Website The New York Academy of Medicine

About NYAM:

The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) tackles the barriers that prevent every individual from living a healthy life. NYAM generates the knowledge needed to change the systems that prevent people from accessing what they need to be healthy such as safe and affordable housing, healthy food, healthcare and more. Through its high-profile programming for the general public, focused symposia for health professionals, and its base of dedicated Fellows and Members, NYAM engages the minds and hearts of those who also value advancing health equity to maximize health for all.


Department Summary:

Through our Community Partnerships and Policy Solutions Department, we partner with community residents and leaders, and decisionmakers to identify innovative, evidence-informed policy solutions. Through these partnerships, we are actively working together to align and shape the actions of communities, government, and industry to transform the places where we live, work, play, and learn into environments that promote health and advance equity.


Position Summary/Overview:

The Research Scientist reports to the Director of Community Partnerships and Policy Solutions at The New York Academy of Medicine. The Research Scientist is a highly motivated, strategic thinker who generates and implements ideas and leads and supports high-profile research initiatives. This position will work among departments within the organization and externally across communities, government offices, and the private sector to develop research designs and carry out research projects to build the evidence to inform policy solutions. The Research Scientist will initially work on projects that are grounded in participatory action research and implementation research processes. The position is grant supported and allows for the research scientist to develop and grow a portfolio of work.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research Design & Implementation: Develop new research designs and carry out their implementation for current and new projects that advance health equity in communities with the goal of informing policies at the program, local, state, and national levels.
  • Project Management: Develop and implement work plans toward the timely completion of deliverables related to research projects.
  • Communication: The Research Scientist will prepare white papers, peer reviewed publications, conference presentations, literature reviews, and other materials for diverse audiences, including the research community, public policy decision-makers, media, advocates, and government.
  • Fundraising: Cultivate relationships with new and existing funders. Lead proposal development and grant applications that advance the knowledge and research on all facets of health equity and with a focus on child health and well-being.
  • Budget Management: Monitor expenditures across grants.
  • Relationship Management and Strategic Partnerships: Develop and manage relationships with elected and appointed officials and staff, faith- and community-based organizations, business-serving organizations, advocates, cultural institutions, and others. Identify and catalyze strategic partnership opportunities.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities: Supervise a research team at the project level.
  • Other Duties as Assigned: Including but not limited to representing the Academy at community meetings, conferences, and other events.



  • PhD or MD with a track record of research design and implementation, and publications.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience conducting participatory action research.
  • Experience connecting research findings to policy.
  • Previous experience leading research projects, particularly with communities who have shared decision-making power.
  • Proven track record of successful grant writing and management of a grant portfolio.
  • Proven ability to take initiative, establish priorities, and advance objectives with minimal supervision.
  • Must demonstrate exceptional communication, public speaking, and writing skills; strong analytic thinking; attention to detail; and facility in networking and developing partnerships.
  • Must have training in both qualitative and quantitative data analytic skills
  • Knowledge of Spanish language a plus
  • Must enjoy a fast-paced environment.


Work Environment:

This job currently operates in a remote environment, with the option of working in the office as of October 5, 2020. This role routinely uses standard office equipment. Physical demands are those of a professional office environment.

The New York Academy of Medicine is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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