The Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) is an interdisciplinary center serving communities and organizations through research, training, and support services to cultivate healthy and safe cultures. We are a highly motivated and collaborative center that is passionate about serving communities to improve their quality of life. We recognize that every community has its own strengths that should be honored and celebrated. Our research goal is to help communities recognize, grow, and align these strengths with their community goals. We also provide training and guidance to increase the capacity of communities to achieve these goals.
CHSC is seeking a motivated and entrepreneurial researcher with an established funding network within industry, non-profit, and federal organizations that can support research into behavior change strategies as a way to improve health and safety. This new member will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers that are dedicated to each other and the mission to serve organizations and communities in the areas of traffic safety, interpersonal violence, substance misuse, and child wellbeing or other relevant public health areas. The primary role of the successful candidate is to fund and lead research projects in these areas, especially those funded by industry or non-profit organizations. The success of this position will be measured in terms of the diversity and sustainability of their resulting research portfolio that will significantly contribute to the Center’s work. A remote location may be agreed upon, depending on experience, facility (such as office location), location suitability to meet mission requirements, and other factors.
Program: The Center for Health & Safety Culture (CHSC) is an interdisciplinary center serving communities and organizations through research, training, and support services to cultivate healthy and safe cultures. The Center is dedicated to applying research to develop sustainable solutions to complex social problems. Our research focuses on understanding how culture impacts behavior – especially behavior associated with health and safety. Our work is grounded in a behavioral model based on the social environment and the influence of culture defined as the belief system shared within an identified group. This broadly operating model to measure, analyze, and transform culture is called “Positive Culture Framework” (PCF). This framework is grounded in validated psychological models of human social behaviors related to health and safety. We address a variety of issues working with tribal, federal, state, and community agencies as well as private non-profit and for-profit organizations and companies. Current research projects include addressing substance misuse, traffic safety, child maltreatment, and violence.
University: Students, professors, and staff at MSU work together with community partners to exchange and apply knowledge and resources that improve the world. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies MSU as one of only 131 colleges and universities in the nation (out of more than 4,300) that maintain “very high research activity.” Of those 131 institutions, only 69 are classified as having “significant commitment to community engagement.” And of those 69, MSU is the only college or university with a Carnegie enrollment profile of “very high undergraduate.”
Following a rigorous application and evaluation process, MSU was awarded the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s community engagement classification. This designation recognizes MSU’s commitment to teaching that encourages volunteer service in communities and the spreading of knowledge that benefits the public. Service and outreach projects are embedded in MSU’s coursework, research, and extracurricular activities to enhance learning and improve lives around the world.
Duties and Responsibilities
Grow a network of new and existing funders and collaborators within the industry, non-profit, and federal sectors.
Obtain funding for research opportunities in the areas of traffic safety, interpersonal violence, substance misuse, and child wellbeing as well as other relevant areas of personal interest in public health.
Serve as Principal Investigator and participate in all aspects of research projects (e.g., design, data collection/analysis, dissemination, project management).
Participate in the outreach and technology transfer activities of the center (e.g., publishing, training).
Contribute to the marketing and international reputation of the center.
Doctoral degree (or Master’s degree with substantial years of relevant experience) in discipline related to understanding and changing behavior related to health and safety.
Evidence of prior research funding (serving as Principal Investigator) and established research network in industry, non-profit, or federal sectors (e.g., NIH).
History of published research, conference presentations, and committee participation in one or more of the center’s focus areas: traffic safety, interpersonal violence, substance misuse, and child wellbeing.
Exceptional writing and oral communication skills for both academic and community audiences.
Experience in researching and transforming the social determinants of behavior related to health and safety (e.g., culture, social ecology).
Experience in program evaluation methodologies.
Evidence of strong research methodology and data analysis skills.
Experience or certification with effective/engaging online training methods and technology.
The Successful Candidate Will
Effective interpersonal, communication, and teamwork skills, including the ability to provide training and online webinars.
Committed to public health in diverse communities.
Ability to participate in community-based research.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
Continuation of employment is contingent upon the availability of funding.
This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Physical Demands To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
This position has supervisory duties.
Internal Number: STAFF - VA - 21050
About Center for Health and Safety Culture at Montana State University
The Center for Health & Safety Culture (CHSC) is an interdisciplinary center serving communities and organizations through research, training, and support services to cultivate healthy and safe cultures. The Center is dedicated to applying research to develop sustainable solutions to complex social problems. Our research focuses on understanding how culture impacts behavior – especially behavior associated with health and safety. We address a variety of issues working with tribal, federal, state, and community agencies as well as private non-profit and for-profit organizations and companies. Current research projects include addressing substance abuse, traffic safety, child maltreatment and violence.