The Research Assistant will provide assistance to the Chief of Adolescent Medicine in the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, with community based research studies. Specific tasks include data collection at community sites, data entry, and assistance with tracking participants for studies. Specifically, the research assistant (RA) could be responsible for collecting data at women's and adolescent health clinics and various other organizations that provide services for youth in PA. Additional duties include serving as the coordinator for a large community-based study in 20 neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. This is a highly complex study with each neighborhood having different community members and partners, requiring a high level of interpersonal communication and accountability. This involves daily communication with community members who serve as facilitators, training new facilitators, managing the contracts with each of the facilitators, preparing and tracking their invoices and payments, and arranging logistics for each site. Additionally, this position requires supervision of a large number of research assistants who are attending the program implementation at different sites, ensuring adherence to study procedures and protocols, overseeing the quality of data entry, and maintaining positive relationships with all community partners. Prior research experience is desired including experience with ACASI, EndNote, Excel, MS Word, and Access, as well as experience conducting literature reviews, data entry, database development and manipulation. Candidate must be willing and able to drive to community sites. Experience working with community based organizations, including community health and knowledge of how to collect local data is of particular interest. Solid interpersonal communication skills, knowledge of women's health and adolescent health, and prior experience working in community-based and clinic based settings are a plus. Bilingual Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply. Bachelor's degree in a related field. Minimum 2 years of professional level research experience, desired experience with youths in community settings. TB test and PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check and FBI Criminal Record Check will be required as a condition of employment. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.
Minimum Related Experience Level Required
1-2 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position
Minimum 2 years of professional level research experience. Desired experience with youths in a community setting.
Child Protection Clearances
The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.
Scheduled Work Hours
Work Schedule to Vary
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
Position will require flexibility with shift/hours and will be required to work on the evenings and weekends.
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:
Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match
Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance
Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)
Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time
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