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Job Summary

Researchers at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health are seeking a motivated individual to serve as both a project interventionist in a multi-site project engaging youth living with HIV who struggle with taking their medications and also work on qualitative and quantitative smaller projects. The primary responsibility for this position is providing coaching (motivational focused counseling) to intervention-assigned youth. Youth will reside across the US and coaches connect with them via a video-conferencing software program at least 3 times, and will otherwise follow-up with youth whenever their electronic dose monitoring bottle signals a missed medication dose. This project is part of the Adolescent Trials Network and requires the ability to implement protocols, provide youth-focused counseling, engage in supervision, and work effectively with youth of diverse backgrounds. The candidate should have experience counseling, preferably with youth, and a strong commitment to learning and implementing the study’s specific intervention. Training and on-going supervision will be provided on motivation interviewing strategies, the research protocol, and the intervention will be provided. In addition, the position involves assisting in qualitative coding of data generated from the intervention as well as other small projects focused on HIV treatment and prevention. Training on qualitative analyses will be provided, as will basic training on quantitative analyses. We are looking for someone who has an interest in both aspects of public health work- service provision and data consolidation.   


  • Implement the TERA intervention which uses motivational interviewing strategies and eHealth technologies to assist youth in developing ART adherence plans
  • Conduct teleconference coaching sessions with assigned youth
  • Respond to alerts for as-needed outreach
  • Engage in supervision
  • Work as part of a team to monitor implementation of the intervention
  • Keep excellent case notes
  • Follow protocol defined procedures
  • Input data in a timely fashion to the project’s secure website.
  • Perform qualitative coding.
  • Engage in interpretation of qualitative data.
  • Some quantitative data analysis.

Required Qualifications*

  • BA Degree in Psychology, Social Work, or similar field with training in conducting counseling.
  • Experience with one-on-one patient health coaching and/or motivational interviewing.
  • Experience working with youth/ adolescents or related training
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • High level of organization
  • Ability to work with youth who may have high levels of emotionality or be in crisis
  • Previous work with interviews or qualitative data
  • Interest in quantitative data

Desired Qualifications*

  • A history of working with youth/ adolescents
  • Telehealth Experience
  • HIV/AIDS experience
  • Research Experience
  • Motivational Interviewing training
  • Masters or PhD in counseling related field preferred.

Additional Information

Please note that this position is term limited but may have the possibility of extension based on available funding. The starting salary will vary depending on qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

Additional Information

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic staff member with a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive enviornment for all members of our community.

Background Screening

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

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