Project Manager

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Position Title:

Soc/Clin Research Specialist - Journey

Working Title:

Project Manager

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$50,000 - $65,000

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Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited:

Full-Time Time-Limited

If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment:

12 months in duration, with possibility to extend based on availability of funds.

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Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday | 8 AM – 5 PM

Department Name and Number:

Family Medicine-411601

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The vision of the Department of Family Medicine is to promote the health of the people of North Carolina and the nation through leadership and innovation in clinical practice, medical education, research, and community service. As an instrument of the State of North Carolina, we are concerned with both current needs and future generations, and have a special commitment to the underserved, mothers and children, the elderly and other populations at risk in a time of rapid changes in the organization of health care. Key elements of this vision include:

• Provision of innovative, comprehensive, high quality and cost effective health care. We aspire for this care to be patient and family oriented, community focused, and evidence-based.
• Development and maintenance of outstanding medical education programs for medical students, residents, fellows and practicing physicians. We aspire to excellence among faculty and learners, and for our teaching to be learner-based, centered on adult learning principles, and fully leveraging information technology.
• Promotion of the discovery and dissemination of knowledge important to clinical practice, teaching and the improvements of the organization of health care. We aspire for our research to answer questions that matter in individual and population primary health care.
• Working in partnership and service to individuals, community organizations and local, state and government agencies to address unmet health needs of the population. We aspire to a leadership role in improving the health of communities we serve, North Carolina, and the nation.
• We envision and support a health care system that embodies compassion, fairness, equality, tolerance, personal
responsibility, respect for individuals, and concern for and inclusion of family and community.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description:

This position will be responsible for planning, conducting, and monitoring research projects within the Department of Family Medicine. The Principal Investigator (PI) and Medical Directors of these programs will rely heavily on this position for successful completion of all aspects of research, including but not limited to: project management; performing literature reviews; conducting quantitative/statistical analysis; conducting qualitative and survey research; data management; participant recruitment; editing manuscripts and reports; and budget management, among other research related activities. The position will work independently to manage multiple projects and is responsible for communicating directly with investigators, sponsors, regulatory bodies, participants, and the study team. Additionally, the position will take the lead on internal and external projects as they arise.

Project management and research support will be for the following multi-year projects: the Rural Residency Track Expansion and Behavioral Health Integration Program, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which focuses on further development and infrastructure around mental health care resources for UNC’s rural community practices. The E-cigarette & Cigarette Communication Project, funded by NCI and FDA, which works to innovatively develop and test communications to encourage smoking cessation among dual users of e-cigarettes and cigarettes. The project uses qualitative interviews, eye-tracking experiments, and national surveys to design and optimize cessation campaign messages and ads. The HRSA Geriatric Academic Career Award focuses on development of geriatric education for an interprofessional team of learners. Position responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

• Independently working on the planning, implementation, and administration of research project and studies
• Creating and overseeing timelines, monitoring deadlines, and preparing status reports
• Coordinating research project plans and progress; anticipating issues in need of resolution; researching, developing and implementing alternative methods when needed
• Assessing ongoing activities and maintaining communications within programs and associated program staff around data collection efforts and data management
• Coordinating Institutional Review Board (IRB) study protocols, maintaining study documentation, and ensuring research compliance
• Providing qualitative and quantitative support on multiple research projects
• Organizing data/feedback from educational sessions (series of lectures, workshops, webinars)
• Conducting literature reviews
• Conducting qualitative interviews with e-cigarette and cigarette users via Zoom
• Collecting and analyzing data from pre and post test evaluations from AGES program
• Collecting information for needs assessments
• Assisting with manuscript and report preparation and submission to academic journals, including writing and creating graphics and tables for presenting research findings
• Developing and managing online survey instruments using Qualtrics or other online survey administration tools
• Administering online and phone-based surveys
• Assisting with participant recruitment
• Tracking progress toward grant goals and objectives
• Monitoring budgets, coordinating reimbursements and invoice payments, and calculating study-related costs
• Assisting with grant proposal and preparation

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the field assigned and one year of related training or experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Strong project management skills, with demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and manage competing responsibilities, maintain attention to detail, and ensure work is performed in a timely manner. Strong research skills, such as reviewing scientific literature, creating data collection instruments, managing databases, and administering Institutional Review Boards (IRB) applications and protocols. Experience in quantitative research (e.g., surveys, communication experiments) is required with at least some experience with qualitative research (interviews or focus groups).

Excellent verbal, written, organizational, and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in teams and independently. Ability to adapt quickly to changing responsibilities and evolving duties at different phases of the projects. Experience in the development and management of timelines and budgets. Ability to work comfortably with culturally diverse populations. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with all peers, program related personnel and faculty, demonstrating initiative, and remaining calm under pressure.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in public health, communication, psychology, or a related field. Three years research experience. Demonstrated proficiency and experience conducting statistical analyses is highly desirable. Previous experience working in a medical and/or academic environment is preferred, as is familiarity with requirements of IRB and NIH grant regulatory requirements. Experience and interest in healthcare improvement, health communication, and/or tobacco control is preferred.

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Posted: 11/17/2020
Application Due: 11/30/2020
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