Job Description

Program Specialist

Requisition IDreq10660
Working TitleProgram Specialist
Position Grade12
Position Summary

The Office of Community Outreach and Engagement, based at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC), has recently been created and is expanding. The Office is dedicated to supporting cancer research, education, policy and clinical efforts by partnering with communities and key stakeholders throughout New Mexico. These partners shape the priorities and goals of the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement through a Community Advisory Board composed of statewide representatives from diverse community and cancer care organizations.

The Office of Community Outreach and Engagement is seeking a knowledgeable, detail-oriented Program Specialist to support the activities of the Office. This individual will primarily engage with American Indian tribal communities to identify and promote cancer-focused opportunities related to areas such as cancer prevention/screening, cancer education, research and cancer clinical trials, and initiatives advancing health policy and advocacy. The Program Specialist will facilitate bi-directional communication with American Indian communities to ensure that UNMCCC outreach and engagement efforts are culturally appropriate and tailored to reflect the specific context and needs of these communities.

The AI Outreach Program Specialist will contribute to the development and sustainability of partnerships with American Indian communities through identification of relevant programs and resources based at the UNM Cancer Center. The Specialist will also engage, as needed, with other communities to advance the Office’s goals in all areas.

Duties and Responsibilities:

· Establish and maintain strong relationships with American Indian community and key stakeholder partners

· Engage and solicit community participation by identifying needs and priorities related to cancer awareness, education, prevention, research, and policy

· Ensure bi-directional communication and collaboration between American Indian communities and UNM Cancer Center researchers, clinicians and programs

· Plan and coordinate outreach and education events in a range of venues including health fairs, community meetings and events and trainings as requested

· Under the supervision of the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement leadership, collaborate with UNM Cancer Center clinicians and programs to identify opportunities to enhance linkages with community partners

· Develop and oversee the creation of educational content and outreach materials (brochures, pamphlets, PowerPoint presentations, web-based materials) for distribution and presentation at various community events

· Work with additional UNMCCC research teams when appropriate to provide suggestions for tailoring research efforts be more culturally appropriate and inclusive of American Indian community concerns

· Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned

The ideal candidate will possess personal and professional maturity, have highly developed interpersonal skills, and have experience working with American Indian communities as well as familiarity with outreach and engagement activities among these populations. The candidate will have the ability to work effectively with a variety of University and community stakeholders, ability to adapt to changing priorities, ability to work independently, and the ability to multitask. The individual must effectively communicate with a wide range of constituents.

Travel throughout New Mexico is required for this position.

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in a 500-mile radius. Its 125 board-certified oncology specialty physicians include cancer surgeons in every specialty (abdominal, thoracic, bone and soft tissue, neurosurgery, genitourinary, gynecology, and head and neck cancers), adult and pediatric hematologists/medical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and radiation oncologists. They, along with more than 500 other cancer healthcare professionals (nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, navigators, psychologists and social workers), provided cancer care for nearly 60 percent of the adults and children in New Mexico affected by cancer. They treated 11,249 patients in 84,875 ambulatory clinic visits in addition to in-patient hospitalizations at UNM Hospital. These patients came from every county in the State. More than 12 percent of these patients participated in cancer clinical trials testing new cancer treatments and 35 percent of patients participated in other clinical research studies, including tests of novel cancer prevention strategies and cancer genome sequencing. The 130 cancer research scientists affiliated with the UNMCCC were awarded almost $60 million in federal and private grants and contracts for cancer research projects and published 301 high quality publications. Promoting economic development, they filed more than 30 new patents in FY16, and since 2010, have launched 11 new biotechnology start-up companies. Scientists associated with the UNMCCC Cancer Control & Disparities have conducted more than 60 statewide community-based cancer education, prevention, screening, and behavioral intervention studies involving more than 10,000 New Mexicans. Finally, the physicians, scientists and staff have provided education and training experiences to more than 230 high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellowship students in cancer research and cancer health care delivery. Learn more at

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Conditions of Employment
Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or GED; at least 6 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

· Bachelor’s degree in public health, population health, health education, communication or a related area.

· At least 2 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

· Prior experience with cancer research in the areas of prevention, treatment and/or clinical trials

· Experience in Pueblo and/or Navajo Tribal communities

Additional RequirementsFinalists should be prepared to provide official educational transcripts if selected for hire.

Applicants must provide names of 3 past or present supervisors as references that the hiring official can contact.
CampusHealth Sciences Center (HSC) - Albuquerque, NM
DepartmentResearch Administration (099K)
Employment TypeStaff
Staff TypeTerm - Full-Time
Term End Date1 year from date of hire
Pay$2,986.30 - $4,478.93
Benefits EligibleThis is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.
ERB StatementTemporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.
Background Check RequiredNo
For Best Consideration Date9/25/2019
Application InstructionsAPPLICANT: Please complete the official application; making sure to include all prior work experience and average hours worked per week. Attach your Current Resume; listing three former or current Supervisor References. Attach your Cover Letter that details how your experience matches the position as described above; including any Preferred Qualifications.

Positions posted with a Staff Type of Regular or Term are eligible for the Veteran Preference Program. See the Veteran Preference Program webpage for additional details.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

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