• Senior Community Outreach Specialist

    Location US-MA-Brookline
    Job Posted Date 3 months ago(1/10/2019 3:18 PM)
    Job ID
    Hidden (24991)
    full time
  • Overview

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


    Community Benefits programs furthers DFCI’s community outreach mission by addressing the needs of medically underserved and at-risk populations to reduce health disparities in cancer and to increase awareness about prevention, screening, early detection and clinical trials. Working under the supervision of the Director of Community Benefits, the Sr. Community Outreach Specialist will demonstrate expertise in working with medically underserved populations and communities.


    The Senior Community Outreach Specialist is responsible for leading the HPV and HPV-Related Cancers strategies and tactics to reduce the incidence of HPV and HPV related cancers and by increasing the statewide HPV vaccination rates by working to 1. Expand and strengthen the HPV and Associated Cancers Outreach Program to increase awareness and education of HPV-associated cancers, and increase vaccine uptake, particularly among Black and Latino youth who have lower vaccination rates and higher rates of HPV-associated cancers. 2. Continue supporting the annual HPV Summit with MA HPV/cancer Coalition designed to educate primary care providers and other clinicians about HPV and HPV-related cancers with the goal of increasing the HPV vaccination rate in Massachusetts. 3. Take leading role in the MA HPV/Cancer coalition to increase the HPV vaccination rate in Massachusetts consistent with the Healthy People 2020 goal of an 80% vaccination rate among eligible youth.


    PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (List no more than 5-8 items)


    1. Lead the program development, planning and implementation of the HPV and HPV related cancers portfolio taking from recently completed strategic plan.
    2. Serve as organizational “backbone” for the Statewide HPV Coalition and work to increase membership and reach. Works to meet administrative and programmatic goals.
    3. Educate community stakeholders, partners and parents about the HPV.
    4. Fully participate as a key member of the Community Benefits Team in the development of the Community Health Needs Assessment, Implementation Plan, and other regulatory processes and initiatives.
    5. Collect and maintain identified community-level data from national, state, city and community based organizations related to HPV and the related cancers with a specific focus on communities of color.
    6. Establish and maintain ongoing communications with Community Benefits staff and staff and volunteers from the community-based organizations involved in HPV efforts.
    7. Represents DFCI in local, city, state initiatives related to cancer health disparities.
    8. Attends and actively participates in internal and external committee meetings and community coalitions.
    9. Demonstrates sound knowledge skills in researching best practice models/evidence based program design framework.
    10. Responsible for ensuring that all programming is high quality and culturally competent to meet community needs.
    11. Coordinates projects, data collection, and submits quarterly and annual summary reports.


    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.



    1. Master’s degree preferred in Public Health and other related research areas. Bachelor’s Degree minimum with substantial years of experience.
    2. 5-10 years professional experience in the field of cancer, public health and/or health care and in
    3. health disparities and social determinants of health
    4. Effective organization and project management skills combined with flexibility, attention to detail, and multi-tasking.
    5. Ability to work in a collaborative team environment and interact with all levels of hospital staff and community members a must.Additional Preferred Qualifications
    1. Bilingual in English and one other language -preferably Spanish, Haitian Creole or Portuguese.
    2. Strong interest and knowledge in community-based participatory research and community health. 

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED: (Please contact the Compensation Team if you need assistance with this section

    1. Demonstrated excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
    2. Demonstrated problem-solving skills and the ability to make independent decisions and lead others.
    3. Demonstrated solid public health research background with a focus on prevention program evaluations and outcomes.
    4. Demonstrated ability to establish rapport in ambulatory and community setting from a variety of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds in the community.


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