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The Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Health Project Program Manager.
Syringe service programs (SSP) are an evidence-based intervention for reducing HIV risk among people who inject drugs (PWID) and are an entry point for PWID to access treatment for substance use disorders, other medical care, and social work services. In the wake of the current opioid epidemic and resurgence of methamphetamine use, SSPs are increasingly recognized as one of the key places to reach PWID for preventive services. There is currently no coordinated system for monitoring and evaluating SSPs in the United States, and many SSPs do not have the capacity to gather data needed to evaluate their operations and impact.
The Department of Medicine’s Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (AID) was awarded a cooperative agreement award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish a national monitoring and evaluation system for SSPs (Component 2 of CDC-RFA-PS19-1909, https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/funding/announcements/ps19-1909/index.html). One of the primary projects of this award is to establish and coordinate the provision of technical assistance to SSPs for monitoring and evaluation activities. The University of Washington will be working in collaboration with CDC, NASTAD, and other national partners to provide a suite of technical assistance support to individual programs including: one-on-one consultation, development of training materials, development of model databases and reports, and development of model surveys.
We are hiring for a Health Program Project Manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of this component of the overall project. The Project Manager will work closely with the Principal Investigator, Project Coordinator, and Research Assistants to remotely implement the technical assistance program.
The Health Program Project Manager will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of a new M & E technical assistance program for SSPs. Much of this work will be done in collaboration with CDC, which will be the clearinghouse for all request for technical assistance. This new program will be comprised of multiple, integrated activities that will require innovation, perseverance, partnership building, and teamwork to develop. The Project Manager will build connections with local, regional, and national partners who will provide peer-based technical assistance in conjunction with UW staff (including the Project Manager). This position will also lead the development of training materials for SSPs, including a short course on M & E for SSPs and additional standalone training documents. In addition, the Project Manager will oversee the development of model (template) cross-sectional surveys, a model database, and reports that could be implemented by SSPs. This position will supervise the work of 2-3 research assistants.
Impact to University:
The UW is strongly committed to developing domestic partnerships related to the prevention of infectious diseases (HIV, viral hepatitis) and other health consequences related to substance use disorders. This project is housed in the Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases headed by Anna Wald, MD. The Health Program Project Manager will represent this ~$1+ million program with local and national partners and make a significant contribution toward meeting the project’s goals
Duties & Responsibilities:
Oversees the day-to-day operations of the SSP Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance Program, including:
Supervises project research assistants (see detailed responsibilities below) [20% of time]
Identifies and maintains relationships with SSP staff and other professional partners to provide M & E technical assistance to SSPs [15% of time]
Assigns and tracks requests for technical assistance from SSPs across the US [20% of time]
Provides technical assistance to SSPs [5% of time]
Oversees the development of a model database for SSPs to collect client-level data [10% of time]
Oversees the development of model materials (e.g., surveys, reports) for SSPs to collect and analyze data [10% of time]
Oversees the development of a short course to train SSPs in conducting M & E [10% of time]
Collaborates with the study team (Principal Investigator, Project Coordinator, Research Assistants) on general project issues and implementation [10% of time]
Supervise 2-3 research coordinators
Conduct daily check ins with project staff to that tasks are clear and progressing
Create workplans and timelines for project deliverables
Recommend and/or take corrective actions with interviewers, if needed
Resolve grievances or complaints
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Bachelor's degree in health, science, or project management. Experience can substitute for degree requirement. 3-4 years experience in:
Working with people who use drugs, SSPs, and/or other harm reduction programs
Monitoring and evaluation of health programs
Developing and providing trainings
Developing and utilizing databases
Following and implementing strict protocols
Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
Excellent judgment and interpersonal skills with proven ability for effective cross-cultural communication
Ability to anticipate, recognize and resolve problems
Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple priorities and short deadlines; ability to manage several multidimensional activities simultaneously
Aptitude for learning new skills and technologies
High proficiency in Zoom and MS Office Suite (including Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook), in addition to the ability to quickly learn and apply new or unfamiliar software
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Prior experience providing technical assistance to health programs
Knowledge of health outcomes that disproportionately affect PWID including HIV, viral hepatitis, and overdose
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) and will primarily work during regular business hours. However, the position will likely need to work some time outside of regular business hours during data collection periods to accommodate East Coast time zones and evenings and weekends as needed. This position will primarily be able to work remotely, although there may be limited activities that need to be conducted at Harborview Medical Center (<5% of total work time).
Note: This position is funded for one year (through September 29, 2021). There is the possibility that it will extend beyond that, but that will be dependent on project needs and funding.
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