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Research Project Coordinator

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Position OverviewThe Center for Public Partnerships and Research (CPPR) seeks a full-time Research Project Coordinator to provide data support and technical assistance to state and local partners implementing and refining processes to ensure mothers are screened for depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders during the perinatal period. This position will be part of a team guiding local (Kansas) providers through strategic and effective implementation of screening and referral practices. This position will focus on helping local providers collect relevant data either in their EHR / system of record or in a data system provided to them at no cost, extract their data, and use it to refine their processes.

Work includes general project management, requiring a strong working knowledge of project goals, measures, and deliverables; interaction with project team; interfacing with various medical, public health, and family support providers; developing and sharing best practices for data collection and CQI specific to this project; and attending and/or facilitating meetings with internal and external partners. This position requires working both independently and collaboratively and exercising appropriate judgement about who to inform and/or consult with about which project activities, and when it is appropriate to do so.

CPPR specializes in research and evaluation, data science projects, and social innovation work that supports our mission to optimize the well-being of children, youth, and families. CPPR primarily pursues its mission by assisting partners, including state-level and community based organizations, in their work to secure funding, bring key stakeholders to the table, orchestrate large-scale data efforts, and conduct research and evaluation. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about impacting social change for good. The person in this position will promote healthy, happy, thriving communities by supporting local data collection to impact perinatal behavioral health screening practices across the sate of Kansas. Applicants should demonstrate experience successfully managing competing priorities and communicating with internal and external customers. Experience with data, data systems and business processes is critical. Experience working with medical and/or public health providers and general knowledge of EHR systems is a bonus. This position is contingent upon funding. Due to COVID restrictions, this position may begin teleworking and may transition to a hybrid of on-site work and telework when deemed safe and necessary. Fully remote-based candidates will also be considered.
Job Description60% - Lead Data Collection TA, CQI, and ad hoc data requests with local providers
  • Initiate conversations with new providers and providers not yet providing data; identify options for them to submit data; and work with clinic staff to establish data entry workflow 
  • Provide ongoing TA to clinics around data collection and submission
  • Manage timelines for data submissions and track responses
  • Provide TA around data measures to improve quality
  • Coordinate administration, tracking, and analysis of surveys associated with project activities
  • Measure improvement
  • Analyze and summarize data
  • Translate data into bright spots and challenges
  • Under the direction of project manager, develop sustainability plan related to data collection

30% - Other Project Related Duties
  • Build expertise in the area of maternal depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders to inform project activities
  • Actively engage with the team to develop pilot project and incubation strategies and facilitate TA and training activities for local providers
  • Draft reports and presentations to disseminate project results to community partners and key stakeholders
  • Actively participate in project related meetings with internal team members as well as state and local partners.
  • Manage and maintain accurate program records and federal reporting timelines

10% - Other Duties as Assigned
Position RequirementsDue to COVID restrictions, this position will begin teleworking and may transition to a hybrid of on-site work and telework when deemed safe and necessary. Fully remote-based candidates will be considered. Required Qualifications
  1. Bachelor's degree in a related field and 1 year of experience in field of study, or high school diploma and 4 years of related experience.
  2. Excellent written communication skills as demonstrated through application materials.
  3. Excellent organizational skills and the ability to exercise initiative when necessary and appropriate as demonstrated in application materials and work experience.
  4. Minimum two years experience analyzing and summarizing data in Excel as evidenced by application materials.
  5. Knowledge of issues families and service providers face based on education and/or experience.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Master's degree in Education, Psychology, Social Welfare, Sociology, Public Health, or related field.
  2. Prior experience as a project coordinator or manager.
  3. Knowledge of the University of Kansas, its policies and its procedures.
  4. Experience with EHR systems in medical practices and/or public health organizations as evidenced by application materials.
  5. Experience utilizing online survey administration tools such as Qualtrics.
  6. Excellent oral communications skills as demonstrated during screening and interview process.
Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete application includes an online application, cover letter, resume highlighting pertinent experience relative to the required and preferred qualifications and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.
Application review begins July 26, 2021.
Contact Information to ApplicantsVirginia Musser
[email protected] Advertised Salary RangeMinimum $50,000 Work ScheduleM-F 8-5 Application Review Begins26-Jul-2021 Anticipated Start Date23-Aug-2021


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