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Implementation Specialist

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

By applying for this position, you are being considered for one of four identical positions. Two of the position will be working with counties across the state of South Carolina and two of the positions will be located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Posting Information

Position Information

Position Type Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)
Department FPG Child Development Inst-631200
Working Title Implementation Specialist
Appointment Type EHRA Non-Faculty Research
Position Posting Category Research Professionals
Salary Range Dependent upon qualifications
Full Time/Part Time? Full-Time Permanent
Hours per Week 40
Vacancy ID NF0002869
Position ID 20025605
Posting Open Date 12/20/2017
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Start Date 02/05/2018
Position Summary

The Implementation Specialist serves as a project area leader on funded implementation science project(s) at the Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Implementation Specialist:
(1) delivers a range of direct implementation supports to community prevention coalitions and child and family-serving agencies to support their effective implementation and scaling of evidence-based prevention and intervention programs;
(2) assists with the development of implementation tools, measures, and other resources that may be useful to community and state partners; and
(3) engages in implementation research and evaluation.
The position will work closely with an FPG work group that includes Implementation Specialists, Evaluation and Improvement Specialists, Research Scientists, and Learning Design Specialists focused on the implementation and scale-up of evidence-based prevention strategies at population and system-wide levels. Guided by this work group’s theoretically and empirically derived model of core practice components, implementation support is delivered primarily to leaders and teams within community organizations and coalitions. Projects involve close collaboration with state agency and funding partners in North Carolina and South Carolina.
In addition to membership in this FPG work group, the position is also expected to be a member of the community of FPG Investigators. Expectations include productivity in implementation science and research; the development of implementation support resources; guiding systems policies and practices at state, regional, and national levels; engagement in institutional and professional service in areas of relevance to FPG’s mission; and evaluation of professional performance.

Educational Requirements

Preference for a Ph.D. in Psychology, Social Work, Public Health, Prevention Science, Implementation Science, or closely related fields of study. In exceptional cases, a Masters in psychology, social work, public health, prevention science, or implementation science and seven to ten years of relevant experience will be considered.

Qualifications and Experience

Experience related to using implementation science and practice frameworks to support implementing communities and organizations to operationalize innovations, develop implementation teams, build infrastructure supports, and develop enabling contexts to support the use of evidence to benefit children, youth, and families. Demonstrated experience in technical assistance, written communication, public speaking and presentation, group facilitation, knowledge of research, and qualitative and quantitative evaluation methodologies. Content knowledge and professional experience in prevention science, particularly using public health approaches. The following skill sets are particularly preferred:
(1) the development of collaborative working relationships with leaders and other professionals;
(2) formal assessment of individual, team, and/or organizational attitudes, resources, and behaviors;
(3) facilitation of diverse professional teams and work groups towards collective goals and actions;
(4) the delivery of learning to adults using best practices in the scientific literature;
(5) organizational development;
(6) systems thinking and conceptualization;
(7) supportive behavioral coaching for adults;
(8) adaptive leadership; and
(9) facilitating groups with a co-facilitator.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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.

Special Instructions

By applying for this position, you are being considered for one of four identical positions.

Two of the position will be working with counties across the state of South Carolina and two of the positions will be located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Department Contact Information

Department Contact Name and Title William Aldridge, Ph.D.
Department Contact Telephone or Email
Office of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. List of References

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please select the response below that describes your level of education that best or mostly closely satisfies the education requirements for this position.
    • Bachelor’s degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
    • Bachelor's degree in any field/discipline
    • Master's degree or Doctorate degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
    • Master's degree or Doctorate degree in any field/discipline
    • None of the above
  2. * Specify your advanced degrees and the disciplinary area.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please briefly describe your experience working with evidence-based prevention and other intervention programs for children, families, and communities.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please describe your experience using implementation science and practice frameworks to support communities and organizations adopting innovative practices. Please be sure to speak to any experience facilitating organizational or community teams, if possible.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please describe your experience using data and information for research, evaluation, or quality improvement activities related to the implementation or delivery of innovative practices?

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * The position requires seven to nine days of travel per month. Are you able to meet that requirement?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Two of the position will be working with counties across the state of South Carolina. If you are interested in working remotely from South Carolina, please describe your ability to work from home and occasionally commute to Chapel Hill for project and team meetings.

    (Open Ended Question)