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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

Do you enjoy working with youth and young adults, using motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral techniques to deliver interventions, and working in the behavioral research environment? If you are a personable, self-starter, detail-oriented team player we are looking for you to deliver M-Health interventions in person or remotely by phone or video platform. Our federally funded research project focuses on reducing violent injury recidivism, substance misuse and high risk firearm behavior. Recruitment for the study takes place at the Hurley Medical Center Emergency Department in Flint, Michigan but our Health Coach will have the option of working remotely until further notice, then transition to an office in either Flint or Ann Arbor. Key job functions include delivering M-Health intervention sessions, which includes motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral training, and care management. The M-Health Coach will also assist with smart phone app onboarding, contacting participants for overdue sessions, investigating care management needs between session, and maintaining study and clinical session records. Regular communication with the study coordinator, recruiters of various projects, and study participants will be required. Participants will be aged 14-20 and seeking care at the Emergency Department (ED) at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, MI and St. John Hospital in Detroit. The M-Health Coach should be comfortable with administering therapy to an urban adolescent population, conducting video or telephone counseling, and addressing issues related to violent injuries, substance use and firearms. The M-Health Coach will be required to undergo specialized training for the delivery of the intervention and will receive regular re-trainings in line with the study fidelity protocol. The M-Health Coach should also be proficient with Microsoft word, excel, and web-based systems. For those with a limited license or temporary license status (recent MSW or masters in psychology graduates) clinical supervision toward licensure requirements.


 Responsibilities include but are not limited to: • Conduct brief clinical interventions using motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy with all eligible participants in an ED setting. • Onboard participants to the project’s smart phone application. • Using a video platform or in person, the therapist will conduct weekly M-Health intervention sessions using Motivational Interviewing, CBT, and case management. • Locate and schedule participant’s weekly M-health sessions by phone, email, FB messenger, U.S .mail, and occasionally maybe called upon to travel to meet a participant at their home or an agreed upon public location for in-person session delivery. • Participating in research meetings and carrying out routine correspondence in regards to project activities. • Participate in regular clinical supervision which may include reviewing recorded sessions and adhering to the fidelity of the clinical intervention. • Document accurately clinical encounters, adhere to all intervention procedures and communicate daily/weekly updates to study coordinator. • Other duties include: perform and document risk assessments, CPS reports, document shift events and tracking data; follow all recruitment and intervention procedures; complete daily paperwork accurately and in a timely manner. Adhere to all protocols and procedures. • Provide nightly/weekly shift summaries to the study coordinator and/or lead recruiter/health-coach. • Enter and clean data in ACCESS database.

Required Qualifications*

Master’s degree required (Psychology, Social Work, or MPH preferred). Weekend and evening availability along with working various days of the week is necessary. Candidates must feel comfortable discussing sensitive topics such as risky gun behaviors, depression, suicide, details surrounding their violent injury, and substance misuse. Additionally, the candidate must possess the ability to work independently, pay close attention to detail, follow through with tasks, work as part of a team, and observe and maintain data confidentiality. Strong computer skills (MS Office, data entry, etc.), technology skills, and basic research knowledge is necessary.

Desired Qualifications*

Master’s degree and limited license or full license preferred as well as 0-1+ year experience in research, therapy delivery, and MI experience. The candidate must be very detail-oriented with excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work well with others, approach strangers, and have strong oral and written communication skills. Reliable transportation is necessary and candidates will be asked to cross train in other job duties (i.e.., recruit as well as conduct follow-up interviews). Must be comfortable discussing substance use, firearm carriage and violent behaviors.

Work Schedule

 This position requires flexibility, availability to work up to five days a week, during day and night hours (anywhere from 5am-2am), any day of the week (including weekend shifts). Also, this position requires ability to occasionally shift during midnight hours (12am to 8am). 

Work Locations

 Work for this position is remote during the COVID-19 pandemic until further guidance is given. Once in-person restrictions are lifted, the option to work at Hurley Medical Center or in the U-M Injury Prevention Center could be future options for work locations.

Additional Information

The Department of Emergency Medicine at Michigan Medicine is committed to creating an environment that is welcoming to all.  We strive to value the unique contributions of individuals, and support a culture of inclusivity among our employees, learners and larger community.  This includes supporting the development of a  diverse workforce across identities such as the race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, citizenship, marital status, religion, language, disability, and Veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and an affirmative action employer. 

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. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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