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Job Summary

Researchers in the School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, seek candidates for an immediate opening for a Research Associate to assist with the Black Women’s Wellness Project. This foundation-funded study currently evaluates an innovative weight management intervention in 450 African American women.


This position involves working with an established team on a variety of intervention and research-related tasks, to include conducting telephone weight management education sessions with study participants. The aim of this intervention is to assist with the building and maintenance of strategies for effective weight management and to empower women as change agents in their families and communities to help build healthier lifestyles.


The Community Health Educator will report to the Director of Recruitment and Intervention and support the study team and the study investigators. He/she will assume role of a lead Community Health Educator appointed to deliver intervention obesity management group sessions across five sites within Michigan.



Candidate will assist with direct recruitment of participants. This includes attendance at community and church-based recruitment events, assisting research team with the implementation of community recruitment events for study enrollment.



Must be able to follow a structured protocol and adhere to fidelity for effective implementation of this clinical trial and address issues of confidentiality and data security.  Participate in regular team meetings with the research team. Ability to regularly conduct community based group health education sessions across five cities in Michigan, as well as individual phone sessions with women enrolled in study.  This includes morning, afternoon, evening and weekend group sessions.

Other areas of responsibilities are:

Data collection, participation in REDCAP training and be able to utilize to complete intervention data entry, ensuring participants receive all support materials and other project communications, file maintenance, creation of reports and summaries regarding intervention program progress for staff meetings, and regular maintenance of project spreadsheets for data tracking and analysis, participate in ongoing refresher training as needed/required. 

Applicant should possess previous experience managing client caseloads, as the position requires handling a caseload of 15-20 cases at one time. Other important skills include the ability to facilitate group health education sessions, conduct routine and timely participant follow up, conduct scheduled counseling sessions and related data collection, the ability to establish and maintain sound rapport with members of diverse populations, self-direction and demonstrated capability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and an understanding of HIPAA and confidentiality protocols. Applicants with special interest in or connection to study population are encouraged to apply. Strong interpersonal skills a must, as position involves individual health education through direct counseling sessions with study participants.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor degree in teaching, public health, social work, or other related field
  • Previous work experience in customer service, teaching, case management, public health, social work, or other related field
  • Enthusiastic, conscientious, reliable and able to meet deadlines and research goals
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work independently, with initiative and sound judgment
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals with multiple health conditions representing diverse perspectives
  • Strong communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to work afternoons, evenings and/or weekends as many sessions and community events occur outside of traditional work hours

Desired Qualifications*

  • Undergraduate/Graduate studies in education, public health, social work, or related field
  • Experience in Public Health program development, implementation and evaluation
  • Counseling/helpline experience
  • Special interest in or connection to study population
  • Prior experience working with health education and/or chronic disease management

Work Schedule

This job posting is for a University of Michigan Temporary position. Temporary employment may be full or part time, but in either case is limited in duration.


25 – 40 hours per week for 8-12 months.

Work Locations

This position is located in the School of Public Health at 1415 Washington Heights.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.