The Northwestern Juvenile Project is a 20 year longitudinal study of the mental health needs and outcomes of youth in detention. We are beginning an intergenerational phase of this study (“Next Generation”) which will examine the development of risky behaviors—and factors that promote resilience—in children. Field Interviewers will conduct 2-3 hour computer-assisted structured research interviews primarily in participants’ homes throughout Chicagoland and collar counties. Participants are adults with previous contact with the juvenile justice system and their adolescent children. Assess problem behaviors, firearm involvement, substance use, mental health needs, and parenting practices, among other areas. Help to locate hard-to find participants in the field by visiting last known addresses and other locating activities. Edit interview and administrative forms. Attend weekly field meetings. Working hours are primarily afternoon, evening and weekends—times when adolescents are not in school. We are looking to hire multiple people in this role. The hours are TBD, but primarily afternoons, evenings and weekends. Start dates will begin most likely in mid Nov 2019.
Please note: Supervisor provides objectives, deadlines and specific instructions only for new, difficult, and/or unusual work. Work is reviewed upon completion and only occasionally to verify technical accuracy and compliance with practice, policy, and procedures. EE informs supervisor of on-going progress and/or potentially controversial matters.
*Reliable car, valid driver's license and good driving record required.*
Obtains informed consent
Administers tests &/or questionnaires following protocols.
Collects, compiles, & processes responses.
Reviews relevant case materials associated with assigned scheduled cases and perform all preparatory work;
Performs locating activities (i.e. field visits, internet searches, phone calls etc) in order to track participants due for interviews.
Documents all contacts or attempts to locate participants
Confirms and updates locating information during each contact with participants and locating sources;
Prepares handwritten thank you notes after interview
Edits interviews and administrative forms and revise after editorial review as needed
Process payments for research participants per study protocol.
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 Northwestern's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Familiar with Chicago neighborhoods and experience with home visits.
Well-developed interpersonal skills (be able to develop quick rapport)
Master's degree in social work, psychology, or related field.
Experience working with persons with correctional backgrounds
Experience working with at-risk adults and children
Bilingual in Spanish / English a plus
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Experience conducting structured interviews
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: 37441
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.