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Resident Researcher and Organizer

Apply now Job no: 503141
Work type: Full-Time
Location: Hybrid/Flexible Work Arrangement, Other - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health

Job Summary

The Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements & Population Health Equity at the Dornsife School of Public Health is seeking a full-time Resident Researcher for the Illuminating and Addressing Healthcare’s Role in Perpetuating Structural Racism (ISR) project. The ISR project is a three-year, multi-site initiative sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project intends to synthesize and build on existing research to clearly illuminate the historical roots of structural racism in the healthcare system and the modern-day structures, policies, and institutional practices that have resulted in and perpetuated structural racism and a culture of white supremacy. To accomplish this, our team will: 1) Cultivate a diverse network inclusive of scholars, community members, organizers and activists, and healthcare practitioners engaged in antiracism efforts; 2) Develop a framework to understand structural racism and racial capitalism in the healthcare industry and identify potential entry points for antiracism action utilizing systems science and organizing tools; 3) Translate and disseminate project learnings to key audiences through a collaborative, multimedia narrative strategy; and 4) Co-develop organizing tools that build power and agency towards accountability and policy transformation. These activities will produce a roadmap for future research, funding, and, most importantly, bold action towards dismantling structural racism in the healthcare industry. 

The Resident Researcher will primarily support the development and nurturing of relationships with residents, movement organizations, and context experts across Philadelphia and neighboring areas to elevate their voices in research endeavors. This is a hybrid, grant-funded, position that requires in-office hours based on the project and PI needs. The office is in Philadelphia, PA. Only local candidates will be considered.

About the Ubuntu Center

The Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements & Population Health Equity, Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University is a research and action center that unites diverse partners to generate and translate evidence, accelerate antiracism solutions, and transform the health of communities locally, nationally, and globally. The Center has four primary focus areas which include: 1) advancing transdisciplinary, antiracism population health research, training, and scholarship; 2) bridging relationships to build critical consciousness and power for health equity and racial justice; 3) expanding collective action for population health equity aligned with principles and practices of community organizing and social movements; and 4) strengthening capacity and sustainability to maximize our impact. Who we are and what we do embodies the South African principle “Ubuntu... I am because we are.” We believe that by working collectively, we will achieve a just future, free from systems of oppression, full of new possibilities through bold, collective action, and an equitable world in which all individuals and communities are healthy and thrive.

Essential Functions

  • Support the development and nurturing of relationships with local residents, movement organizations, and context experts across Philadelphia and neighboring areas to elevate their voices in research endeavors.
  • Work alongside the Project Manager and project team in tracking progress of the work plan.
  • Support community-centered research initiatives and collaborate with stakeholders for effective and ethical data collection.
  • Contribute to the development of educational materials, reports, and publications based on research findings.
  • Champion a research and evaluations philosophy that aligns with anti-racist and liberation-based principles.

Required Qualifications

  • HS Diploma or GED
  • 1-2 years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrate kindness, compassion, integrity, and commitment to anti-racism and liberation-based approaches.
  • Recognizes the shared dignity and humanity of all individuals and communities.
  • Leadership in community-based and participatory research, as well as community organizing with a documented history of dismantling white supremacy in academia, healthcare, and philanthropy.
  • Courage and commitment to personal growth and self-discovery in anti-racist practices and methodologies.
  • Extensive experience elevating the voices of community members and context experts in all spaces, or personal lived experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Detail oriented, extremely organized, and comfortable with multitasking.
  • Excellent oral, written, analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills. 
  • Team oriented and experienced in working with diverse groups. 
  • Can work independently and in a team environment and has demonstrated complex problem-solving ability. 
  • Can communicate with others in a supportive manner.

Physical Requirements

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table


  • Hybrid/Flexible Work Arrangement – Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt, grade I. Compensation for this grade ranges from $41,120 to $61,680 per year. Please note that the offered rate for this position typically aligns with the minimum to midrange of this grade, but it can vary based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience, department budget, and an internal equity review. 

We encourage you to explore Drexel's Professional Staff salary structure and Compensation Guidelines & Policies for more details on our compensation framework.

You can also find valuable information about our benefits in the Benefits Brochure.

Special Instructions to the Applicant

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A review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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