The mission of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is to improve the well-being of vulnerable individuals and communities, advance social and economic justice, and eradicate pressing societal problems in complex and culturally diverse urban environments throughout Southern California, the nation and the world. Our mission is achieved through value-driven, scholarly and creative social work education, research, and professional leadership.
Serving a population of over 1,000 employees that are located across the country, the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is seeking a bilingual (English/ Spanish) Research Coordinator to lead the daily operations of a newly funded grant, Disparities in Health Among Floating Immigrant Populations. Â This project aims to address this knowledge gap by examining the mechanisms by which immigration processes expose individuals to distinct environments, increases susceptibility to risk behaviors and contributes to mental and physical health disparities, infectious diseases and alcohol/drug dependence in the host or origin communities.Â
The main objectives of this study are: 1) Determine the prevalence of physical health (cardiovascular, metabolic dysregulation), mental health, infection, and substance abuse/dependence outcomes, 2) Identify and characterize the association between migration histories and health outcomes for the subgroups of floating populations, 3) Determine whether individual, social and environmental determinants mediate and/or moderate the relationships among the migration subgroups and varying health condition outcomes, and 4) Characterize the cultural and community context and their influence on strategies, practices and circumstances for maintaining safer (or riskier) health status and substance use.
Accountabilities include, but not limited to:
Responsible for the daily operations of the research project, including recruitment and data collection that will take place in East LA, South LA, and Pacoima
Oversee the recruitment of participants and scheduling of interviews
Obtain consent of all participants, conduct interviews using questionnaires, and review interviews for quality assurance
Collect biological assessments
Keep and reconcile records on the serological results, subject incentives, and subject interviews
Code, review, and edit questionnaires
Create reports and assists investigators with analysis of data
Other duties, as assigned
Candidate will be trained in pre and post-test HIV counseling, risk reduction counseling, and obtaining informed consent.Â They will be required to participate in bi-weekly research meetings with the Los Angeles-based research team via teleconference.Â Â
Preferred Education and Qualifications:
Fluent in English and Spanish â ability to read, write, and speak.
Masterâs Degree in Social Science field, such as Social Work, Public Health, or other related discipline.
2+ years of research experience.
Previous recruitment experience for social science research studies.
Experience conducting research in, or familiarity, with marginalized communities.
Experience with qualitative research studies.
Comfortable working with diverse populations.
Strong organizational and prioritization skills.
Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
A strong candidate will have strong communication skills, be dependable, a self-starter, able to work both independently and with a team, in a fast paced and high-volume work environment, with deadline pressures.
Position Details: *** GRANT/GIFT FUNDED *** Full-Time position (37.5 hours/ week).
We look forward to reviewing your application!
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 1 yearMinimum Field of Expertise: Administrative or research experience. Working knowledge of MS Office applications. Demonstrated effective communication and writing skills. Ability to multi-task and prioritize. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.
Internal Number: REQ20087720
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