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University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on August 31, 2019
Req #: 170451
Job Location: Harborview Medical Center
Posting Date: 08/01/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.  

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years. 

The Department of Global Health was established in 2007, bridging the schools of Medicine and Public Health, with a mandate to harness the expertise and interdisciplinary power of all UW schools and colleges. Our mission is to improve health for all through research, education, training, and service; to understand and address the causes of disease and health inequities at multiple levels; and to collaborate with partners to develop and sustain locally-led, quality health systems, programs and policies. Driven by tremendous interest among both students and faculty, the Department has grown explosively to more than 400 graduate students and hundreds more undergraduates. We have more than 380 faculty and 1,000 staff working on projects across 130 countries with our deepest ties in United States, Kenya, Uganda, Peru, Mozambique, India, South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua. At the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. The Department recognizes that disparities in health around the globe stem from inequity. The Department encourages and supports the multiple identities of staff, faculty and students including, but not limited to, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, culture, spiritual practice, geography, mental and physical disability and age.  The Department strives to become a local, national, and international leader in developing and maintaining increased representation and recognition of each of these dimensions of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.

This position will sit in the Global Center for the Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh) that is based in the University of Washington Departments of Global Health, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Pediatrics. Our mission is to make scientific discoveries, cultivate leaders, and bridge disciplines to advance the tightly connected health and well-being of women, adolescents and children. Global WACh brings together expertise in maternal health from the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, neonatal and child health expertise from the Department of Pediatrics, and vast experience working in infectious disease, health metrics and evaluation, education, clinical research, and service delivery within the Department of Global Health.   These disciplines combine under a methodology that views women, children, and adolescents as three populations interconnected along a shared life course.

Global WACh has an outstanding opportunity for a full time (100% FTE) Research Coordinator position.  We seek an individual dedicated to excellence in research programs, committed to public heath and invested in social justice, equity and inclusiveness. The Research Coordinator will work on projects that use mobile technologies to improve the health of children and mothers in Kenya.  Globally maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality remain high despite many of these deaths being preventable with access to appropriate medical services such as early neonatal care, postnatal care and family planning.  The main study is a large randomized controlled trial to determine the effect of an interactive SMS text messaging strategy called Mobile WACh NEO on neonatal mortality, maternal social support, self-efficacy and depression in Kenya.

The position will work under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Unger, Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Global Health and Dr. Keshet Ronen, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington.

This position plays a key role in the coordination and management of research activities, including regular communication with investigators and project staff based in Seattle and Kenya. The Research Coordinator will support the operational activities of the projects, including but not limited to: developing and revising standard operating procedures and database systems, conducting data quality monitoring, generating progress reports, and responding to staff and leadership inquiries regarding study procedures.  The Research Coordinator will also be responsible for managing ethical approval submissions to institutional review boards, as well as well as ensure completion of any required reporting to funding institutions. This position requires the ability to compile and synthesize information from the literature and technical discussions to provide input on study design and methods most appropriate for a given project, as well as develop conference abstracts and presentations on study objectives and results.


Project Coordination (50%):
• Develop and adhere to study protocols, consents, case report forms, and standard operating procedures (SOPs). (10%)
• Coordinate ongoing study activities and respond to project staff questions and concerns (10%)
• Lead the team’s ethical review process at UW and our partner institution in Kenya, including preparing and submitting applications, modifications and status reports (5%)
• Lead weekly operational and leadership calls between collaborators in Kenya and Seattle (5%)
• Serve as the point-person for SOP, task and other document tracking between Kenya, UW, and other collaborative sites (5%)
• Identify operational obstacles and find solutions for proper study implementation. (10%)
• Perform related duties with other related projects as needed (5%)

Data Management (35%)
• Lead development of data management systems and oversee data quality monitoring (15%)
• Perform data analysis, report generation, and manuscript writing (15%)
• Coordinate data collection activities (5%)

Reporting (15%):
• Prepare reports and presentations (10%)
• Conduct literature reviews (5%)

• BA/BS in Public Health, epidemiology or related field
• At least 3 years’ experience working in Public Health, Epidemiology or related field.
• Skills, knowledge, and experience working in population health studies and/or clinical trials.
• Excellent computer skills with knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint (or similar packages)
• Experience in quantitative data management and analysis with statistical software packages (Stata, R etc.)
• Excellent judgment and interpersonal skills with proven ability for effective cross-cultural communication
• Excellent organizational and project management skills
• Ability to work independently
• Interest in maternal child health research

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

• Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, or related field

Primary work location with be at the Ninth and Jefferson Building on Harborview's campus. The Research Coordinator will have a designated workspace on the 13th floor.

At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful work environments, and promote access, opportunity and justice for all.  People of color, women, gender and sexual minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Seattle is a culturally diverse urban center, with growing racial, ethnic and immigrant communities. The University of Washington is committed to building a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

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