Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Clinical Research Recruitment Specialist serves as an independent liaison between patients, community members, research participants, clinicians and researchers in the Psychiatry Department and its collaborative partners. This position focuses on describing and managing voluntary research opportunities to patients and facilitate participant recruitment and engagement across all studies supported by the Department with the goal to advance research awareness and recruitment; support research study recruitment compliance; and support researchers through production of research marketing materials, while reducing concerns of therapeutic misconception and risks of coercion associated with research recruitment in clinical settings. This position reports to Mahrya Johnson, Director of Clinical Research Administration.
Facilitate the recruitment of research subjects for departmental researchers (40-50%):
Interface and build collaborative relationships with patients and research faculty/staff for research recruitment
Provide a physical presence in designated recruitment locations for research participation conversations and warm hand-offs. Offer a standard schedule for time spent at each location weekly, as assigned (may be modified as needed)
Examples: conduct weekly informational sessions or station in Lodging Plus, Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinics, the West Bank Department Recruitment Area and units in the future.
Increase awareness of research opportunities through external organizations, communities and events with a goal of broadening participant pools (creating diversity).
Continue the development of relationships with clinics to raise research awareness
Assist in Inter-departmental recruitment partnerships, understanding when and where resources may be shared, etc.
Maintain metrics data and provide reporting on a monthly basis
Be familiar with all department studies recruiting subjects from outpatient services
Interface with subjects via phone and in-person around clinic appointments who are interested in finding a study. Describe research study opportunities to them, and distribute research study brochures
Answer questions about research recruitment from departmental researchers and study coordinators, including working with them to develop social media basics
Managing a general recruitment phone line and email listed on general recruitment materials located in the outreach clinics (e.g. Prairie Care, St. Louis Park, CSC)
Recruitment Materials Management, Language and Outreach (30%):
Provide assistance with the creation of recruitment materials (ex. Posters, cards, digital ads) and advising on suggested language for protocol recruitment plans
Manage inventory of Department marketing and recruitment materials, which includes ordering and usage tracking
Maintain the recruitment boards at all locations (e.g. Prairie Care, CSC, Lodging Plus, 7A, 7ITC, 4A, North Out-patient). This will fluctuate based on active projects recruiting.
Ensure all materials posted on department approved boards and digital spaces have the appropriate approvals
Maintain public facing recruitment website for the department and its collaborators
Maintain recruitment manual and templates for IRB and sIRB protocols related to each departmental study and studies approved by the Director of Clinical Research Administration.
Maintain participant engagement spaces, including ARC rooms, recruitment boards, slide decks across the department, research outcome posters/signs and other as assigned.
Research Recruitment Registry Management (20%):
Liaison with behavioral health clinic front desk staff (Riverside West) to identify eligible patients via the EPIC schedule for registry consent. May expand to other units and clinics
Support the management of an automated digital approach to the research recruitment registry
Maintain and organization of electronic consent process (tablets)
Manage the data pulls between REDcap and BPIC and other REDcap data management for recruitment
Maintain metrics data and provide reporting on a monthly basis
Support the Informed Consent Process (0-5%):
Support the informed consent process for studies that need an independent agent (ass assigned)
Research Administrative (0-5%):
Provide Assistance to Director of Clinical Research Administration
Presentation support, newsletter updates related to recruitment efforts and department process changes (as assigned)
Research Resources Google Site Maintenance (as needed)
Attend Department and Medical School board and committee meetings to create flow between outreach, advocacy, recruitment, and inclusion activities (as needed)
Attend Meetings: Research Staff Connect, BHRRC, Faculty Research Forum and Annual Faculty Research Retreat (as assigned)
Special Notice for COVID-19 Hiring
The University of Minnesota has suspended hiring for positions that are not deemed critical to the University's mission and operations. At this time we are accepting applications for this position; however, hiring will not proceed until the hiring freeze is lifted. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
BA/BS plus 2 years clinical research coordination and/or research participant recruitment experience; or a combination of education and experience to equal 6 years
Strong communication skills (verbal, listening and writing)
Experience with the research informed consent process
Must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and ability to be self-motivated in reaching out to potential participants
Technical skills to leverage digital media tools, including creating ad designs and graphics
Experience with public outreach
Experience in mental health and behavioral science research
Internal Number: 336258
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