82761 - H - Lab/Research Technician 1
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.
Anticipated Hiring Range
$16 to $18
Monroe Park Campus
15 to 25
Normal work days
Normal work hours
Does this position provide patient or clinical services to the
VCU Health System?
Does this position require a pre-placement medical
Is any portion of this position grant-funded?
Yes - Continuation of this position depends on funding of the
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
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.
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
- 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
- Some familiarity with Richmond public housing neighborhoods is
- Highly organized and detail-oriented.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written skills needed.
Ability to interact effectively with youth, parents, and community
- 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
- Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Sociology, or related
- Proficiency with Google Suite and Microsoft Word and experience
with Excel, Access, and REDCap.
- Some experience supervising others preferred.
Job Open Date
Remove from posting on or before
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities,
veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
Optional & Required Documents
- How did you learn of this position?
(Open Ended Question)
- 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
- Do you have previous supervising experience?
- Cover Letter/Letter of Application