Dakota Community-Based Researcher (359224)

Dakota Community-Based Researcher (359224)

(Job Posting ID: 359224)

About the Job

Dakota Community-Based Researcher (359224)

Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team (MK-MDT) conducts research on dementia and its associated risks and co-morbidities in collaboration with Indigenous and rural communities in the Great Lakes Region.

The MK-MDT is hiring a Community-based Researcher, who would reside on or near one of the four Dakota communities in southern Minnesota and will work in the Dakota Tribal Nations.  This position is a full- time, one-year contract with possibility of renewal up to 5 years. The Community Researcher will have key responsibilities for research projects focused on dementia, as well as community engagement, outreach, and education. The successful candidate will understand health services and have an interest in dementia.  They will be responsible for specific research activities to complete the research project on time. 

30%: Research activities

  • Be involved in all aspects of the research process such as relationship building, recruitment and retention, screening, data collection, analysis, and dissemination. 
  • Coordinate and facilitate community level Advisory meetings, as well as participate in all MK-MDT team meetings. 
  • Adhere to ethical data storage and management practices for all project related data.  
  • Recruit research participants into studies 
  • Conduct key informant and participant interviews 
  • Facilitate focus groups with the assistance of the research coordinator 
  • Assist with data analysis and writing of reports and publications for dissemination

70%: Community engagement, outreach, and education

  • On-going community engagement activities to support research collaborations with community partners  
  • Represent the MK-MDT at Community Health Fairs and other relevant community events
  • Participate in Team and Advisory Group Meetings
  • Act as liaison between the researchers and the Tribal community, as well as the Tribal Council.  
  • Work with the leadership to provide regular project updates to Tribal Health Directors, Tribal Council members, and community members. 
  • Prepare briefing notes, background reports, presentations, and other meeting materials for community partner meetings. 
  • Develop presentations and present findings to various audiences (local, regional, national, and international). 
  • Prepare and deliver community educational events and presentations to raise awareness of MK-MDT research
  • Contribute to community research presentations and newsletters


All required qualifications must be documented on application materials 

Required Qualifications: 

  • BA/BS and 2 years of related experience or a combination of related education and experience to equal 6 years 
  • Ability to travel, valid Minnesota Driver’s License 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Master degree in Social Work, Public Health, or Social Sciences
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team 
  • Knowledge of health and community services or programs at the community or county level 
  • Experience with qualitative and Indigenous research methods 
  • Experience related to research projects with Indigenous communities 
  • Experience working with American Indian people with memory loss 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the health of older adults and/or age-related neurological conditions 
  • Knowledge and awareness of community-based participatory research 
  • Experience in community outreach and community engagement

About the Department

One School. Two Campuses.

The Mission of the University of Minnesota Medical School is to be a leader in enhancing the health of people through the education of skilled, compassionate and socially responsible physicians. With two campuses serving diverse populations in rural and urban Minnesota, the Medical School is dedicated to preeminent primary care medicine, exemplary specialty care and innovative research.

In addition to the overall Mission, the Duluth campus has a unique focus on rural and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) health and family medicine with a mission to be a national leader in improving healthcare access and outcomes in rural Minnesota and AI/AN communities. This is done by educating medical students dedicated to serving rural Minnesota and AI/AN communities, fostering excellence in research, emphasizing the training of physicians in family medicine, creating strong partnerships locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and working in diverse, innovative, interdisciplinary, and inter-professional teams.


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning.  We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services 
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:  http://diversity.umn.edu

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD)

The University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” issue.

Overlooking Lake Superior, UMD provides an alternative to both large research and small liberal arts environments and attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university.  A firm liberal arts foundation anchors a variety of traditional degree programs, as well as professional and graduate students that draw on UMD’s many research institutes and labs.

At the University of Minnesota, we are proud to be recognized by the Star Tribune as a Top Workplace for 2021, as well as by Forbes as Best Employers for Women and one of America’s Best Employers (2015, 2018, 2019, 2023), Best Employer for Diversity (2019, 2020), Best Employer for New Grads (2018, 2019), and Best Employer by State (2019, 2022).



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