Refugee Program Manager, Research Program on Children and Adversity (Boston College)

Research Program on Children and Adversity

Reporting to RPCA’s Associate Director of Research, the Refugee Program Manager will inform delivery of mental health and family support needs to resettled refugees in the US. The Refugee Program Manager will engage with local community resettlement agencies and other key stakeholders and partners. The Refugee Program Manager may also travel with members of the Family Strengthening Intervention for Refugees (FSI-R) Seed Team to new partner sites to support training and technical assistance to partners licensed to use RPCA intervention materials. 

Essential Functions

  • Recruiting, training, and coordinating seed team trainers of FSI-R, and support seed team in training new sites licensed to use FSI-R
  • Build and steward critical relationships with collaborative partners and act as primary contact for external relationships.
  • Establish community advisory boards comprising of parents, youth, leaders/policy makers in New England to inform research methods and ground research findings within the appropriate cultural context.
  • Develop and deliver webinars (~300 participants) to disseminate research results to refugee service organizations around the US.
  • Manage and co-lead in-person trainings for up to 20 interventionists from refugee service agencies who are administering the FSI-R to resettled refugees.
  • Coordinate a community advisory board (CAB) and utilize their feedback and recommendations in trainings and delivery of FSI-R.
  • Support weekly mutual learning sessions with interventionists to strengthen best practices and implementation of FSI-R.
  • Develop learning guides that can support refugee service agencies in serving resettled Afghan community members on mental health needs to inform the design of responsive community-based services.
  • Obtain and lead all research/IRB approvals and make necessary budgetary changes as needed.
  • Plan and coordinate trainings for all research assistants and community partners.
  • Review incoming data and work alongside the RPCA Data Analysis Manager to ensure data is being managed and stored correctly.
  • Lead weekly Refugee Team meetings and coordinate with BC interns and staff.


  • Masters in Social Work, Early Childhood Development, Psychology, Public Health, or related field required
  • 2-4 of related experience preferred
  • Background of working with resettled refugees in the US, preferably at the grassroots level
  • Relevant background in quantitative, qualitative, mixed and services research approaches
  • Demonstrated flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to perform and collaborate with local community organizations and partners.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication

Salary Range (Based on Experience): To be Determined