Careers

We encourage you to reach out to us at cbhj@wayne.edu if you are interested in a position listed below and have questions about your qualifications or concerns about your background check or experience issues with the WSU Careers portal. 

  • Project coordinator (part-time)

    Project coordinator (research assistant) (1 position)
    (Position #046805, part-time)
    $50,000 - $62,000 

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    The Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ) is seeking a part-time Research Assistant/Project Coordinator to support its juvenile justice and related initiatives. The Project Coordinator will work closely with external partners and CBHJ team members to ensure successful program implementation and evaluation. The ideal candidate thrives in a dynamic environment, enjoys navigating systems, and is a natural at building relationships. Knowledge of criminal/legal and behavioral health systems, the juvenile justice system and a passion for programming that supports justice-involved individuals is preferred.

    Essential Functions:

    • Serve as primary liaison within counties and maintain positive collaborative relationships among all involved partners and systems including law enforcement, jails, courts, dispatch, community mental health, emergency medical services, behavioral health providers, etc.
    • Implement evaluation design and data collection methods as defined by PI, Directors, and/or Project Manager including management of data collection processes, process mapping, identification of data points, collection methods, and entry.
    • Apply critical thinking in completing tasks such as needs assessments, assisting stakeholders in determining the best programs and interventions for their region, and developing implementation plans.
    • Work with partners to establish formal meeting schedule, determine attendees, and revise as needed; facilitate meetings, using innovative techniques for maximum participation.
    • Work closely with Project Manager and other Project Coordinators to ensure efficiency in performing duties and fidelity of processes and practices across counties.
    • Coordinate and balance goals and objectives of project with needs, abilities, and priorities of community partners.
    • Work with PI, Directors, Data Teams, and/or Project Manager to report findings to community partners and assist in interpreting data and determining next steps.
    • Provide support in writing reports and manuscripts, developing presentations, and creating other materials as needed.
    • Must have transportation for meetings with communities across the state.
    • Other duties as assigned. 

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree or Master of Social Work or Master's degree in related field including Public Health or Criminal Justice preferred.
    • Experience working in behavioral health and/or criminal/legal systems; preferred experience or knowledge of behavioral health crisis response teams and/or law enforcement agencies
    • Experience interfacing with project partners including courts and county government, behavioral health, substance use, criminal/legal, juvenile detention and/or residential facilities, probation/parole, and/or law enforcement agencies.
    • Experience implementing new programs or interventions preferred.
    • Excellent oral and written communication, problem-solving, and inter-personal skills.
    • Ability to conceptualize and map processes within a system or agency to illustrate the flow of information or services and identify data collection points.
    • Ability to synthesize and apply data to outcomes tracking and results interpretation
    • Self-motivated; ability to work remotely and independently.
    • Proficiency with Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Dropbox. 

    Please contact cbhj@wayne.edu if you have questions or are in need of assistance navigating the Wayne State University jobs portal.  

  • Data assistant (full-time)

    Data assistant (research assistant) (1 position)
    (Position #046865, part-time)
    $39,000 - $49,000 

    Wayne State University requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more  

    The Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ) is seeking a Research Assistant/Data Assistant to support its initiatives. The Project Coordinator will assist with collection, plus enter, clean, code, and verify data on multiple data sets including administrative data sets from the State of Michigan and local counties (i.e. Medicaid data, Michigan Department of Corrections, Michigan State Police, State Court Administrators Office, County Jails, EMS, local police, etc.). 

    Essential Functions:

    • Track and manage data files.
    • Assist with scheduling, note taking, and transcription of qualitative interviews.
    • Conduct descriptive and bivariate data analyses.
    • Assist in the preparation of evaluation/research reports.
    • Prepare timely, clear, and concise project updates.
    • Participate in team meetings.
    • Participate in one-on-one meetings with principle investigator, other team members, and research participants.
    • Participate in grant-writing activities by conducting literature reviews.
    • Other duties as assigned.  

    Qualifications

    • Must have a Bachelor's degree in a social science field (social work, psychology, criminal justice, or urban studies), Master's degree preferred.
    • Experience working on social science research projects, preference given to those with criminal justice research experience.
    • Experience working with administrative data sets from the State of Michigan and local counties (i.e. Medicaid data, Michigan Department of Corrections, Michigan State Police, State Court Administrators Office, County Jails, etc.) is preferred.
    • Knowledge of the criminal justice, community mental health, and substance abuse treatment systems (i.e. terminology, processes, goals, and outcomes) is preferred.
    • Capable to assist systems' stakeholders in cross-systems data integration to track research outcomes.
    • Ability to work independently, by appropriately allocating time to achieve project tasks/goals and communicating with supervisors regularly and as needed.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and SPSS and ability to learn computer applications quickly.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Reliable transportation to attend meetings and work from campus office or data collection sites.  

    Please contact cbhj@wayne.edu if you have questions or are in need of assistance navigating the Wayne State University jobs portal.  

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