Trackers locate hard-to-find participants for a longitudinal research study. They review study participants’ administrative folders to develop tracking plans; track participants using primarily in-office resources (telephone, correspondence, internet resources, agency resources); track participants with targeted field visits in all Chicago neighborhoods when all other efforts fail, within current pandemic safety guidelines, and with supervisor’s approval; and document all tracking efforts using an electronic database, and other appropriate paperwork. Meet with supervisor weekly with updates on the status of tracking cases; produce special reports from the tracking database as requested by supervisors and senior staff.
Performs biomedical &/or social-behavioral research by administering tests &/or questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating &/or processing responses; gathering information; &/or assisting in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports. Completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all relevant current local, state, & federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy & procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), & the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).
Please note: Trackers travel to all Chicago neighborhoods (mainly on the South and West sides) to locate research participants. The person in this position may be required to work one weekend day per week.
Participates in the planning & conduct of research study including participant recruitment and retention by developing tracking plans for participants.
Tracks participants using in-office resources such as by telephone, correspondence, internet resources and agency resources.
Gathers information and documents all tracking efforts using established contact logs, Oracle APEX database, and other appropriate paperwork.
Perform targeted field visits with supervisors’ approval.
Facilitates communication with key personnel & participants to maintain project study flow.
Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data; &/or preparing basic charts & graphs.
Prepares reports for superiors and senior staff on recruitment status and other pertinent study data.
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.
Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Familiarity and comfort navigating Chicago neighborhoods.
Ability to work independently and efficiently.
Excellent problem-solving skills.
Exemplary organizational and record-keeping skills.
Basic computer skills, e.g. data entry
Must have a current driver’s license, reliable private transportation, and a good driving record.
Experience working with persons with correctional backgrounds.
Experience with longitudinal research, social science preferred.
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: 39953
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.