Assistant Program Coordinator

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Position Title:

Soc/Clin Research Specialist - Contributing

Working Title:

Assistant Program Coordinator

Position Number:

20038342, 20038343

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$45,130 - $59,746

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

Full-Time Time-Limited

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Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm (flexible)

Department Name and Number:

TraCS Institute-429801

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The mission of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute is to accelerate the pace at which clinical and translational science discoveries are translated and disseminated into improved health for patients and communities. NC TraCS is funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award through the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) and serves to educate, fund, connect, and support researchers at UNC-CH and across the US. A primary focus of NC TraCS is to advance community engaged research methods and to foster engagement between research teams and diverse stakeholder communities to ensure that research questions and approaches are informed by and relevant to the populations they aim to impact. The Community and Stakeholder Engagement (CaSE) Program at NC TraCS serves as the hub for this work by: 1) providing support and guidance to research teams and health research stakeholders related to community engagement; 2) collaborating with individuals and organizations across UNC-CH to enhance institutional infrastructure related to community engagement; 2) developing and disseminating novel tools and methods for community engagement and implementation science; and 3) developing and disseminating trainings and resources to build workforce capacity related to community engagement. NC TraCS also has a robust pilot funding program that distributes ~$2M a year in various size awards to translational researchers at UNC and beyond.

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 serve as Assistant Program Coordinator within the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) Coordinating and Data Collection Center (CDCC), led by the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) in partnership with the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) at UNC- Chapel Hill and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health. The CDCC is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and serves the RADx-UP Program, which supports research that aims to better understand COVID-19 testing patterns among underserved and vulnerable populations; strengthen the data on disparities in infection rates, disease progression, and outcomes; and develop strategies to reduce the disparities in COVID-19 testing.

Through this position, the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute is providing support to the community engagement and pilot funding efforts of the CDCC. Specifically, NC TraCS is leading the development and implementation of the Equity Evidence Academy (EA) Program, a series that convenes hundreds of researchers, community partners, CDCC members, and members of the NIH to foster shared understanding of issues related COVID-19 testing, treatment, and prevention in our nation’s vulnerable and underserved populations and to determine collective strategies for action. In addition to national convenings, the EA program produces various other forums, resources, and reports for researchers and communities engaged in COVID-19 research. NC TraCS is also supporting the operation of two RADx-UP pilot funding opportunities – the Community Collaboration Mini-Grants and the Rapid Research Pilots. This includes receiving Letters of Intent (LOIs) and applications, and managing the scientific review of all pilot applications.

The Assistant Program Coordinator will play a significant role in accomplishing project objectives by providing technical assistance to the RADx-UP Evidence Academy Program, the Pilot Awards Program, and other related initiatives with direction from a Program Coordinator and other program team members. The position will assist in program administration by: contributing to the planning and coordination of activities within assigned program domains; regularly tracking and reporting program objectives and tasks; scheduling, attending, and facilitating meetings, taking minutes, and tracking action steps; developing and maintaining program templates, procedural documents, and slide decks; providing assistance in identifying, onboarding, and communicating with presenters and volunteers; providing logistical and event management support; processing financial requests and tracking payments; coordinating the download, distribution, and review of pilot applications; and assisting in the conduct of literature reviews and the writing of program reports and other communication materials that promote programmatic work and disseminate key programmatic findings.

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:

General project or program management knowledge; demonstrated ability to work effectively under tight deadlines and use good judgment; well-developed analytical and problem solving skills; good interpersonal communication skills; excellent attention to detail.
Must be with proficient with Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word.

Preferred Qualifications:

Two (2) years of experience in project or program coordination, with increasing scope and independence. A minimum of two (2) years closely related research experience. Experience in community-based research, grant development, and/or event management strongly preferred.

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Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 6/16/2021
Work Type: Full Time