NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Center - Engagement Specialist

Iowa City, IA (Remote Option Available)

Andrea Rost

$55,000 - $65,000

The University of Iowa Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented professional to serve as an Engagement Specialist for the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) All of Us Community Engagement Center (CEC).

The CEC is the central administrative office for community engagement activities for the NNLM All of Us National Program (National Program), a partnership between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program (All of Us). The goal of the National Program is to raise awareness among the general public about All of Us, a landmark effort to advance precision medicine. Through this collaboration, the NNLM will support community engagement efforts by public libraries and other NNLM member organizations across the United States, particularly those serving populations underrepresented in the biomedical research (see link for a list of UBR populations).   

This position will report to the Associate Director of the CEC and will be one of a team of seven (7) responsible for managing partnerships, planning, and implementing in-person and virtual programming in public libraries for the National Program. The team includes (5) Engagement Specialists, one (1) Engagement Coordinator, and one (1) Virtual Programming Coordinator.

The CEC is looking to hire Engagement Specialists with a specific focus on engaging with populations who are underrepresented in biomedical research including Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC); LGBTQIA+, older adults, persons with disabilities, and rural communities.

This is a specified term position dependent on grant funding, with an expected end date of April 30, 2022. 
Up to two positions will be hired based on applicant qualifications.

 Remote applications will be accepted.

Key Area of Responsibilities

Community Engagement, Grants Management, Partnership Development, National Coordination,

Position Responsibilities:

  • Actively participate in the virtual programming team to develop and host up to 2 programs monthly.
  • Manage engagement resources and activities, such as program kits and traveling exhibits.
  • Coordinate subawards and provide support to public libraries and community organizations in implementing their projects. This will include answering questions about the National Program, overseeing grants and administration, monitoring projects, providing evaluation support, providing technical assistance, and offering programming to library staff and patrons using NNLM resources.
  • Collaborate with NNLM Regional Medical Libraries, Offices and Centers within an assigned region to promote the National Program activities to their communities. 
  • Participate in all engagement meetings with All of Us partners within an assigned region.
  • Collaborate with All of Us partners to identify their needs and engagement opportunities for public libraries and other NNLM Member organizations.
  • Partner with assigned national partners organizations, such as the Public Library Association, the Association of Rural & Small Libraries, and StoryCorps, to increase the reach of the National Program. This will include serving as the representative for the National Program to promote its interests, goals, and offerings.
  • Participate in national program coordination to develop effective, innovative, replicable engagement approaches to meet the All of Us and health information needs of library users, especially communities that are underrepresented in biomedical research (UBR).
  • Participate in dissemination efforts about the National Program through scholarly articles, presentations at professional association meetings, and professional service (e.g., serving on professional panels).

Application Details:
In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter that clearly addresses how they meet the qualifications of this position. Be sure to mark the documents as a "Relevant File" to the submission when completing the application. The starting salary range is $55,000 - $65,000 depending on qualifications.

This position will be posted for a minimum of two weeks and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and degree verification. 

Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s level degree or equivalent experience in a field that contributes to the wellbeing and health of individuals and communities through health information. Applicable relevant degrees would include: Library and Information Science, Public Health, Health Communications, Social Work, Community Planning, Sociology, Education, Health Equity or Health Disparities focused research degree, etc. from ALA-accredited institution, or relevant advanced degree related to health literacy or health education.
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in facilitating community participation in public health initiatives. Applicable experience includes environmental education & advocacy, digital literacy, citizen science, health information & health information access, or community participation in biomedical research.
  • Ability to cultivate collaborative relationships with external program partners and community members in diverse communities. Has experience in all aspects of partnership management including identifying potential partners, initiating partnership contact, aligning goals and missions, negotiation and conflict resolution, keeping in contact, and accomplishing shared and individual organizational goals with partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic, team-based setting where communication, flexibility, and collaboration are essential.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a remote work environment.
  • Effective communication techniques; ability to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors.
  • Ability to travel domestically up to 6 times a year for in-person presentations, site visits, and other activities.
  • Proficiency in Zoom and Microsoft products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, including budgeting, prioritizing, implementing, and reporting
  • Accurate record keeping, reporting, adherences to program standards and requirements.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in a workplace setting, and/or in the community.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience engaging with populations who are underrepresented in biomedical research including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); LGBTQIA+, older adults, persons with disabilities, and rural communities.
  • Experience working with at least one of the following groups: public libraries, small and rural libraries, health science libraries, and/or national or regional library organizations, Area Health Education Centers, health department, or community-based health organizations
  • Subject area experience in health literacy, digital literacy, precision medicine, diversity in biomedical research, and/or research literacy.
  • Familiarity with Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Familiarity with the All of Us Research Program or clinical and translational science.
  • Familiarity with NLM and NNLM programs.
  • Experience in agile project management.
  • Program evaluation experience.