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Student Research Worker

ICAP at Columbia

Student Research Worker

  • 531088
  • Medical Center
  • ICAP at Columbia
  • Part Time
  • Opening on: Nov 14 2022
  • Ungraded
  • Job Type: Short Term Casual
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Temporary
  • End Date if Temporary: 6/30/2023
  • Hours Per Week: 20
  • Salary Range: $24-$26

Position Summary

The New York City Pandemic Response Institute (PRI) represents a landmark endeavor operated by ICAP at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in partnership with CUNY School of Public Health and other academic, community, government and corporate partners and supported by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and other donors and supporters. The vision for PRI is to build sustained, cooperative action to prepare, predict, detect, respond, and recover from major health threats and to reduce the disparities noted in association with the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic in the City of New York. The PRI will address the entire lifecycle of emergency preparedness and response by advancing a dynamic set of activities that increase resilience to the adverse consequences of public health emergencies

Reporting to the Programs and Operations Manager, the Student Research Worker (Research Assistant) will assist the PRI Racial Equity and Social Determinants of Health (RESDH) team with programmatic, technical and administrative responsibilities to support PRI planning and implementation. Excellent interpersonal skills, attention to detail, ability to follow complex procedures, timeliness, professionalism, and ability to work in a group required.


  • Provide administrative, management, and professional leadership and expertise related to PRI RESDH initiatives and strategies. (15%)
  • Assist with developing and evaluating a comprehensive unit workplan to achieve goals and performance measures consistent with established strategies and PRI’s mission and goals for RESDH programs. (15%)
  • Support the integration of RESDH strategies within PRI’s workplans, policies, procedures, and practices. (15%)
  • Assist with conducting research, analyzing complex issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing effective staff reports. (20%)
  • Assist with researching pandemic driven racial health disparities in New York City, and national strategies for racial health equity during the COVID-19 pandemic. (20%)
  • Assist with the development and editing of presentations, reports and other project documents. (5%)
  • Assist with meeting logistics and administrative activities. (5%)
  • Perform other duties as assigned. (5%)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent
  • Experience managing/administrating agency-wide racial equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives and/or program management, policy planning and evaluation where advancing social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly for underserved communities, was a significant component.
  • Strong leadership, program management, time management, and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to negotiate sensitive issues, analyze conflicts, and facilitate effective resolutions.
  • Ability to execute workplan goals, objectives, practices, policies, procedures, and performance measures related to PRI RESDH efforts.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and cultural competency skills
  • Ability to work independently and manage various tasks in a team setting
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Excel, Word, Outlook)

Preferred Qualifications

  • A master’s degree in public health, public affairs or a related discipline

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