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Assessment Assistant

Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 13, 2021

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Accreditation, Institutional Research & Planning, Research Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Business & Administrative Support, Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Part Time
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Job Code/Title 82761 - H - Lab/Research Technician 1 Position Number HU1586 Working Title Assessment Assistant Department Psychology Organizational Overview

At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity, service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. A premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to work. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supported and your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leave package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and an opportunity to do mission-driven work.

Recruitment Pool All Applicants Anticipated Hiring Range $16 to $18 Campus Monroe Park Campus Position Type Hourly Hours/Week 15 to 25 Normal work days Flexible Normal work hours Flexible, evening/weekend Job Category Research Does this position provide patient or clinical services to the VCU Health System? No Does this position require a pre-placement medical assessment? No Is any portion of this position grant-funded? Yes - Continuation of this position depends on funding of the grant. Sensitive Position No Resource Critical No Description of the Job
This position provides assistance for research activities conducted by the Healthy Communities for Youth project, a federally funded grant evaluating a comprehensive community-level approach to youth violence prevention. This project is designed to implement and evaluate violence prevention programs for youth and young adults in high risk City of Richmond neighborhoods.

The Assessment Assistant reports directly to the Assessment Coordinator and will assist with coordinating and completing participant recruitment and assessment in community settings, as well as other project-related tasks. May supervise/monitor hourly staff and/or student workers who perform data collection and a variety of research project support tasks, including data entry and verification, equipment inventory and audits, and other administrative tasks. This position may assist with monitoring assessment staff while they are in the field doing recruitment and/or assessment.

The position requires a flexible schedule that will include daytime, evening and/or weekend hours to meet project needs. Work may involve attending special events hosted in the communities to aid with recruitment and assessment.

Study Recruitment and Data Collection
Works with the Assessment Coordinator to implement study recruitment and assessment plans according to established study protocols. Assists with coordination, scheduling and completion of community-based participant recruitment and assessment activities. Assists Assessment Coordinator with maintaining and monitoring a calendar/schedule of dates, times, locations, and staffing. Provides feedback on recruitment and assessment progress and reports on issues encountered. May lead a team of assessment staff and conduct assessments.

Data Management
Assists the Assessment Coordinator with ensuring the accuracy of the database tracking participation, verification, and cleaning of assessment data, documentation of attrition and adverse events related to assessment. Conducts regular audits and inventory of equipment, materials, and supplies related to recruitment and assessment. Follows procedures and processes that adhere to study protocols and are in accordance with University and IRB guidelines for data collection, storage, and transmission to ensure safety and confidentiality of study data.

Staffing and Supervision

May assist Assessment Coordinator with determining staffing needs, hiring, training, and supervising hourly and/or student workers who perform data collection and management tasks. Maintains schedule, assigns, and communicates with staff for recruitment and assessment activities as directed. Ensures compliance with established human subjects protection standards and guidelines as set forth by the VCU IRB . Attends regularly scheduled project meetings.

This position is grant-funded. Should the funding terminate or duties related to the grant no longer be needed, this position will terminate.

Required Qualifications
  • Knowledge of research protocols and issues in applied longitudinal research with adolescents and adults, as well as human subjects’ protection and some experience working on social-behavioral research projects with study participant recruitment and data collection in urban communities is essential.
  • Some familiarity with Richmond public housing neighborhoods is essential.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written skills needed. Ability to interact effectively with youth, parents, and community personnel.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment; to work both independently and as an integral member of a research team; to work effectively with field staff; to perform multiple tasks and demonstrate flexibility with changing priorities.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a staff member at VCU

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Sociology, or related field.
  • Proficiency with Google Suite and Microsoft Word and experience with Excel, Access, and REDCap.
  • Some experience supervising others preferred.
Job Open Date 08/13/2021 Remove from posting on or before Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants Additional Information
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Quick Link Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. How did you learn of this position?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. How many years of experience do you have working on grant-funded social-behavioral research projects?
    • less than one
    • one to three years
    • three to five years
    • more than five years
  3. Do you have previous supervising experience?
    • yes
    • no
Optional & Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
Optional Documents
  1. Resume

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