Oregon Health & Science University

Student Worker

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Part-Time
Job Type
OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
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HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH) is aligned with the American Public Health Association in declaring racism a public health crisis, and our School is committed to becoming an antiracist SPH. We are working to center social justice in our internal and external work as a school and are committed to addressing structural and institutional racism, and to holding ourselves accountable to this work. 


The Waddell Research Group is seeking three undergraduate or graduate students (MPH or PhD) to support development of an inventory of the statewide resources available to address prevention of, treatment for and recovery from substance use disorders. The student worker will work directly with our team in collaboration with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission (ADPC). The statewide inventory will include types, levels and quantity of services and include a gap analysis that identifies services along the continuum of care that are absent or limited to individuals seeking services.


There are three positions available. Your application to this position will be considered for all three positions.

Function/Duties of Position

Primary job responsibilities include:

  • Identifying current resources available for substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery in each of the 36 Oregon counties and 9 federally recognized Tribes (including reaching out to facilities and individuals by phone and email).
  • Supporting the organization of information for each county in a consistent and understandable way
  • Using the Calculating for an Adequate System Tool (CAST) methodology, support the development of a gap analysis and reporting mechanism for OHA and ADPC
  • Prioritizing equity and inclusion in how information is gathered and disseminated
  • Other duties as assigned

Collaboration with multiple organizations, both internally at OHSU and in the community, is a critical component of this project, so excellent communication and organization skills are essential.


This position will report to Senior Research Associate within the Waddell Research Group.

Required Qualifications

  • Enrolled in or on vacation from or is otherwise registered in an Undergraduate Program (minimum 6 credit hours), OR Graduate Program (Masters or PhD), minimum 4.5 credit hours.
  • Demonstrated experience working with multiple stakeholders and using various communication methods, including phone, email, and in person (when safe). Ability to adapt type of communication and communication style based on the
  • Experience building or working with databases and inventories
  • Demonstrated mature and effective interpersonal communications skills including tact, diplomacy and flexibility with appropriate demeanor to maintain good working relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to interact with faculty and investigators, staff, students, and visitors at all levels within OHSU and in the community.
  • Ability to work independently and follow through on assignments in a supervised setting.
  • Strong organization skills, with the ability to understand overall program objectives and maintain attention to detail. 
  • Commitment to the principles of health equity and desire to implement them in work operations

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD level student
  • Previous experience with CAST methodology
  • Extensive knowledge of substance use disorders and the different methods of prevention, treatment, and recovery

Additional Details

Working conditions:

  • Ability to work remotely
  • Ability to communicate regularly by phone
  • Ability to work at a desk and on computer for up to 8 hours a day
  • When modified operations are lifted and COVID safety allows, ability to travel to communities across Oregon (travel costs will be covered)

Physical demands & equipment usage:

  • Personal computer with working camera and microphone; access to reliable internet

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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