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Psychology Grant Project Coordinator/Research Assistant

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Overview of Grant Project Coordinator/Research Assistant

This position is Part-time anticipated to work 10 - 19 hours weekly. Benefits do not apply.

The Purdue University Northwest Psychology Department was recently awarded a 5-year, large scale clinical services grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Unprecedented in terms of size and scope at PNW, this grant project has the potential to positively impact hundreds of Northwest Indiana’s most vulnerable youth and families by partnering with local pediatric healthcare providers to increase and enhance child trauma prevention and intervention efforts. Accordingly, we seek a reliable, driven, and extremely organized Project Coordinator to successfully launch these efforts.

The Project Coordinator will work within the Purdue University Northwest Psychology Department and will directly report to the Principal Investigator/Project Director of the study. This position is ideal for individuals looking for a part-time opportunity to gain in-depth experience and mentoring in interdisciplinary applied research, integrated clinical care, and trauma-focused prevention and intervention services.

Primarily remote position, with periodic in-person meetings and trainings in Northwest Indiana (e.g., Hammond, Valparaiso, Michigan City, Westville, etc.). Work hours are somewhat flexible, once weekly and monthly meeting schedules have been established. Travel by car to periodic off-site trainings, rotating community partner site meetings, and data collection sites will also be required.

  • $15.00 - $20.00/hour
Duties and Responsibilities Grant Project Coordinator/Research Assistant
  • Coordinate and administer project activities
  • Assist in project planning and ensure that timelines, protocols, and regulatory reporting requirements are followed
  • Serve as primary administrative liaison for the project
  • Develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures
  • Collect and/or compile data from partner clinics and local behavioral health clinicians
  • Develop psychoeducational print and digital materials for dissemination
  • Provide refresher training workshops related to aspects of trauma screening implementation and other project activities
  • Communicate regularly with Project Director and project staff to execute project deliverables and problem-solve any unanticipated issues
  • Coordinate and attend weekly and monthly project meetings and training workshops
  • Compile and regularly update comprehensive list of local behavioral health clinicians
  • Implement quality control and intervention fidelity procedures throughout the entirety of the project
  • Maintain confidentiality, privacy, and integrity of clinical data and protected health information
  • Performs and participates in other job-related duties as required
Education of Grant Project Coordinator/Research Assistant
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social work, counseling, psychology, or a related field is required
  • Master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or a related field is preferred
  • Some knowledge of the impact of trauma on youth and families is preferred
Experience of Grant Project Coordinator/Research Assistant
  • Prior clinical research experience in a health-related field, such as psychology, nursing, public health, health policy, etc.
  • High levels of initiative, clear communication skills, organizational skills, proactive and creative problem-solving skills, and ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects
  • Computer proficiency including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Experience with database management (e.g., REDCap) and statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS)

  • Experience with preparing IRB applications and protocols

  • Experience with project management and coordination, including budgeting, planning, coordinating schedules, tracking and preparing federal reporting requirements, and quality assurance

Core Competencies of Grant Project Coordinator/Research Assistant
  • Essential attention to detail, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent ability to work independently and balance multiple projects and tasks simultaneously.
  • Strong ability to both work as a member of and effectively and proactively leads teams. Comfortable in a clinic environment, including ability to interact with patients.
  • Spanish language proficiency is highly desired
Additional Information

Preferred start date: January 8, 2024

Application Instructions:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications
  • Contact information for three professional references
For questions, contact Dr. Amanda Zelechoski (Principal Investigator/Project Director): .

Application Deadline:
  • Applications will be reviewed immediately upon receipt and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.
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Purdue University Northwest

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university located in Northwest Indiana that is dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community.

PNW sits between Chicago’s skyscrapers and Lake Michigan’s sandy shores. Diverse, hardworking, and innovative, we’re where academic excellence meets real-world experience. At PNW, students from next door and students from halfway across the world come together to learn, grow, and connect.

At Purdue University Northwest, we go beyond the classroom, walking the extra mile with students to empower confidence and encourage real-world experiences. We push beyond the boundaries of innovation to drive engagement and make an impact in Northwest Indiana and the world at large.

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