Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social-Emotional Learning and Substance Abuse Prevention
Job posting number: #7085351
Posted: September 15, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionOrganizational Overview
At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity, service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. A premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to work. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supported and your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leave package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and an opportunity to do mission-driven work.
Recruitment Pool All Applicants
Anticipated Hiring Range Up to $50,000
Campus Monroe Park Campus
Position Type Hourly
Normal work days
Normal work hours
Job Category Research
Does this position provide patient or clinical services to the VCU Health System? No
Does this position require a pre-placement medical assessment? No
Is any portion of this position grant-funded? Yes - Continuation of this position depends on funding of the grant.
Sensitive Position No
Resource Critical Yes
Description of the Job
The Innovation in Child and Family Wellness Research Group (Innovative Wellness) of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is pleased to announce a postdoctoral fellowship in the areas of social-emotional learning and substance abuse prevention. Innovative Wellness at VCU (https://innovativewellness.vcu.edu/) guides school- and community-based efforts to promote social-emotional learning and prevent substance abuse among adolescents. The postdoctoral fellow will join a vibrant research team to examine the efficacy of a trauma- informed, social-emotional learning program to reduce adolescent substance use, called Rise Above: Building Life Skills to Overcome and Thrive (https://www.riseabovenow.org/). There will be considerable opportunities for the postdoctoral scholar to participate in implementation, project coordination, recruitment, data collection and analysis, manuscript preparation, and grant writing.
The postdoctoral fellow will have the unique opportunity to assist in the coordination, dissemination, and evaluation of the social-emotional learning program by collaborating with school and community partners or leading/co-leading a prevention education class. The postdoctoral fellowship is for a 12-month period, with the option to renew for an additional year, contingent on performance.
Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in education, social work, psychology, public health, or a related discipline when they begin the fellowship. The ideal candidate for this position will have demonstrated experience conducting intervention research, collaborating with schools and community agencies, have strong initiative and communication skills, and be proficient in working with intervention data and relevant data analysis. Applicants must have a demonstrated record of working with diverse child and youth populations.
Previous experiences in intervention research including drug prevention, social-emotional learning, trauma-informed schools, and evaluation research. Strong interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills. Preference will be given to individuals who have prior experience in teaching social-emotional learning programs or substance abuse prevention curriculum in school settings.