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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 Assistant.
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 Project NEXUS, a national survey of people who use drugs, which will be conducted in partnership with 8 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 Research Coordinator Assistant to assist in the day-to-day operations of Project NEXUS. The Research Coordinator Assistant will work closely with the Research Coordinator, Operations Specialist, and NEXUS Survey Interviewers to remotely implement the survey at individual SSP sites.
The Research Coordinator Assistant will assist in the rapid remote implementation of a detailed protocol at 8 SSPs. This position will be a key support to the Research Coordinator working directly with the 8 SSPs. Survey participants will be people who use drugs (primarily PWID) and the position will require previous experience working with this population. The position will also provide interviewer training and support for conducting remote interviews with the population and delivering HCV results. The additional activities coordinated by this position will be highly varied and include (but not be limited to): providing protocol and onboarding support to SSPs, assisting with training of SSP site staff in HIV/HCV testing, assisting in distributing HIV/HCV testing supplies to SSP sites.
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: Assist in the day-to-day data collection operations of the SSP PWID survey, including:
Providing overall support to Project NEXUS and enrollment of 8 SSPs during protocol implementation [40% of time] - Act as a liaison between SSPs interested in enrolling in Project NEXUS and the project team - Coordinate and lead Zoom calls with SSPs to answer questions about the onboarding process and project protocol - Track and manage site testing supplies for HIV and HCV testing and other project implementation supplies - Maintain and update timelines of multiple project sites based their onboarding or implementation status - Train SSPs on HIV and HCV testing protocols and provide guidance on project protocols to ensure proper implementation at all project sites
Respond to day-to-day SSP protocol implementation issues, SSP supply requests and inventory tracking [20% of time] - Coordinate ad-hoc meetings with SSPs to discuss project protocol and HIV/HCV linkage to care pathways - Manage daily issues at SSPs and problem solve solutions for recruitment, participant flow, testing and incentive delivery - Work with UW fiscal team to track and manage SSP supply requests
Provide technical support on REDCap, Zoom, and Slack to SSP sites related to protocol implementation [20% of time] - Support remote NEXUS interviewers with Zoom and Slack software and troubleshoot Chromebook issues - Train SSP staff on REDCap, Zoom, and Slack basic functionalities and related technical project protocols - Troubleshoot technical issues with SSP staff on a daily basis to ensure project implementation
Coordinate schedule management for NEXUS interviewers and HCV results return protocols [10% of time] - Manage and coordinate NEXUS interviewer schedules to ensure alignment with SSP project hours - Track progress of HCV results and notify NEXUS interviewers when HCV results are ready for return - Assign NEXUS interviewers to return HCV results to participants and operate results hotline
Collaborates with the NEXUS team (Principal Investigator, Project Coordinator, Project Administrator) on general NEXUS implementation [10% of time] - Meet with the NEXUS team 1-2 times a week to discuss SSP recruitment progress and NEXUS interviewer feedback - Present NEXUS team updates and project progress at weekly CDC meetings
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
A Bachelor's degree in any science field and at least 1 year experience to include:
Prior experience working with people who use drugs, syringe service programs, and/or other harm reduction programs
Prior experience conducting HIV and/or HCV testing and counseling
Following and implementing strict protocols
Other requirements needed to perform the job satisfactorily include:
Knowledge of infectious diseases that disproportionately affect PWID, including HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis
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
Aptitude for learning new skills and technologies
High proficiency in Zoom, REDCap, Slack 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.
2-3 years of experience
Prior experience conducting health survey research with a strict protocol
Experience with research incentive tracking and distribution
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) and will primarily work during regular business hours. However, the position will likely need to work some time outside of regular business hours during data collection periods to accommodate East Coast time zones and evenings and weekends as needed. This is most likely to occur after May 2021. This position will primarily be able to work remotely, although there will be limited activities that need to be conducted at Harborview Medical Center, including supply packaging and shipping to SSP sites (<5% of total work time).
Other Comments: This position is funded for one year (through September 29, 2022). There is the possibility that it will extend beyond that, but that will be dependent on project needs and funding.
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