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Research Assistant (Graduate student level position)

QUALIFICATIONS:    Graduate student in field of law, political science, public policy, communication, or public health (other majors may be considered)
SUMMARY:  The Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy aims to improve population health by contributing to informed health workforce policy through data management, community engagement, and original research. The Bowen Center provides high quality, impartial, policy-relevant research on the health workforce to assist decision-makers at the Federal, State and local levels in understanding health workforce capacity and needs. The Bowen Center located in the Department of Family Medicine at IU School of Medicine is seeking a part-time research assistant to assist research staff in various health policy-related activities, including but not limited to: the development of various types of reports, original policy research, and manuscript support. The position may also work with staff to disseminate Bowen Center documents and information. Successful candidates should have a very strong background in written communications and policy research.
Review and synthesis of state and federal code and rules
Monitor and summarize legislative initiatives
Assist in development of communications strategies for dissemination of research and reports
Draft internal and external communications
Project coordination
Assist faculty and staff in development of manuscripts/presentations
Contribute to high visibility projects
Participate in project discussions
Familiarity with statute and rules
Working knowledge of MS Word and MS Excel
Ability to communicate effectively, eloquently, and concisely in fluent English, written and verbal form
Strong technical and expository writing skills
Attention to detail
Ability to work / act independently
Ability to interact with co-workers and supervisor in a professional working environment
Strong interpersonal skills
Professional attitude and appearance
Must be available to intern for at least one year
COMMITMENT:   The RA position typically requires 29 hours per week of effort and pays $17.50 per hour with additional incentives negotiable. RAs establish their work schedule with the research staff or project director. The general expectation is that all working hours will be during regular business hours of the department (8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday).