About the Job Our program seeks a bilingual Clinical Research Coordinator, Level II for the “Reducing Cervical Cancer Screening Disparities in Somali Immigrant Women through a Primary Care Based HPV Self-Sampling Intervention” research study. This employee will be involved in supporting all study activities during all three aims of the study. The employee will be involved with the development of bilingual recruitment materials, supporting participation in the community advisory board, recruitment of participants into focus groups and interviews, conducting focus groups and interviews, analysis, and engaging in community outreach for dissemination of results into the community. Additionally, the research coordinator will be the main onsite research contact at the participating primary care clinics. The employee in this position is expected to coordinate and implement research protocols and facilitate research at the primary clinics involved in the study. Duties include supporting day-to-day research activities in the clinics assisting clinic staff with study based activities including, but not limited to, enrollment of eligible patients, administering informed consent, monitoring test kit supply inventory, providing monthly quality reports, helping to build monitoring reports, monitoring protocol adherence and administering questionnaires. This position must conduct work according to regulatory requirements and institutional guidelines. Position is currently hybrid with remote work days and in person/in clinic days.
Job duties/responsibilities Community Engagement and Qualitative Research Activities (40%)
Attend and help facilitate Community Advisory Board meetings and membership involvement, supporting administrative and technical needs.
Assist with the development of recruitment materials.
Lead focus group recruitment and facilitate focus groups; conduct participant and clinic staff interviews.
Administer participant compensation.
Assist with analysis of qualitative data and synthesis of results.
Clinical Research Conduct & Facilitation (40%)
Maintain project timelines and proactively communicate progress to Project Manager, PI and other study team members.
Responsible for knowing protocol details, ensuring that protocol is followed, documenting study activities appropriately, and resolving issues that arise during day-to-day implementation of studies.
Act as an information resource to participants, faculty/providers and clinic staff for protocol specific queries, enrollment requirements, specimens needed, study process and flow, etc.
Provide training, monitor progress, and provide direction and recommendations to clinic staff and other team members to meet project goals.
Engage in verifying subject eligibility, facilitating subject enrollments, administering informed consent, censuring the appropriate recording of adverse events, and acquisition of research samples.
Collect participant data through chart reviews and questionnaires.
Ensure timely and accurate data submission; engage with providers and investigators to ensure adequate source documentation is available; accurate interpretation and recording of data; maintenance of subject research charts.
Facilitate the timely review and reporting of adverse reactions and severe adverse events.
Assist in the development of quality improvement reports and distribution to clinic and study staff.
Ensure work is conducted in compliance with federal regulations, GCPs, and University and M Health policies related to research.
Partner with the Project Manager, PI and the rest of the study team to ensure ethical conduct of clinical trials and compliance with relevant regulatory guidelines.
Provide documentation and reports related to subject experience on trials (adverse event reports, subject complaints, etc.) to the study team to ensure compliance with applicable policies, procedures and regulations.
Participate in monitoring visits, program audits, etc. as they arise.
Administrative and technical support (10%)
Assist with other administrative tasks as requested related to study set up and maintenance.
Contribute to the production and edits of research and technical materials.
Participate in dissemination activities such as presentations and manuscript writing.
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with employer match
Disability and employer paid life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials
BA/BS in a scientific or health related field and 2 years clinical research experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal 6 years.
Bilingual in both Somali and English languages.
Experience with research or community engagement in Somali populations.
Qualities sought: Detail-oriented with exceptional organizational, planning and problem-solving skills; Demonstrated ability to maintain deadlines and prioritize assignments; Ability to work independently, as a part of a team and with changing priorities; Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated data management skills, including: data collection, generating reports, and ensuring data quality, preferably in a healthcare setting.
Experience with navigating electronic health records and interpreting medical terminology.
Ability to build relationships with community partners, enhancing collaboration, facilitate communication and teamwork, and strengthen synergy among working groups.
Knowledge of and experience using Microsoft office suite (Word, Excel, etc), Google applications (Drive, Calendar), video conferencing technology; comfortable using new technology.
Ability to work flexible work hours, including occasional evenings or weekends.
Master’s Degree in public health, or a related discipline.
Experience working in a primary care setting.
Knowledge of Good Clinical Practices (GCPs) and federal regulations related to research with human subjects and protected health information.
Expertise in qualitative research methods, including study data collection (e.g., focus groups), data analysis, report/manuscript writing of qualitative projects.
Specimen management skills, or willingness to learn (including processing human samples and shipping per regulations).
Experience with subject recruitment, conducting study sessions involving human research subjects, and collecting and entering data.
Experience with EPIC.
Experience with REDCap or Qualtrics.
Experience collaborating with clinical and research faculty in an academic setting.
Experience working on a multi-disciplinary, ethnically diverse team and in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships across cultural differences.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.