Posting: Project manager

February 7, 2020


Project manager

Job Title:

Research Area Specialist Sr.

Job ID:

183452 FLSA



Work Location:

Ann Arbor Campus

Full/Part Time:



Health Behavior & Health Education



Organizational Group:

School Pub Health

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How to Apply

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. Applicants must include 3-5 professional references with their resumes.

Job Summary

The Community Action to Promote Healthy Environments (CAPHE) partnership is a community- based participatory research partnership that has been working to address environmental health concerns, especially air quality, in Detroit since 2014. This research-to-action partnership has identified pollutant sources and strategies to reduce pollutant exposures, and to mitigate their adverse effects, and is currently working to implement those strategies. CAPHE’s ultimate goal is to improve health outcomes and reduce inequitable health outcomes in Detroit. CAPHE uses a community-based participatory research approach in which community, academic, health service and environmental partners are involved in all phases of our research and action. The project is led by faculty in two departments in the School of Public Health, Health Behavior and Health Education, and Environmental Health Sciences.

The Community Engagement Core (CEC) is part of a larger P30 National Institute for Environmental Health Science (NIEHS)-funded center known as the Michigan Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Center. The overall goal of the M-LEEaD Center is to enhance the understanding of the role of environmental exposures in disease. To accomplish this goal, the CEC seeks to foster bi- directional interaction between the Center and community members and policy makers by assuring that Center researchers are aware of community priorities and translating and disseminating environmental health research (from both the Center researchers and from other researchers). This is a Term-Limited, Benefits-Eligible, Full-Time position (40 hours per week) for one year from hire date. The position is based in Ann Arbor and requires frequent travel to Detroit.

About the Department:

Driven by a shared passion for affecting lasting change, the faculty, students and staff of HBHE work in the pursuit of an equitable, healthy future for all. Turning theory and research

into actionable practice, we develop interventions and innovations that promote health, prevent disease, and empower people to manage chronic illness and disabilities. Together, our academic community transforms the theoretical into actionable, the science into the social, applying our knowledge to eliminate health disparities and impact lives for the better.


Responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Manage long range and daily activities for the Community Action to Promote Health Environments (CAPHE) Partnership and The Community Engagement Core for the Michigan Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease Center (M-LEEaD).
  • Coordinate communication among project staff, community partners, and the collaborating partnerships
  • Provide staff support to the Principal Investigators, Investigators and Steering Committee
  • Work with other members of the project team to translate research findings into dissemination materials (i.e. fact sheets, policy briefs, peer reviewed publications)
  • Coordinate community-based policy advocacy trainings together with other project staff
  • Organize community forums, legislative events and other translational activities
  • Work closely with designated staff at community-based organizations and other entities to promote adoption and implementation of community and policy recommendations
  • Prepare annual progress reports
  • Ensure compliance with study protocols, Institutional Review Board and grant requirements
  • Manage budget expenditures, travel arrangements and reimbursements
  • Supervise Research Assistants; and
  • Other duties as assigned/required

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in public health (e.g., environmental health science, health behavior and health education), social science or related field
  • 4-5 years of experience coordinating and managing community-based intervention and/or research projects
  • Established history of working with representatives from community-based organizations and academic settings, and the ability to act as a liaison between groups
  • Experience organizing and conducting training
  • Excellent skills in communications, organization and planning
  • Interpersonal and management skills necessary for interacting effectively with university and community partners
  • Experience working with diverse communities/ people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Interest in environmental health
  • Knowledge and skills working with research projects, including familiarity with qualitative and quantitative research methods of data collection and analysis
  • Experience with public speaking and presenting to groups
  • Able to work independently and as a team member
  • Experience supervising staff
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel
  • Possession of a valid Michigan driver’s license and/or access to an insured automobile, as frequent travel between Detroit and Ann Arbor will be necessary Desired Qualifications*
  • Knowledge of and experience working with Detroit-area communities
  • Interest in and knowledge regarding environmental health
  • Familiarity with community-based participatory research/community-based public health
  • Spanish language ability

Underfill Statement

This position may be filled at the intermediate or senior level, dependent on experience and qualifications of selected applicant. Salary range: Intermediate $52,821-65,249; Senior $67,520-$80,000 + benefits.

To be considered for the senior level applicants must have a master's degree in public health, social science or related field (e.g. environmental health science, health behavior and health education); 5 or more years related experience; demonstrated supervisory and financial management experience.

Additional Information

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

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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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

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