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University, serves the health policy needs of New Jersey and other states. More than 20 faculty and research staff from diverse disciplines work on a wide range of research, policy analysis, and other projects related to health and health care policy.

For further information, contact: Michael Yedidia, Ph.D. Professor Center for State Health Policy Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, & Aging Research Rutgers University 112 Paterson Street, 5th Floor New Brunswick, NJ 08901


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