Job Description

Program Specialist

Requisition IDreq11012
Working TitleProgram Specialist
Position Grade12
Position Summary

The Office of Community Outreach and Engagement, based in the University of New Mexico’s Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC), is seeking a knowledgeable, detail-oriented Program Specialist/Community Health Educator. The Office of Community Outreach and Engagement 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 UNMCCC is part of the National Cancer Institute’s National Outreach Network (NON) which seeks to strengthen our ability to develop and disseminate culturally appropriate, evidence-based cancer information that is tailored to the specific needs and expectations of underserved communities. Building and expanding upon previous efforts, the Program Specialist/Community Health Educator will reach underserved communities with NCI cancer information and enhance community engagement in cancer research.

The overall objectives of the National Outreach Network Community Health Educator Program is to integrate Community Health Educators within the research and outreach efforts of the cancer centers and the communities in their catchment areas; plan, conduct, and assess community education and outreach, aligned with NCI and cancer center research and outreach priorities, within underserved communities; and, lastly, strengthen partnerships and collaborations with key NCI-sponsored academic, research, community, and regional partners to enhance NCI’s ability to effectively reach underserved communities with tailored cancer information and foster community engagement in research.

The Program Specialist/Community Health Educator will contribute to this effort through communication, community engagement and education, program planning and evaluation with key stakeholders and partners on a statewide basis. Specifically, major activities for this role will include implementing culturally tailored educational outreach activities with the goal of increasing: 1) cancer clinical trial knowledge, referral and participation among racial/ethnic and rural populations and 2) Colorectal Cancer knowledge, risk factors and screening and linking community members to screening and follow-up care.

Duties and Responsibilities

· Establishes and maintains trusting relationships with diverse community stakeholders

· Conduct needs assessments to identify resources and capacity for community engagement

· Serves as a conduit for bi-directional communication and collaboration among UNMCCC researchers, care teams and programs, and communities as well as other NCI NON sites

· Develop, adapt and disseminate messaging and materials to support health, screening/early detection, biospecimen collection and cancer clinical trials participation

· Support cancer advocacy and policy-related efforts through engagement with key stakeholder organizations

· Plans and coordinates outreach events (e.g., health fairs and other community settings) and provides education and tracking

· Develops and oversees the production of education content and outreach materials (brochures, pamphlets, PowerPoint presentations, web-based materials) for distribution in communities and at special events

· Develops and maintains tracking systems to monitor recruitment and outreach efforts

· Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will possess personal and professional maturity, have highly developed interpersonal skills, will be comfortable travelling and representing the NON CHE program and UNMCCC in a variety of academic and community settings, and have experience working in health related research, cancer related research and/or with National Institutes of Health programs. 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.

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

See the Position Description for additional information.

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

· BA or BS degree in public or population health, health education, communication, community planning or a related field.

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

· Knowledge and familiarity with unique New Mexican communities and sensitivity to community needs required.

· Experience working in the area of cancer prevention and/or health promotion.

· Fluency in Spanish

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 Date10/21/2019
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.

Application Instructions

Please click on the link below to apply for this position. A new window will open and direct you to apply at our corporate careers page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Apply Online