Professional Research Asst - Community Research Liaison

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University of Colorado

Professional Research Assistant

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Job Summary:

In 2008, the University of Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute's (CCTSI) Community Engagement & Research Core (CE&R) formed its Partnership for Academicians and Communities in Translation (PACT) to transform the way communities and researchers work together to design and conduct research. Community engagement in research is essential to achieving the mission of translating the best medical and scientific evidence into community and clinical practice to improve the health and well-being of the population. Research practices should include bi-directional exchanges of ideas and information through equal research partnerships and mutual respect between communities and researchers.

As part of the overarching CE&R Program, the PACT directs resources to a team of Community Research Liaisons (CRLs) working in diverse urban and rural communities throughout the state. The CRLs build bridges between health research, clinical practice and community health initiatives while educating others about the purpose and value of equitable and participatory research partnerships. CRLs live and/or work in the communities they serve and have an insider's understanding of their community's assets and challenges. Community Research Liaisons represent a new and innovative workforce for multi-directional research translation. Ultimately, the nature of their work stems from the community's needs. Mixing elements of community health, grass-roots advocacy, social justice, public health, and participatory research expertise, CRLs are able to work and interact in both the community and academic environment. CRLs engage local partners, patients, and health providers to identify community health priorities and assist investigators and community partners in designing and conducting locally relevant studies that address real community, partner, patient and health provider needs.

Examples of Work Performed:

The San Luis Valley Community Research Liaison (SLV CRL) assists with the implementation of practice-based quality improvement initiatives, research studies, programs and interventions and links academic-based, community-based, and practice-based resources to each other. The SLV CRL provides administrative support and coordination of the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center (RMPRC) Community Advisory Board (CAB). The SLV CRL is also responsible for establishing and maintaining a supportive, collegial role with local health and service providers and research partners to ensure the smooth conduct of projects with the goal of improving health in the San Luis Valley. Work assignments and roles will vary over time to accommodate requirements of grants and other sponsored projects.

Essential duties include:

Partnership Development and Support:

  • Facilitate the nurturing of relationships with communities and community members in the SLV in support of the mission of the PACT.
  • Provide administrative and programmatic support for the RMPRC CAB.
  • Identify potential partners by proactively interacting with individuals and organizations within their community.
  • Facilitate connections and build relationships between community members, community based organizations and academic researchers.
  • Serve as a local resource, providing linkages between the SLV and the University of Colorado.

Research and Project Coordination:

  • Promote adherence to Community-Based Participatory Research principles.
  • Work in partnership with CCTSI CE&R staff, RMPRC CAB and other community members and groups to determine local research interests and provide assistance in developing research studies and grant applications.
  • Provide local coordination of research projects and programs under the direction of the CCTSI CE&R staff.
  • Train clinicians, staff and community partners in study protocols under the direction of CCTSI CE&R staff.
  • Recruit research participants and partners.
  • Collect data, such as qualitative data via interviews and quantitative survey data.
  • Maintain study databases associated with role.
  • Guide the development of research dissemination efforts.
  • Identify local assets and resources related to specific projects.

Quality and Practice Improvement

  • Communicate regularly with primary care and health provider practices, including in-person visits, email, and phone calls to sustain contact during and between projects.
  • During regular visits, problem solve to enhance ongoing studies.
  • Update practices and community organizations of the status and findings from recent or ongoing studies.
  • Serve as a "linking agent" to help cross pollinate ideas and methods from one practice/clinician to another in the SLV and throughout the healthcare entities in the SLV footprint.
  • Solicit input from local practice teams and project partners on ways to improve research protocols and methods.
  • Assist practices in maximizing use of data and resources to accomplish improved patient outcomes and increased office efficiency focusing on coordination of care, goal-setting with patients, reporting measures, and registry use/creation.
  • Participate in the planning and hosting of practice transformation Collaborative Learning Sessions.
  • Maintain and accurate and up-to-date practice and clinician roster.

Training and Facilitation:

  • Participate in CE&R training of pilot program participants, community members and others.
  • Coordinate the SLV Community Immersion Training as needed (bi-annually).
  • Facilitate meetings and trainings as needed.

Meetings and Other Activities:

  • Travel to Denver to attend monthly CRL in-person and PACT Council meetings. (Video and tele-conference is permissible on occasion if travel is not possible).
  • Attend yearly retreat and conference toward the end of September (PACT retreat, ECER, SNOCAP Convocation)
  • Frequent local and regional travel is required - out-of-state travel may occasionally be required.
  • Attend monthly RMPRC CAB meetings and conference calls.
  • Participate as requested on various PACT committees.
  • Attend all required project/program meetings.
  • Participate in relevant community-based activities and organizational meetings.
  • Assist in the development and tracking of manuscripts and presentations.
  • Support the development and execution of CCTSI special events and educational offerings.
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of lobby exhibits, conference room presence, archival materials, etc.
  • Track and report activities and progress to the CCTSI CE&R Deputy Director.
  • Participate in grant proposal and reporting activities as required.
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Public Health or related social science field and five years of experience coordinating projects in community-based organizations, public health agencies, and/or healthcare settings. Equivalent experience may be substituted year-for-year for the Bachelor's Degree.
  • Advanced understanding of community engagement methods and community-based participatory research principals.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent oral, written and presentation skills.
  • Strong critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate and respond to team progress and related team dynamics.
  • Must be proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook and generally comfortable with technology.
  • Comfort with learning to use unfamiliar applications or databases.
  • Strong multi-tasking and high-level organizational skills are essential.
  • Ability to travel within the SLV region and to Denver on a regular basis.
  • Ability to work in a team and independently and remotely.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and maximum accountability.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Masters Degree in Public Health or related field
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish
  • Trained in methods of group facilitation
  • Trained in Practice Facilitation or Quality Improvement
  • Research coordination experience

Required Hours and Work Environment:

The SLV CRL must reside within the six-county region comprising the San Luis Valley. This full-time position requires someone who has the ability to work remotely from a home office with access to a reliable, high-speed internet connection and a reliable form of transportation. As this is a remote position, the SLV CRL must be highly accountable and effective working with limited daily supervision. The SLV CRL will must be able to adopt a flexible work schedule to accommodate community meetings and events that may take place outside normal business hours, but is generally expected to be available for work Monday -Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

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.

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Diversity and Equity:

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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.

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 14158

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: U0001 -- Denver-Anschutz Administration - 60120 - ADM-VCR CCTSI GenOps

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jul 16, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Montelle Tamez

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00749853





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Posted: 9/16/2018
Application Due: 11/15/2018
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