Position Title: Community-Based Research Coordinator
Department: Behavioral Health
Reports to: Director of Behavioral Health
Classification status: Full-Time; Exempt
Essential Functions: The Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (TC-CFAR)’s Community-Based Research Coordinator will be based at the Center on Halsted and in the Behavioral, Social, and Implementation Sciences (BSIS) Core of the TC-CFAR, and will have primary responsibility for leading community engagement efforts of the TC-CFAR and for driving the growth of the Center on Halsted’s program evaluation and analytics practice.
Job Duties: The Community-Based Research Coordinator will have two primary responsibilities. Within the Center on Halsted (COH), this individual will support COH’s Behavioral Health Department’s research activities, including needs assessments, program evaluations, data collection, analysis and report writing. In addition, the research coordinator will head COH’s Research Review Committee, which reviews external research applications to ensure LGBTQ sensitivity and appropriateness of the studies. Within the TC-CFAR, the Research Coordinator will be responsible for enrolling interested participants in the TC-CFAR participant registry, and matching interested participants to TC-CFAR studies that are open to enrollment.
The Research Coordinator will be responsible for increasing community awareness of opportunities for research participation and engaging community members to ensure understanding of the benefits (and costs) of participating in research. These engagement efforts will include: community forums to present developments in HIV and other BSIS and TC-CFAR research; information sheets on HIV-relevant topics, and other activities. The Research Coordinator will work with COH, BSIS Core, TC-CFAR leadership to establish a research participant registry consisting of people at high risk for HIV who are interested in participating in HIV research, with a particular focus on men who have sex with men (MSM) and transwomen. The Research Coordinator will be responsible for maintaining and updating the registry and for facilitating the match of interested participants to studies open to enrollment.
- This job description is not a comprehensive list of all of the possible job-related responsibilities, tasks, and duties that are required of this position and further,
Center on Halsted reserves the right to change as it sees fit any and all of the
employee’s responsibilities, tasks, and duties.
- A Master’s degree in health research, public health, social work, social science or a related field + 3 years’ experience is required
- Research coordination and community outreach experience required
- Must complete IRB CITI training before interacting with any potential participants and must re-certify every 3 years
Minimum Competencies (Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities):
- Good communication skills, demonstrated effective spoken and written communication, including willingness to ask questions when clarification or amplification is required
- Strong project coordination skills and the ability to prioritize tasks
- Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/procedures
- Good time management skills; efficient and resourceful in problem-solving
- Demonstrated ability to take ownership of the work, possessing initiate, good follow-through; ability to work without supervision;
- Ability to receive and benefit from feedback; willingness to expand skill set and improve
- Flexibility in adapting to new procedures and environments
- Ability to work in a team environment
- Ability to work collaboratively with academic researchers and diverse stakeholders
- Strong empirical research skills
- Familiarity with research/data collection software, such as RedCAP, a web-based system used to collect information about potential research study participants to assist research teams in qualifying participants for their research studies
Preferred Qualifications (Education and Experience):
- Experience working with community-based organizations
- Experience working in public health and/or medical research
- Experience working with HIV-infected and at-risk populations
Apply by email with the subject “Community-Based Research Coordinator.” No calls please.
Email résumé, cover letter, and salary history/salary range expectations to:
In your cover letter, please address the following:
- Training and experience working with LGBTQ populations.
- Training and experience working with HIV-related and behavioral health research.
- Experience conducting program evaluations.
Center on Halsted uses E-Verify as part of the work eligibility process for all new hires.
Equal Opportunity Employer: Center on Halsted hires the most qualified candidates without regard to any person’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, military discharge status, or source of income.