Oregon Health & Science University

Research Associate / Systems and Workforce Innovation Specialist

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Institute on Development and Disability (IDD)
Salary Range
Commensurate with experience
Some travel in-state and national may be required.
Typical working hours 8:30-5pm; specific schedule TBD
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Oregon Center for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs (OCCYSHN) at the Institute on Development and Disability (IDD) is Oregon's Title V public health agency for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). We administer Oregon’s Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant funds for CYSHCN and support the systems that serve CYSHCN and their families. 

Function/Duties of Position

OCCYSHN’s System and Workforce Development (S&W) Unit collaborates with local public health authorities, local and regional health care, education, and developmental disabilities systems as well as state-level partners to ensure a well-integrated system of care for CYSHCN.  Details about our work are available on our website at https://www.ohsu.edu/occyshn.


OCCYSHN is seeking an experienced, creative team member to join OCCYSHN’s S&W unit as the Systems and Workforce Innovation Specialist. The duties of this position support the mission, goals and objectives of OHSU, IDD and OCCYSHN as well as the Maternal Child Health Bureau Title V public health goals and objectives.


Public health modernization, transformation of primary care, integration of care across systems, and other changes in the health care landscape, have created challenges and opportunities for the improvement of systems of care serving CYSHCN. The ideal candidate will have credentials and/or experience to support health-related or child-serving organizations in the development and implementation of innovative strategies that align with OCCYSHN’s strategic plan to improve the health and well-being of CYSHCN and their families. This necessitates that the candidate have experience with, and commitment to, cross-systems, family-centered team-based care.


The Innovation Specialist will support OCCYSHN efforts to promote cross-systems care coordination with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Responsibilities include: project planning, project coordination, implementation oversight, liaising with external partners, and collaboration with internal partners.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree with major courses in public health or administration and 3 years of relevant experience. –OR- Bachelors degree with major courses in field of public health or public administration and 5 years of relevant experience. 
  • Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities requirements
    • Knowledge of:
      • Community engagement principles
      • Oregon’s state, regional, county, and community-based systems of care.
      • Cross-systems collaboration
      • Commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion.
    • Skills and Abilities:
      • Strong project coordination skills
      • Ability to engage in systems thinking for the identified population
      • Ability to advocate for the identified population in workgroup and partner settings
      • Ability to speak and write articulately and succinctly
      • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to promote collaboration and negotiation
      • Political astuteness

Preferred Qualifications

  • MPH, MPA with five years relevant experience.
  • Five years or more of experience working in systems and policy development to benefit CYSHCN
  • Experience with care coordination or case management.
  • Experience partnering across systems in development and/or implementation of care coordination projects or programs.
  • Experience using a health equity framework in project and program development or improvement.
  • Experience working with non-dominant communities
  • Experience working through all aspects of innovating programs or projects.  These include conceptualization, mobilization, development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability.
  • Preferred job related knowledge, skills and abilities:
    • Knowledge of:
    • Oregon’s state, regional, county, and community-based systems of care serving children with special health care needs.
    • Health care systems
    • Cross-systems collaboration and  care coordination in the context of national and state health care reform
    • Challenges specific to CYSHCN and their families, including those residing in rural and frontier areas.
  • Skills and abilities:
    • Applying health equity lens to projects

Additional Details

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All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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