Behavioral Health Specialist - Research

Job ID 2020-36320
Area of Interest
Social Work/Behavioral Health
Location Name
West 8th
FTE/Hours per pay period
1.0 FTE (80 hours per bi-weekly pay periods)
Work Status
Child Health, Behavior & Devel
Day Shift
Primary Location : City
Primary Location : State/Province

About Us

Hope. Care. Cure. These three simple words capture what we do at Seattle Children’s – to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.  Are you ready to engage with a mission-driven organization that is life-changing to many, and touches the hearts of all? #HOPECARECURE


As one of the nation's top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children's Research Institute is dedicated to providing hope, care, and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.


Our investigators are involved in hundreds of projects that cover every phase of research, from studying how diseases work to improving investigational therapies. They have pioneered groundbreaking cystic fibrosis treatments and cutting-edge cancer therapies that help a child's immune system defeat cancer, and made other major contributions to pediatric medicine. 


Researchers work in close collaboration with one another, their colleagues at partner institutions including the University of Washington and Fred Hutch and our healthcare providers at Seattle Children's Hospital, one of U.S. News & World Report’s top children's hospitals. This collaboration is one of our key strengths, allowing our faculty to draw on a variety of disciplines and techniques as they pursue solutions to some of medicine's most complex problems.


We are committed to not only treating disease but to eliminating it. Help us achieve our vision of being a worldwide leader in pediatric research aimed to improve the health and well-being of children. If you are interested in a challenging career aimed at groundbreaking research, Seattle Children's Research Institute is the place for you.


We are actively recruiting for a Behavioral Interventionist to join Seattle Children’s Research Institute. This position will support the POST (Preventing Opioids through Successful Transition) Study which aims to prevent youth exiting the juvenile justice system from developing an opioid use disorder by utilizing interventions of varying intensities. This study is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and is anticipated to be conducted over a period of 4 years. The Interventionist will work under supervision of a Research Psychologist and Principal Investigators as well as receive related training. Strong candidates will have excellent attention to detail, ability to receive frequent feedback, ability to follow up on unresponsive participants, and availability on evenings and weekends.

Responsibilities will include, but not limited to:
- Schedule phone and/or video intervention sessions and attend ongoing training and study team meetings.
- Deliver research prevention programs to adolescents and young adults (age 16-25) before and after their release from Washington state juvenile rehabilitation facilities.
- Administer two intensities of the intervention including weekly 1:1 skills-based sessions and phone case management and resource linkage.
- Follow a complex study intervention protocol and transition between different interventions to ensure fidelity to the model.
- Track multiple participants at varying study stages who may transition from one intervention to another.
- Model skills and concepts during intervention delivery.
- Review audio recordings of sessions and receive regular feedback on intervention delivery.
- Demonstrate perseverance and resilience reaching out to hard-to-reach participants.


Seattle Children's Employer Highlights:

• Leader in Pediatric Care: Because of our people, Seattle Children’s is recognized as a leading teaching, research and specialty care center at the forefront of pediatric care.
• Competitive Benefits: We support a healthy work–life balance. Our benefits include employee care, paid time off, health insurance and retirement savings.
• Transportation Discounts: Company bike program, on-site zip cars, unlimited ORCA transit pass, daily commute bonus provided to staff who us alternate methods of travel to/from work, company vanpools.
• Diversity/Inclusion: We strive to maintain an atmosphere that reflects our values of inclusion by providing effective and respectful care compatible with each patient and family's beliefs, values, and heritage




Required Education/Experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work, or related field and 4 years directly related experience OR Master’s Degree and 2 years of directly related experience

- Minimum of two (2) years' experience providing direct treatment services to children and families
- Experience working with vulnerable, marginalized, and/or hard-to-reach populations
- Experience working with racially, ethnically, economically, and developmentally diverse youth

Required Credentials:
- Washington state driver's license

- Experience with the juvenile justice system
- Experience working with individuals who have experienced trauma
- Experience working on research studies and/or delivering evidence-based interventions
- Experience in the substance abuse field
- Master’s or doctorate degree in psychosocial related field
- Current licensure in Washington State as a psychologist, counselor, therapist or related

Our Commitment to Diversity

Our community welcomes diverse experiences, backgrounds, and thoughts as this is what drives our spirit of inquiry and allows us to better connect with our increasingly diverse patients and families. Our organization recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


The people who work at Seattle Children’s are members of a community that seeks to respect and celebrate all the qualities that make each of us unique. Each of us is empowered to be ourselves within this community, which cultivates and promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels.


Seattle Children’s is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Workplace and Affirmative Action Employer.


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