Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Department: Med-ISGMH Salary/Grade: NEX/11
The Research Study Coordinator will be responsible for monitoring the recruitment and retention of the SMART cohort (i.e., sexual minority males, ages 13-18 years old) with English participants and monolingual Spanish participants. This position’s main responsibilities are to (1) devise and implement plans to recruit and retain over 1900 adolescent males from across the United States and Puerto Rico, (2) help advise Research Assistants and Interns when needed, (3) administer and provide oversight of data collection protocols, (4) as well as conduct financial and miscellaneous tasks as assigned. Additionally, this coordinator will be expected to run univariable, bivariable, and multivariable analyses on quantitative data as needed by project investigators and leadership staff.
Program Description: The Northwestern University Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH; http://www.isgmh.northwestern.edu) is a university-wide institute dedicated to fostering research that improves the health and wellbeing of the sexual and gender minority communities. It currently has multiple NIH- and foundation-funded studies and actively collaborates with community-based organizations to conduct research and translate findings into interventions. It is directed by Dr. Brian Mustanski. The position is based in the Department of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.
Project Description: SMART Project is a multi-tiered, national online HIV prevention study funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. It is an interactive and engaging intervention tailored to ethnically diverse adolescent men who have sex with men (MSM who are 13-18 years old). Its goals are to educate MSM participants on basic sexual health, teach positive sexual health decision-making through scenario and activity-based learning, and in some instances, use internet-mediated counseling to address individual participant health issues. SMART Program is currently being conducted as a multi-site randomized control trial by researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago, Hunter College in New York City, University of Puerto Rico, and North Carolina State University.
Please note:Because this is a recruitment and retention position for 13-18-year-old participants, applicants will be expected to work weekend hours and evening hours as part of their 40 hour work week. Additionally, because the SMART intervention is being implemented in English and Spanish and we are recruiting monolingual Spanish participants, applicants must speak fluent Spanish, which will be accessed during the interview process.
Participates in the planning & conduct of research study including participant recruitment and retention.
Reviews & obtains informed consent in English and Spanish as needed
Administers tests &/or questionnaires following protocols.
Facilitates communication with key personnel & participants to maintain project study flow.
Runs reports and completes basic analysis.
Enters information into databases.
Manages data receipt, tracking and follows up on assigned project(s).
Reviews data input for accuracy, addressing on skip patterns, coding, and other information.
Performs cleaning/formatting tasks of datasets.
Conducts univariable, bivariable, and multivariable analyses when requested by investigators and leadership staff
Assist with qualitative data analysis as needed
Assists with dissemination of research findings (through presenting at conferences/meetings, manuscript preparation, and posting on social media).
Collects, records, reviews & summarizes research data.
Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data; &/or preparing basic charts & graphs.
Liaises with community-based organization partners and boards
Prepares reports for investigators and sponsors on recruitment status and other pertinent study data.
Completes documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws &, research protocols.
May process payments for research participants per study protocol.
Coordinates reimbursements for expert panel travel, consultant pay, additional gift card orders, etc. & ensure costs remain within allotted grant budget.
Processes invoices &/or purchase requisitions.
May provide work direction &/or train other research staff to interview/test participants.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 2 years' research study or other relevant experience required; OR
Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Must speak English and Spanish equally fluently (i.e., must speak fluent Spanish)
Strong project coordination skills and the ability to prioritize tasks.
Effective time management skills
Efficient and resourceful in problem-solving.
Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/procedures.
Good communication skills; demonstrated effective spoken and written communication.
Demonstrated ability to take ownership of the work, possessing initiative, and good follow-through.
Knowledge of basic computer skills, familiarity with Windows environment.
Experience working with LGBT youth.
Experience working with or recruiting adolescent research participants.
Experience working in public health, psychology, and/or medical research.
Experience with quantitative and online research methods
Experience with internet media; blogging/social media; YouTube.
Knowledge of LGBTQ issues and/or HIV/AIDS prevention and/or treatment.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Ability to work in a team environment
Ability to work with minimum supervision and guidance
Ability to receive and benefit from feedback; willingness to expand skill set and improve.
Flexibility in adapting to new procedures and environments.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 40408
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.