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NARCH - Cancer Prevention Research Assistant

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Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board [NPAIHB-NARCH]


Portland, OR

Skills And Qualifications:




  • Bachelor’s level degree in associated field required.
  • Two years of experience in providing assistance to a project.
  • Two to four years of experience working with tribal communities or tribal organizations.
  • Intermediate user in Microsoft Office package. (Access, Excel, Word, Publisher, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must be highly organized and motivated, and be able manage complex projects and carry out all responsibilities of the job requirements with minimal day-to-day supervision
  • Must demonstrate discretion, tact, knowledge, judgment, and overall ability in working effectively with federal, tribal, and other professionals and facilitating participation and partnership in the activities of the program
  • Must be sensitive to cross-cultural differences, and able to work effectively within their context
  • Must be able to travel, as requested.



Typical Physical Activity:


Physical Demands: Frequently involves sedentary work:  exerting up to 10 pounds of force and/or a negligible amount of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.


Physical Requirements: Constantly requires the ability to receive detailed information through oral communications, and to make fine discrimination in sound. Constantly requires verbally expressing or exchanging ideas or important instructions accurately,

loudly, or quickly.  Constantly requires working with fingers rather than the whole hand or arm. Constantly requires repetitive movement of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.  Often requires walking or moving about to accomplish tasks.  Occasionally requires standing and/or sitting for sustained periods of time.  Occasionally requires ascending or descending stairs or ramps using feet and legs and/or hand and arms.  Occasionally requires stooping which entails the use of the lower extremities and back muscles.  Infrequently requires crouching. 


Typical Environmental Conditions: The worker is frequently subject to inside environmental conditions which provide protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes, and is occasionally subject to outside environmental conditions.


Travel Requirements:  Infrequent travel, occasionally out of state, no more than 10% of the FTE.


Disclaimer:  The individual must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing a significant safety threat to self or others. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and or skills required of all personnel so classified.


Except as provided by Title 25, U.S.C. § 450e(b), which allows for Indian preference in hiring, the NPAIHB does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, politics, membership or non-membership in an employee organization.

Duties And Responsibilities:

Job Summary: The NARCH Cancer Prevention Research Assistant will have the day-to-day responsibility of ensuring that the program moves forward, and is supportive to participants’ needs and requests. He/she will be responsible for sending out advertisements to the potential trainees and will update consultant faculty and collaborators to inform them about the program and upcoming deadlines. The NARCH Cancer Prevention Research Assistant will be responsible for making all of the arrangements for travel, conference calls and video conferencing, and for putting together meeting and training materials. Furthermore, he/she will serve as the central point of contact for all faculty, consultants, and students that are part of the program. He/she will help their supervisor to prepare progress reports and documents for review by the evaluation committee. He/she will also coordinate use of the meeting spaces with NPAIHB staff, and with appropriate officials at OHSU and PSU. Essential Functions: 1. Respond to requests for information from program participants and act as a liaison for the NARCH funding. 2. Make arrangements for travel for participants and for staff associated with the project. 3. Coordinate the use of NPAIHB conference rooms and meeting spaces for classroom use. 4. Coordinate conference calls and video conferences as needed. 5. Conduct literature searches for recent articles on cancer prevention and control research in special populations. 6. Provide technical assistance to trainees with their grant and manuscript submissions. 7. Provide project reports and updates to NIH program officials, and monthly activity reports to the PI and EpiCenter director. 8. Perform all other project related duties as requested by supervisor. Standards of Conduct: • Consistently exhibit professional behavior and the high degree of integrity and impartiality appropriate to the responsible and confidential nature of the position. • Consistently display professional work attire during normal business hours. • Effectively plan, organize workload, and schedule time to meet workload demands. • Maintain a clean and well-organized workstation and office environment. • Exercise judgment and initiative in performance of duties and responsibilities. • Work in a cooperative manner with all levels of management and with all NPAIHB staff. • Treat NPAIHB delegates/alternates and Tribal people with dignity and respect and show consideration by communicating effectively. • Participate willingly in NPAIHB activities. • Abide by NPAIHB policies, procedures, and structure. • Research and with the approval of supervisor, attend trainings as needed to improve skills that enhance overall capabilities related to job performance.

Salary And Benefits:

Starting Wage: $15-19/hr. Funded through July, 2021

Additional Info:

.5 FTE, Regular

Contact Info:

To apply for this position, please complete and email the attached employment application and application documents to, fax to 503-228-8182 or mail to: NPAIHB Attn: HR 2121 SW Broadway, Suite 300 Portland, OR 97201

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