Research Program Manager

Job description

Position Type:

Temporary Staff (SHRA)

Job Title:

Research Program Manager

Department Name:

Social Medicine - 424901

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Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Hiring Range:

$39.80 - $54.24 / hour


Full-Time Temporary

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Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm

Estimated Duration of Appointment:

6 months not to exceed 11 months

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Description of Work:

The Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) brings together collaborative, multidisciplinary teams of scholars and community members to improve health in underserved communities through a shared commitment to health equity, innovation, and translational research. The vision of the Center is to create and maintain cross-disciplinary synergy: The combination of individual perspectives, resources, and skills creates a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts and results in research collaborations with increased creativity and more comprehensive solutions to complex problems. The Center does this through advancing research methods, effectively translating research discoveries, conducting research that addresses patient and community-centered outcomes, and viewing equity in health care as an issue of quality.

The Research Program Manager position will be within Abacus, the program evaluation and research consultancy within CHER. Abacus specializes in collaborating with health and human service organizations with a mission to foster innovation and advance equity in research and health outcomes through evaluation. Dr. Dave, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and Associate Director of CHER, is the Director of Abacus. Abacus’s leadership consists of experienced evaluators who maintain currency with state-of-art research and evaluation methodologies. Abacus evaluators use various quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method approaches to address the research and evaluation questions identified in its portfolio of projects. This position will work specifically within Abacus to assist with a time-limited research project within the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) Coordination and Data Collection Center (CDCC). Abacus is a collaborative, dynamic, and rapidly growing center. Even though most positions are specifically assigned to a project, all members of Abacus show readiness and flexibility to support other projects as needed.

The CDCC is a collaboration between UNC and Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). The CDCC supports the National Institutes of Health’s RADx-UP Program, rooted in a community-centered approach that engages communities involved in this program by providing a robust, flexible, participatory, transparent, and sustainable infrastructure to advance COVID-19 testing science according to the needs and interests of communities

The Research Program Manager will support a new initiative within the CDCC, which includes the evaluation of a public health intervention, and a research sub-study. We will evaluate the effect of an at-home SARS-CoV-2 testing public health intervention, called Say Yes! COVID Test, on community transmission in ~150,000 individuals across multiple states using publicly available data such as community transmission markers, hospitalizations, and SARS-CoV-2 prevalence. For the research sub-study, we will recruit individuals participating in the intervention into the sub-study to evaluate behavioral determinants of home testing.

The Research Program Manager will be responsible for a broad range of duties related to planning, organizing, executing, and monitoring the implementation and ongoing operations of the evaluation of the Say Yes study.
Duties include, but are not limited to: Independently managing all aspects of study start-up, implementation, and close out; Training and supervising Say Yes evaluation staff at UNC; Coordinating with leadership and staff within RADx-UP CDCC and CHER to support center projects, as needed; Monitoring and meeting research study milestones (such data collection, analysis and reporting); Organizing various communications, meetings, conference calls; Providing reports to the investigative team; Developing and updating study protocols and standard operating procedures; managing modification, maintenance, and renewal of IRB and other regulatory documentation; Interfacing with project statistician and research assistants to monitor data management, analysis, reporting, and dissemination; Providing quality control of data entry procedures and databases, ensuring accuracy and completeness; Leading and collaborating on study manuscript preparation and submission.

Education and Experience:

Master’s degree in a discipline related to the field assigned; or Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the field assigned and two years of research/analysis, preferably with one year in a supervisory role; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

1-3 years of experience in a research setting involving research project management that includes instrument design, data collection, management, analysis, and reporting.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Microsoft Outlook and internet browsers;
Ability to use statistical analysis software (e.g., STATA, R, SAS) and program management software (Asana preferred);
Ability to use survey software (REDCap and Qualtrics preferred);
Excellent organizational and time management skills and the ability to consistently follow through and follow up with assignments of others;
Ability to work independently, identify needs and develop and implement improvements.
Strong attention to detail with a focus on ensuring accuracy, validity and integrity of data.
Ability to clearly, concisely, professionally, and effectively communicate in writing and verbally with staff, faculty, and individuals in other organizations, including report writing.

Supervisory experience in managing team dynamics, performance, and timely completion of deliverables
Strong research and analytical skills, emphasis on social research and evaluation preferred.
Master of Public Health or equivalent degree preferred. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Prefer candidates who have experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis programs, REDCap, Tableau or Power BI, and program management software (preferably Asana.)
Prefer candidates who have research background/experience in social research and/or evaluation.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:

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.

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Job No:
Posted: 4/16/2021
Application Due: 4/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time