Senior Professional Research Assistant

Senior Professional Research Assistant

ACCORDS (Adult and Child Center for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science)

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus

Nature of Work:

The Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) has an opening for a Senior Professional Research Assistant (SrPRA) to provide research management support to project investigators and staff of a new national, family-engaged health services research network for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN). The incumbent will be the overall project manager for the National Coordinating Center (NCC) housed at ACCORDS, and will coordinate and assist with all Center activities. The incumbent will meet regularly with the Network Director in order to plan and execute the research, educational, and dissemination missions of the Network. This Network is funded by a 5-year Cooperative Agreement with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

(*See project summary at the bottom of this description for more information on the research this position will be supporting)

Supervision Received:

The Sr. PRA will report to Principal Investigator and Network Director Christopher Stille, MD, MPH

Duties and Responsibilities:

The general tasks include assisting with the following:
  • Coordinate day-to-day Network activities in collaboration with the Network Director and other Network leaders
  • Coordinate phone, web conferences and meetings with the Network Executive Committee (EC), National Steering Committee (SC), and external site leaders
  • Work with the Director and COMIRB to establish procedures and protocols for Single IRB
  • Work with the Director and the EC to establish common data management and sharing procedures
  • Serving as technical liaison with remote study locations across the nation with writing and implementing their IRB protocols
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with sub-site principal investigators and study coordinators, project consultants and collaborators, and parent and family co-investigators
  • Supervising research staff based at ACCORDS with implementation and execution of research plans and activity involved in the conducting of research and dissemination of study results
  • Meeting regularly with the Director to plan all research and Center's programmatic activities and operationalize action items from EC meetings
  • Acting as a liaison between the NCC, three Collaborative Research Sites (CREs) and their projects, and other Network groups including the Parent and Family Engagement Team (PFET)
  • Planning and implementing educational activities with direction from the Research Education leads
  • Assisting with writing papers and manuscripts
  • Assisting with data gathering for Network Evaluation, under guidance of the Director and EC as well as the MCHB Project Officer and staff
  • Assisting with collaboration with MCHB, other MCHB-funded research networks, and local research networks
  • High-level budgeting and expense tracking of the Network budget, and management of the NCC budget and sub-award budgets with the ACCORDS Grants Manager
  • Network progress reports
  • Travel/expenses for Center personnel and Steering Committee meetings at ACCORDS
  • Planning, coordinating and taking minutes of the EC and SC meetings
  • Writing, editing, formatting and submitting scientific manuscripts or reports
  • Other projects as determined by Director and Core leadership

*Project Summary:

The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Research Network (CYSHCNet) will (1) create a national, family-engaged CYSHCN research network through integration and alignment of CYSHCN experts; development and sharing of valuable Network assets; and vesting authority in CYSHCN & families at all levels; (2) advance knowledge of optimal health systems for CYSHCN, by establishing a national research agenda to catalyze investigation; conducting multi-site health systems research on CYSHCN; disseminating findings to inspire health system improvements; and sustaining and scaling research activities with external funding; and (3)train emerging CYSHCN investigators, by enhancing research training of emerging investigators; building strong intra and cross-institutional mentoring; and sparking emerging investigator projects with Network funds.

ACCORDS will serve as the National Coordinating Center (NCC), which along with three Collaborative Research Entities (CREs) and a Secondary Data Center located at other sites will create a robust, inclusive, research infrastructure, with governance modeled after existing, national research networks. We will engage families as partners at all levels. With diverse stakeholders, we will establish a research agenda that prioritizes the most critical research topics in systems of care for CYSHCN and carry out such research on a national scale. In the first 5 years, we will conduct at least 3 multisite prospective studies on health systems, with the goal of obtaining external funding for each, and 10 retrospective studies on population-based databases. Targeted populations will include YSHCN, those with medical complexity, and vulnerable racial/ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Finally, we will establish a national training program with the triad of integrated curriculum, mentorship, and small grant funding.

The NCC will provide the core of network administrative and operational functions that will benefit all Network members. These functions include but are not limited to partnership and management of Network CREs and other sites; facilitation and scheduling of all network meetings; process support for all aspects of research studies (centralized and ceded human subjects review, data acquisition system, etc.); development of research training and mentorship opportunities; broad public communication and dissemination of Network activities and findings, including Network website and social media engagement; and active collaboration with other MCHB-funded programs. The NCC project manager will organize and activate NCC faculty and staff, including clinician investigators, research assistants, and statisticians.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

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Minimum Qualifications:

  • A master's degree in public health, or other health services research related profession and a minimum of three years' experience in research or a public health setting.
  • Project management experience, preferably in a research/evaluation capacity
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including communication with professional colleagues, clinic staff and patients of diverse backgrounds
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software, including the MS 2010 suite (Excel, Access, and PowerPoint)
  • Great time and people management skills with experience in managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Must be team-oriented, flexible, self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience submitting protocols to Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Experience with EndNote reference management
  • Experience with budget tracking and post-award grant monitoring in a university environment
  • Involvement with scientific writing and manuscript production
  • Website Development and Management

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 10837

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 21628 - SOM-COHO Center

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Aug 24, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Kayla LaPerriere

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00737814


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