The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health is seeking a Project Coordinator for primary support of a NIH grant entitled, “A natural experiment evaluating the effect of a minimum wage increase on obesity and diet-related outcome.” This research follows a cohort of low-wage workers in Minneapolis (where a minimum wage increase is underway) and control community (Raleigh, NC, where there is no increase) over a total of 5 years to evaluate the health effects of the policy. The incumbent will play an integral role managing the evaluation, and overseeing a long-term retention plan for the cohort of over 900 low-wage workers in both cities. The position is funded through March 2023 and will report to the study Principal Investigator (Dr. Caitlin Caspi). The position includes supervisory responsibility for project staff. The project manager is responsible for engaging regular communication with and between the multidisciplinary team across two sites, and for engaging with community partners and other policy stakeholders.
25% - Project Management and Communication
Ensure the overall project schedule and planning align the resources when and where needed to meet milestones.
Facilitate communication across a large multi-disciplinary, multi-sector, and multi-site team, including academics from applied economics and public health, retention partners, and members of a local Community Advisory Committee.
Manage and monitor study budget and needs, including contracts and invoicing.
25% - Data Management and Monitoring
Train, supervise, and mentor research data assistants.
Develop and continuously update data collection materials and protocols.
Implement and enforce protocols to protect confidentiality of Human Subject data.
Maintain and update the databases and monitor to insure data integrity and quality.
Perform quality checks on data and monitor all processes.
Maintain and manage all electronic and non-electronic data.
20% - Project Dissemination
Work with investigators to manage timely completion of project milestones during development and management of the project.
Manage and contribute to scholarly work, including the preparation of manuscripts and presentations.
Work with a diverse set of community stakeholders to develop messages and communicate study findings.
Work with technical writers and graphic designers to translate research and findings into formats for a variety of non-academic audiences.
Contribute to the development and realization of the study dissemination goals.
15% - Retention
Implement a continuous improvement strategy to support participant retention plan to ensure minimal participant loss to follow up.
Refine protocols for participant tracking and locating hard-to-reach participants.
Ensure adequate staffing and scheduling to meet follow-up visit goals.
Continued engagement with a range of agencies serving study participants over 5 years.
5% - Supervisory
Primary contact for HR-related contacts for project staff and students.
Oversee the interviewing, hiring, training and evaluation of direct reports.
Partner with the faculty lead and the Department HR office on resolving complex employee relations issues as needed.
5% - Technical Expertise
Utilize nutritional knowledge to assist with guidance of nutritional outcome metrics.
REDCap database management.
Library resources, including tools for literature reviews and data repositories.
5% - Study Regulatory Requirements
Assure that all IRB, NIH, and other pertinent regulations are adhered to, including training faculty and staff.
Assist in IRB submissions including updating consent forms, complete continuing reviews, and ongoing reporting documents as required.
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with employer match
Disability and employer paid life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
BA/BS with at least 4 years of research experience or an advanced degree and 2 years of experience or combination of related education and work experience to equal 8 years.
Detail-oriented with exceptional organizational and planning skills.
Ability to work independently, as a part of a team, and adapt to emerging priorities.
Demonstrated ability to lead projects, set and maintain deadlines, and prioritize assignments.
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
Creative thinking and problem solving skills.
Demonstrated skills in conducting community outreach, including engaging and following through with diverse stakeholders.
Master’s degree in Public Health or other social science field.
Experience with large-scale research studies, including participant retention.
Experience managing regulatory requirements related to human subjects research.
Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team.
Ability to take direction from multiple stake holders, including community partners.
Data management skills.
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