Department: Research COVID MAP Special Projects
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.
The Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP), was created to develop and expand the university’s testing capacity for the coronavirus that causes SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). The University of Oregon (UO) is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Housed within the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI), the COVID-19 MAP program leverages the research strengths of the UO, including expertise in genomics, data science, prevention science, and coordinates staffing to implement the development and execution of MAP’s SARS-CoV-2 sample collection and community testing efforts. COVID-19 MAP offers testing at multiple locations on campus to the UO and broader communities.
Additionally, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), in partnership with regional based medical laboratories, are providing an optional COVID-19 screening testing program for students at public and private K-12 schools throughout Oregon. This program is free for schools and parents/guardians and an important tool to combating the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. The UO is one of OHA’s partner laboratories in this program and is providing testing to schools located in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine and Lane Counties. The program is funded through a grant to OHA from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Field Coordinator provides key coordination and support for COVID-19 MAP testing and data collection activities on the UO campus, in local communities in Oregon, and as part of the K-12 testing program. This position will be responsible for coordination with the COVID-19 MAP lab and other labs for testing and diagnostics, and requires compliance with the human subject IRB process and HIPAA. Field Coordinators train and supervise a team of field sample collectors, oversee the tracking and completion of testing site collections, and ensure collection of any accompanying data. Additionally, for the K-12 project, Field Coordinators will play an important role in coordinating kit preparation and sample check-in and processing. Strong leadership, attention to detail, and troubleshooting skills are needed in this position.
Field Coordinators also perform other necessary infrastructure support functions, potentially including but not limited to collaborating to manage inventory, organizing supply shipments, coordinating with couriers, and purchasing to ensure supplies are available and kits provided to schools on schedule.
The position reports to the Lead Field Coordinator and K-12 Project Coordinator and under their direction will assist in both campus and K-12 testing operations. This position will work in tandem with multiple other Field Coordinators to collaborate and problem solve. Positions are funding contingent one-year appointments.
Flexibility is required in regard to work schedule and time; the applicant must be able to assist with technical and scheduling challenges as they arise.
• 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.)
• Two years of customer service or K-12 experience
• Two years of related experience including supervision; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.
• Demonstrated ability to adhere to confidentially requirements and other regulations. HIPAA training and biosafety training will be required.
• Demonstrated competency in supervision; leadership skills and the ability to manage a team of 6-15 people.
• Strong communication skills and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations with demonstrated poise, tact, and diplomacy.
• Demonstrated expertise with Microsoft Office Suite programs, including Excel
• Knowledge of spoken and written English sufficient to obtain, provide, or exchange information. This position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills, with a specific capacity for sensitivity, confidentiality, diligence.
• Familiarity with customer service techniques and the ability to enthusiastically and confidently relate project information.
• Highly efficient and organized approach to work and strong attention to detail and thoroughness.
• Ability to manage multiple scheduling issues; exceptional time management skills.
• Ability to respond quickly and thoughtfully should logistical problems arise at a testing site.
• Ability to learn quickly and work independently, with supervision as needed.
• Ability to multi-task.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with students and diverse populations.
• 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
• Experience working in a team environment, requiring participatory decision-making and cooperative interactions among employees.
• Experience facilitating outreach activities or research activities with participants and/or experience conducting standardized interviews.
• Experience recruiting for and/or collecting biospecimen samples.
• Experience managing human subjects’ protocols.
• Experience working in higher education research or outreach.
• 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.
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