Sr Professional Research Assistant

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Aurora, COLORADO
Job Type: FullTime

Sr Professional Research Assistant - 26081 
Research Faculty 


Colorado School of Public Health - Department of Community and Behavioral Health
Senior Professional Research Assistant - Patient Navigator Program Manager
Position #00797388 – Requisition #26081
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The University of Colorado l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds. 
Nature of Work
The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) has an opening for a part-time (0.50) FTE at the rank of Senior Professional Research Assistant (Sr. PRA) in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health (CBH). The incumbent will be responsible for assisting with implementing grant-supported programs to increase cancer screening rates and reduce health disparities through use of patient navigation. The Sr. PRA will work with the Program Director and other program personnel to implement evidence-based interventions to increase cancer screening rates for colorectal cancer, lung cancer, and hereditary cancers at safety net clinic settings and their service partners across Colorado and nationally. This position will provide technical assistance to primary care clinics, patient navigators, and other community-based groups in intervention implementation and patient education; assist with training of patient navigators, providers, and other clinic personnel; and ensure clinics and patient navigators meet project requirements. The position requires expertise in health systems transformation, health promotion, and clinic quality improvement. Strong written and oral communication skills with individuals in a variety of roles are key to the position. This position frequently intersects with clinic staff and leadership, public health experts, and other partners at the local and national level such as the American Cancer Society, Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center, Colorado Cancer Coalition, etc.
The Colorado School of Public Health is a collaborative endeavor involving the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz), Colorado State University (CSU), and the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). The Colorado School of Public Health is the first and only accredited school of public health in the Rocky Mountain Region, attracting top tier faculty and students from across the country, and providing vital contributions towards ensuring our region’s health and wellbeing. Collaboratively formed in 2008 by CU Denver, CSU and UNC, the Colorado School of Public Health provides training, innovative research and community service to actively address public health issues including chronic disease, access to healthcare, environmental threats, emerging infectious diseases, and costly injuries.
The ColoradoSPH strives to promote diversity and equity and to be a model of inclusive excellence.  We are committed to enhancing diversity among our faculty and strongly encourages individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. 
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado, the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region and one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. Currently home to 25,000 employees, more than 5,000 degree-seeking students and two nationally recognized hospitals that handle 1.7 million patient visits each year, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future, carries out a broad range of research, and cares for the state’s children, adults, and veterans. CU Anschutz features schools of medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine and public health, a college of nursing and a graduate school.
CU Anschutz has many opportunities for collaboration across the health sciences, with multidisciplinary centers for prevention research, Latino research and policy, cancer, outcomes research, and American Indian/Alaska Native health, among others. CU Anschutz is located in Aurora, Colorado, a community that is racially/ethnically and socio-economically diverse. 
Supervision Received
This position will be supervised by Andrea (Andi) Dwyer, Director of the Colorado Cancer Screening Program.
Supervision Exercised
This position may serve as supervisor of graduate student workers and/or permanent staff.
Examples of Work Performed

  • Provide technical assistance to safety net clinic system teams for implementation of evidence-based strategies to increase rates of colorectal cancer screening, lung cancer screening, and hereditary cancer risk assessment.

  • Collaborate with other public health practitioners and subject matter experts to develop and deliver trainings for patient navigators and other clinic personnel

  • Develop patient and clinic-facing educational materials and health promotion resources for use by patient navigators, safety net clinics, and other community partners

  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings across several teams and agencies

  • Assist in the development and implementation of quantitative and qualitative evaluation strategies, data collection instruments, and analysis. 

  • Generate and disseminate written and oral products such as reports, visual presentations, literature reviews, manuscripts, and grant applications

  • Assist with program administrative activities, including workplan development, budget monitoring, and strategic planning

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
To be successful in this position, candidates will need the following:

  • Ability to conduct community-engaged public health practice in healthcare settings

  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with ability to communicate appropriately with diverse audiences

  • Ability to work both independently and as a part of teams

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Strong analytic and problem-solving skills

Salary and Benefits
The salary / salary range for this position has been established at $65,000 to $70,000 (1.0 FTE).

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range ) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence
The ColoradoSPH aims to build a diverse and representative academic community that recognizes the importance of social, economic, health, and environmental justice. We strive to promote equity, diversity, and to be a model of inclusive excellence.  As a tri-campus partnership, ColoradoSPH stands with academic, practice, and community partners nationwide to condemn racism, injustice, and inequity.
Please click here to learn more about our equity, diversity, and inclusion commitment statement and plan to dismantle structural racism: .

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at ​.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community, and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Click the following links to learn more about resources and community engagement opportunities at CU Anschutz through the following networks:

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Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Health Promotion, or related field

  • At least 3 years of experience working in public health practice

  • At least 1 year of experience with health promotion

  • Demonstrated professional report-writing experience

  • Demonstrated quantitative and qualitative evaluation expertise

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.
Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be willing and able to participate in occasional weekend and off-hour activities. Some overnight travel may also be required.

  • Must have the ability to lift up to 25-pound boxes

  • Must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation with the ability to travel statewide

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2 or more years of experience with cancer screening, health systems, and patient navigation

  • Prior publication of manuscripts, technical reports, and/or presentations of research

  • Proficiency in quantitative analytic software (e.g., Qualtrics, SAS, SPSS, Stata, R). 

  • Proficiency in qualitative analytic software (e.g. nVivo, Atlas.TI, NUD*IST). 

  • Bilingual and/or bicultural

  • Familiarity with EMR and claims databases, and possible uses and limitations to data from these sources

  • Proficient user of MS-Office applications 
Special Instructions to Applicants: Questions should be directed to Elsa Weltzien at Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Refer to requisition number: 26081.     Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References Application Materials Instructions: Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. List of five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references) Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process. Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.   
Job Category
: Faculty 
Primary Location
: Aurora 
Department: U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - 21424 - CSPH-CBH General Ops 
: Full-time 
Posting Date
: May 19, 2022 
Unposting Date
: May 25, 2022, 1:59:00 AM 
Posting Contact Name: Elsa Weltzien 
Posting Contact Email: 
Position Number: 00797388
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