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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Department of Psychiatry within the University of Michigan Medical School is seeking an experienced, energetic, highly motivated, and organized individual to join a growing research and program development team. This will be a half-time position (.5 FTE) at the academic staff level with a competitive salary and full benefits.

The Implementation Specialist will work with the principal investigator and other team members of the TRAILS Program: Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students. TRAILS is a statewide initiative that aims to implement and evaluate a training model to increase utilization of evidence-based mental health practices among school and community professionals. The Implementation Specialist will be expected to provide guidance and input regarding the development, expansion, and evaluation of TRAILS; generate ideas and action plans to help TRAILS achieve long-term program sustainability and durable funding streams; identify and build relationships with key state- and national partners; and support day-to-day program operations, as needed. Ideal candidates will show the capacity to contribute to the development of a long-term vision for TRAILS and think critically about the implementation challenges the program will face and potential strategies for overcoming


  • Design future models for the TRAILS program, including extension into general education classrooms and integration with teacher-directed social emotional learning standards and curricula at the state level; assess for viability and direct team regarding objectives.
  • Lead development of business concepts for TRAILS that would generate self-sustaining revenue; collaborate with funders, donors, and the UofM office of Tech Transfer/The Venture Center to establish a program vision.
  • Research, synthesize, and present a variety of options for establishing the long-term sustainability of TRAILS, considering multiple funding mechanisms, legislative actions, state policy, and education reform; then lead and direct identified plan of action to attain model success.
  • Host and direct meetings, present at conferences, participate in discussions, etc., to promote state-wide recognition of TRAILS and broad program participation at the local level
  • Inform the design and execution of implementation strategies for school health professionals to ameliorate barriers to adoption and implementation of evidence based practices among school professionals
  • Identify, measure, and address organizational barriers to provider adoption of evidence-based skills
  • Develop programmatic operational manuals and materials to facilitate the expansion and scaling of TRAILS; lead trainings on completed manuals.
  • Contribute to the development and application of assessments to monitor fidelity of the evidence-based practices delivered by school professionals and implementation strategies utilized (e.g., coaching)
  • Lead the development and execution of focus groups and other feedback mechanisms for school staff, administrators, students, families, and other stakeholders to inform program evolution
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key stakeholders at a state- and national level
  • Collaborate with trainers, consultants, website content experts, communications staff, statisticians, grant writers, and other personnel in a team-oriented manner
  • Prepare manuscripts and assist with manuscript development in a team science environment

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s or PhD in education, public health, social work, psychology, or related field with at least 5-6 years of experience in research, implementation, or program evaluation in community settings
  • Knowledge or experience with implementation or quality improvement science and methods
  • A solid understanding of evidence-based practices for child and adolescent mental illnesses and the current shift towards a common elements approach to treatment
  • Experience working or conducting research in school or educational settings
  • Experience with and knowledge of fidelity monitoring strategies and practices
  • Expertise in quality assurance and program evaluation within mental health, or educational settings
  • An interest in public policy and/or the marketing and sustainability of mental health programs
  • Highly motivated, organized, and autonomous
  • Excellent multi-tasking ability and record-keeping skills
  • Computer proficiency (i.e. Microsoft Word,  Excel, and Power Point)

Desired Qualifications*

  • Strong technical writing and verbal/public speaking communication skills
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with community, administrative, and State partners
  • Professional demeanor and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, evaluators, and school-based professionals in the community
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility within an evolving community participatory research project
  • Knowledge and skills in applying mixed methods with the ability to oversee qualitative and quantitative data collection, coding, and analysis

Work Schedule

To be determined.

Work Locations

4250 Plymouth Rd., Rachel Upjohn Building, Ann Arbor, MI

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.


The University of Michigan participates with the federal E-Verify system. Individuals hired into positions that are funded by a federal contract with the FAR E-Verify clause must have their identity and work eligibility confirmed by the E-Verify system. This position is identified as a position that may include the E-Verify requirement.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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