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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The Social Development Research Group (SDRG) is a multi-disciplinary group of more than 80 research faculty and staff, working to increase understanding of social development and health risk behavior during childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood, and to use this knowledge to develop effective (drug, alcohol, violence) prevention programs, policies and service systems.
SDRG is seeking a part-time, temporary research study coordinator to work on a prevention-focused program for foster parents, relative caregivers, and the teens in their care. It is designed to help strengthen family relationships and may help families develop skills to reduce risk of drug use, risky sexual behavior, and violence among teens. Researchers at the Social Development Research Group (SDRG) and Partners for our Children (POC) are currently testing this program to see if it works with foster parents and relative caregivers.
Each Family Consultant will be responsible for telephoning multiple families on a weekly basis for a 10-12 week period to track their progress through the Connecting program which includes a workbook and two DVDs. The Family Consultant will encourage families to participate in the activities, serve as consultants for any problems that arise, encourage and celebrate successes, and track progress and phone contact time. There will be one staff meeting per week at the SDRG office for about 1 hour to consult on cases and turn in data summaries. The families will not all be assigned the same start dates so the workload will vary. We expect that this position will run through at least Fall 2017.
There will be a 6-hour training at a date to be determined. Family Consultants must become very familiar with the Connecting program materials.
Complete Family Consultant training/mastery of techniques for recruiting, rapport building, and phone interviewing
Apply rules and standards from Family Consultant training in a consistent and reliable manner
Assist in the design of Connecting study in collaboration with the research team; review grant proposal to determine if established research methods adhere to proposed study objectives
Establish guidelines for identifying subject populations and verifying participant eligibility; assess and document eligibility; develop and refine participant assessments, questionnaires, Connecting Access database, and Family Consultant procedures for collecting and summarizing observations and data
Explain the purpose of research and study protocols to intervention participants; implement Connecting study intervention and monitor participant adherence to protocol through weekly check-ins; engage intervention participants to complete weekly tasks; ensure that participants do not deviate from intervention protocol and complete intervention in full (during specified intervention timeframe of 10-12 weeks); troubleshoot with participants if they are having difficulty completing intervention; maximize intervention completion using effective study protocols and retention procedures
Record progress of youth and families in intervention condition and assess effectiveness of intervention using reports and summaries from Connecting Access database; evaluate effectiveness of data collection; verify accuracy of research data; maintain detailed and accurate records; maintain confidentiality of subject information
Provide ongoing feedback on intervention administration, curriculum effectiveness, and procedures; assist in problem-solving functions
Establish and maintain contact with DSHS/Children's Administration, additional project stakeholders, and study sponsors (NIDA); provide research team members with updates about study progress and completion
Assist in modification of procedures for collecting and summarizing data using Connecting Access database; participate in the development and design of measurement instruments for Connecting study as well as supplemental study
Use statistical and database management programs to analyze data and prepare summary narrative reports, graphs, tables, charts, and illustrations; assist in modifying Connecting Access database for tracking study participants; monitor data collection and input to ensure adherence to intervention protocol
Contribute to a positive work environment and interact well with supervisors and co-workers
Attend weekly staff meeting at SDRG to consult on cases and provide intervention status summaries
A Bachelor's degree Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Health Education, or related fields AND two years of experience as a Research Study Coordinator OR equivalent education/experience.
Candidates must have a strong clinical background.
Three years of experience working with middle or high school age youth and families; experience working with foster caregivers preferred. Must have strong working knowledge of parenting skills.
Experience working with families and caregivers participating in parenting programs
Experience working with people of varied cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
Must be willing to telephone families in evenings and during weekends if needed
Excellent oral and written communication and problem solving skills
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Strong interpersonal skills
Computer experience including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and Access
Lived foster care experience.
Condition of Employment:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
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