Position Announcement: Director of Health Equity and Assessment Research



The Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) is an applied public health research center dedicated to improving the health of Chicago’s urban communities and eliminating health inequities. With a committed and diverse team that includes social epidemiologists, community health workers, research specialists, community engagement specialists/managers, evaluators, interventionists, and administrators, the Institute examines health inequities at a hyper local level, partnering with communities to contextualize findings and to co-develop effective  behavioral, social, and disease management interventions to address inequities.


We are seeking a Director of Health Equity and Assessment Research (HEAR) to work under the supervision of the President of SUHI. The HEAR Director will function as an Epidemiologist III, with all of the responsibilities of that job title, including project management, grant writing/reporting, data analysis, publication in peer-reviewed journals, and presentation of research findings to local and national audiences. The HEAR Director will have leadership and supervisory duties including budget oversight and management, allocating and monitoring staffing across projects, team building/management, professional development of staff, relationship management,  and responsibility for securing grant funds for the HEAR strategy.


Specific responsibilities may include:

Overseeing, directing, and advising project staff in research design, data collection strategies, analyses, and related methodologies.
Guiding HEAR’s research infrastructure and development (e.g., data resources, IRB maintenance, partnerships, staff development, and grant writing).
Leading dissemination of findings utilizing various mechanisms appropriate for different audiences (e.g. communities, funders, health care providers, public health, academic, etc.) such as webinars, community forums, conference abstracts/presentations, and publications in professional journals.
Pursuing funding aligned to SUHI’s priorities and building on the research interests and capabilities of SUHI staff and research collaborators.
Leading grant-writing efforts and mentoring HEAR staff in securing funding for priority initiatives.
Mentoring HEAR/SUHI staff on research design, evaluation, population health, epidemiology, and professional development.
Developing, improving, and overseeing HEAR operations (e.g., work plan, employee allocations, reporting, deliverables, and cost center oversight).
Managing strategy finances, including tracking expenses and reporting them to SUHI leaders and funders.
The successful applicant will have the following qualifications:

A doctoral degree (will consider experienced, analytically-trained MPH or MS) with training and research experience in applied public health (including behavioral health, evaluation, epidemiology, biostatistics, population health, health policy). A minimum of five years of leadership and supervisory experience with progressive responsibilities in managing professional staff, initiating and leading impactful applied research.


The HEAR Director must demonstrate an ability to:
Lead and manage all HEAR research activities, project, and staff.
Initiate, lead, and conduct epidemiologic research and data analyses across a variety of application areas.
Manage and oversee research projects, advising research staff in data analysis, evaluation, and reporting. The HEAR Director must be able to lead the process of designing and implementing new projects.
Provide administrative leadership and detail-oriented task management including budgeting and staffing across multiple projects.
Secure a diverse portfolio of project funding.

The successful candidate must also demonstrate the following knowledge and skills:

Highly developed leadership skills
Ability to approach and summarize research with a variety of stakeholders in mind (e.g., academic, professional, and lay audiences)
Highly proficient knowledge and ability to lead others in the use of epidemiological and statistical methods to assess health-related data
Firm command of epidemiologic concepts needed to guide analyses and develop studies
Highly proficient use of statistical software such as SAS, STATA, or R
Ability to lead in the writing of articles and epidemiological reports for professional journals
Highly proficient skill in presenting epidemiological reports and data to large audiences
Highly proficient skill in creating and maintaining epidemiological database systems
Ability to lead in the search for grant opportunities and to lead in the grant writing process
Excellent oral and written communication skills
If interested, please apply online through www.Sinai.org/careers.  If you have specific questions about the position or SUHI, please contact Helen Margellos at suhi@sinai.org. We would like the candidate to start as soon as possible.



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