Job #:  1749

The Interprofessional Education Outreach Coordinator (IPEOC) provides collaborative leadership for training and outreach efforts to improve health literacy in rural and underserved patient populations in Oregon through (a) the integration of appropriate information resources into patient care, (b) the education of health professions students, faculty, and providers within an interprofessional context, and (c) partnerships between academic and public libraries to improve public access to information that can improve health literacy competencies. This position provides training and develops materials for students, faculty, and providers in accessing/using appropriate patient information materials and in efficient strategies for assessing, and properly responding to, patients’ health literacy levels. This position also develops and delivers outreach activities and programs for health care consumers. As appropriate, National Library of Medicine (NLM) tools and resources are integrated into these activities. In this work, the IPEOC partners with Pacific University’s College of Health Professions schools and interprofessional education program, Pacific University’s interprofessional and disciplinary clinics, community health clinics/organizations, and public libraries. This position also serves as the Oregon liaison to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR) for the purposes of coordinating training, education services, and programs of the NN/LM PNR in Oregon. The IPEOC works under the direction of the Dean of University Libraries (Project Lead) and supervision of the Health Sciences Librarian (Project Manager). This is a part-time benefit-eligible position, working 34 hours per week. Regular travel within Washington County and throughout the state of Oregon will be required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work collaboratively with the Pacific University College of Health Professions administration and faculty and the Interprofessional Professional Education Steering Committee to promote health literacy and develop curricula for use in interprofessional education and practice (IPEP).
  • Provide instruction on health literacy principles and approaches to patient communication for students, faculty, and clinical partners
  • Work collaboratively with other health professions and interprofessional education programs in Oregon to enhance health literacy curricula
  • Develop collections of the low literacy patient education tools created by students, faculty, or clinical partners for open distribution through Pacific University’s institutional repository and/or NLM repositories, as appropriate
  • Conduct outreach and establish relationships with partner organizations, health clinics, and unaffiliated health professionals, providing consultation on collaborations, training resources, or strategies to support health literacy programs in their organizations and communities.
  • Foster librarians’ emerging role in IPEP by teaching, sharing information, giving presentations and poster sessions with both NNLM network members and health professions organizations on relevant topics (e.g., IPE, health literacy, patient engagement, patient education) via the NN/LM PNR blog, Twitter, Facebook, NN/LM PNR website and at professional conferences or meetings.
  • Serve as the lead staff at Pacific University Libraries and representative for Oregon for scheduling and hosting NN/LM PNR and NTO distance learning continuing education web conference meetings and presentations for network members and priority audiences.
  • Provide information and reports to the NN/LM PNR, Outreach Directors’ Group, and Executive Committee.
  • Work with RML staff to carry out the planning, coordination, instruction, research, and reporting functions of the grant.

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS:  Perform other related duties as needed.

JOB SCOPE:  This position is responsible for developing and coordinating all outreach, training, education services and programs related to Pacific University Libraries’ role as an Outreach Library for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region and its subcontract project through the NN/LM PNR Regional Medical Library at the University of Washington entitled “Knowledge is Health: Interprofessional Partnerships to Promote Health Literacy.” Requires both independent and collaborative work; most decisions are made in coordination with the Health Sciences Librarian and/or the University Librarian.

The position is primarily funded through a National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine award, NN/LM Region 6 RML, NN/LM Web Services Office (NWSO), NN/LM Evaluation Office (NEO) - University of Washington / NN/LM 2016-2021 RFA-LM-15-003 (1UG4LM012343-01), which is held by the University of Washington. Pacific University is the recipient of a pass-through subaward (No. UWSC 8999) for this award. The estimated project period for the prime award, as well as for the subaward, is May 1, 2016 – April 20, 2021. However, Pacific University is funded for a one-year period at a time, with an option to renew (annually, up to the end of the estimated project period) based on demonstrated adequate performance and continuing need. Continued funding is also subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory progress by the pass-through entity, University of Washington.

SUPERVISOR RESPONSIBILITY:  This position has no supervisory responsibility.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution is strongly preferred; equivalent educational qualifications will be considered
  • Minimum of two years’ of related experience in providing outreach services to health professionals or in a public health setting; experience in an interprofessional education or practice setting or with vulnerable populations is preferred.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES & BEHAVIORS:

  • Oral and written fluency in English at minimum; additional Spanish oral and/or written fluency is preferred.
  • Knowledge of consumer health information resources & programming for public libraries.
  • Understanding of the principles of health literacy as well as knowledge of health literacy tools and resources.
  • Experience in creating low-literacy patient education tools and other clinical resources.
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and critical thinking skills in problem solving and decision-making.
  • Demonstrated effective, culturally competent oral and written communication skills with students, faculty, staff, health professionals, and community members of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as in a team environment.
  • Ability to effectively manage and prioritize multiple concurrent projects.
  • Ability to work with others effectively in a collegial manner, and to proactively and appropriately address and resolve problems, issues, or concerns.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for accuracy and close attention to detail.
  • Ability to set priorities and complete projects within established parameters of time and quality.
  • Working knowledge of PubMed, MedlinePLUS, and knowledge of other NLM and NCBI databases.
  • Strong computer skills demonstrated by experience in a variety of library systems and ability to trouble-shoot technical equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to use the Microsoft Office suite.
  • Ability to travel to off-site locations.
  • Take responsibility for maintaining current knowledge of university information, activities, safety and emergency procedures and plans.

WORKING CONDITIONS:  Varied working conditions. Includes: academic library environment, working in public areas and in a normal office environment; training and classroom instruction; community outreach; and intra-state travel. Involves sedentary work that requires sitting and using a computer, as well as more active work that requires standing for teaching and outreach activities. Some evening and weekend hours may be necessary. This job is not exposed to adverse environmental conditions. Travel throughout Oregon is required.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:  Feeling; Fingering; Grasping; Hearing; Lifting; Pulling; Pushing; Reaching; Repetitive motion; Standing; Stooping; Talking; Walking.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:   Sedentary work. Instructional (standing) work. Light work. Visual acuity.

APPLICATION:  Please email cover letter, resume and names and phone numbers of three professional references to employment@pacificu.edu.  Please name your documents as shown in the following example: (Example:  Adams_Amy letter, Adams_Amy resume, Adams_Amy references).  You may also mail your application materials to Human Resources/Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR  97116.

Application materials will be screened and interview candidates will be selected and notified.  The hiring process normally consists of several interviews and can last several weeks depending on the position.  Employment is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and successful completion of a background check.  If the position is posted on our job board at http://www.pacificu.edu/hr/employment/positions/index.cfm it is an available position and you may apply.  No phone calls please.

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Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions and business.  Pacific University has campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore., as well as an office in Honolulu.  In addition, a variety of Pacific University health and eye clinics throughout the Portland area serve patients and provide students with practical experience.

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NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

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