The mission of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is to improve the well-being of vulnerable individuals and communities, advance social and economic justice, and eradicate pressing societal problems in complex and culturally diverse urban environments throughout Southern California, the nation and the world. Our mission is achieved through value-driven, scholarly and creative social work education, research, and professional leadership. The mission of the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging located in the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is to advance research, policy and practice to improve the lives of older adults and their families from diverse communities locally, regionally and globally. Â
Our Institute is recruiting to fill a full-time, time-limited Project Assistant position to assist with two research projects funded by the National Institute on Aging.Â Under the supervision of Dr. MarÃa Aranda, the employee will execute research-related activities on projects entailing various recruitment, data collection, and program coordination responsibilities.
Dr. Aranda leads two federally funded Alzheimerâs focused research projects: 1) The Interdisciplinary Aging Research to Address Health Disparities in Alzheimerâs Disease and Related Dementias conference series that is intended to support the careers of emerging scientists dedicated addressing ADRD health disparities and aging research; and 2) The USC Alzheimerâs Disease Research CenterâOutreach, Recruitment, and Engagement Core (in conjunction with the Department of Neurology at USC) Â that provides recruitment and retention of participants in research studies, and education of professional and under-served communities about brain health, prevention of cognitive decline, Alzheimerâs disease and related dementia's.
This position requires outreach, recruitment, screening, and consenting of research participants, and coordinating/scheduling participant appointments. Other duties will include developing and implementing informational and educational activities in the community, assisting with coordination of a scientific training program and conference for emerging scientists in ADRD health disparities, drafting settlements for project-related expenses as well as managing and overseeing the completion of project-specific grant progress reports and IRB-related documents.
We are seeking a candidate with the following attributes:
1) Experience in research interviewing especially with underrepresented racial/ethnic groups;
2) Excellent writing and verbal skills;
3) Excellent organizational and coordination skills including prior experience with conference coordination;
4) Excellent interpersonal skills with study participants, organizational representatives, and coworkers;
5) Some knowledge of brain health and dementia;
6) And creative thinking about new methods to engage diverse racial and ethnic participants in dementia research.
The position is full time and requires 5 days/week attendance at our offices in downtown Los Angeles, the USC University Park Campus (UPC), and at the USC Health Sciences Campus. The primary location will be at either at the UPC campus and/or USC South Park Tower. The employee is expected to travel to conduct business throughout Los Angeles County, with some travel outside of the county (mileage provided). Some weekend and evening hours will be required when performing outreach, recruitment and engagement activities. The employee will receive initial training and ongoing supervision within a team environment.
Accountabilities include, but not limited to:
Actively recruiting and tracking participants by contacting, scheduling, and interviewing new and existing research participants;
Assists with data collection for research studies;
Planning, coordination, and evaluation of training activities including conferences and webinars;
Serving as liaison with conference speakers, consultants, emerging scholars, and community stakeholders;
Maintaining a social media and digital presence;
Assisting with project reports and technical documents;
Working closing with USC Roybal Institute staff and ADRC personnel on existing and future activities;Â
Ensuring study and regulatory protocols are followed;
Attending community meetings; and
Other duties, as assigned
Preferred Education and Experience:
Bachelorâs degree with 3 years or more in a related position.
Experience working in community based research projects.
Experience engaging in diverse communities and interacting with social media platforms.
A strong candidate will also have the ability to multi-task in a high-volume, high-paced environment with deadline pressures, and demonstrate she/he is a self-starter with a commitment to serving underrepresented minorities.Â
Minimum Education: High school or equivalentMinimum Experience: 1 yearMinimum Field of Expertise: Knowledge of data collection procedures and some experience with proposal preparation and production of technical documents
Internal Number: REQ20086892
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.