The Research Study Assistant performs social-behavioral research by conducting community outreach in underserved communities to identify and enroll participants in a community reentry project for young persons 18-26 who have recently been involved in the criminal justice system. Administers 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: This position works as part of a team which recruits and meets with participants within the various neighborhoods in Chicago and Cook County. Some weekends and evenings required based on the needs of the project. Recruitment activities involve visiting various community agencies throughout Chicago and includes entry into Cook County jail. Supervisors provide objectives, and general instructions. Work is reviewed for accuracy and compliance with instructions, practice, policy and procedures. This position requires significant time traveling in the Chicago community and neighborhoods. It is highly recommended that the candidate have access to car. Reimbursement will be offered for travel.
Recruits study participants through community outreach and attendance at community events.
Reviews & obtains informed consent.
Schedules study visits with participants.
Collects survey data.
Schedules study visits with participants and develops and updates reentry plans for participants
Maintains detailed records of study recruitment and retention activities
Monitors re-entry activities of participants and updates individual plan as needed
Performs scientific literature searches in support of research
Monitors and distributes bus cards to participants
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 Northwestern's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Must have significant knowledge of Chicago neighborhoods and community based agencies.
Must have ability to relate appropriately with persons from diverse populations
Must understand reentry needs of individuals exiting the criminal justice system
Must be able to participate as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Must be able to write properly and be organized.
Must have excellent time management skills and work ethic.
Must be able to follow study protocols and other project directions.
Must have ability to be flexible with work hours and responsibilities, depending on the needs of the participants. Schedule is subject to the availability of the participants.
Some college education in relevant field preferred.
Must have experience working with underserved populations.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Knowledge of trauma informed principles, restorative justice theory preferred.
Specific understanding of the developing and complex needs of young adults.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
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.
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