Institution (Location)
Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Position Description

Job Description

The Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at Dallas seeks a highly experienced Research Specialist IV to work in close collaboration and coordination with the Healthy Living research team, whose work focuses on addressing health disparities and promoting health equity through clinical and community-engaged randomized controlled trials as well as dissemination and implementation research and related projects. This Research Specialist IV will take a lead role in facilitating clinical trial recruitment strategies and implementation including the development of recruitment and marketing strategies, tools and materials for department research initiatives. 

The Research Specialist IV will contribute to achieving the goals of the Healthy Living program and projects that are focused on health equity and health disparities; food access, food systems, food insecurity, and dietary patterns and behaviors; physical activity behaviors and intervention development; policy system and environmental change; citizen science and community-engaged research; and mHealth technologies for monitoring, assessment, and intervention implementation.

Texas A&M AgriLife is a diverse organization that supports healthy living for all Texans, through the research of targeted agricultural practices that yield nutritious food sources, outreach programs that train community members on growing their own food, and preservation of natural resources via eco-friendly means, all while following practices that lead to a stronger Texas economy. Overseen by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and Dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife includes the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Forest Service, and Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Center at Dallas houses scientific research, public outreach, and education programs. The Center is a regional hub for all Texas A&M AgriLife activity. It is one of 13 AgriLife Centers across the state – each focusing on issues specific to their region. Initiatives at Dallas hinge on healthy living, urban agriculture and forestry, and water and land resource management. Healthy Living programs at the Center, led by Dr. Rebecca Seguin-Fowler, implement, evaluate, and disseminate scientific solutions, applicable to all Texans, for improved public health. We aim to understand the means of building communities around healthy living and about facilitating the delivery of current, accurate, evidence-based programs, guidelines, and information that supports healthier living for Texans.  A state-of-the-art building for healthy living initiatives is being designed at the Dallas campus and will open in 2022.

The Research Specialist IV will contribute to achieving the goals of the Texas A&M AgriLife Center at Dallas through supporting Healthy Living research studies and projects that are focused on health equity and health disparities; food access, food systems, food insecurity, and dietary patterns and behaviors; physical activity behaviors and intervention development; policy system and environmental change; citizen science and community engaged research; and mHealth technologies for monitoring, assessment, and intervention implementation.

Responsibilities  

Primary responsibilities will include playing an active role in developing, implementing, monitoring and refining recruitment strategies for research related to implementation and delivery of clinical trials and community-engaged health interventions; developing digital and print marketing and communications materials; and managing social media platforms content and strategy.

Additional responsibilities include:  

  • Ensure that all recruitment strategies meet institutional, sponsor and research branding and compliance guidelines.
  • Develop brand identities for new projects, while maintaining consistency of branding across projects and channels.  
  • Image editing, including photo manipulation, cropping and color correction.
  • Create engaging print designs for brochures, fliers, invitations, direct mail and more.
  • Create digital designs for web pages, emails, social media, online advertising, etc.
  • Develop illustrations and infographics for inclusion in proposals, manuscripts, reports, and presentations.
  • Design and clean PowerPoint slides for presentations.
  • Work with vendors to obtain quotes and to ensure quality, timely and on-budget print production.
Candidate’s Qualifications (who should apply)

Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field (e.g., public health, medicine, clinical research, communications, marketing or graphics design, and other related education and experience that enables the candidate to achieve job expectations).
  • Appropriate research background, including experience with clinical trials and/or community-engaged research and evaluation projects, especially related to participant recruitment and communication.
  • Strong software and computer skills, including mastery of Adobe Creative Suite programs such as InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, proficiency with Acrobat, Canva and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience designing e-communication materials and producing social media content.
  • Experience working with vendors to manage print material production and distribution.
  • Fluent in Spanish and English, verbal and written.

 

Preferred Education/Experience

  • Master’s Degree in related field (e.g., public health, nutrition, clinical research, communications, marketing or graphics design, and other related education and experience that enables the candidate to achieve job expectations).
  • Experience supporting and delivering interventions and related research studies in the following areas: underserved populations; minority and urban health; food systems; community-based health behavior interventions; and/or the integration of technology into community outreach and research.
  • Experience working with diverse individuals and communities.
  • Experience with website development, including website building and content management (WordPress, Wix, Weebly).
  • Experience with video production, including creating content and editing.
  • Capacity to create animations in Premier or After Effects.

 

Skills/Traits

  • Ability to take initiative, work independently and manage priorities and tasks as assigned.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Desire and ability to work collaboratively and help maintain a fun and supportive team environment that is focused on advancing our work to effectively address health disparities for underserved populations.
  • Willingness to listen to feedback from others and find the best ways to incorporate their input
  • Flexibility to deal with unanticipated projects that have tight turnaround times by adjusting schedules for other projects and clearly communicating those changes to teammates
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Professional demeanor.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the mission and role of the Land Grant University System, including community-campus partnership and the Extension system.
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