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Research Assistant

Posted on February 25, 2021

Location: New Brunswick (virtual)

Rutgers School of Social Work's Center for Prevention Science was established in 2016 with a focus on community-level approaches to prevention. Our mission is to develop and disseminate knowledge through research that builds the capacity of community-based organizations to create changes in public policy or environmental conditions that cause social and health disparities. The Center is constantly engaging in new opportunities and growth. Although much of our work has focused on substance misuse prevention, research in other areas of prevention has also been conducted (e.g., the prevention of sexual assault or child abuse and neglect). Research areas of the center include community organizing, substance misuse prevention, heath disparities, program evaluation, and empowerment theory and measurement.

Job description: Under the supervision of the Associate Director, Center for Prevention Science, this position will provide administrative and logistical support to one of two externally funded projects which focus on substance use prevention research, training and evaluation. Job duties for this position will include data entry, prevention training preparation activities, administrative assistance, conducting literature reviews, updating websites, maintaining program documents and communication with organizations involved in the project. This position is for 12 to 15 hours for the remainder of the 20 – 21 academic year and potentially longer.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Desired Education: Bachelor's degree in the social sciences such as social work, psychology, or related social services field required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Knowledge and Experience: Excellent attention to detail. Strong Organizational skills. Comfortable with technology. Capability to learn new programs and methods. Ability to exercise independent judgment when appropriate; Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; familiarity with spreadsheet/database applications.
  • Additional Desirable Qualifications: Spanish language (written & oral), Knowledge of cultural competency issues. Critical thinking and problem solving skills; Strong decision making skills. Able to complete assignments independently and work productively in collaborative situations. As we are all currently working virtually, the right candidate will be able to work successfully from a remote location at this time, but move to working from the office (location below) when we are all able to.

Salary/compensation: $15/hour

Location: 390 George St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (Virtual until further notice)

Full/part time: Part-time, 12 to 15 hours per week

Job start date: March 8th

To apply, please contact: Clare Neary, Project Coordinator at

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