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Oregon Health & Science University NW Native American Ctr of Excellence Assistant (Sr. Research Asst) in Portland, Oregon

The Northwest Native American Center of Excellence (NNACoE) sits within the Department of Family Medicine at OHSU. The goal of NNACoE is to recruit, train, and retain American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students and faculty to diversify the health professions workforce toward promoting and providing high quality, safe, and accessible healthcare.

The OHSU Wy’east Post-Baccalaureate Pathway is a 10-month program that offers citizens of federally recognized tribes a pathway to improve their academic skills and be successful in the medical school admissions process. UC Davis School of Medicine and WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine will join Wy’east, under the RISE grant, with the three medical schools collectively admitting 18 students to the pathway. Students will receive conditional acceptance from the medical schools when they successfully complete Wy’east.

The Senior Research Assistant will primarily support the Wy’east Post-Baccalaureate Pathway and its expansion to WSU and UC Davis, under the direction of the Director and Program Coordinator of Wy’east. Additionally, they will play a critical role in other research and programmatic efforts for NNACoE under the direction of the NNACoE Program Manager. Responsibilities include:

  • Study support: Assist with tracking and managing all incoming applications, scheduling interviews and admissions meetings to support study aims. Assist with scholar onboarding. Coordinate advising meetings. Maintain and update Wy'east courses on OHSU's online learning platform.

  • Research and evaluation: assist with data collection and management for projects according to study timelines and goals. Contribute to preparation of manuscripts. Create posters and presenation slides on study findings, and graphs and tables from the data. Present at national meetings.

  • Event planning and execution: Support event planning and execution as needed across the NNACoE portfolion, including the Native American Health Seminar Series, Wy'east Interview Day and Orientation, and Applicant Workshop. Coordinate the care and maintenance schedule for the Indigenious Food Garden

  • Logistics support: Assist Director, Program Manager, and Program Coordinator with scheduling and schedule management as needed. Coordinate and schedule meetings, workshops, and events by creating agendas, preparing meeting materials, reserving rooms, printing/copying and taking meeting minutes. Participate in grant reporting efforts with the Program Manager.

  • Bachelor's Degree (4 yr) with major courses in field of research and 1 to 3 years of relevant experience

  • Knowledge and experience working with American Indian/Alaska Native organizations and/or communities

  • Proven ability to manage time effectively, especially with competing priorities

  • Demonstratable outstanding verbal and written communication skills while interacting with diverse stakeholders and in a variety of settings (University faculty, tribes and tribal organizations, youth, volunteers)

  • Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as in a team environment

  • Intermediate computer knowledge and skills using MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook)

  • Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented

  • Ability to respond quickly to time-sensitive tasks

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field, such as Education or STEM

  • Experience working in an academic health setting and/or American Indian/Alaska Native student services

  • Experience using survey development and data management program(s) and/or data visualization tools as well as citation management program(s)

  • Experience supporting high level leadership and/or experience in an academic setting

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter and CV or resume.

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or

Recruitment ID: 2020-6357

External Company URL: dturner

Street: Marquam Hill

Post End Date: 1/13/2021

Posting Pay: Starting Salary: $52,250

Posting FTE: 1.00

Posting Schedule: Monday - Friday

Posting Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm