Sep 07, 2020
INSTITUTE FOR COMMUNITY RESEARCH JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE/PROJECT COORDINATOR
The Institute for Community Research (ICR) has an immediate opening for a full time entry-level Research Associate to work as Project Coordinator on a 2-year mixed methods study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. This study is a longitudinal exploration of pathways to HIV/STI risk reduction among homeless young adults ages 18-24 through a youth-centric rapid re-housing program. The goal is to reduce health disparities in HIV/STIs among high risk and vulnerable populations by helping communities improve their interventions for young adults experiencing homelessness. This study is being conducted across the state of Connecticut. The Research Associate/Project Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Principal Investigator and will join the team of investigators and field staff to coordinate and participate in all aspects of the project.
ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR COMMUNITY RESEARCH
ICR is an independent, non-profit community-based research organization located in Hartford, which conducts mixed methods and collaborative research in partnership with communities and others on health, community well-being, disparities, and social justice issues. Details on ICR are available at www.icrweb.org.
SPECIFIC PROJECT RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Research Associate/Project Coordinator will perform the following responsibilities:
- Manage and coordinate overall project implementation and communications
- Administer project meetings
- Assist in the development of study instruments
- Develop online surveys using Qualtrics
- Construct and maintain survey databases including maintaining appropriate documentation
- Coordinate scheduling of data collection activities (surveys, interviews, biomarker specimens), and monitor tracking of participants in the longitudinal study
- Manage interview incentives
- Assist with conducting qualitative interviews and training/monitoring of field staff
- Ensure all forms of data collection are completed as scheduled
- Manage and process survey data in preparation for analysis
- Oversee qualitative data management, processing and coding using Atlas.ti
- Run preliminary descriptive statistics
- Participate on quantitative and qualitative data analysis
- Organize regular reports to PI and project research staff on the status of the data and prepare tables and analyses of data for reports
- Participate in writing of joint-authored publications related to study
The Research Associate will be encouraged to participate in writing subsequent research grant(s), which may include his/her own independent research grant applications. The position is intended to give the Research Associate significant experience in the full range of community research activities as a path to develop skills needed to become an independent researcher to contribute to future NIH and other research efforts at ICR.
QUALIFICATIONS AND DESIRED EXPERIENCE
- Ph.D. in social or behavioral science or public health, with training in qualitative/ethnographic and quantitative/ statistical research methods AND at least 3 years of field experience conducting community research or intervention, preferably with young adults who have experienced homelessness/housing instability in an urban U.S. setting; OR MA or MS in relevant field and 7 years of experience working with mixed research methods data.
- Evidence of publications or potential for publications productivity.
- Ability and willingness to set up, manage, clean, process and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data for a mixed methods study.
- Flexible, able to work cooperatively with project staff and participants and collaborating organizations as a team member; ability to work independently and exercise discretion and good judgment in job functions.
- Facility with MS Office applications and data processing and analytical software, especially Atlas.ti and SPSS or STATA.
- Excellent writing, communication, management, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
- Ability to generate federal reports, assist with or take the lead on grant applications, public presentations, and other written and oral reporting and dissemination activities; publication track record or indication of publication productivity needed.
Skills and Attributes
- Proactive, hands-on strategic thinker who is comfortable working in partnership with senior leaders and program staff.
- Excellent written and communication skills.
- Keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, Board and other stakeholders.
- Ability to work in a fast paced, team environment, meet deadlines, and work on multiple tasks.
- Ability to work with a diverse population.
WORK SCHEDULE DEMANDS:
35-hour work-week; hours flexible, as required by project needs.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a cover letter and resume to Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org. Position is open until filled.
ICR is an Equal Opportunity Employer/AA ICR participates in the E Verify program