Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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The Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Research Coordinator.
Syringe service programs (SSP) are an evidence-based intervention for reducing HIV risk among people who inject drugs (PWID) and are an entry point for PWID to access treatment for substance use disorders, other medical care, and social work services. In the wake of the current opioid epidemic and resurgence of methamphetamine use, SSPs are increasingly recognized as one of the key places to reach PWID for preventive services. There is currently no coordinated system for monitoring and evaluating SSPs in the United States, and many SSPs do not have the capacity to gather data needed to evaluate their operations and impact.
The Department of Medicine’s Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (AID) was awarded a cooperative agreement award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish a national monitoring and evaluation system for SSPs (Component 2 of CDC-RFA-PS19-1909, https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/funding/announcements/ps19-1909/index.html). One of the primary projects of this award is a national survey of people who use drugs, which will be conducted in partnership with 6-10 SSPs across the US. The University of Washington will be the coordinating center responsible for developing the survey protocol, overseeing project implementation at each SSP, managing data collection (which will be conducted remotely by a UW based team of interviewers), and analyzing and disseminating survey findings.
We are hiring for a high-level Research Coordinator to oversee the day-to-day operations of this survey. The Research Coordinator will work closely with the Principal Investigator, Project Coordinator, Research Assistants, and Survey Interviewers to remotely implement the survey at individual SSP sites, oversee all data collection, and supervise interview staff
The Research Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the rapid remote implementation of a detailed protocol at 6-10 SSPs. This position will be a key liaison between the UW-based interview team and the 6-10 SSPs. Survey participants will be people who use drugs (primarily PWID) and interviewers will need appropriate training and support for conducting remote interviews with the population. The activities coordinated by this position will be highly varied and include (but not be limited to): hiring, training, and supervising an interview team of 10-15 part-time interviewers, overseeing HIV/HCV testing and the return of test results to participants, purchasing and distributing project supplies (include HIV/HCV testing supplies) to SSP sites, providing technical assistance related to the project to SSP sites, and managing the survey incentive system.
Impact to the University:
The UW is strongly committed to developing domestic partnerships related to the prevention of infectious diseases (HIV, viral hepatitis) and other health consequences related to substance use disorders. This project is housed in the Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases headed by Anna Wald, MD. The Research Manager will represent this $1+ million survey with local and national partners and make a significant contribution toward meeting the project’s goals
Duties and Responsibilities:
Oversees the day-to-day data collection operations of the SSP PWID survey, including:
Supervises interview staff (see detailed responsibilities below) [40% of time]
Reviews process and interview data to ensure it meets project standards [10% of time]
Orders and disseminates project supplies to SSP sites, including HIV/HCV testing supplies [10% of time]
Coordinates HIV/HCV testing with the local testing laboratory, including confidential return of test results [10% of time]
Oversees the survey incentive system, including ordering and tracking incentives [10% of time]
Provides technical support to SSP sites related to the survey [10% of time]
Collaborates with the study team (Principal Investigator, Project Coordinator, Research Assistants) on general survey issues and implementation [10% of time]
Interview and hire interviewer part-time hourly staff, include 1-2 lead interviewers and 10-15 part-time interviewers
Train interviewers on how to conduct a survey over the telephone or by Zoom
Train interviewers on how to return HIV/HCV test results and provide appropriate counseling
Create monthly schedules for the interview team
Provide daily support to the interview team, including support for difficult interviews and returning positive test results
Observe, monitor, and evaluate the work of lead interviewers and part-time interviewers
Recommend and/or take corrective actions with interviewers, if needed
Resolve grievances or complaints
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Bachelor's degree in Project Management, Biology, Epidemiology, Science, or a related field.
At least 3 years' experience in:
Following and implementing strict protocols
Prior experience working with people who use drugs, SSPs, and/or other harm reduction programs
Prior experience conducting HIV and/or HCV testing and counseling
Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
Excellent judgment and interpersonal skills with proven ability for effective cross-cultural communication
Ability to anticipate, recognize and resolve problems
Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple priorities and short deadlines; ability to manage several multidimensional activities simultaneously
Knowledge of infectious diseases that disproportionately affect PWID, including HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis
Aptitude for learning new skills and technologies
High proficiency in Zoom, RedCAP, and MS Office Suite (including Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook), in addition to the ability to quickly learn and apply new or unfamiliar software
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Prior experience conducting health survey research with a strict protocol
Experience with research incentive tracking and distribution
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
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