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Research Associate - Northwest Native American Center of Excellence

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Oregon Health & Science University


Portland, OR

Skills And Qualifications:

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree with major coursework in related field AND three (3) years of relevant professional experience OR Bachelor's degree with major coursework in related field AND five (5) years of relevant professional experience
  • Knowledge and experience working with American Indian/Alaska Native organizations and communities
  • Proven ability to function autonomously and exercise judgement with occasional supervision, especially related to identifying and implementing solutions
  • Demonstrated effective time management skills, especially with competing priorities
  • Demonstrated outstanding verbal and written communication skills while interacting with diverse stakeholders and in a variety of settings (University faculty, tribes and tribal organizations, youth, volunteers)
  • Proven ability to take initiative and work independently as well as in a team-based structure
  • Intermediate computer knowledge and skills using MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Strong organizational skills and be very detail oriented. Must be able to respond quickly to time sensitive tasks

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in related field, such as M.Ed. Background in STEM or STEM teacher certification
  • Evaluation experience with AIAN students and/or pathway programs
  • Experience using survey development and data management program(s) and/or data visualization tools as well as citation management program(s)
  • Experience supervising and/or mentoring

Required Education:

Master's degree with major coursework in related field AND three (3) years of relevant professional experience OR Bachelor's degree with major coursework in related field AND five (5) years of relevant professional experience. Background in STEM, STEM teacher certification, or M.Ed. preferred.

Duties And Responsibilities:

The Northwest Native American Center of Excellence (NNACoE) sits within the Department of Family Medicine at OHSU. The goal of NNACoE is to recruit, train, and retain American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students and faculty to diversify the health professions workforce toward promoting and providing high quality, safe, and accessible healthcare.


The OHSU Wy’east Post-Baccalaureate Pathway is a 10-month program that offers citizens of federally recognized tribes a pathway to improve their academic skills and be successful in the medical school admissions process. UC Davis School of Medicine and WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine will join Wy’east, under the RISE grant, with the three medical schools collectively admitting 18 students to the pathway. Students will receive conditional acceptance from the medical schools when they successfully complete Wy’east.


The Research Associate will coordinate the Wy’east Post-Baccalaureate Pathway and work with WSU and UC Davis teams to expand the Wy’east program to their campuses per the study aims. Additionally, the position is a member of the Department of Family Medicine Evaluation Team conducting the evaluation of NNACoE intervention study activities. They will play a critical role in other research and programmatic efforts for NNACoE. Responsibilities include:

  • Study Support - Serve as primary liaison, manage clinical shadowing and cultural components, schedule advising meetings and oversee all activities related to the Wy-east post-bac application cycle
  • Research and Evaluation - Ensure successful data collection and management, oversee development of grant proposal documents, contribute to preparation of manuscripts, create posters and presentation slides, and present at national meetings
  • Event Planning and Execution - Lead coordination of the Wellness for Native Healers workshop and support other event planning and execution
  • Manage all aspects of the Indigeneous Food Garden
  • Logistics Support - Manage meetings, workshops, and events by creating agendas, preparing meeting materials, reserving rooms. Arrange travel, make purchases and complete reconciliation reports and reimbursements for the team

Salary And Benefits:

Starting Salary Range: 41,812 - 65,073

Additional Info:

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NNACoE Research Associate

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or

Contact Info:

Caitlin Donald, NNACoE Program Manager

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