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University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill Tobacco Control Project Director in United States

Employment Type: Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)

Vacancy ID: NF0004983

Salary Range: Dependent upon Experience and/or Qualifications

Position Summary/Description:

The Project Director for Tobacco Control Research & Practice will provide strategic direction and leadership for several national tobacco control projects at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. These projects focus on evaluating the impact of the tobacco retail environment on smoking and tobacco-related diseases as well as translating the science to support state and local health practitioners combatting the vaping epidemic in their local communities.

The Project Director will lead the national roll-out of an open-access website called Vaping Prevention Resource ( VPR ). This website was founded by Dr. Kurt Ribisl, Professor and Chair of Health Behavior, Dr. Seth Noar, Professor of Journalism and Media, and Hannah Prentice-Dunn, Project Manager at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Building on UNC Lineberger’s expertise in tobacco control policy and health communication, VPR’s goal is to respond to the vaping epidemic by empowering communities with the resources and information they need to communicate with the public about the harmful effects of vaping.

The Project Director will also lead coordination of the NCI -funded P01 grant Advancing Science & Practice in the Retail Environment (ASPiRE) initiative. ASPiRE’s goal is to build a rigorous, scientific evidence base for effective tobacco control in the retail environment to reduce the public health burdens of tobacco use, including tobacco-related cancers and tobacco-related disparities. UNC partners with Stanford University and the Washington University in St Louis and this project requires coordination with remote collaborators. ASPiRE work at UNC will be led by Drs. Shelley Golden and Kurt Ribisl and will focus particularly on the health effects of tobacco retailer density.

The position requires substantial independence, strong organizational skills, experience leading project teams, and a demonstrated ability to build partnerships with partners in North Carolina and the rest of the country. The ideal candidate will have expertise in management of complex research projects, community outreach, as well as research design and implementation of research procedures.

Education and Experience:

Experience in health behavior or behavioral science is highly desirable, and preference will be given to candidates with expertise in tobacco control. The candidate must have a demonstrated ability in building community partnerships, strategic planning, and managing teams. This position requires a substantial capacity to work independently in a complex research environment. The candidate must possess excellent verbal, written, organizational, and interpersonal skills, and must possess the ability to work in teams and independently. The candidate must be attentive to detail, organized, and able to seek advice when project concerns arise. The candidate should also be comfortable working with diverse populations.

AA/EEO Statement:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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