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  • Program Assistant - CBHJ General Operations

    Program Assistant - CBHJ General Operations (1 position)
    (Position #req1932)
    $44,000 - $54,000

    Provide research assistance at the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice.

    Essential Functions:

    • Provide support to project coordinator(s), project managers, and directors. 

    • Schedule, confirm, and coordinate calls and meetings. 

    • Transcribe and follow-up on activities of the calls and meetings. 

    • Provide data collection, entry, and reporting support.  

    • Perform other related duties as assigned.


    • Education: Bachelor’s degree in social science (social work, psychology, public health, criminal justice, urban studies) completed or near completion or equivalent experience.

      Knowledge or experience in criminal/legal or behavioral health systems or administrative experience.

    • Experience: Preferred knowledge of criminal justice and community mental health systems (i.e. terminology, processes, goals and outcomes)

    • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

      • Comfortable with a variety of computer programs (including Microsoft Excel and Word, PowerPoint, SPSS, Zoom, and Teams). 

      • Ability to learn computer applications quickly. 

      • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 

      • Ability to effectively interface with range of community partners. 

      • Reliable transportation to campus.  

  • Research Assistant/Data Assistant

    Research Assistant/Data Assistant (1 position)
    (Position #req1993)
    Salary Range TBD

    Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, provide scientific and technical assistance to complete laboratory based, clinical or population science research. May assist in writing research protocols and in manuscript preparation. Design and perform research protocols independently or as directed through training in more difficult or specialized procedures to meet the needs of the research protocol.

    Essential Functions:

    • Perform laboratory based scientific techniques or clinical/population science (human subjects) research. Design and perform experiments, recruit participants for studies by developing surveys and interviewing candidates. Participate in implementing research objectives, ensuring compliance with all legal, regulatory and protocol guidelines. Assist staff with experiments/research protocols as required. Communicate with principal investigator and Postdoctoral scholars/fellows on the status of research.

    • Collect and log laboratory results, clinical outcomes and/or survey data. Evaluate and perform data analysis using graphs, charts or tables to highlight the key points of the research results collected in accordance with the research protocols as stipulated. Proofread and edit research data and documents to ensure accuracy.

    • Assist principal investigator with writing methods and summarizing/organizing data to be used in preparing and presenting presentations for professional, scientific and academic conferences and submittal to academic and scholarly peer-reviewed journals. p>

    • Maintain the laboratory work areas including routine maintenance on laboratory equipment as required. Order and organize required research supplies and records. Maintain cleanliness and organization of workstation.

    • Perform other related duties as assigned.

    Unique duties

    • Serve as data assistant on multiple research/evaluation initiatives at the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice. 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.). 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 and report writing activities by conducting literature reviews.


    • Education: Bachelor's degree Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study, preferred. Requires advanced knowledge predominantly intellectual in character in a field of science or learning acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction.

    • Experience: Entry level (less that a year of job-related experience) Experience performing basic research techniques or interacting with human subjects, preferred.

    • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

      • Ability to work independently.

      • Ability to analyze, summarize and interpret research findings and data in reports and spreadsheets and communicate results.

      • Knowledge of scientific integrity principles.

      • Excellent time management and organization skills.

      • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to work with others in a collaborative environment.

      • Microsoft office software skills.

    Preferred qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in a social science field (social work, psychology, criminal justice, or urban studies) or equivalent experience, Master’s degree is preferred. Experience entering, verifying, and coding data on social science research projects, preference given to those with criminal legal and/or behavioral health 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 legal, community mental health, and substance use treatment systems (i.e. terminology, processes, goals, and outcomes) is preferred. Capable to assist systems’ partners 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.

  • Project Manager – Crisis Response

    Project Manager – Crisis Response (1 position)
    (Position #req2032)

    Reports to the Associate Director and Principal Investigator (PI) and is responsible for the effective and efficient management of various crisis response/stabilization-focused grants for the School of Social Work Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ). Serves as program, grant, and project liaison with center, school, university and external partners in support of the project success.

    Essential Functions:

    • Daily management of assigned projects including use of fundamental project management processes, methodologies, tools and techniques and daily supervision, direction, planning, and prioritization of staff to ensure project success.

    • Responsible for on-boarding, coaching, counseling, and performance management/evaluation of project staff.

    • Communicate project progress and milestones to funders, partners, staff, and others as required by the grant or requested by CBHJ leadership or PI including written reports and presentations.

    • Participate in the development and regular monitoring of project budgets including monitoring budget expenditures according to WSU and grant agency requirements and primary approval of all staff travel and expense requests and reimbursements.

    • Serve as content expert to internal and external stakeholders for grant initiatives including demonstrated knowledge and experience; knowledge of applicable evidence-based and evidence-informed practices; knowledge and application of federal and state priorities, laws and policies applicable to the projects undertaken by the CBHJ; and knowledge of legal, federal, and state regulations to ensure program adherence.

    • Primary, day-to-day liaison to internal and external stakeholders and maintaining high-level partnerships.

    • Perform other related duties as assigned.


    • Education: Master's degree in Social Work, Public Health, or Criminal Justice required, or equivalent experience.

    • Experience: Experienced (minimum 2 years of job-related experience) Experience with development, implementation, and evaluation of services and interventions focused on crisis response and stabilization (Intercepts 0 – 2 on the Sequential Intercept Model), as well as experience working within and navigating community systems including jail/prison, public and behavioral health, human services, law enforcement, first responders, community corrections, and courts.

    • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

      • Program Management: Able to independently manage a variety of grants while ensuring appropriate quality control and follow-up.

      • Supervisory Skills: Able to delegate responsibilities, support, manage and, if necessary, discipline staff.

      • Organizational Skills: Ability to prioritize and plan work activities to meet deadlines. Ability to work effectively with established deadlines and pressure.

      • Communication Skills: Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills with the ability to manage a variety of relationships with various stakeholders.

      • Interpersonal Skills: Able to build cooperative, effective relationships, facilitate communication and understanding among professionals. The ability to build consensus, anticipate problems and difficult situations, and develop workable strategies and solutions.

      • Results oriented: Demonstrated strong skills and a track record for sustained measurement of program and project outcomes, ability to work independently and with others to achieve desired results. Knowledge of and the ability to effectively utilize project management processes, methodologies and tools.

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