Accelerate! Making Sex Ed Relevant

The ISRC has recently been awarded a grant through ViiV Healthcare to develop and implement a curriculum for Black MSM around HIV awareness, prevention, and management. We will be hiring two new full-time staff members to aid us in this and other ISRC projects. See below for the job descriptions.


Appointment: Full-time salary and exempt research staff position to begin as soon as possible, 52-weeks/year. Salary commensurate with experience. Grant-funded for a two-year period, with possible extension with continued or new funding.

Responsibilities: The person in this innovative and exciting role will work with the principal investigators and ISRC staff as the leader of health education programming to assure the success of the collaborative’s various educational projects. Generally, the Health Education Specialist will oversee the educational programming, including coordination, planning, evaluation, and implementation of that programming by staff facilitators and interns. Current programs focus on human sexuality education and target the following populations: adults who work with young people, adolescents, parents, human service professionals, college students, and others. web: phone: 610.499.4163 email: The largest of the educational projects is working with Black gay men in Baltimore, MD and Jackson, MS to determine ways to increase their sexual health and wellbeing as well as reduce the negative impact of HIV. The program, called “Making Sex Ed Relevant,” is part of ViiV Healthcare’s Accelerate! initiative, and takes a positive approach to supporting participants that is grounded in supporting men in to achieve their personally-defined goals. The Health Education Specialist will be responsible for directing the project, and working closely with the men and organizations involved in the two communities. Tasks will span various aspects of the project including research, implementation, oversight, and evaluation of outcomes. The health educator will review existing HIV-risk reduction and sexuality education curriculum and strategies, propose ways to make those relevant for Black gay men, develop new online content with support from technology specialists, pilot test and hold focus groups with a community advisory board and members of the target communities, and support the implementation and testing of developed materials. Implementation will include revising and writing new content, developing process measures, training staff at partnering community-based organizations, serving as support for implementation staff, collaborating with evaluation team staff, and coordinating the sharing of key program information for providers and other key stakeholders who work with Black gay men in the two cities.


• Master’s degree in Human Service Profession, including Public Health, Psychology, Health Education, Social Work, and Counseling; or a Bachelor’s degree with significant work experience in health education;

• Minimum of 2-5 years working with Black gay men doing intervention research, education, training, advocacy or other related work;

• Interest and/or experience in intersectional social justice work, specifically with regards to racial justice, economic justice, positive sexual health and wellbeing, men who have sex with men, and medical/social complexities of HIV prevalence, treatment, and prevention;

• Ability to travel on occasion;

• Experience writing curriculum and lesson plans, teaching sexuality education content;

• Demonstrated ability to work independently, follow through on set goals, and communicate effectively in various media (written, in person, videoconference, online and through social media with multiple and diverse team members;

• Demonstrated organizational skills to manage the project information and data;

• Evidenced commitment to the mission, approach, and project goals;

• Evidenced ability to manage the dynamic boundaries required to work within a community while working to support change implementation within the community;

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Appointment: Full-time salary and exempt research staff position to begin as soon as possible, 48-weeks/year. Salary commensurate with experience, and early-career applicants are acceptable. Grant-funded for a two-year period, with possible extension with continued or new funding.

Responsibilities: The qualified candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of research projects housed at the Interdisciplinary Sexuality Research Collaborative at Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies. We seek a research manager who can work with the existing staff to provide training and oversee their work, ensuring their long-term success, scientific integrity, and ability to adapt to new developments in the field. We also seek a scholar who can contribute to, and independently develop, funding applications, manuscripts, and academic and community presentations.

Tasks include: the development and submission of IRB applications; oversight of systems to ensure ethical conduct of research across projects; the development and maintenance of research protocols across projects; communicating progress and needs with Principal Investigators; coordinate with project and data managers to establish data collection systems; and coordination with project and recruitment managers to facilitate development of, and training on, recruitment and data collection protocols. Teaching opportunities may be available depending on need and area of expertise to a successful applicant with training in human sexuality, sexuality education, sex therapy, or related area.

Qualifications: The successful applicant will have experience in human sexuality education, social science research, community based research, health education, or other related area. Basic skills needed are:

• knowledge and experience in health education and/or social science research methods (including qualitative research)

• curriculum development and/or evaluation

• venue-based recruitment or direct service provision

• minimum intermediate proficiency with SPSS, Dedoose and/or NVivo

• personnel management

Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to have frank and open conversations about sex and sexuality.

Minimum education requirements: PhD or ABD in social sciences, MPH, or other advanced training.

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