Position for a community ethnographer in Hartford, CT


Project Coordinator/Ethnographer
Institute for Community Research

The Institute for Community Research (ICR) has an opening to begin in October 2010 for a full time Project Coordinator/Ethnographer to work on the 3-year federally funded Risk Avoidance Partnership (RAP) Translation Study. RAP is a program that trains drug users to become “Peer Health Advocates” (PHAs) to promote HIV/hepatitis/STI risk- and harm-reduction among their peers.

ICR is an independent, non-profit community-based research organization located in Hartford, Connecticut, which conducts collaborative research with community partners. Details on the Institute are available at http://www.incommunityresearch.org/. ICR, which developed and tested the original RAP intervention, and the Hartford Dispensary (HD), a multi-clinic drug-abuse treatment facility in Connecticut, are partnering to translate RAP for implementation in community drug treatment clinics. The project will also develop key measures of community context and clinic readiness to be used in a follow-up study of RAP-Clinic implementation.
The Project Coordinator/Ethnographer works under the supervision of the Principal Investigator and is responsible for the overall administrative coordination of project activities according to established timelines and protocols. Additionally, the Project Coordinator/Ethnographer will conduct all community and pilot intervention observations and related in-depth interviews, oversee clinic staff survey data collection and collection of qualitative process and fidelity data during the pilot, manage processing, coding and analysis of qualitative data, and assist with integrating qualitative and quantitative project data. The Project Coordinator/ Ethnographer will also participate in the instrument development/revision, publication of project findings, and writing of subsequent grant(s) to further implement and test the translated RAP intervention.


  • Ph.D. in anthropology, sociology, or other social or behavioral science or public health with training in ethnographic research methods AND at least 3 years of field experience conducting community research or intervention, preferably with drug users in an urban U.S. setting.
  • Experience in program administration/coordination, particularly of community-based research projects.
  • Experience working in partnership with community organizations and with people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Flexible, able to work cooperatively with project staff and participants and with community partners as a team member; ability to work independently and exercise discretion and good judgment in job functions.
  • Facility with standard MS Office applications; preferred experience with data analytical software (especially Atlas-ti and SPSS).
  • Excellent writing, communication, management, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Ability to generate federal reports, assist with or take the lead on grant applications, public presentations, and other written and oral reporting and dissemination activities; publication track record or indication of publication productivity needed.

Salary: $54,000-$57,000; excellent benefits.

Send letter of introduction and resume to:

Human Resources
Institute for Community Research
2 Hartford Square West, Suite 100
146 Wyllys Street
Hartford, CT 06106-5128

Closing Date: Open until filled but first priority to applicants who apply by October 15, 2010

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