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University of California, Berkeley

Associate Specialist - Center for Weight and Health
Closing Date:  November 25, 2014

Job Description:  RESEARCH POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN NUTRITION/PUBLIC HEALTH - UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY (BASED IN BERKELEY AND/OR SACRAMENTO)

CWH Program Summary
The Atkins Center for Weight and Health (CWH) at the University of California, Berkeley is seeking an Associate Specialist to join and contribute to the development and excellence of our Obesity Prevention Evaluation Research Unit which will conduct evaluation research to inform and improve programs and policies relating to nutrition and physical activity behaviors of low income populations in California. The focus will be the evaluation and tracking of the process, impacts and obesity related outcome measures of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-ED) interventions on the population who are eligible to participate in this program. This work will be done in collaboration with the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) at the California Department of Public Health. These individuals will report to the CWH Team Director and work in close collaboration with the NEOPB Research and Evaluation Section (RES) Chief.

Center Overview:
The Center for Weight and Health was founded in 1999 and is jointly administered by the College of Natural Resources and the School of Public Health. CWH is a national leader in research to develop and evaluate programs in the fields of obesity, healthful eating and active living. The Center works with community groups, government agencies, health organizations, research institutes, and private and nonprofit groups on randomized controlled community trials, longitudinal observational studies, evaluation, and formative research, and provides technical assistance. It leads interdisciplinary teams to evaluate large multi-site multi-component projects and school and community initiatives designed to prevent childhood obesity and promote health. The Center has a collegial team- oriented culture with a stimulating and supportive environment to build new areas of evaluation research.

Position:
The EARS Associate Specialist will maintain the Education and Administrative Reporting System (EARS) online data collection system and serve as the primary contact for local health departments and their subcontractors for establishing and resolving problems with accounts. This position is based in Sacramento (Academic Associate Specialist track).

Appointment: The targeted start date for this position is November 1, 2014. The initial appointment is for one year, with renewal based on performance and funding availability. This is a full time appointment.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary range is $52,344 - $55,968/annually, depending on prior experience and qualifications.

Generous benefits are included http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

Criminal Background Check:
This position has been designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

The University is committed to supporting employees as they balance work and family.

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Job Responsibility:  
  • Serve as primary contact for local health departments and their subcontractors for establishing and resolving problems with EARS accounts as well as addressing technical questions
  • Serve as liaison with CDPH IT
  • Assist in developing training material for NEOPB staff and local health departments
  • Provide training on reporting system to NEOPB staff and local health departments
  • Assist in analyzing and interpreting EARS data for semi-annual and annual reports
  • Assist in writing reports and publications, and other communications for key stakeholders (USDA, LHDs, intervention planners, advocates, professional audiences, and academics
  • Maintain administrative records as required
  • Work closely with research and evaluation team members to meet deadlines and ensure deliverables are completed in a timely and accurate fashion


Job Requirement:  Basic Qualifications:
Candidates must have BA/BS or equivalent in field of public health, nutrition or related field by time of application. Minimum of 3 years of experience including data management, survey design, and report writing.

Additional Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with the Education and Administrative Reporting System (EARS).
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the field(s) and demonstrated skill in conducting research, evaluation, and/or surveillance of dietary behavior, and/or physical activity, environmental and policy influences, with an emphasis on food/nutrition, policies and environmental assessment, and community health.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve, meet deadlines and deliverables, adapt to changing situations on multi-faceted projects. Demonstrated skills in collaboration among a wide variety of people.
  • Excellent skills and experience in written and oral communications. Familiarity with federal food assistance programs.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in survey administration. Computer skills including fluency with Microsoft Office Suite, experience with data analysis packages (such as SAS, STATA).


Contact:  To Apply:
Visit http://apptrkr.com/520498

Interested individuals must include a 1-2 page cover letter, along with a current CV and the names and contact information of three referees. The position is open until filled. The initial review date for applications is October 3, 2014. To receive full consideration please apply by this date. However, the position will remain open until November 3, 2014. Questions regarding this recruitment can be directed to Lauren Goldstein at .

Letters of reference may be requested from finalists. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

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University of California, Berkeley

Project Scientist - Center for Weight and Health
Closing Date:  November 25, 2014

Job Description:  RESEARCH POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN NUTRITION/PUBLIC HEALTH - UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY (BASED IN BERKELEY AND/OR SACRAMENTO)

CWH Program Summary
The Atkins Center for Weight and Health (CWH) at the University of California, Berkeley is seeking a Team Director, Project Manager/Team Lead, and Technical Knowledge Expert (3 positions) to join and contribute to the development and excellence of our Obesity Prevention Evaluation Research Unit which will conduct evaluation research to inform and improve programs and policies relating to nutrition and physical activity behaviors of low income populations in California. The focus will be the evaluation and tracking of the process, impacts and obesity related outcome measures of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-ED) interventions on the population who are eligible to participate in this program. This work will be done in collaboration with the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) at the California Department of Public Health.

Center Overview:
The Center for Weight and Health was founded in 1999 and is jointly administered by the College of Natural Resources and the School of Public Health. CWH is a national leader in research to develop and evaluate programs in the fields of obesity, healthful eating and active living. The Center works with community groups, government agencies, health organizations, research institutes, and private and nonprofit groups on randomized controlled community trials, longitudinal observational studies, evaluation, and formative research, and provides technical assistance. It leads interdisciplinary teams to evaluate large multi-site multi-component projects and school and community initiatives designed to prevent childhood obesity and promote health. The Center has a collegial team- oriented culture with a stimulating and supportive environment to build new areas of evaluation research.

Positions:
The following positions work in collaboration with the Director of CWH and the Research and Evaluation Section (RES) Chief, NEOPB and California Department of Public Health. Positions are on the Academic Project Scientist track.

Team Director, Obesity Prevention Evaluation and Research Unit - This position sets scientific direction and coordinates evaluation research activities and supporting IRB protocols, oversees data systems, analysis, and reports. Works directly with the CWH Director and RES Chief on research and evaluation project tasks and deliverables and provides ongoing and regularly scheduled status reports. Develops and oversees the implementation and quality monitoring of data collection protocols, data collection procedures and analyses. Oversees preparation and implementation of Annual Evaluation Plan and Final Report to USDA. Prepares funding proposals as needed for research and evaluation projects. Oversees the preparation of manuscripts for publication in scientific journals and presentations at California-based scientific and intervention planning meetings. Supervises and conducts performance reviews of project evaluators. Works closely with research and evaluation team members to meet deadlines and ensure deliverables are completed in a timely and accurate fashion. Maintains administrative records as required. This full-time position is based in Berkeley.

Project Manager and Team Lead, Obesity Prevention Evaluation and Research Unit - This position provides oversight and coordinates the work of the Sacramento-based evaluation team on evaluation studies and surveys. Works directly with the CWH Team Director and RES Chief on research and evaluation project tasks and deliverables and provides ongoing and regularly scheduled status reports. Monitors local evaluations to ensure coverage of essential components of evaluation of programs and policies RE-AIM (includes reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, maintenance); tracks and fosters the use of evidence-based Policy, System, and Environmental (PSE) intervention strategies by Local Health Departments (LHDs). Analyzes and interprets findings, drafts reports and articles for publication. Works closely with research and evaluation team members to meet deadlines and ensure deliverables are completed in a timely and accurate fashion. Maintains administrative records as required. This full- time position is based in Sacramento.

Technical Knowledge Expert, Obesity Prevention Evaluation and Research Unit - This position assists the CWH Team Director and other evaluation staff in overseeing and conducting literature reviews of nutrition and physical activity related program and policy evaluations and related topics, providing technical assistance in the areas of dietary assessment methods, obesity prevention and promotion of health related to diet and physical activity. This person will develop multi-year and annually updated research and evaluation plans and report designs; conduct data needs assessments for USDA evaluation plan; assist with writing and reviewing annual report to USDA and revisions to annual Obesity report; and develop and submit manuscripts for publication in peer-review journals on new and timely finding s that inform the field. This position also routinely reports updates on seminal published and grey literature relevant to obesity prevention interventions, drafts literature reviews for manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals and confirms accuracy and correct use of data and interpretation for reports, policy briefs, legislative briefings, and other communications. This is a 50% time position based in Berkeley.

Appointment: The targeted start date for this position is November 1, 2014. The initial appointment is for one year, with renewal based on performance and funding availability.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary range is $90,200 - $115,200/ full-time rate annually, depending on prior experience and qualifications.

Generous benefits are included http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

Criminal Background Check:
This position has been designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

The University is committed to supporting employees as they balance work and family.

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Job Responsibility:  See job description.

Job Requirement:  Basic Qualifications:
Candidates must have PhD or equivalent in epidemiology, nutritional epidemiology or obesity-related public health preventive research, or related field by the application date. Minimum of 5 years of experience in designing and conducting research, surveillance, and evaluations of community interventions.

Additional Qualifications:
Demonstrated skills in epidemiological, evaluation research methods. And demonstrated expertise in public health/obesity prevention research and evaluation.
Extensive experience in managing a research unit (preferably public health program evaluation research)

Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated ability to problem solve, meet deadlines and produce deliverables, adapt to changing situations on multi-faceted projects. Demonstrated skills in collaboration and negotiation with a wide variety of people, positions, and organizations.

Excellent skills and experience in written and oral communications for translating research findings for academic, professional and policy makers, and intervention teams; familiarity with federal food assistance programs. Demonstrated first author on peer-reviewed publications.

Contact:  To Apply:
Visit http://apptrkr.com/520499

Interested individuals must include a 1-2 page cover letter, along with a current CV and the names and contact information of three to five referees. Please indicate in the cover letter which position(s) you are applying. The position is open until filled. The initial review date for application is October 3, 2014. To receive full consideration please apply by this date. However, the position will remain open until November 3, 2014. Questions regarding this recruitment can be directed to Lauren Goldstein at .

Letters of reference may be requested from finalists. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

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University of California, Berkeley

Specialist - Center for Weight and Health
Closing Date:  November 25, 2014

Job Description:  RESEARCH POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN NUTRITION/PUBLIC HEALTH - UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY (BASED IN BERKELEY AND/OR SACRAMENTO)

CWH Program Summary
The Atkins Center for Weight and Health (CWH) at the University of California, Berkeley is seeking Research Specialists (7 positions) to join and contribute to the development and excellence of our Obesity Prevention Evaluation Research Unit which will conduct evaluation research to inform and improve programs and policies relating to nutrition and physical activity behaviors of low income populations in California. The focus will be the evaluation and tracking of the process, impacts and obesity related outcome measures of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-ED) interventions on the population who are eligible to participate in this program. This work will be done in collaboration with the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) at the California Department of Public Health. These individuals will report to the CWH Team Director and work in close collaboration with the NEOPB Research and Evaluation Section (RES) Chief.

Center Overview:
The Center for Weight and Health was founded in 1999 and is jointly administered by the College of Natural Resources and the School of Public Health. CWH is a national leader in research to develop and evaluate programs in the fields of obesity, healthful eating and active living. The Center works with community groups, government agencies, health organizations, research institutes, and private and nonprofit groups on randomized controlled community trials, longitudinal observational studies, evaluation, and formative research, and provides technical assistance. It leads interdisciplinary teams to evaluate large multi-site multi-component projects and school and community initiatives designed to prevent childhood obesity and promote health. The Center has a collegial team- oriented culture with a stimulating and supportive environment to build new areas of evaluation research.

Positions:
The following positions are on the Academic Specialist track

Behavioral Surveillance Specialists - (2 positions) These positions will lead the research and evaluation effort for data collection, analyses, and report writing related to the state-wide adult, child and teen surveillance of trends in nutrition and physical activity behaviors of low income populations who have participated in, or are eligible to participate in SNAP-ED community programs to reduce the prevalence of obesity in California. Positions are based in Berkeley.

CX3 Specialist - This position will lead the evaluation research effort on impacts of SNAP ED programs and policies on the food environment and the physical activity environment at the neighborhood and community levels CX3 (Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention) is the current assessment tool being used. This position is based in Sacramento.

Research Specialists - (4 positions) These positions will work on one or more of the following information systems currently used by CDPH: Positions are based in Sacramento.
1) LHD Comprehensive Evaluation Specialist: Serves as project manager for quantitative and qualitative Local Health Department (LHD) evaluations. Liaison with CDPH subcontractors administering structured interview in LHDs Updates annual county profiles;
2) EARS Specialist: Monitors and tracks the types, locations, populations served by SNAP Ed interventions through the Education and Administrative Reporting System (EARS);
3) IOE Specialists (2 positions): Impact/Outcome Evaluation (IOE). Provides/oversees technical assistance to LHDs on program planning, evaluation design, measures, collection of data, reporting and working with local health departments to use evaluation results to inform future activities.

Appointment: The targeted start date for this position is November 1, 2014. The initial appointment is for one year, with renewal based on performance and funding availability. Positions are full time appointments.

Salary and Benefits:
Specialist Salary range is $67,656 - $83,184/annually, depending on prior experience and qualifications.

Generous benefits are included http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

Criminal Background Check:
This position has been designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

The University is committed to supporting employees as they balance work and family.

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Job Responsibility:  
  • Assist local health departments in collecting data and other measures as needed for reporting on intervention strategies
  • Oversee technical assistance to local health departments
  • Assess and develop tools appropriate to neighborhood assessment related to nutrition, physical activity and health in communities
  • Assist in identifying evaluation instruments and methods for pilot projects
  • Write and renew IRB protocols as needed
  • Develop training material for NEOPB staff and local health departments
  • Provide training on reporting systems to NEOPB staff and local health departments
  • Analyze and interpret findings in collaboration with statistician and Team Director
  • Outline data tables, graphs and presentation of all key results
  • Oversee and monitor quality of data collection to ensure adherence to protocol
  • Maintain administrative records as required
  • Write reports and publications, and other communications for key stakeholders (USDA, LHDs, intervention planners, advocates, professional audiences and academics)
  • Work closely with research and evaluation team members to meet deadlines and ensure deliverables are completed in a timely and accurate fashion


Job Requirement:  Basic Qualifications:
Candidate must have a MPH/MA/MS or equivalent in epidemiology, nutrition epidemiology, or public health research/evaluation or related field by time of application. Minimum of 3 years of experience in research and program evaluation research and methodology.

Additional Qualifications:
Demonstrated knowledge in the field(s) of food/nutrition, physical activity, or community health. Demonstrated skill in conducting research, program and policy evaluation, and/or surveillance of dietary behavior, and/or physical activity, environmental and policy influences, with an emphasis on food/nutrition, policies, environmental assessment, and community health. Experience in quantitative and qualitative research. Familiarity with one or more of the following: Education and Administrative Reporting System (EARS); Impact/Outcome Evaluation (IOE).

Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated ability to problem solve, meet deadlines and deliverables, adapt to changing situations on multi-faceted projects. Demonstrated skills in collaboration and negotiation among a wide variety of people.

Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communications. Familiarity with federal food assistance programs.

Demonstrated skills and experience in survey administration, including computer assisted telephone interview systems. Computer skills including fluency with Microsoft Office Suite, experience with data analysis packages (such as SAS, STATA).

Contact:  To Apply:
Visit http://apptrkr.com/520500

Interested individuals must include a 1-2 page cover, along with a current CV and the names and contact information of three referees. Please indicate in the cover letter which position(s) you are applying. The position is open until filled. The initial review date for applications is October 3, 2014. To receive full consideration please apply by this date. However, the position will remain open until November 3, 2014. Questions regarding this recruitment can be directed to Lauren Goldstein at .

Letters of reference may be requested from finalists. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

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