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Assistant Research Scientist
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Job Description

The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time Assistant Research Scientist, Grade 16, to support statewide public mental health initiatives with the New York State Office of Mental Health Psychiatric Services and Clinical Knowledge Enhancement System (PSYCKES) team. PSYCKES is an award-winning web-based application designed to support quality improvement and clinical decision making, and is currently in use by over 400 provider agencies in New York State as well as state agencies, county governments, health homes and managed care organizations. The PSYCKES team manages several health information technology-supported statewide quality improvement projects and clinical implementation efforts, including training, technical assistance, and evaluation, and participates in requirement development and quality assurance activities.

The Assistant Research Scientist will assist the PSYCKES Implementation Team's Clinic OUD Project Manager for a new NYS Office of Mental Health initiative: Building Capacity for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders. The goal of this initiative is to foster best practices in identifying and treating opioid use disorder at all mental health clinics in New York State, including nearly 500 hospital-affiliated and community-based clinics licensed by the Office of Mental Health.


Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology, social work, public health, or a related social science field and one year of full-time work experience. Thirty credit hours of graduate study in an appropriate field may be substituted for the year of experience. This position requires a highly organized individual with a strong attention to detail; excellent administrative and communication skills; who can relate well to a diverse group of project stakeholders, and who has the ability to work both independently and as a part of a team. The candidate should have customer service experience and proficiency with all Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, Access and PowerPoint.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's degree in psychology, sociology, social work, public health, or a related social science, clinical, or research field; two or more years of full-time work experience; experience in a health or mental health setting and/or with health or mental health services research; strong interest in and/or familiarity with front end applications and information technology systems; customer service experience.


Under the direction of one or more project managers, the person in this position will assist with various implementation and evaluation tasks, including but not limited to:

* Project Coordination and Administrative Support: Coordinate data collection activities such as creating/updating data collection instruments such as online surveys and PDF forms. Establish and maintain systems for recording, tracking, and updating project materials. Develop tracking spreadsheets and monthly/quarterly progress reports using Microsoft Word, Access and Excel. Send electronic mass mailings. Schedule meetings/conference calls; prepare materials for meetings; take detailed minutes and notes.
* Evaluation and Dissemination: Qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Support the development of products to disseminate findings including PowerPoint presentations for conferences, written reports for internal and external (public) distribution, and manuscripts for publication.
* Technical assistance: Provide support via phone and e-mail to PSYCKES users and project participants, including processing requests for information, investigating and resolving issues reported by users, and updating tracking forms and managing databases. Coordinate and lead trainings via online webinars.
* Quality assurance: Participate in meetings to refine and modify the PSYCKES application on a regular basis. Participate in quality testing for the PSYCKES application; develop test cases; track defects and communicate with members of the data analysis and programming team.
* Training: Develop/update training materials; manage registration processes; provide technical support and assistance during trainings, including questions & answers.

Location: 330 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

Salary: $54,376

To apply: Please note: This position does not provide relocation assistance. A cover letter and resume are required. Submit a resume and cover letter by June 6th, 2019 on our website at https://rfmh.applicantpro.com/jobs/. Only applications submitted through our website will be considered.

The Research Foundation is a private not-for-profit corporation and is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. Excellent Benefits Package. Employer/Minority/Women/Disabled/Veteran Employer. VEVRAA 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) compliant.

About Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc.

The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc (RFMH) is a private, not-for-profit membership corporation organized in 1952, for the purpose of assisting and enhancing the research and training objectives of the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene and its component agencies; the Office of Mental Health (OMH), the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).