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Epidemiologist (part-time)

Administrative | Washington, DC | Part Time

Job Description

About Us

One Common Unity (OCU) breaks cycles of violence and builds compassionate, healthy communities through the transformative power of music, arts, and peace education. Founded in 2000 following a string of school shootings in Washington, DC, OCU is a collaborative effort between educators, artists, and health practitioners dedicated to preventing violence and improving life outcomes for youth and families. Currently based in 23 schools throughout DC, we train the next generation of youth leaders in social-emotional literacy, arts expression, and conflict transformation and support them to create positive social change and healing in their communities. Over the past 20 years, we have impacted over 32,500 youth and families, trained over 11,500 teachers, hosted 82 public concerts and performances, and recently were awarded the Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in the Humanities.

About You

We are looking for an Epidemiologist who is excited to bring their data-driven background and great communication skills to support the implementation of a new project with our dedicated team. The ideal candidate is interested in applied science related to drug and alcohol use prevention and is committed to One Common Unity’s mission.


  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university in epidemiology, public health, or a health science field with emphasis or specialization in epidemiology and biostatistics

  • One or more years of professional experience designing, conducting and evaluating epidemiological studies including applied knowledge of principles and methods of epidemiology 

  • Strong written and verbal skills, including proficiency in analyzing and presenting descriptive data and writing related reports to non-scientific stakeholders: ability to write content in plain language

  • Ability to integrate community input into data collection instruments

  • Knowledge of the health status, socioeconomic and demographic measures used in public health including knowledge of population, socioeconomic and health outcomes data sources

  • Experience with youth substance use research preferred but not required

  • Skill in using GSuite products especially Sheets, Docs, and Slides. Skill in using SAS, and in writing syntax to perform analyses

  • Proven experience working in diverse teams

  • Experience working with youth populations with high poverty rates

  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to take on new tasks and work flexibly

  • Problem-solver and self-starter, with strong time management skills

  • Strong attention to detail and desire for feedback

About the Job

This is a new position in a fast-growing organization.  With a team, this position will contribute to a new, federally funded project in several Washington, DC schools intended to decrease underage alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and synthetic marijuana use among youth. While this position is currently virtual, it will eventually be based in our DC offices and require regular meetings in Eastern Time.  The job duties will include:

  • An estimated commitment of 10-15 hours/week.

  • Use epidemiology principles, concepts, and methods to assist with study design, sampling strategies, needs assessments and analytical plans

  • Develop and pilot survey questions, focus groups and interviews

  • Follow the guidelines set forth by the Strategic Prevention Framework as outlined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  

  • Integrate community and team input into data collection instruments

  • Data collection, importation, manipulation, and analysis

  • Analysis of pre- and post-program data

  • Regression analysis

  • Identify evidence-based interventions, programs, practice, and policies

  • Analyze and present descriptive data and writing related reports for non-scientific stakeholders

  • Work effectively with community stakeholders

Physical Requirement of the Job

The environmental factors and/or physical requirements of this position include the following: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to have ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations; and the ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to medium weights of 10-50 pounds. Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard. The employee frequently is required to be in one position for long periods of screen use, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear both in person and over devices.  The employee interacts in close spaces and frequently with other workers, vendors, and clients.  The position works in an office environment with artificial light and air.

One Common Unity is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from people of color, women, differently-abled, LGBTQIA, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.