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RESEARCH STUDY COORDINATOR

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY

Us Helping Us is a mission-driven nonprofit known for its work at the intersection of service delivery, community education and mobilization, advocacy and research. For the past 30 years, Us Helping Us has provided innovative services, programs and activities to improve the health and wellbeing of racial, sexual and gender minorities, especially Black gay and bisexual men, people with HIV (PWH), and persons with substance use and mental health disorders. As it exists today, we currently operate two office locations in the greater Washington, DC area and offer a variety of clinical, behavioral health and social services in a trusting, compassionate and non-judgmental environment. We are currently hiring for a Research Study Coordinator and are looking for a focused, details oriented and independently motivated professional to join our community-based research and healthcare team.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Research Study Coordinator will be responsible for implementing protocols for a study focused on understanding the epidemiology of Hepatitis C (HepC) among Black and Latino gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM). The Research Study Coordinator will supervise the research team and conduct primary research activities including recruitment, obtaining informed consent, diagnostic testing (i.e. HepC and HIV/STDs), data collection and analysis, tracking/retention, and conducting the behavioral and biomedical assessments. In addition, the Research Study Coordinator will ensure that study findings are effectively communicated back to participants and other key community-based stakeholders.

 

Report to Research Manager, the Research Study Coordinator will have the following responsibilities:

 

  • Implement the IRB-approved study protocols with study participants, including the study activities at the baseline and applicable follow-up study visits.

  • Maintain protocol requirements for participant visits, participant visit schedule, and study procedures.

  • Schedule and conduct participant visits and ensure that all study procedures are performed in compliance with the protocol and standards of the agency.

  • Complete all study documentation such as the informed consent form, and other specific research documents.

  • Supervise and work with the Research Assistants to develop, coordinate and support activities designed to promote the recruitment of potential study participants, including community/venue- and virtual-based strategies.

  • Conduct interviews and maintain accurate records of interviews, safeguarding the confidentiality of participants, as necessary.

  • Code and verify data in accordance with specified research protocol procedures, and enter data into a computer database and/or spreadsheet application for subsequent analysis.

  • Data Management: Assist with data entry, management and data analysis.

  • Prepare study progress reports, and review with other study personnel to ensure study goals are met, and make any mid-course corrections when necessary and appropriate.

  • Conduct literature reviews, and contribute to manuscript writing for publication.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal, team building and problem solving and decision-making skills. Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to put theory in practice, provide clarity during chaos; and ability to find innovative ways to resolve problems.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills as well as organizational and stress management skills.

  • Commitment: Passion for the mission of the organization, including a strong commitment to working to improve the health and quality of life of LGBTQ+ youth and adults, and improving the health and well-being of racial, sexual and gender minorities.

  • Knowledge: Demonstrated knowledge of the DMV and issues that TGNC youth with histories of homelessness face; effective advocacy efforts to improve quality of life and local housing and employment resources. Intermediate computer skills, including use of Microsoft Office and electronic health record (e.g., eClinicalWorks) and data systems.

  • Skills: Demonstrated ability to conduct sensitive, empathetic interviews and conversations that respect the dignity and diversity of our clients. Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to put theory in practice. Ability to help manage conflict. Ability to maintain client records and information in an accurate, timely and confidential manner.

  • Personal qualities: Sound judgment, ability to work independently (with limited supervision), but cohesively, with medical and social service providers and ability to work effectively in a busy and ever-changing environment. Excellent customer service is key.

Experience and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, nursing, psychology, social work, sociology or a related behavioral science discipline required. An MPH or MSW preferred.

  • Minimum two (2) years of related work experience to include implementation of HepC/HIV-related research studies. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

  • Proficient skills in data analysis and management. Use of SPSS or Stata is a plus.

  • Experience working with LGBTQ individuals and racial minorities, and respects individual cultural and religious practices, and work sensitively with young Black and Latino MSM, transgender women, and other minorities.

  • Bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred. Ideally, Us Helping Us would like to hire a bilingual Latino MSM.

Specifications:

  • The annual salary is $67,500 -$80,000 (based on experience) plus a generous benefits package, including 80/20 employer/employee-paid health insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, life insurance, short-term disability and federally observed holidays.

  • This is a full-time position (working a minimum of 40 hours per week) and requires regular evening and weekend commitments.

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. with a valid work permit required.

  • Must submit to a background investigation and drug test.

  • Us Helping Us has a smoke-free environment and non-smokers are preferred. Excellent personal hygiene is a must.

To apply, send cover letter and resume with Research Coordinator – Last Name in the subject line to: communications@uhupil.org or click here.

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