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University of Washington
Seattle, WA

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RESEARCH COORDINATOR Req #:205673Department:Job Location: Seattle Campus Posting Date:04/19/2022 Closing Info:Open Until Filled Salary:Salary is commensurate with experience and education Shift:First Shift Notes:As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here. As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (PBSCI) within the UW School of Medicine is the third largest clinical department with 285 full-time faculty members, 280 clinical faculty members, and over 300 staff. Department faculty provide clinical services in 5 hospitals, 14 primary care locations, and several outpatient sites in addition to telepsychiatry consultations to more than 150 clinics in Washington and beyond. As the only academic psychiatry department serving the five state WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho), the Department’s highly competitive residency training program is largely responsible for developing the mental health workforce in the Pacific Northwest. The Department’s robust research portfolio totals $35 million in grants and contracts per year for projects ranging from clinical neurosciences to treatment development to health policy and population health. The Department is recognized as an international leader in developing, testing, and implementing Collaborative Care, an integrated care model increasingly seen as a solution for population-based mental health care. Other areas of excellence include Addictions, Autism, High Risk Youth, Neurosciences, and Trauma, and the Department is developing innovative new programs in Technology and Mental Health, Global Mental Health, Maternal and Child Mental Health, and Targeted Intervention Development.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is recruiting for a Research Coordinator.

In support of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s ”Opioid Overdose Prevention in Tribes: Technical Assistance through Public Health Institutes,” the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and the University of Washington are partnering to support tribal communities to increase the capacity of tribal health systems to prevent and respond to opioid overdose through improving data collection, epidemiologic surveillance capacity and increasing implementation of evidence-based prevention strategies grounded in respecting tribal sovereignty as well as cultural knowledge and traditions. In this project, NNPHI, UW, and CDC will collaborate to refine and enhance the technical assistance plan developed previously. The Research Coordinator will support the implementation and coordination of the overall project. They will coordinate with sponsors and members of the project team. The Research Coordinator will also take the lead in producing project deliverables— reports, project presentations, etc. In addition, this Research Coordinator position will support research and project implementation for two additional projects, including an online assessment of elder fall prevention supports in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and a Robert Wood Johnson funded projects. This project focuses on assessing tribal systems alignment efforts (i.e., funding, data collection and analysis, and governance alignment) through online surveys and phone or online interviews. The Research Coordinator tasks will also include organization of team materials and meetings, coordination of in-person and online forums and other meetings, support for communication efforts to technical assistance recipients, and other duties as assigned.

There are up to 25 CDC tribal grantees, representing a wide range of social and cultural environments (e.g., urban vs. rural, Northwest vs. Plains vs. Southwest) that require cultural humility, understanding, and flexibility. The frequent (in-person on hiatus due to COVID-19), telephone/video, and e-mail contacts with American Indian / Alaska Native communities require extraordinary tact and cultural sensitivity. This also applies to regular communication with CDC and NNPHI partners, as well as other tribal and institutional partners.

The position bridges the often wide gap—real and perceived—between tribal communities and academia / government agencies, especially with respect to health research. By building mutually trusting relationships between community and academia / agencies, both sides will be able to address health disparities to the mutual benefit of community well-being and researchers.


•20% Design and implement research plans and projects;
•20% Conduct interviews remotely;
•20% Conduct qualitative and quantitative data analysis;
•20% Prepare final report documenting project progress, including all materials and tools created as a result of learnings;
•10% Develop and write project protocols, scripts, and surveys for data collection;
•10% Coordination of communication activities and in-person / online meetings with partners.

Lead Responsibilities:
Develop and implement research evaluation project; Develop and create deliverables: interview scripts, reports, trainings, technical assistance manuals, models; Coordinate and arrange virtual interviews and other meetings; Data collection, management, and analysis

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Supervise student assistants, who will be conducting data entry, making phone calls, conducting literature searches, and assisting with meeting preparations.


•Master’s Degree in Business Administration or related field
•Two years work related experiences
•Research Coordination with projects involving tribal and American Indian and Alaska Native community partners; Ability to conduct one-on-one interviews and facilitation of focus groups; Ability to collect and analyze qualitative data; Knowledge and prior experience with human subjects institutional review process; Training and/or knowledge in ethical conduct of research with human subjects; Strong writing and editing skills; Background and experience conducting substance abuse research; Ability to work as a collaborative, cooperative, and congenial member of a close knit scholarly and administrative team, as well as work independently

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


Familiarity with project management tools and/or software packages, e.g., MS Project, Smartsheet, etc.; Knowledge and prior experience with the federal grant process.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral. The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

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

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or [email protected].


Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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