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Volunteer Diabetes Researcher

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ORGANIZATION: AFRICAN AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION

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POSITION SUMMARY:

This position will provide an aspiring diabetes researcher with an exceptional opportunity to demonstrate and develop their skills as part of a small but high-impact and hard-working team. AADA's Diabetes Researcher will play an integral role in devising and executing a thought-provoking research agenda that directly informs creative, actionable policy proposals to improve the lives of African American diabetics.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Utilize various public and private datasets to conduct advanced data and statistical analysis on diabetes and other issues.
  • Conduct literature reviews, stakeholder interviews, policy evaluations, and qualitative research.
  • Research state and local policies in the realms of healthcare, diabetes and other issues.
  • Stay immersed in the scholarly and academic diabetes research across all relevant fields to ensure that AADA research and analysis remains on the cutting edge.
  • Create new data products in AADA’s core issue areas.
  • Write (draft)policy memos, briefs, and handbooks for key audiences that translate data insights into actionable policy recommendations.
  • Draft persuasive pieces such as op-eds or essays in AADA's core issue areas.
  • Synthesize AADA's research and policy insights into products tailored to different audiences.
  • Outreach and network management:
  • Research Federal, state, and local government grant opportunities.
  • Draft fact sheets, action alerts, member profiles, and other written advocacy documents as needed on agenda priorities. Perform research on numerous diabetes topics.
  • Build and maintain a network/database of state and local advocacy leaders aligned in AADA’s work by participating in calls, meetings, webinars, panels and written exchanges sharing AADA’s values, data and expertise.
  • Respond to stakeholder and media requests for data and information as needed.
  • Think creatively about ways to improve further his/her specific job.
  • Other Duties as Assigned


EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE:

  • Bachelor’s degree required or comparable experience, advanced degree a plus.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Ability to perform all of the duties outlined above.
  • Deep commitment to diabetes education, outreach, and social change.
  • Demonstrated interest in and familiarity with the policymaking process gained through prior work experience in the federal government, or in state or local government
  • Demonstrated fluency in methods of both quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Excellent oral and writing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication, conflict resolution and negotiation skills. Ability to connect with a wide variety of administrative, organizational, and grassroots leaders.
  • Outgoing and highly charismatic personality a must.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple ongoing projects. Position requires strong attention to detail and relentless follow-up.
  • Experience working with low-income communities; commitment to progressive issues
  • Skills with Microsoft Office programs including MS Word, Excel, Power Point and desktop publishing software.
  • Ability to hold privileged information in a professional and confidential manner.
  • At least two years of experience creating partnerships and coalitions.
  • At least two years of experience with advocacy, and grant research experience.

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About AFRICAN AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION

Location:

PO BOX 1724, BELTSVILLE, MD 20704, US

Mission Statement

The African American Diabetes Association (AADA) is a national tax-exempt 501c3 nonprofit organization that seeks to educate African Americans and the general public about diabetes. We work to assist those impacted to manage and prevent diabetes (including type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, and pre-diabetes). AADA is passionate, serious, and committed to diabetes prevention and educational programs that work to end health disparities. We advocate for African Americans affected by diabetic conditions and empower African Americans to maximize their quality of life and raise public consciousness while advancing the search for a universal cure.

Description

AADA believes that high quality diabetes care and education should be available to every individual, in all communities. Unfortunately, individuals from some racial and ethnic groups are at a higher risk for diabetes and the complications of diabetes. We’ve seen the impact of those systemic social and health inequities with COVID-19 across our country, and we see them every day with prediabetes and diabetes in our own communities. To improve health outcomes for people with prediabetes, diabetes and cardiometabolic diseases the AADA is working in partnership with community stakeholders to prevent or delay more cases of type 2 diabetes. AADA believes that we can address these health inequities.

The AADA believes that as Americans we must work to address the disproportional burden of disease health inequities place on communities of color. As a new and emerging national organization, AADA is developing building a national outreach and education strategy to address the challenges of diabetes in the African American community that will ensure optimal health and quality of life a reality for African American (Black) communities throughout our country.

CAUSE AREAS

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Community

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Executive Admin
  • Administrative Support
  • Program Management

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • At Least 15 Hours per week.
  • Please provide cover letter and resume to Taner Bennerson, AADA Management Consultant via email: Tbennerson@africanamericandiabetes.org

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