The Implementation Specialist serves as a project area leader on funded implementation science project(s) at the Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. This Implementation Specialist position is focused on the implementation and scale-up of communications, media, and messaging campaigns designed to: (1)provide normative information about: a.child, parent, family, and community health and wellbeing issues, and b.typical issues related to the implementation and scale-up of evidence-based prevention and wellbeing strategies; (2)increase the awareness, reach, and accessibility of knowledge about: a.evidence-based child, parent, family, and community prevention and wellbeing strategies, and b.implementation science and best practices; (3)destigmatize the need for support to learn and apply: a.evidence-based prevention and wellbeing strategies, and b.implementation science and best practices; (4)model via media and communications products: a.evidence-based prevention and wellbeing strategies, and b.program implementation and scaling best practices; (5)leverage social and professional networks to: a.accelerate community-wide communications and messaging efforts, b.facilitate access to effective child, family, or community support, and c.facilitate access to effective implementation support.
As such, the Implementation Specialist: (1)delivers direct implementation support to community prevention coalitions and statewide intermediary organizations to support the development of capacity and best practices for the community-wide scale-up effective communications, media, and messaging activities regarding positive parenting; other evidence-based child, youth, and family practices; and implementation science and best practices; (2)assists with the development of messaging, communications, media, and social network analysis tools, measures, and other resources that may be useful to community and state partners; and (3)engages in implementation research and evaluation as related to communications, media, and messaging activities and social network analysis.
The position will join The Impact Center at FPG. The mission of The Impact Center at FPG is to catalyze social impact by (1) developing sustained capacity to use and optimize evidence-based prevention and well-being strategies and (2) contributing to implementation science and research. The Impact Center at FPG is a workgroup at FPG that includes implementation specialists, evaluation and improvement specialists, research scientists, and learning design specialists focused on the implementation and scale-up of evidence-based prevention strategies at population and system-wide levels. Guided by this workgroup’s theoretically- and empirically-derived model of core practice components, implementation support is delivered primarily to leaders and teams within community organizations and coalitions. The initial projects which this position will support involve close collaboration with state agency and funding partners in North Carolina and South Carolina.
In addition to membership in The Impact Center at FPG, the position is also expected to be a member of the community of FPG Investigators. Expectations include productivity in implementation science and research; the development of implementation support resources; guiding systems policies and practices at state, regional, and national levels; engagement in institutional and professional service in areas of relevance to FPG’s mission; and evaluation of professional performance.
Education and Experience:
Experience related to the design, implementation, and sustainment of public health communications, mass media, and research-to-practice translation activities. Demonstrated experience in technical assistance, written communication, and public speaking and presentation. Knowledge of research related to public health communications or mass communications, social network analysis, and evaluation methodologies related to community-wide communications and media activities. Content knowledge and professional experience in prevention science, particularly using public health approaches. The following skill sets are particularly preferred: (1)the development of effective communications and media products for translating research to practice; (2)the design, implementation, and sustainment of community-wide communications, media, and messaging activities; (3)the rigorous evaluation of community-wide communications, media, and messaging activities; (4)the use of social networking analysis to map community or professional networks; (5)the development of collaborative working relationships with leaders and other professionals; (6)facilitation of diverse professional teams and workgroups towards collective communications goals and actions; (7)the delivery of learning to adults using best practices in the scientific literature; (8)organizational development related to communications and messaging; (9)systems thinking and conceptualization; (10)supportive behavioral coaching for adults; and (11)adaptive leadership.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
Internal Number: 144576
About The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Carolina rates among the nation’s great institutions of higher education, set on an historic and beautiful campus that celebrates all four seasons. Carolina’s students, faculty and staff come here from around the world, bringing varied cultural, racial and ethnic heritages that help make UNC-Chapel Hill a thriving intellectual center. We’re repeatedly ranked the nation’s best value in higher education for students seeking to earn a college degree – the University has garnered the top spot each time since the ranking’s launch in 1998.Whether you’ve just started your career, are new to academia or are a seasoned professional with assorted campus experiences to draw on, we hope you will find a great place at Carolina.