Research Support Assistant - Assessment

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Hyde Park Campus

2012780 Surgery-Ohns

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Job Summary:

The primary goal of a Research Support Assistant is to implement assessments and perform parent and child measures in conjunction with a longitudinal randomized control trial in the role of an Assessor. This individual will also offer administrative support for our longitudinal randomized controlled trial. At the direction of the PI, Director of Operations, and the Project Manager, the individual will coordinate and support necessary activities to ensure successful administration of study protocol to facilitate delivery of the TMW program. The individual selected for this position will work as part of a team of Home Visitors, each of whom will manage and serve their own caseloads of study participants. The position involves preparation, implementation, and follow-up related to regular home visits conducted in the Chicagoland area. This goal is in alignment with the Biological Science division's mission is to discover and create new knowledge of living systems, to preserve and communicate knowledge through education, and to nurture and sustain a community of scholars.



  • Maintain full caseload and execute timely implementation of standardized assessments and other parent and child measures in the home environment, according to study protocol: schedule visits, prepare materials.
  • Conduct assessment and study data collection sessions.
  • Maintain accurate, complete, and timely documentation of all study visits and assessment results, including an up-to-date caseload calendar.
  • Ensure timely progress through study timeline of all participants in assigned caseload.
  • Administer TMW assessment measures in a consistent and standardized manner, according to study protocol, with a high level of fidelity.
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of applicable ‘best practices' for conducting assessments and surveys, and a working understanding of supporting research.
  • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with program participants.
  • Convey constructive and positive feedback to participants to facilitate assessment goals.
  • Communicate regularly with Administrative Coordinator and Project Manager regarding scheduling updates, assessment and study materials, and supporting documentation.
  • Maintain clear and constant communication with PI, Project Manager, and Data Coordinator regarding all matters related to study participants and program.
  • Assist with recruiting and enrolling participants.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Study Administration
  • Coordinate participants' progress through longitudinal RCT according to study protocol.
  • Maintain regular contact with study participants and study staff via phone, text, email, and TMW Web Platform.
  • Staff participant data collection meetings for longitudinal RCT field staff and student research assistants according to study protocol.
  • Coordinate pickup and drop off of study materials.
  • Delegate study support tasks to student research assistants, such as filing, data entry, study material prep.
  • Coordinate student research assistant schedules for work on longitudinal RCT.

  • Flexible schedule required, including ability to work evenings and weekends as needed required.
  • Valid Driver's License, clean driving record, and ability to operate motor vehicle required.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a program located in low-income communities required.
  • Experience working with families, infants, toddlers, and young children required.
  • Problem solving skills required.
  • Strong ability to relate to people from diverse gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds required.
  • Problem solving skills required.
  • Proven ability to function as a cooperative and supportive team member required.
  • Proven ability to work within prescribed timelines required.
  • Ability to learn and master technology and software programs required.
  • Ability to process, protect, and exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials required
  • Proficiency in Spanish, including the ability to read, write, and speak Spanish, is preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of early childhood education preferred.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Competencies:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Bachelor's degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted preferred.

  • Proficiency in Spanish, including the ability to read, write, and speak Spanish, is preferred.
  • Experience working with families, infants, toddlers, and young children required.
  • Experience working with underserved populations preferred.

Required Documents:

Resume, Cover letter and 3 references

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

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Job No:
Posted: 5/10/2018
Application Due: 6/2/2018
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