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Job Title: Informationist
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Organization: The Knowledge Center, Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC)
Posted: 8/6/2018
Type: Full-Time
Industry: Academic Institutions
Number of Openings: 1
Location: New York,  NY    USA
Position Description: The Informationist will create and deliver innovative research and information management programs at the Knowledge Center (KC). Emphasis will be on data synthesis and analysis as well as on educational programming related to patient health, teaching and learning at CUIMC. The person in this position will report to the Assistant Programs Director. He/she will work closely with a team of Informationists and Programs staff.

Essential duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

• Develops, implements and promotes educational programming associated with data and research information management, including user needs assessment, content development and evaluation

• Identifies and cultivates key partnerships with faculty and academic programs at CUIMC. Works with key constituents to develop ideas for new and sustainable research and information management programs/curricula

• Develops and provides multi-faceted service lines for faculty and students, consisting of consulting, and instruction

• Reviews and analyzes resources, tools and software that enable patrons to leverage their research findings, data mining and/or collaborative scholarly communication in health / life sciences; monitors and measures the effectiveness of products and services

• Participates in grant proposal process and implementation of related research initiatives

• Collaborates with Informationists and KC/HSL staff, as well as other Columbia University libraries and outside health sciences libraries as appropriate, to deliver exceptional service to users

• Participates in the dissemination of programmatic outcomes and processes via presentations, publications and other media in an effort to promote the work of the KC and contribute to the greater scientific community

Qualifications: Requirements:

• Ability to creatively plan, execute and market multi-dimensional services and programs

• Demonstrated experience with survey design and analysis including evaluation and assessment methodologies and technologies

• Experience as an educator or trainer and skills in program management and/or curriculum development

• High attention to detail

• Entrepreneurial spirit and a genuine interest in adding to a burgeoning center of knowledge and information practice

• Excellent project management skills including experience coordinating and promoting initiatives, outreach and instruction

• Knowledge of and experience in utilizing biomedical, social science and health policy databases such as PubMed, Embase and CINAHL in addition to: other research and clinical information tools; MS Office; web content management tools; and web services such as Zendesk

• Demonstrated use of data analysis and/or tools such as SAS; SPSS; NVivo; R; GIS and the ability to learn additional tools as needed

• Excellent writing and communication skills with experience writing Web site content, grant proposals and/or carrying out funded initiatives

• Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively with diverse populations of academic clientele

• Understanding of scholarly publishing

• Demonstrated experience with and willingness to embrace new and emerging technologies, especially in teaching, research and publication in the health / life sciences

• Excellent time management, analytical, interpersonal, organizational and problem-solving skills

• Highly motivated and flexible team player with sound customer service skills and a “hands on” orientation

• Sense of humor

Education and professional experience:

Master’s degree in biostatistics, information, biomedical sciences, public health, education or related discipline and at least two years of relevant experience.

Experience working in health care / biomedical academic environment with students, faculty and staff and providing instruction and guidance to individuals/groups in this setting a plus.

Experience with systematic reviews, NIH grant proposals and writing journal manuscripts a plus.

Experience in health research, specializing in searching methods for evidence-based practice, meta-analyses and/or health technology assessments (HTAs) a plus.

Organization Description: The Knowledge Center (KC) at the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library (HSL) aims to be the focal point for the exchange of biomedical and scientific information that is vital to the broad range of aspirations and activities within the Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC).

Closing Date: 9/4/2018
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Contact Name: Melissa Mendelson,  Director, Programs
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How to Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to:

Please include in your cover letter that you found this job on the PHEC database.

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Web Site Delete Date: 9/4/2018