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Apply now Job no: 519611
Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Child Development, Education, Research/Scientific/Grants, Psychology

Department: Prevention Science Institute
Rank: Research Assistant
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins
February 23, 2017; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a cover letter, resume or CV, and three professional references.

Department Summary
The Prevention Science Institute (PSI) at the University of Oregon is a multi-disciplinary institute focused on understanding human development, preventing behavioral health problems, and implementing effective interventions in community settings. The PSI evolved from the Child and Family Center, which remains as a Center within the PSI. The core mission of the PSI is to improve the lives and wellbeing of at-risk children, individuals, and families throughout the lifespan. The PSI is a research institute designed for collaboration between faculty across disciplines, including psychology, social and affective neuroscience, development, education, and others who are interested in prevention. Our work is conducted in partnership with community collaborators in Oregon, across the US, and internationally, including child welfare service providers, school district leaders, mental health providers, criminal justice system leaders, and policy makers. The PSI encompasses three major focus areas consistent with the field of prevention science, including translational neuroscience, prevention and intervention, and implementation science. Understanding effective intervention strategies and the outcomes associated with these interventions across multiple domains of functioning, including biological, social, and contextual, is the focus of research at the PSI. The PSI seeks to collaborate with local, state, national, and international organizations and researchers to understand and promote healthy adaptation in children and families. The PSI is particularly interested in working with communities on dissemination of effective interventions to real world settings. The PSI is committed to research that expands our understanding of interventions and development with diverse populations, and actively seeks to promote research that reduces health disparities in service utilization.

Position Summary
The University of Oregon Prevention Science Institute (PSI) invites applications for a 0.75-1.0 FTE Project Recruiter/Scheduler position on a 5-year NIH-funded intervention study focused on studying outcomes of an effective parenting program to support families involved with child welfare. Successful candidates for this position will (a) closely collaborate with DHS to recruit families involved with child welfare for study participation, (b) coordinate with families and research staff to schedule family assessments, and (c) support data collection. Headed by Drs. Elizabeth Skowron and Phil Fisher, the Coaching Alternative Parenting Strategies (CAPS) Study is a clinical trial designed to assess program outcomes for parents and their 3-7 year old children as they work together in Parent-Child Interaction Theory (PCIT) to support parenting skills, improve child behavior, and reduce child abuse and neglect.

$39,500-$42,500 (1.0 FTE) annual salary & excellent benefits package.

The primary duties for this position include:

• Recruitment & Retention: Work with staff in the local Department of Human Services office and Child Welfare System to develop and execute a recruitment strategy for identifying families who could be eligible for participation in the CAPS study; determine potential for eligibility of caregivers and their 3 to 7 year old children via caregiver and case review; provide detailed information to the caregivers on the phone or in-person regarding study participation; maintain positive, good working relationships with study families and collaborative agencies (i.e., DHS employees, child welfare caseworkers, program managers, & resource developers) across multiple points of contact; respond to inquiries and answer project-related questions from families and agency liaisons on a day-to-day basis; continuously maintain and update the project database with family contact information, scheduling and assessment notes, and all stages of assessment completion; troubleshoot difficult or persistent recruitment issues independently, with assistance from Clinical and Assessment Coordinators, and Principal Investigator as needed; brainstorm fresh ideas for recruiting families who are reluctant to participate and liasoning with collaborating agency staff; utilizing search techniques to locate lost families; coordinate retention-driven mailings, including recruitment letters, thank you letters, birthday cards, and newsletters; work closely with the assessment and data management teams to coordinate data collection needs, such as assisting in the collection of missing data; and coordinate the assistance of other staff, as needed.

• Scheduling: Schedule assessment sessions within a targeted window; coordinate the scheduling needs of the participants with the availability of the assessment team; writing and tracking participant payments; work with research team to create efficient systems for coordinating all recruitment and scheduling efforts; maintain positive, good working relationships with study families and collaborative agencies (i.e., child welfare caseworkers and program managers, etc.) across multiple points of contact.

• Data Collection: Work closely with the Assessment Coordinator and PCIT Clinical Coordinator to maintain the integrity of the project and to facilitate study assessments according to the project timeline; develop proficiency in conducting assessments with families; assist in monitoring data collection for standardization and accuracy on a regular basis; work closely with Assessment & Clinical Coordinators to support data collection needs, such as assisting in the collection of missing data; provide summary reports to Principal Investigator, as needed.

• Miscellaneous Office Assistance: Assist Clinical Coordinator and Assessment Coordinator, as needed; perform other project related tasks as needed.

Minimum Requirements
• BA/BS degree or education, training, or experience sufficient to perform the duties required by the specific research project.
• Applicant must have knowledge of spoken and written English sufficient to obtain, provide, or exchange information.
• Applicant should have experience working in a team environment, requiring participatory decision-making and cooperative interactions among employees.

Professional Competencies
• This position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills, with a specific capacity for sensitivity, confidentiality, diligence, and persistence with regard to engaging and retaining participants in study. Applicant must also have familiarity with customer service phone techniques and ability to enthusiastically and confidently relate project information.
• The R/S must have a highly efficient and organized approach to work and strong attention to detail and thoroughness. Applicant needs to manage multiple scheduling issues and possess exceptional time management skills.
• The R/S will need to be able to learn quickly and work independently, with supervision as needed.
• Strong working knowledge of personal computers with formal training and/or employment experience is preferred. Position requires proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and using the internet.

Preferred Qualifications
• Research experience or progressively responsible employment in a field applicable to research, or a combination of such training and experience is desirable. Specifically, experience recruiting study participants or conducting standardized interviews is preferred.
• Strong working knowledge of personal computers with formal training and/or employment experience is preferred.
• Ability to provide a two-year commitment to help with engagement and maintaining a good rapport with families is also preferred.
• Familiarity with the culture and languages spoken within the Lane County Department of Human Services population strongly preferred.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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