Minority Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator
University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus
University of Colorado Cancer Center
Minority Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator
Position # 00745821 - Requisition 13570
* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers *
The University of Colorado Cancer Center has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Minority Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator position.
The University of Colorado Cancer Center, located at the Anschutz Medical Campus, is Colorado's only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, a distinction recognizing its outstanding contributions to research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. CU Cancer Center's clinical partner for adult care, University of Colorado Hospital is ranked in the top 15 hospitals nationwide by U.S. News and World Report and Children's Hospital Colorado is ranked 8th by the same organization in Pediatric Cancer Care. The CU Cancer Center is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network®, an alliance of the nation's leading cancer centers working to establish and deliver the gold standard in cancer clinical guidelines. CU Cancer Center also is a member of the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN), a unique research partnership among North America's top cancer centers leveraging multiple data sources and matching patients to targeted treatments. CU Cancer Center is a consortium of approximately 261 researchers and physicians at three state universities and three clinical institutions, all working toward its vision to prevent and cure cancer while being a global model for patient care delivery, interdisciplinary research, and training.
Nature of Work
In collaboration with the Associate Directors of Clinical Research and Population Health Sciences, as well as the Program Director for Cancer Prevention and Control, the Minority Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator will identify and assess existing impediments to clinical trial participation among minority patients who are seen at the CU Cancer Center. The Minority Recruitment and Outreach coordinator will be responsible for developing initiatives to address these challenges and barriers that have resulted in minority populations being underrepresented in clinical trials at the CU Cancer Center. In addition, the Minority Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for enrolling participants in cancer prevention and control studies as required.
The Minority Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator will be involved in the following activities
- Assess the current systems used at the CU Cancer Center to identify patients who are potentially eligible for available clinical trials.
- Develop systems to improve infrastructure for identification and assistance of underrepresented patients to enable them to participate in clinical research.
- Develop and implement long-range policies and procedures to eliminate barriers to participation in clinical trials such as access, language, culture, literacy and distrust
- Ensuring that eligible minority and other underrepresented populations are informed about and invited to participate in relevant clinical trials
- Develop and conduct training for clinicians in methods of communication with minority patients about research trials
- Collaborate with research nurses and investigators to create a system to identify eligible patients, notify treating physician at time of patient appointment, and document patient-physician or patient-nurse discussions about clinical trials
- Provide feedback to physicians and research nurses on clinical trial discussion and enrollment
- Assist minority patients in navigating the health care system to facilitate enrollment and adherence to clinical trials
- Work closely with social workers, patient advocates, and community groups to facilitate clinical trial participation for patients with limited resources (such as transportation or other needs)
- Monitor and evaluate outcomes of modified recruitment practices, patient understanding and decision-making about clinical trial participation.
- Evaluate new policies to improve infrastructure.
- Lead CU Cancer Center Community Outreach and Engagement initiatives and collaborate with Cancer Prevention and Control investigators and research staff working on ongoing outreach projects.
Examples of Work Performed
- Assist prospective clinical trial participants to navigate the health care system to enhance enrollment and adherence to research protocol. Activities may include, but are not limited to, a) coordinate care among providers; b) establish and maintain communication with participants; c) address transportation issues; d) arrange language/interpretation services; d) address financial concerns; and e) link with internal and external agencies for additional services; f) meet with patients at their locations in the service area.
- Ascertain community physician and patient needs and perceptions regarding options for oncology trials across the catchment area.
- Identify barriers for oncology patients to be involved in clinical trials by conducting surveys/interviews with patients to identify attitudes, knowledge, obstacles, and concerns about clinical research participation.
- Work with CU Cancer Center faculty and staff to develop strategies to help minimize these barriers to enrollment on clinical trials both at the community level and at UC Hospital and other UCHealth sites.
- Develop tools for training of clinicians to be able to introduce minority patients to clinical research, address potential fears and concerns of patients, address race-related concerns about research participation, and assure patients that their clinical care will not be compromised by participation in a clinical research protocol.
- Conduct training programs.
- Provide regular feedback to physicians on clinical trial offerings and enrollment.
- Lead efforts to document change in rates of clinical research participation among minority or other underrepresented populations.
- Evaluate patient satisfaction with clinical trials experience
- Collaborate with UCH Community Engagement Coordinator to foster relationships with community providers and to ensure that patients referred to the CU Cancer Center for clinical trial enrollment are connected to appropriate provider in a timely fashion.
- Attend meetings in community as appropriate.
This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.
Salary and Benefits
The hiring salary range for this position has been established at $48,719-$63,822 and is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.
The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at https://www.cu.edu/employee-services.
The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus 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 Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. 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.
- BS or BA in Biology, Chemistry, Behavioral Science, Nursing, Social Science, or other health-related discipline.
- Minimum of 3 years of clinical research experience
- Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor's degree on a year for year basis, but not for the specific experience.
Condition of Employment
This position requires the ability to speak, read, and write in both English and Spanish on a daily basis. The successful candidate must be fluent in both languages.
- Project management experience
- Oncology experience
- Clinical Research Certification (CCRC, CCRA, RAC, etc.)
- Knowledge of basic human anatomy, physiology, medical terminology
- Experience with an enterprise-level clinical trials management system (e.g. OnCore®)
Special Instructions to Applicants:*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers * REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A cover letter/letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2) A current resume/CV. 3) List of 3-5 professional references. Questions should be directed to Michaela Montour at Michaela.Montour@ucdenver.edu
Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.
Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References
Application Materials Instructions:APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by May 30, 2018. Those who do not apply by May 30, 2018 may or may not be considered.
Job Category: Research Services
Primary Location: Aurora
Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20066 - SOM-U of Colo Cancer Center
Posting Date: May 16, 2018
Closing Date: Ongoing
Posting Contact Name: Michaela Montour
Posting Contact Email: Michaela.Montour@ucdenver.edu
Position Number: 00745821