Research Assistant II Non-Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7076558

Posted: March 30, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

EMPOWER is a not-for-profit effort of Harvard Medical School’s GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard Initiative. EMPOWER is working to identify new practices for the mobilization of new coalitions and partnerships to address the urgent lack of skilled human resources to deliver mental healthcare globally. The Research Assistant will be responsible for performing a variety of complex research and administrative duties supporting research tasks for the EMPOWER project. The individual will report directly to the faculty supervisor who will provide general instructions, set work priorities, and provide oversight of tasks. The Research Assistant will also collaborate on day-to-day processes with the EMPOWER Research Coordinator. Working both independently and in collaboration with the EMPOWER research team, the Research Assistant will be responsible for the following:

Research Responsibilities:

Assist in:
Developing a theory of change map
The development of a policy and leadership training program curriculum
The design of a peer learning leadership collaborative
The design of protocols for the evaluation of the program and metrics of success and scale up
Conducting interviews and focus group discussions with key stakeholders and community partners
Supporting the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of project findings
Developing reports and presentations for dissemination of project findings
Prepare progress reports for submission to the project funders
Support the development of new grant proposals and responding to funding opportunities to further expand the EMPOWER project

Scheduling and Communications Responsibilities:
Arranges meetings; schedules rooms; sets up and oversees web conferencing
Assists with equipment and other meeting-related needs
Support faculty members by preparing pre-meeting briefings, PowerPoint presentations, and keeping minutes during larger size meetings
Manages the travel, accommodations, and logistics for in-person meetings with key collaborators and stakeholders
Coordinate webinars or other events through scheduling and advertising to the broader Harvard community and EMPOWER networks
Support routine updates to the EMPOWER website
Develop written content and announcements summarizing project activities and accomplishments for posting to the EMPOWER website

General Administrative Support:
Collaborate and assist the EMPOWER Research Coordinator and other EMPOWER team members on administrative tasks related to the EMPOWER project as needed.
Ability to professionally provide information and service to a wide range of internal and external contacts with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Responsible for establishing and meeting deadlines, and facilitating communication among key individuals from Harvard Medical School, across Harvard University, with community stakeholders and key partners, and across the EMPOWER project team.
Responsible for handling confidential materials with a high degree of professionalism and discretion.
Some work outside of scheduled hours will be required, due to event timing/working with collaborators across various time-zones, prior notice will be given and agreed upon between employee and supervisor.

The Research Assistant II will work effectively within a culture inclusive of individuals with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations, and appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals.

Basic Qualifications

Two years' research and/or community outreach experience. Higher education may count towards experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Master's degree in Public Health (or related field) preferred. Bachelor’s degree with related research or program management experience can be a substitute for Master's degree.

Demonstrated interest in the mental health field and prior experience working with multiple stakeholder groups including community organizations or health care providers. Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills and presentation skills required. The ideal candidate must be well organized, able to prioritize, use discretion with sensitive or confidential information and manage multiple assignments simultaneously. Competency using a variety of applications such as Adobe Pro, Microsoft Office, Outlook Calendar and the confidence to adapt/learn if not familiar with an application. Ability to work collaboratively and with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Ability to adapt and remain flexible in a changing environment. Willingness to travel domestically preferred. Spanish language proficiency preferred.

Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.

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