Department: MED-Medical Social Sciences Salary/Grade: EXS/5
Manages daily operations of a biomedical &/or social-behavioral research study involving multidisciplinary teams of colleagues, sponsors & other external project stakeholders. Monitors study performance, analyzes & review results, & supervises development & implementation of new protocols. Assigns work & supervises study staff & reviews technical operations ensuring that all processes, protocols & procedures are quality controlled & functioning up to standards. Develops implements & administers budgets, grant & administrative procedures. May co-author scientific papers for presentation & publication & coordinates writing, submission & administration of grants. Ensures that all study activities are completed by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all 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).
The Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance Program (EDIT), housed in the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH), is directed by Dr. Gregory Phillips II and Dr. Lauren B. Beach (Associate Director), and attempts to foster a learning community to improve the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations in Chicago and beyond. EDIT’s goals are to (1) be a local leader in the evaluation of interventions focused on improving the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minority individuals; (2) help community agencies build capacity to strategically plan and implement and evaluate innovative and culturally responsive programming that serves sexual and gender minority individuals through the provision of tailored technical assistance; (3) use a wide array of data sources to enhance understanding of health disparities of sexual and gender minority individuals at a local and national level; and (4) share best practices and lessons learned from program evaluation and research studies with policymakers, funders, and service providers to improve community response to serving sexual and gender minority individuals.
This position will be responsible for the coordination of two new projects within the Evaluation Center – a series of Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) funded projects housed in EDIT. The Evaluation Center will support strategic planning and evaluation activities for the City of Chicago’s response to the Ending the HIV Epidemic – A Plan for America national strategy. Over the course of this year, we will convene Chicago and Cook County stakeholders to guide this process and provide actionable recommendations to the City of Chicago.
This job involves the coordination of research and evaluation efforts within the Evaluation Center. In particular, the Project Coordinator will oversee management of project data, including: coding and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data; assisting with the preparation of reports and dissemination products; supervising research staff and interns; and other project-related responsibilities.
Leads execution & control of a biomedical &/or social science project or research study.
Coordinates processing & analysis of data, conduct of experimental tests & procedures.
Ensures completion of study activities per protocol including recruitment.
Obtains informed consent.
Administers, schedules &/or scores tests.
Oversees & manages collection, maintenance, analysis & evaluation of data that will be used in grant submissions, presentations & publications.
Ensures that information is entered correctly into databases.
Assists PI in reviewing, analyzing, interpreting, summarizing, formatting, editing, & preparing tables, charts, graphs, progress & final reports, etc.
Coordinates between sponsoring agencies, collaborating organizations &/or other research &/or educational institutions.
Ensures that all study documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols are completed in a timely manner.
Manages lab/study budget & inventory including purchasing of supplies & services ensuring that they are necessary, reasonable & project related.
Trains, directs, assigns duties to & supervises research staff, students, residents &/or fellows.
Acts as a mentor in regard to education of junior coordinators.
Performs other duties as assigned.
A bachelor's degree in a social or health science + 3 years’ experience; or 5 years practical research study or related experience; or a master's degree in a social or health science + 1 year experience is required.
Supervisory or project management experience required.
Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Strong project coordination skills and the ability to prioritize tasks.
Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/procedures.
Good communication skills; demonstrated effective spoken and written communication, including willingness to ask questions when clarification or amplification is required.
Good time management skills; efficient and resourceful in problem-solving.
Demonstrated ability to take ownership of the work, possessing initiative, good follow-through; ability to work without supervision.
Ability to receive and benefit from feedback; willingness to expand skill set and improve.
Flexibility in adapting to new procedures and environments.
Ability to work in a team environment.
Proficient at MS Office Suite.
Experience in program evaluation.
Experience in quantitative analysis methods.
Experience in qualitative analysis methods.
Experience working in public health and/or medical research.
Experience working with community-based organizations.
Experience working with LGBTQ, racial/ethnic minority, HIV-positive, and at-risk populations.
Detailed knowledge of Chicago’s HIV prevention and care landscape.
Experience with strategic planning.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Ability to write scientifically for dissemination of findings.
Familiarity with data management software, including REDCap.
Familiarity with Learning Collaboratives and Communities of Practice frameworks.
Knowledge of HIV, PrEP, HIV Continuum of Care, and HIV/STI surveillance.
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.
Internal Number: 38618
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.