Employer: Boston Public Schools – Health and Wellness Department
POSITION OVERVIEW:The Survey Coordinator for the CDC grant-funded Empowering Teen Through Health program resides in the Office of Health and Wellness within the Academic Division of the Boston Public Schools, reporting to the Data & Evaluation Manager. The Office of Health and Wellness (OHW), leads the district’s efforts to address health inequities that interfere with academic success by increasing the quantity and improving the quality of health education, physical education, physical activity, and social-emotional learning in schools, improving staff wellness, and creating a healthier school environment in which the healthy choice is the easy choice. The Empowering Teens Through Health Program aims to reduce and prevent HIV/AIDs, STIs, and teen pregnancy through access to high-quality sexual health education, essential sexual health services, and safe and supportive school environments. A key component of the grant is the implementation of two national school-based surveillance tools: 1) the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) used to monitored critical health-related behaviors of middle and high school-aged youth and; 2) the School Health Profiles (Profiles), a system of school leader and teacher surveys assessing school health policies and practices. Results from the YRBS and Profiles provide critical public health data and are used in a variety of venues to develop and evaluate policy, to plan and improve youth-based health programs, and to determine existing health needs in order to develop effective intervention programs. The Survey Coordinator will assist the Data and Evaluation Manager with the administration of the High School and Middle School YRBS in Fall 2021 and the Profiles in Spring 2022, the analysis and dissemination of survey findings, and support the collection of grant evaluation data. This position will be responsible for supporting a range of survey development, administration, reporting, and data dissemination tasks. The primary roles and responsibilities will vary based on the project. RESPONSIBILITIES: Support data collection and survey administrationAssist with survey instrument developmentProgram and test web-based surveysCoordinate survey fielding activities, including weekly outreach and liaise with school contacts, management of survey schedules, assembly of materials, maintenance of survey tracking systems.Update and develop survey administration protocols, tools, and resourcesSupport the hiring and management of part-time, hourly data collectorsAdhere to and implement research protocols for national health surveysMonitoring and perform quality checks on incoming dataSupport data reporting and disseminationPerform data entry and conduct data management, cleaning, and preliminary analysesDevelop and document data cleaning protocolsPerform supplementary data analysis as directed by the Data and Evaluation ManagerCompile data for ease of access, use, and sharingCreate communication tools, such as tables, visuals, briefs, and interactive activitiesSupport the creation of final publications for widespread disseminationSupport the translation of the final publications into languages other than EnglishQUALIFICATIONS – REQUIRED:Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Health Sciences, Psychology or related field with experience in survey research methods and program evaluation 1 year of related work experienceInterest in adolescent health, school health and wellness, survey research, and/or program evaluation Strong background and understanding of survey research methods, program evaluation concepts, and instruments designProject management, research, and leadership experience; non-professional experiences also consideredProficiency with Excel spreadsheets and databasesFamiliarity with statistical software (SPSS, SAS, etc) and web-based survey research software (SurveyMonkey and Qualtrics)Highly organized, efficient, and able to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines without sacrificing quality or accuracy; Must be able to forecast project needs, while simultaneously meeting daily and weekly objectives.Professional demeanor and ability to interact with individuals at all levels of an organizationStrong writing and interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with an ability to think creatively, reflect, share knowledge, and adjust course.An understanding of the principles of equity at multiple levels (e.g., racial, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, health, ability) and the need for antiracist policies and practices in research and evaluation.Current authorization to work in the United StatesA deeply held and unyielding belief in the overarching mission of public education. An understanding of and commitment to gain greater understanding of what is necessary for an urban school system to enjoy continuous improvement in an increasingly complex and competitive environment. QUALIFICATIONS – PREFERRED:Masters of Public Health or similar degree with a concentration in survey methods, biostatistics, or epidemiology preferred.2-3 years of related work experienceDemonstrated experience in health-related research and evaluation, outcomes measurement, and biostatistics; educational research experience desirableAdvanced skills in excel spreadsheetsProficiency with statistical software (SPSS, SAS, etc) and web-based survey research software (SurveyMonkey and Qualtrics)Proven ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines concurrentlyFamiliarity with Boston and Boston Public SchoolsTERMS: Managerial, B21. City of Boston Residency is Required. One year, grant funded position.