Research Technician (content specialist) Strategies and Tools for Overdose Prevention (STOP) Unit
Wayne State University
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Internal Number: 76_209251
Essential Functions: The WSU Center for Urban Studies aims to stop overdose deaths and reduce other harm related to the opioid crisis, while fostering civic engagement as a key strategy for addressing critical community challenges in the Detroit area. We are seeking a motivated individual to provide instructional support to our team of volunteer service members. New members are enrolled quarterly to serve on the team for a six-month period as an Overdose Rescue Trainer, during which time they teach people in the community how to provide life-saving aid during an opioid overdose emergency. The content specialist will educate new team members on topics related to the opioid crisis and harm reduction during quarterly orientation periods and will provide ongoing skill-building and professional development support throughout the year. A creative approach to teaching others, commitment to continuous learning and improvement, and passion for the program's mission to reduce opioid-related harm is essential to excel in this position.Note regarding the coronavirus pandemic: The COVID-19 outbreak has required our program to adapt all program activities to be conducted in a virtual/remote format. During teleservice, team members collaborate with each other and program staff via Zoom, email, and other remote communication tools, and all orientation and professional development activities are conducted online. We plan to resume in-person service and activities once public health officials indicate that it is safe to do so. POSITION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:Stay informed about the opioid crisis and its impact on Michigan communities, contributing factors, and harm reduction strategies. Proactively seek out information on emergent and intersectional issues related to the opioid crisis from publications and subject matter experts.Support the professional development of team members by delivering presentations on key topics during new member orientation (quarterly) and planning supplemental training on various topics throughout the year. There are typically 15-25 team members at a given time, and incoming members join our team with diverse backgrounds and varying degrees of prior knowledge and professional experience. Assess knowledge gaps among members and areas for professional development; identify opportunities and resources to assist member learning and skill-building in these areas.Review materials prepared by members and provide revision recommendations to ensure quality and accuracy (social media posts, presentation slides, flyers and other outreach materials), and provide constructive feedback for improvement.Identify others working to address the opioid crisis within the community and learn about their activities; build relationships with community partners and connect potential collaborators with the appropriate Center staff.Communicate reliably, clearly and effectively with project team members and community partners.Maintain work plans, task lists, and project calendars on a regular basis and meet interim deadlines.Become knowledgeable about national AmeriCorps requirements, policies, and procedures and diligently adhere to AmeriCorps guidelines in all aspects of program operations.Perform other duties as deemed necessary to support project goals.
Qualifications: Bachelors degree is required; a graduate degree (or working towards a graduate degree) is preferred.Minimum 1 year of experience teaching, training, or coaching groups is preferred. Previous professional experience in a public service organization (governmental, university, or nonprofit) is highly desirable.Must demonstrate outstanding communication skills, ability to present effectively to diverse groups and in a virtual format, excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be confident communicating through virtual channels with team members and others. Must be comfortable providing constructive feedback.Must be comfortable discussing topics related to substance use and harm reduction.Must be self-motivated and able to initiate and complete tasks independently; strong organizational and problem-resolution skills; detail-oriented.Must demonstrate strong capacity to collaborate and work as a team member.Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and Google products (Drive, Sheets, Docs, Forms, Calendar, etc.).Familiarity with AmeriCorps programs and policies is an advantage.
Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State?s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres; its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan?s public universities. Its students represent 49 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.