The Thirty Million Words Initiative at the University of Chicago is looking for a part-time Research Support Assistant to support the implementation of a randomized controlled trial in partnering health clinics across Chicago. The individual selected for this position will work as part of a team of Research Support Assistants, each of whom will recruit, manage, and follow up with their own patient caseloads. The position involves preparation, implementation, and follow-up related to regular study appointments conducted in the Chicagoland area. The successful candidate must have excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, as well as experience working with underserved populations and young children and a desire to work in a healthcare setting. Proficiency in Spanish, including the ability to read, write, and speak Spanish, is required.
Recruit and gain informed consent from patients in partnering health clinic sites in coordination with other team members.
Monitor scheduled appointments of enrolled study participants and support timely study protocol delivery and follow up.
Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with program participants.
Maintain participant recruitment targets to ensure study completion.
Enter and organize participant data.
Remain in steady contact with Project Manager; prepare and submit regular, organized reports detailing recruitment, scheduling, data collection, protocol deviations.
Maintain clear and constant communication with PI, Project Manager, and Data Coordinator regarding all matters related to families and program.
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Proficiency in Spanish, including the ability to read, write, and speak Spanish, required
Flexible schedule required
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required
Must have a flexible schedule, able to work evenings and weekends as required
Valid Driver’s License required
Strong ability to relate to people from diverse gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds required
Problem solving skills
Ability and willingness to work in clinics located in low-income communities required
Ability to function as a cooperative and supportive team member required
Ability to work within prescribed timelines required
Ability to learn and master technology and software programs required
Ability to process, protect, and exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials required
High School Diploma or GED required.
Bachelor’s degree preferred
Experience working with families, infants, toddlers, and young children preferred
Experience working with underserved populations preferred
A resume, cover letter, and contact information from at least three references are required to be considered for this position.
Additional Salary Information: Depends on qualifications
About University of Chicago, Department of Surgery
Operating since 1927 on a strong foundation of multidisciplinary clinical and academic excellence, the University of Chicago Department of Surgery's mission is to meet the most challenging and complex health problems on both a local and global scale.
Among the Department's numerous accomplishments, many of our faculty members are known for their contributions to the advancement of groundbreaking surgical procedures and techniques, including minimally invasive surgery. In addition to our department's clinical work, our scientists aggressively pursue a diverse range of basic, translational and clinical research projects, including studies on the gut microbiome, tissue bioengineering, stem cell research, cancer and immunotolerance.
This ongoing work and achievement would not be possible without the cohesive effort and commitment of the faculty and staff. We are looking for high energy, collaborative individuals who share our commitment to improving the health of patients in the community and beyond.