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About the Department
The Legacy Project (within the Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination) seeks to increase knowledge about HIV clinical prevention and therapeutic research, cure research, scientific literacy, and consideration of participation in HIV/AIDS Clinical Research among the most disparately impacted communities in the United States. With a team of diverse, skilled, and devoted staff, the Legacy Project seeks to build trust and collaboration between HIV research institutions and marginalized communities most impacted by the US HIV epidemic. The Legacy Project works to cultivate and enhance partnerships and relationships among the National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks and research sites, research and academic institutions, governmental agencies, community-based organizations, and affiliates, while ensuring a commitment to capacity building for communities and populations most impacted by the HIV epidemic in the United States. The NIH HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks conduct therapeutic and prevention HIV clinical research globally.
HANC Legacy Community Engagement Officer - Project Coordinator
Legacy has developed a customized training curriculum to educate Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students and staff on the numerous methods available for the prevention of HIV – Be the Generation to End the AIDS Epidemic (BTG) HIV Prevention Research (HPR) Training Module. The HPR training module, a collaboration of the Legacy Project, FHI360, HIV Prevention Trials Network, HIV Vaccine Trials Network, and the Microbicides Trials Network, provides recent prevention research findings in a curriculum designed to increase scientific literacy of the communities most disproportionately impacted by HIV. The customized training curricula developed by Legacy for HBCUs includes HIV 101, HIV among African Americans, the science of combination HIV prevention, and HIV prevention research. The Legacy Project is working with the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) as a partner in the Building the HIV Workforce and Strengthening Engagement in Communities of Color (B-SEC) (HRSA-21-124) project. Legacy is currently working with the Human Rights Campaign and researchers in South and North Carolina to deliver the HPR curriculum (including training of trainers) and provide technical assistance to HBCUs participating in these trainings. Legacy recognizes that for such important resources to have their maximal impact on intended populations, input from key stakeholders in said populations are required to tailor these interventions to meet their specific needs.
The primary responsibility of the HANC Legacy Community Engagement Project Coordinator is to work in coordination with the BAI to engage Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) to integrate the National HIV Curriculum (NHC) and HPR module into course curriculum. In partnership with the BAI, engage HBCU course directors around expansion of HPR training module deliveries to wider HBCU student audiences. Support and ensure community engagement and collaborative integration of community engagement activities into the NIH-funded HIV clinical trials networks and related community mobilization efforts.
The Community Engagement Project Coordinator is expected to use initiative in carrying out responsibilities as defined by the HANC Legacy Project team in collaboration with representatives of the BAI and NIH-funded HIV clinical trials networks. The Community Engagement Project Coordinator will work to build relationships based on trust and increase awareness of traditionally underserved domestic populations and those populations most impacted by HIV in NIH-sponsored HIV therapeutic and prevention clinical trials. The community of primary focus will be HBCU faculty and students.
The responsibilities of the Community Engagement Project Coordinator include, but are not limited to:
- Develop campus-specific strategies to address the gap in knowledge about HIV acquisition and prevention on HBCU college campuses
- Discuss HIV prevention educational opportunities at HBCUs through academic and community-based partnerships
- Liaise with local NIH Clinical Research Sites
- Work with the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator on evaluation efforts
- Coordinate with members of the various Legacy Project Working groups to serve as advisors, review content and serve as subject matter experts
- Work directly with the Legacy Project’s New Investigators Working Group’s members to provide mentorship to HBCU students
- Work to coordinate internship opportunities at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for HBCU students to gain experience related to research and health disparities
- Work with BAI to submit the NHC and HPR curriculum for CME, CNE, SW, or ACPE accreditation
- Participate as part of the Legacy Project team in the design of a US domestic community engagement strategy and supports its implementation in consultation and collaboration across the NIH HIV/AIDS
- Clinical Trials Networks and supporting community organizations and representatives by phone, e-mail, and in-person at conferences and meetings
- Supports educational efforts and improvement strategies for increased community literacy regarding HIV, prevention and treatment knowledge and research through presentations, workshops, posters and other means at national and local meetings and conferences
- Engage community constituents in dialogue to learn about community needs and concerns, and to build community trust and support. Provides advice/feedback on community engagement to protocol teams and network leadership as needed
- Engage with members of the BAI, HPTN Black Caucus, and the Human Rights campaign around MSI engagement efforts
- Other responsibilities and duties as deemed necessary
- BA/BS degree in community education or related healthcare field, or related college coursework (e.g., in health marketing, health education or community organizing) required
- Minimum two years of experience with HIV/AIDS education; in-depth knowledge of HIV disease, and the motivational factors affecting safer sex practices
- Knowledge of and sensitivity to youth, racial, ethnic, cultural, and sexual diversity is essential
- Experience utilizing social media
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to manage projects and meet deadlines independently and within a team environment also required
- Ability to travel up to 30% of the time and work productively while traveling
- Experience working with and in diverse communities, especially women, Native American/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Latinx, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/non-binary groups in the United States and internationally is strongly preferred
- Some knowledge of HIV clinical research
- Project coordinating experience (especially in community education programs, outreach or with community-based networking)
Candidates must include a cover letter including a statement of diversity, highlighting their past diversity efforts and include how they plan on bringing their learnings to their employment as part of this position.
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As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process before their first day of employment.
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