Research Specialist 2

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Hyde Park Campus

2012780 Surgery-Ohns

About the Unit
Patients who come to UChicago Medicine with head and neck diseases can rest assured that our experts' internationally recognized expertise enables them to offer the most advanced and innovative approaches to the management of otolaryngology (ENT) disorders. Subspecialists are equipped to treat allergies, inner ear and hearing disorders, head and neck cancers, speech and voice disorders, and much more. Our diverse programs ensure every patient utilizes their senses as best as possible in order to lead healthy and productive lives. Through the section's comprehensive research efforts, faculty members and researchers hope to find new and better ways of treating a broad range of diseases. One such research project that has received widespread national attention and support is Project Aspire and its sister project the Thirty Million Words Initiative—they aim to use family-centered curriculum and parent language to bridge the achievement gap between groups of children.

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Job Summary:

TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health seeks an experienced designer and facilitator to conceptualize, build, organize, and deliver trainings that support the implementation of TMWC interventions.

The individual will collaboratively plan, coordinate, and support all activities necessary to ensure successful training of professionals to deliver the TMWC program across a range of settings including: maternity wards in hospitals, pediatrician offices, homes, home-based and center-based child care, and community and faith-based organizations.

As the program grows this individual will be responsible to partner with a Training Manager to train others to implement the interventions with program fidelity. Candidate must be a creative thinker, an excellent communicator (written and oral), and a team player. Experience with both creating and facilitating professional development for adults is required; knowledge of adult learning is preferred; experience working with parents of young children and cross-cultural settings is desirable. Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.



  • Design and develop the training resources and materials needed to train research associates and field staff to implement TMWC Curricula in a variety of settings including maternity wards, pediatrician's offices, homes, faith- and community-based organizations, and child care settings. This includes but is not limited to overview of interventions, training modules, and the design of individual training sessions.
  • Conceptualize, plan, and execute trainings for research associates and field staff, including partnering staff outside of Chicago.
  • Provide guidance to trainees on how to observe and collect relevant data.
  • Serve as a liaison between trainees, curriculum team, and TMW senior staff in order to contribute to overall program development and refinement.

  • Assist Curriculum Team in the adaptation of existing curricula into new interventions of modes of delivery (i.e., adapting home visiting curriculum into group-based curriculum) that is based on best practices in adult learning.
  • Partner with Implementation Science Team to develop an evaluation rubric to ensure TMW curricula are implemented with fidelity.

  • Ability to train others required.
  • Excellent presentation skills required.
  • Analytical skills required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.
  • Problem-solving skills required.
  • Attention to detail required.
  • Organizational skills required.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
  • Teaching in cross-cultural settings preferred. Bilingual in English and Spanish or native Spanish speaker preferred.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a curriculum development, early childhood education, education, social work, or relevant field required.
  • Advanced degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted preferred.

  • A minimum of four years of relevant research experience required.
  • Experience designing and facilitating adult educational experiences and training required.
  • Teaching in cross-cultural settings preferred.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish or native Spanish speaker preferred.

Licenses and Certifications:
  • Valid driver's license and willingness to drive to sites and participants' homes in the greater Chicagoland area required.
  • Additional travel outside of Chicago required.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact information for at least three supervisory 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 Qualifications

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The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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Job No:
Posted: 12/3/2018
Application Due: 1/10/2019
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