Researcher 1 – Caregiver Mastery Community Researcher (344986)

Researcher 1 – Caregiver Mastery Community Researcher (344986)

(Job Posting ID: 344986)

Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team (MK-MDT) conducts research on dementia caregiving needs and benefits in collaboration with Indigenous and rural communities in the Great Lakes Region.  The Dementia Caregiver Mastery project will engage in the cultural adaptation and modification of the innovative training and education program, Savvy Caregiver Program, to integrate the cultural experiences of White Earth Nation dementia caregivers to provide a revised training that honors their caregiver journey. Using storytelling and community-based approaches the team will integrate the Indigenous lived experience of dementia caregivers in the creation of culturally appropriate and safe approaches to improve dementia caregiving experiences, training, and education.

The MK-MDT is hiring one Community-based Researcher who lives and works in White Earth Nation, Minnesota. This position is a full- time, one-year contract with possibility of renewal. The Community Researcher will have key responsibilities for research projects focused on dementia caregiving. The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of caregiver and health and social services and have an interest in dementia caregiving in Northern Minnesota and will undertake the specific research activities to help with the timely completion of research projects.


  • Act as liaison between the researchers and the Tribal community, as well as the Tribal Council.
  • Work with the leadership to obtain Tribal Council Resolutions and Motions of Support to conduct the research and provide regular project updates to Health Directors and Leadership.
  • Coordinate and facilitate Community Advisory Member meetings.
  • Be involved in Caregiver Mastery team meetings and community researcher meetings.
  • Be involved in all aspects of the research process such as relationship building, recruitment, data collection, analysis, and dissemination.
  • Adhere to ethical data storage and management practices for all project related data.
  • Collect community level data such as demographics, health status and health services that can be made available.
  • Attend community events and answer any questions related to the research.
  • Conduct key informant interviews, in depth interviews and facilitation of focus groups. 
  • Assist with member checking with participants and Community Advisory Group members.
  • Contribute to developing presentations and presenting findings to various audiences (local, regional, national, and international).


All required qualifactions must be documented on application. 

Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS or a combination of related education and experience to equal 4 years
  • Ability to travel, valid Minnesota Driver’s License
  • Tribal member of White Earth Nation

Preferred qualifications

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team
  • Knowledge of dementia caregiver services or programs at the community, tribal, state, and federal level
  • Experience working with experience working with American Indian caregivers abd American Indian people diagnosed with dementia

About the Department

Based at the Medical School’s Duluth Campus, the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team on Rural and American Indian Health Equity (MK-MDT) is one of four University of Minnesota Medical School Medical Discovery Team’s funded by the State of Minnesota legislature. The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team is a $15.6 million, ten-year initiative to achieve the state’s goals of improving patient and population health, lowering costs and improving healthcare experiences.

Located in downtown Duluth, the Medical Discovery Team resides in a newly renovated team science workspace that encompasses multiple research offices and meeting spaces for faculty and staff.

The mission of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus is to be a national leader in improving healthcare access and outcomes in rural Minnesota and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.

We do this by:

  • Educating medical students dedicated to serving rural Minnesota and American Indian/Alaska Native communities
  • Fostering excellence in research
  • Emphasizing the training of physicians in Family Medicine
  • Creating strong partnerships locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Working in innovative, interdisciplinary and inter-professional teams

The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
  • Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer match
  • Disability and employer paid life insurance
  • Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
  • Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
  • Student loan forgiveness opportunity
  • Opportunities for growth and promotion
  • Employee Assistance Program

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 have 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.

This position will remain open until filled.

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


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