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Variable Hours Officer


Variable Hours Officer

  • 522882
  • Medical Center
  • Neurology
  • Part Time
  • Opening on: Feb 11 2022
  • Grade 103
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Temporary
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 10
  • Salary Range:

Position Summary

The Department of Neurology at the Columbia University Medical Center is currently seeking a Variable Hours Officer (VHO).  The VHO position will be focus on the Wellness Center, which is home to Columbia’s Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Institute called ‘InTOuCH.’  This program recruits trusted members of churches from West and Central Harlem to complete an 8-week, certified CHW training curriculum. The Community Health Worker (CHW) alumni of this program will be responsible for supporting an initiative to increase access to depression screening among African American church members.  They will support recruitment, depression screening, delivery of study intervention, and follow-up of study participants in these faith-based settings.


The VHO will work directly with church leadership, community health worker champion, and faculty from the Columbia University Irving Medical Center. They will support the implementation of depression screening in Central & West Harlem; offering mental health treatment referrals, and providing Motivational Interviewing to church members.

  • Collaborate and engage church leaders in implementation of church-based depression screening
  • Work closely with CHW champion and program coordinator, in implementation of the depression screening study.
  • Complete Orientation and Initial Training
  • Complete pre and post training knowledge and self-efficacy measures
  • Complete booster training sessions
  • Participate in Focus Groups at end of study
  • Organize and participate in virtual community kick-off and screening events
  • Identify and recruit eligible church congregants to participate in the depression screening
  • Assign participants with positive screening to the randomized controlled trial
  • Make follow up phone calls to eligible participants to schedule 3m, 6m screening
  • Coordinate monitoring and follow-up of study participants
  • Deliver motivational interviewing sessions or regular counseling with mental health resources
  • Report to CHW champion and program coordinator on a regular basis

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience such as an InTouch Program Certificate.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate of Columbia’s certified CHW Training Institute called ‘InTOuCH’
  • Be in good standing with ZMBBI Wellness Center leaders as a Community Health Worker
  • Be an active member of a local church in West or Central Harlem
  • Conducted at least one prior church-based health screening event
  • Knowledge of health disparities research
  • Familiar with Institutional Review board protocols, databases, etc.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple diverse projects
  • Flexibility in hours (i.e., will work some evenings and at least 1 Saturday / month)
  • Experience developing, distributing, and evaluating research studies

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