Associate Research Social Worker - Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress - Military Veterans

at Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Bethesda, Maryland

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HJF is seeking an Associate Research Social Worker to support the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) located at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to CSTS.

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) is one of the nation's oldest and most highly regarded, academic-based organizations dedicated to advancing trauma-informed knowledge, leadership and methodologies. The Center's work addresses a wide scope of trauma exposure from the consequences of combat, operations other than war, terrorism, natural and humanmade disasters, and public health threats as well as risk and protective factors associated with suicidal behaviors. CSTS is a part of our nation's federal medical school, Uniformed Services University (USU), and its Department of Psychiatry. These affiliations represent the Center's history, mission and future directions as a major contributor to our country's understanding of the impact of trauma and the advancement of trauma-informed care. Learn more about the CSTS.

The Department has active research programs in the Basic and Clinical Sciences and Neurosciences. In addition to intramural research projects, the Department maintains active research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Science Foundation, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Air Force. The department has ongoing collaborations with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, is sponsor of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, and provides psychiatry residency training through its affiliations with Walter Reed Army Medical Center, National Naval Medical Center and Malcolm Grow Air Force Medical Center and the National Capital Area Graduate Medical Education Consortium.

The incumbent will perform research and/or development in collaboration with others for projects. Provides laboratory and technical support to senior technical and professional staff. Solves less complex problems in carrying out research projects in a clinical or laboratory environment.

The Associate Social Worker should hold a DSW/PhD/DrPH with research and program management skills, interested in family violence (e.g., child neglect, child maltreatment, spouse abuse) and other areas related to stress and trauma outcomes. The Associate Research Social Worker will provide administrative oversight to the Army's Family Advocacy Program and will be responsible for contributing to scientific research and program management support

NOTE: As a U.S. Government contractor, all HJF employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021. Proof of vaccination or an approved religious or medical accommodation will be required.

  1. Assists in designing, developing, and executing research in child and adult maltreatment to support the US Army. Coordinates and conducts research on stress in military units related to family maltreatment and stresses of military life, such as deployment to war zones. (25%)
  2. Conducts analyses of child and adult maltreatment data through the use of the Army Central Registry of child and adult maltreatment (family maltreatment and reports these analyses to the Army. Collaborates with program area Army researchers and generates research reports for the Army. Conducts analyses of family maltreatment data in response to ad hoc requests from the Army. Interpretation and application of data analyses. Incorporates new, more complex analytic techniques to examine the data, and publishes results to help inform and advance field. Prepares manuscripts related to behavioral science research for publication in professional journals and books. (25%)
  3. Provides educational outreach related to family violence, stress, and other trauma outcomes. Produces a newsletter of 8-12 pages twice per year featuring an interview with a prominent maltreatment researcher and additional maltreatment-related articles. Conducts literature searches to support preparation of the newsletter's summaries of recent scientific and medical research and practice applicable to family maltreatment. (15%)
  4. Supports the Army Family Violence Research Subcommittee (FARS) by reviewing proposals, protocols, and manuscripts on family maltreatment. (15%)
  5. Manages and executes human use compliance requirements. Prepares grant applications and manages IRB and grant administration issues. Substantial administrative management and oversight responsibilities for research and Center-wide activities. (10%)
  6. Supervises and trains Research Assistants, Postdocs, and Fellows. Assists with planning, development, and conducting of professional seminars and conferences sponsored by the research team and CSTS. (10%)
  7. May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the supervisor. This may include attendance of and participation in required training for role.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Substantial knowledge of appropriate scientific areas; ability to analyze and interpret data; clear experience writing manuscripts for publication in professional journals or books (Please include publication record on CV). Writing scientific grant protocols, and writing and presenting papers at professional meetings and conferences. Knowledge of SAS or SPSS statistical programming. Senior management level skills of personnel and budget.

Minimum Education: Doctoral degree required in social work, psychology, or public health required.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: Minimum 3-5 years of experience required. 5+ years' experience preferred in Clinical Social Work.

Supervisory Responsibilities: May recommend the following: employee hiring, disciplinary action, and starting salaries; provide input on employee performance evaluations.

Work Environment: This job takes place in a typical office setting.

Work Arrangement: Remote during COVID, ideally 100% on-site afterwards.

Background/Security: Eligibility to obtain and maintain a Tier I investigation/Public Trust.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.

Bethesda, Maryland

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) is a global organization dedicated to advancing military medical research. We serve military, medical, academic and government clients by administering, managing and supporting preeminent scientific programs that benefit members of the armed forces and civilians alike.

The not-for-profit Foundation is authorized by Congress to support research at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and throughout military medicine. Since its founding in 1983, HJF has served as a vital link between the military medical community and its federal and private partners. The Foundation’s support and administrative capabilities allow military medical researchers and clinicians to maintain their scientific focus and to accomplish their research goals effectively and efficiently.

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