Program Coordinator - Community Health

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
May 29, 2022

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Health Sciences
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The Cancer Prevention & Control Platform ("Platform") accelerates the development, dissemination, and amplification of evidence-based strategies, community services, policy interventions, and knowledge targeting measurable reductions in cancer incidence and mortality at a population level. The Platform represents MD Anderson's primary, focused activation of expertise in the science of public health practice, community-based dissemination of evidence-based practices, applied implementation science, and impact measurement for community-facing initiatives.

To reduce the risk of cancer, it is critical to empower community-based organizations - such as schools, community colleges, non-profit organizations, workplaces, government agencies and policymakers - with evidence-based interventions, especially in communities with limited resources. The Platform leads significant place-based initiatives working with more than 50 local, regional, and state organizations to deliver evidence-based interventions in cancer prevention and control.

The primary purpose of the Program Coordinator, Dissemination and Capacity-Building position is to be a collaborative member of the Platform Team with a specific focus on community outreach through program implementation. Aligned to MD Anderson's Strategy, this position will work collaboratively to expand MD Anderson's reach by partnering with others to support the dissemination of evidence-based strategies in cancer prevention and control across Texas and beyond. This position impacts the overall efficiency and productivity of the Platform team overall and contributes to enhancing the reach and presence of the initiative in the community, across Greater Houston and in Texas.


Contributes to the overall success of the Platform by representing the initiative at community meetings, events and other relevant forums and supporting the health communication and promotional strategy of the initiative

1. Dissemination and capacity building coordination
* Assist with the development of highly effective training and educational resources to support wide-scale dissemination of evidence-based interventions in cancer prevention, control and survivorship to help tailor interventions and communication based on the unique circumstances of different populations
* Maintains information tracking tools; implements document and information retrieval systems including communication systems used by the Steering Committee and MD Anderson Faculty Dyad
* Gathers materials for use in preparation of internal or external meetings, scientific reports, presentations, funding proposals or publications
* Coordinates program timelines with regard to deliverables and milestones internally and with external collaborating organizations
* Provides subject matter expertise to assist with coordination and organization of community groups to ensure results-based outcomes, as needed
* Assists with evaluation efforts to ensure effective development and deployment of dissemination and capacity-building efforts
* Coordinates internal and external trainings for collaborating organizations
* Stays current with up to date understanding best practices of ethical delivery of programs - be fluent/current with methods to create, deliver, and implement programs/capacity building materials in a culturally responsive manner

2. Cultivates and maintains working relationships with collaborating organizations and community partners to strengthen cross-sector partnerships, ensure culturally and linguistically appropriate practices, build trust within communities, promote social connection, and advance health equity
* Attends relevant community meetings and programs throughout the Greater Houston Area
* Engages directly with stakeholders and residents relevant to the success of initiative, including relationship management (i.e. attending Steering Committee meetings, site visits) and emphasizes the importance of addressing all people inclusively, with respect, including using non-stigmatizing, bias-free language
* Embraces the opportunity to engage with community partners and residents and participate in community health programming, including those which may be outside of the traditional work hours (e.g. after hour, weekend, early morning)
* Assists with coordinating community outreach and engagement, to include coordinating meetings and events with key community leaders and community meetings
* Assists with coordinating the planning of meetings and events with internal stakeholders
* Coordinates with internal departments to align relationships with community organizations
* Reports formally and informally on outreach and impact

3. Provides general collaborative support to the Cancer Prevention and Control Platform
* Develops and delivers reports and presentations for internal and external audiences
* Assists with project tracking and developing reports for Cancer Prevention and Control Platform leadership and other key stakeholders
* Creates power point presentations and develops materials to represent the work of the Platform with various audiences
* Assists with ad hoc projects as needed
* Contributes to a strong team environment and fosters inclusivity

Other duties as assigned.

Required: Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or related field.

Preferred: Master's degree Public Health, Health Sciences, Public Affairs, Education or related field.

Required: Three years project/program coordination experience. May substitute required education degree with additional years of equivalent experience on a one to one basis. With preferred degree, one year of required experience.

Preferred: Experience in health education or health promotion program planning, management, and evaluation; community outreach; communications. Experience in area of healthy communities or behavioral change interventions. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, under pressure. Willing and able to work extended and flexible hours, function under demanding circumstances. Computer software skills including advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

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