Learning Collaborative Improvement Advisor – University of Texas Health Science Center [Due Nov 4, 2016 or until position is filled]

Oct 11,2016 | Consortium_staff Job Opportunities

Trauma and Grief Center for Youth
Department of Psychiatry
Application deadline: November 4, 2016 (or until the position is filled)

The University of Texas Health Science Center seeks to fill an Improvement Advisor (IA) position in the Trauma and Grief Center for Youth housed within the Department of Psychiatry. This 40 hour per week position will involve structuring Learning Collaboratives (LCs), focused on bereavement-informed interventions for youth, into clearly defined goals and objectives while facilitating the application of quality improvement methods and tools. The LCs are part of a newly established Childhood Bereavement Resource Center (CBRC), a Category II Treatment and Service Adaptation Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. The IA will work closely with the LC Program Manager and use Collaborative Methodology to ensure that participating organizations are capable of implementing and sustaining the intervention.

Specific Duties:

  • Provides framework and capacity for monitoring progress, summarizing and reporting on the work of each team and the LC as a whole
  • Develops and facilitates a Senior Leader Track focused on effective, sustainable implementation of the intervention
  • Applies Model for Improvement to support and accelerate the adoption of best practices in implementation by the participating organizations
  • Facilitates the development of the Collaborative Change Framework, which lists the overall goals and objectives of the collaborative
  • Translates project scope into clearly defined learning objectives with clinical training components and implementation training components
  • Develops metrics at the team level, and works with teams to input and interpret metrics
  • Coaches others in use of quality improvement tools
Adapts and modifies improvement tools and processes in order to maximize support.


The ideal candidate will have completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology or related field (minimum of Master’s level training) with at least 2 years of relevant experience in dissemination and/or implementation science or quality improvement. Some training in trauma- or bereavement-informed, evidence-based treatments for children is preferred. The candidate should also have the ability to anticipate/recognize the implementation needs of participating organizations and have a working knowledge of improvement metrics. Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills are required. Must work well in multidisciplinary teams and demonstrate the ability to promote a training environment of positivity, enthusiasm, collegiality, and good self-care. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Deadline for applications is November 4th, 2016, however applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. To apply, please send a cover letter, cv, and two reference letters to Dr. Julie Kaplow, Director, Trauma and Grief Center for Youth.