Posting: Research Assistant - Wayne State University College of Social Work

October 19, 2022

The Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ) is seeking a part-time Research Assistant/Project Coordinator to support its juvenile justice and related initiatives. The Project Coordinator will work closely with external partners and CBHJ team members to ensure successful program implementation and evaluation. The ideal candidate thrives in a dynamic environment, enjoys navigating systems, and is a natural at building relationships. Knowledge of criminal/legal and behavioral health systems, the juvenile justice system and a passion for programming that supports justice-involved individuals is preferred.

Essential Functions (Job Duties):
Serve as primary liaison within counties and maintain positive collaborative relationships among all involved partners and systems including law enforcement, jails, courts, dispatch, community mental health, emergency medical services, behavioral health providers, etc.

  • Implement evaluation design and data collection methods as defined by PI, Directors, and/or Project Manager including management of data collection processes, process mapping, identification of data points, collection methods, and entry.
  • Apply critical thinking in completing tasks such as needs assessments, assisting stakeholders in determining the best programs and interventions for their region, and developing implementation plans.
  • Work with partners to establish formal meeting schedule, determine attendees, and revise as needed; facilitate meetings, using innovative techniques for maximum participation.
  • Work closely with Project Manager and other Project Coordinators to ensure efficiency in performing duties and fidelity of processes and practices across counties.
  • Coordinate and balance goals and objectives of project with needs, abilities, and priorities of community partners.
  • Work with PI, Directors, Data Teams, and/or Project Manager to report findings to community partners and assist in interpreting data and determining next steps.
  • Provide support in writing reports and manuscripts, developing presentations, and creating other materials as needed.

Must have transportation for meetings with communities across the state.
Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree or Master of Social Work or Master's degree in related field including Public Health or Criminal Justice preferred.
  • Experience working in behavioral health and/or criminal/legal systems; preferred experience or knowledge of behavioral health crisis response teams and/or law enforcement agencies
  • Experience interfacing with project partners including courts and county government, behavioral health, substance use, criminal/legal, juvenile detention and/or residential facilities, probation/parole, and/or law enforcement agencies.
  • Experience implementing new programs or interventions preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, problem-solving, and inter-personal skills.
  • Ability to conceptualize and map processes within a system or agency to illustrate the flow of information or services and identify data collection points.
  • Ability to synthesize and apply data to outcomes tracking and results interpretation
  • Self-motivated; ability to work remotely and independently.
  • Proficiency with Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Dropbox. 


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