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Launched in 2022, The Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health at the University of Oregon represents a bold new approach to promote the behavioral health and wellness of children and adolescents in Oregon and beyond. Our Portland-based effort is currently looking for top professionals and researchers to drive our efforts.

Interested in working at The Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health in Portland? Current openings are listed below.

Senior Director of Development I

The Senior Director of Development, Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health (senior director) works as part of Development to promote university fundraising priorities and image to alumni, parents, and friends of the university. The senior director is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and new prospects. This position concentrates on gifts in the major gift ($100k+) range, focusing on $500k+ gifts, and will coordinate efforts for support from the corporate, foundation, and government organizations with development colleagues that have responsibilities in these respective areas.Reporting jointly to the Associate Vice President, Portland Development and Alumni Engagement (AVP) and the Executive Director of Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health (executive director), this position is part of the UO Portland development team within University Advancement (UA). This position is field-oriented, requiring frequent travel and direct contact with donors and donor prospects. The senior director works collaboratively with colleagues across UA and the university to identify new prospects and strategically cultivate alumni, parents, and friends. The senior director is responsible for setting fundraising goals each year and driving strategies as they relate to the strategic needs of the university and the assigned unit, priority, or region.

Ballmer Institute Postdoctoral Scholar

The Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health is recruiting a full-time postdoctoral scholar to support the development of a new professional role, a bachelor-level child behavioral health specialist, by building infrastructure and knowledge of effective promotion, prevention, and intervention practices to support the well-being of children and adolescents. You will contribute to the development of a comprehensive database of evidence-based practices for common presenting concerns such as anxiety and depression; evidence-based preventive interventions designed to be delivered in community settings; effective strategies for responding to student distress following school-based occurrences of violence; and the current strengths, needs, goals, and strategies of social-emotional learning. You will help to develop an inventory of evidence-based practices that can be used by child behavioral health specialists. Your primary mentorship will come from Dr. Katie McLaughlin, incoming executive director of the Ballmer Institute. This position will begin in the Summer of 2023 and is a limited-duration postdoctoral appointment potentially renewable for up to a total of three years.

Postdoctoral Scholar 

The Ballmer Institute and UO Athletics Post-Doctoral Traineeship are teaming up to create a full-time Post-Doctoral Traineeship that blends clinical experience serving traditional college-age student and student-athlete populations with mental health research training activities in collaboration with Dr. Maureen Zalewski, who is both a psychology and Ballmer Institute faculty. Dr. Zalewski’s program of research focuses on dialectical behavior therapy, suicide risk, developmental psychopathology, and emotion dysregulation. Clinical activities will focus on the direct delivery of evidence-informed behavioral health promotion, prevention, and intervention methods (50% time). If desired, candidates will receive supervision as an OR psychology resident in order to secure licensure. The other half of the position is research (50% time) and includes activities such as data analysis and manuscript preparation from existing datasets, grant preparation and submissions, and overseeing the implementation and delivery of clinical research protocols. 

Additional activities may include coordinating and collaborating with UO Athletics and Dr. Maureen Zalewski on teaching, training, and technical assistance projects. Opportunities for teaching in the Ballmer Institute academic programs and other relevant university and professional service activities are also possible.

This position is located in Eugene, Oregon.

Postdoctoral Scholar (Multiple Positions)

The Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health is recruiting up to four full-time postdoctoral scholars to start in the summer of 2023. Ballmer Institute postdoctoral scholars have an exciting opportunity to work alongside faculty engaging in research that will have a lasting impact on children's behavioral health. Postdoctoral scholars conduct research under the direction of one or more faculty members for the purpose of acquiring research training, which will lead to successful employment in research, applied, or policy position. Faculty in the Ballmer Institute are collaborative in their research activities and postdoctoral scholars are expected to serve in both lead and supporting roles in manuscript development and other project activities. Postdoctoral scholars will also have the opportunity to work on ongoing community trials of preventive interventions for children and adolescents and participate in program evaluation of the implementation of child behavioral health specialists in community settings. In community outreach work, the ability to speak a language in addition to English can be a benefit. We welcome applications from bilingual applicants as well as all applicants with the ability to contribute positively to our diverse team.

This position will begin in the summer of 2023 and is a limited-duration postdoctoral appointment potentially renewable for up to a total of three years.

Clinical Professor

Encouraging applications for the next priority deadline of February 26, 2023

Clinical professor faculty (assistant, associate, or professor rank) serve as the essential link between teaching and practice at The Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health. Clinical professor faculty are partners in applied research and the delivery of comprehensive, responsive, evidence-based behavioral health services at schools, healthcare, and community training sites. Clinical professor faculty work in coordination with urban school districts and other training site staff to deliver promotion and prevention programs/interventions aimed at improving the behavioral health and wellness of all children and adolescents.

Senior Research Administrative Manager

The Senior Research Administrative Manager (RAM) provides vision, support, and leadership on matters related to pre-and post-award administration of sponsored projects, innovation/entrepreneurship administration, and special research project management for The Ballmer Institute. This includes activities related to pre-award administration including identification of funding sources, proposal submission, contract negotiation, sub- award issuance, and post-award administration including progress reports, renewals/continuations, extensions, effort reporting and financial administration related to funding provided in the form of gifts, grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts from external/internal funding sources. Additionally, the Senior RAM will build out, test, and implement new workflows, processes, policies, and protocols specifically in either pre-award or post-award for the Ballmer Institute research administration portfolios.

Pro Tem Lecturer - Open Pool Ballmer Institute

The Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health at the University of Oregon seeks qualified applicants diverse in culture and experience for its children’s behavioral health graduate-level instructor pool. The pool is for part-time, temporary, limited duration teaching appointments not to exceed one year, but with the possibility of renewal for up to a total of three years.


The University of Oregon is committed to cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion. The university encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

More information about working at the University of Oregon, including details about the benefits package for eligible employees, is available on the Human Resources website.