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K-12 Courier

Apply now Job no: 528066
Work type: Faculty - Pro Tempore
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Other, Research/Scientific/Grants

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

Review of Applications Begins
Immediately; applications will be reviewed as needs arise

Special Instructions to Applicants
Complete applications must include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Note: You don’t have to match all the listed requirements exactly to be considered for this role.

Program Summary
The Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP), was created to develop and expand the university’s testing capacity for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The program recently received additional funding through a partnership with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to provide an opt-in SARS-CoV-2 (Covid) screening testing program for students at public and private K-12 schools throughout Southwestern Oregon. This program will be free for schools and parents/guardians and will be an important tool to combat the spread of Covid in our communities. More information about the K-12 program is available here.

The University of Oregon is one of OHA’s partner laboratories in this program and will provide testing to K-12 schools located in Coos, Curry, Douglas Jackson, Josephine, and Lane Counties. Test collections will begin in early September 2021 to help support a safe in-person school experience for our younger Oregonians.

Housed within the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation (OVPRI), MAP leverages the research strengths of the UO, including expertise in genomics, data science, and prevention science, and coordinates implementation of MAP’s SARS-CoV-2 sample collection and community testing efforts.

MAP has a number of immediate openings to support this exciting new program. Position and application information is included with the links below. Positions are funding contingent, limited-duration appointments expected to run until at least June 2022.

Join our team and help support safe in-person learning for K-12 students in Oregon!

Available positions:
K-12 Office Specialist 2
K-12 Couriers (multiple openings)
K-12 Customer Service Liaisons (multiple openings)
Field Coordinators (multiple openings)
Lab Technicians (multiple openings)
Student positions: Fall 2021 Intake Team, Lab Assistant

Position Summary - K-12 Courier
The K-12 Couriers will transport inventory and human biological samples to various locations across the state. Responsibilities include driving long distances, delivery and pick-up service of collections and inventory, and solving logistical and scheduling priorities. The incumbent is expected to act proactively to support school partners.

When applicable to the project, this position will coordinate the collection of participant biospecimen samples which includes managing inventory and organizing supply shipments in collaboration with customer service liaisons and purchasing to ensure supplies are available and kits provided to schools on schedule. This includes answering questions regarding the collection process and sample storage to minimize risk and ensure quality control.

This position will be responsible for HIPAA compliance, facilitation of sample collections, ensuring collection and completion of accompanying intake data, and assisting with transport or mailing of samples for processing.

The position reports to the Covid-19 Logistics Manager and under their direction will assist in troubleshooting and coordinating with school and community partners and liaisons. This position will work in tandem with one or two other couriers for scheduling, to collaborate and problem solve.

A valid Oregon Driver’s License and evidence of a good driving record are required, and the ability to work shifts in full personal protective equipment. Flexibility is required in regard to work schedule and time; the applicant must be able to assist with inclement weather and scheduling challenges as they arise.

Positions are funding contingent, one-year appointments.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor's degree in a relevant field OR experience relevant to the duties of this position (customer service, community organizing, any medical experience, data collection, etc.)
• Valid Oregon Driver’s License and evidence of good driving record are required.

Professional Competencies
• Ability to work in a team environment and facilitate cooperative interactions among employees and stakeholders.
• Strong communication skills and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations with demonstrated poise, tact, and diplomacy.
• Exceptional time management skills, with a strong attention to detail
• Ability to manage multiple priorities with overlapping deadlines and frequent interruptions while maintaining a high level of customer service and professionalism
• Excellent verbal and written English communication skills to obtain, provide, or exchange information with project collaborators and staff, including a capacity for sensitivity, confidentiality, and diligence with regard to human subjects information
• Demonstrated ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds as well as to develop knowledge of, respect for, those from a broad array of cultures and backgrounds
• Demonstrated ability to learn, understand, explain, and comply with university and government policies, rules, and regulations
• Strong analytical and critical thinking skills and ability to analyze, summarize, and effectively present data/information
• Ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative team environment
• Ability to represent the UO in a professional manner with a diverse set of stakeholders including, investigators, staff, administrators, students, and research participants
• Ability to manage complex environments in a calm, constructive, and professional manner

Preferred Qualifications
Commercial Driver License or equivalent training and/or experience.
Bachelor’s degree
Familiarity with Oregon Department of Education schools and its constituents.
Experience or training in biology, natural sciences, medical operations and/or human subject research
Knowledge of participant tracking databases
Experience working with underserved communities
Experience working with both on-site and remote teams


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 http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

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. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

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