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Director of Adolescent Surveillance and Evaluation Full-time

at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio (Published at 11-01-2019)


The mission of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) is to foster partnerships within urban neighborhoods to develop, test, and disseminate effective strategies to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic disease utilizing a community-participatory approach.

The Director of Adolescent Surveillance and Evaluation will serve as the staff lead for the Surveillance and Evaluation Research Pillar of the PRCHN. Working with a high degree of independence, oversee all of the day-to-day aspects of all PRCHN Adolescent Surveillance and Evaluation projects (local, regional, and state-wide). This includes serving as the primary point of contact for all schools and health departments; leading the development of proposals to sustain and expand the reach of the work; providing oversight and direction of all contracts and data collection plans for participating schools; organizing all research meetings; overseeing data management and analyses; overseeing report, data brief, and infographic development and dissemination activities; staff and student intern supervision, facilitate the convening of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Community Advisory Committee, and representing the PRCHN within the community.

The Director of Adolescent Surveillance and Evaluation will also serve as the PRCHN Community Engagement Core Manager for the Network of Community Advisors (NOCA), working with NOCA (primarily the 10-14-member Steering Committee) and the PRCHN Director on NOCA goals, training, community outreach and engagement. The Director of Adolescent Surveillance and Evaluation will serve as the Community Partner Liaison; represent the PRCHN Community Engagement Core with the CDC PRC Network; coordinate meetings; provide overall guidance to NOCA; assist NOCA leadership in the development of by-laws and governance documents; develop, conduct and analyze surveys; and maintain NOCA records.


  • Lead the Adolescent Surveillance and Evaluation Team. Develop and manage the implementation of surveillance and evaluation projects, such as, but not limited to, county-wide data collection using the Youth Risk Behavior Survey including recruitment of eligible schools and/or participants, planning for survey administration, survey design, administration of survey in selected settings, and coordinating these efforts with evaluation projects that incorporate YRBS into their evaluation plans, working closely with the principal investigators and the programmatic partners. Manage major activities of the projects, including IRB preparation and facilitation. Apply project management principles to organize tasks, coordinate data collection efforts, schedule and monitor project resources (financial, equipment, and staff), and ensure project deadlines, including submission of interim and final financial and program reports, and goals are met effectively and efficiently. 30%
  • Serve as Community Engagement Manager for the PRCHN and Network of Community Advisors. Work closely with NOCA and PRCHN Leadership to provide staff and material support in achieving NOCA goals, including community partner training, and community outreach and engagement. Develop materials and training plans, coordinate and attend meetings, maintain records, and perform as required to support NOCA functioning. Serve as liaison between NOCA and PRCHN leadership and the Centers for Disease Control Prevention Research Program. 25%
  • Develop long-term funding plans to ensure the sustainability of the YRBS (local, regional, and state) as the only source of adolescent health and risk data available for the county. This includes, but is not limited to, identification and pursuit of all funding opportunities, grant writing, cultivation of relationships with funders and the University Development Offices, and presentation of project needs and impact to funders and community. 10%
  • Identify and cultivate relationships at the local and state level to ensure successful implementation and completion of the projects. This includes active data collection as well as representing the projects and the PRCHN at meetings with community partners and students. Serve as point-of-contact with schools and partners, providing input and recommendations to the principal investigators regarding project opportunities and/or significant developments in any ongoing projects. With the faculty lead, develop the capacity and function of the Adolescent Surveillance and Evaluation Team to successfully complete all phases of the surveillance and evaluation timelines in keeping with contractual agreements and scopes of work. 10%
  • Lead the development and dissemination of research products, including data briefs and infographics. Co-author research papers, grant applications, project reports, and policy briefs. Work with communications specialist to update project/program information on website, in marketing, communication, and dissemination materials for internal and external audiences, and provide project updates and descriptions as needed for university or NOCA. Disseminate and present findings at national conferences and to local and state agencies, community partners, and university centers. 10%
  • Supervise all administrative duties consistent with managing multiple staff employees including the Community and Evaluation Project Coordinator, the Community Surveillance and Evaluation project coordinator(s), the Surveillance and Evaluation Specialist, student interns, Kelly Services employees hired for evaluation/surveillance projects including the Communications Research Assistant, and volunteers involved with the research projects in various capacities. Oversee staff hiring and performance reviews, develop job descriptions, develop projections of staffing needs, interview and assist leadership to ensure salaries and increases are equitable. Prepare performance reviews and schedule review meetings, working with deputy director to ensure policies and procedures are followed uniformly. Oversee staff and intern time reporting and approve time for all staff and students. Gather required metrics and statistics used for CDC reporting, including PRCHN marketing materials. Oversee progress reports and track performance milestones across the various individual projects, ensuring project deliverables are met. Maintain tracking spreadsheets or other required reporting documentation on a regular basis. Provide reports on projects and metrics to deputy director quarterly. 10%
  • Maintain Adolescent Surveillance and Evaluation overall budget including individual project budgets, track expenses, develop and provide fiscal reports and projections to the PI, and ensure compliance with CDC and university guidelines. Reconcile expenses on a monthly basis with the department administrator. 5%


  • Participate in scheduled management meetings with faculty principal investigators and/or deputy director, as well as all PRCHN staff meetings and activities. (
  • Perform other duties as assigned. (


Department: Regular contact with department and with PRCHN leadership, faculty, and staff.

University: Regular contact with university faculty and staff.

External: Continuous contact with multiple community partners, local and state health departments, school district officials, etc. across a spectrum of leadership and involvement with NOCA and Adolescent Surveillance projects, particularly ODH and CMSD schools. Frequent contact with community leaders engaged with the programmatic components of the program.

Students: Continuous contact with graduate students, student workers, volunteers, and PRCHN Interns.


Direct supervisory responsibility for the Adolescent Surveillance and Evaluation team, including the data coordinator, surveillance coordinator(s), evaluation coordinator(s), field data collection staff including volunteers, and student workers/interns involved with the project.


Experience: Minimum of 5 years of research experience and progressively responsible large project management experience, particularly in a public health research setting with at least 3 years of collaborative, cross-sector leadership experience. Must have demonstrated experience in: successful project management, supervision of multiple full-time staff and interns/volunteers; program evaluation and background in community-based evaluation methods including quantitative and qualitative/ethnographic data collection, working with low-income populations, implementing interventions in the community, grant writing, budgeting, problem solving and critical thinking.

Education/Licensing: Master?s degree required. Degree in public health preferred.


  • Strong research expertise and experience, particularly around surveillance, data collection, program evaluation and dissemination of results.
  • Project management skills, including management of large budgets, directing strategic planning, managing staff members and leading large collaborative groups made up of leaders from key stakeholder institutions such as a health system.
  • Project management skills, including management of large budgets, directing strategic planning, managing staff members and leading large collaborative groups made up of leaders from key stakeholder groups such as school districts, non-profits, academics.
  • Strong organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills, and proven ability to successfully follow-through on assigned projects.
  • Quantitative and qualitative research knowledge.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated individual.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision to complete tasks.
  • Capacity to facilitate institutional review board applications.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with organizational and interpersonal skills specific to the design and implementation of community-based research projects involving a team approach.
  • Ability to maintain a heightened level of confidentiality.
  • Strong, professional and effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work and communicate with various individuals from a broad spectrum of disciplines, technical and educational backgrounds within the department, school and university, and with individuals outside the university.
  • Basic analytical skills.
  • Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel.
  • Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.
  • Ability to meet consistent attendance.
  • Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.


There are no special health or safety hazards, environmental conditions or hazardous equipment or supplies. Must have reliable form of transportation in order to travel to community sites throughout the project. Must be able to attend and conduct meetings with partners throughout the city and state. Some evenings, weekends, and out-of-town travel might be required.

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