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Community Engagement Coordinator

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) invites applications for the position of Community Engagement Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM MAR). We are looking for an energetic, creative, innovative and service-oriented individual interested in being part of a collaborative team that works together to improve access to and sharing of biomedical and health information resources, with an emphasis on resources produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Funded by NLM through a five-year (2016-2021) cooperative agreement, HSLS serves as the regional medical library headquarters for the Middle Atlantic Region, one of eight regions in the NNLM nationwide program.  NNLM MAR comprises Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  The NNLM mission is to ensure health professionals, researchers, the public health workforce, patients, families and the public have access to quality health information.  Since 2017, NLM has engaged in a three-year pilot program with the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program to stimulate and facilitate community engagement and participant support through NNLM.

The Community Engagement Coordinator will work with regional public libraries, community-based organizations and others to develop health information programs and activities based on community health needs. This position will work within NY, NJ, PA and DE and in collaboration with All of Us program partners, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and regional partners to develop, pilot, model, and evaluate All of Us community engagement activities, emphasizing outreach to underrepresented populations typically not included in research.

This position is one of a team of five coordinators reporting to the NNLM MAR Executive Director.  Outreach responsibilities will be primarily overseen by the NNLM MAR Health Programming Coordinator who administers outreach to public libraries and other partners working on All of Us community engagement.

The position involves substantial travel (20-25%) to target areas and national meetings.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Maintains advanced knowledge of National Library of Medicine and All of Us resources relevant to public libraries and community partners
  • Builds and maintains connections with a network of diverse partners that represent targeted communities and identifies health information gaps
  • Provides health information outreach and creates innovative health information programs with an emphasis on National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health information resources
  • Participates in national program coordination to develop effective, innovative, replicable approaches to meet the All of Us and health information needs of public libraries and surrounding communities
  • Contributes through webinars, presentations at professional association meetings, and professional service (e.g., serving on professional panels) surrounding the NNLM All of Us national program
  • Exhibits at national, regional and local conferences and meetings reaching public libraries and community partners
  • Provides funding consultation, evaluates funding applications, and manages multiple subawards to support public libraries and community organizations

Required qualifications

  • MLS from ALA-accredited institution, MPH, MSN, MS in Health Education, M.Ed. or equivalent advanced degree
  • Familiarity with NLM, NNLM and the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program
  • Demonstrated skills in oral and written communication, project management, problem-solving, and program evaluation
  • Experience in developing classes/presentations and teaching workshops and/or seminars
  • Flexibility and ability to manage competing priorities/projects
  • Willingness to travel; valid driver’s license at the time of employment
  • Proficiency in software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as Web-based applications for online education
  • Strong service orientation and ability to work effectively with colleagues and the public in a diverse, multi-cultural community

Preferred qualifications

  • Health information programming or community health education experience
  • Experience working in public libraries or with public library staff
  • Experience with All of Us Research Program or Clinical and Translational Science

Qualified candidates should submit applications via email document attachments to Michael Balkenhol, Health Programming Coordinator, at mab602@pitt.edu. Include cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin August 14th and will continue until the position is filled.

Position is a full-time, non-tenured faculty librarian. This position is currently funded through April 30, 2020 with the possibility of extension through April 30, 2021. Minimum starting salary: $4,500/month. A comprehensive benefits package includes excellent medical plans; TIAA/ Vanguard; and tuition assistance.

For more information about NNLM MAR, visit http://nnlm.gov/mar.

For more information about the NIH All of Us Research Program, visit https://joinallofus.org/nlm

For more information about The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System, visit www.hsls.pitt.edu/.

Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh (http://www.pitt.edu/) is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Today Pitt is an internationally recognized center of learning and research, strong in the arts and sciences and the professions. Pitt serves approximately 32,000 students, including more than 9,000 graduate students, in the 16 schools at the Pittsburgh campus and the four regional campuses. Pitt attracts, on average, more than $700 million in research funding every year. It is also one of the nation's top producers of Fulbright students and scholars for the 2017-18 academic year (according to the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), and is among only 16 institutions in the country to be named a top producer in both the Fulbright U.S. Student and Scholar programs. In 2018, for the second consecutive year, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings named Pitt as the best public university in the Northeastern United States.

The University of Pittsburgh is an EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled Employer. The University and HSLS are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage applications from candidates of all races, genders, ages, ethnicities, cultural heritage or nationalities; religious or political beliefs; sexual orientations or gender identities; and socioeconomic, veteran or ability status.

The City of Pittsburgh

The city of Pittsburgh is located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the United States, Pittsburgh is recognized for its natural beauty and unique blend of cultural, education, and technological resources. Additional information on the city of Pittsburgh can be found at: https://www.visitpittsburgh.com/

Region/Office: 
MAR
Contact: 
Michael Balkenhol
Salary: 
Minimum $4,500/month