The primary purpose of this position is to support the design and implementation of research on racial/ethnic disparities in long-term care. The research specialist will be responsible for primary data collection that include interviews with nursing home residents and staff, focus groups in racially diverse neighborhoods, and observations of residents’ daily lives in the facility. The research specialist will work closely with the PI on data collection plan and recruitment. Broadly, the research specialist will be responsible for 1) day-to-day management of data collection in the identified nursing homes in Minnesota; 2) maintaining the study work plan, ensuring that all aspects of the project are completed on time; 3) participating with design, development, and revision of data collection and analytic plans; 4) communicating with research participants, members of the targeted population and other stakeholders; 5) collaboration with the PI to ensure that all paperwork and documentation related to different aspects of the project are accurate and monitored (e.g., observation notes); 6) initiating the preparation of reports and drafts for scientific manuscripts; and 7) other duties as assigned.
Essential Functions: 1. Primary data collection of interviews, observations, and focus groups in the community (70% time) 2. Research process organization and management, including workplan development and implementation, effective management of resources and time, coding data in Nvivo, and supporting research manuscript writing (30% time) 3. Communication with members of study team, PI, external stakeholders, and grants management staff (10 %)
The actions of this position have a measurable income on addressing disparities in long-term care. In cooperation with the PI, this position will contribute to the policy and academic literature on system-level factors that influence racial/ethnic disparities in long-term care so that they can inform policy strategies to improve care for vulnerable older adults. Successful completion of project activities is essential to continued receipt of funding for this position and to the accomplishment of the goals of this project.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
BA/BS plus at least 4 years of experience or advanced degree plus 2 years of experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal eight years.
Experience in qualitative data collection
Experience with Nvivo software
Demonstrated effective writing skills, including experience translating research results into reports and papers for diverse audiences such as local communities, federal agencies, and health care providers and delivery systems
Demonstrated excellence in in-person communication and strong interpersonal skills, as well as excellence in written, telephone, and e-mail communication
Robust organizational skills and experience in primary data collection
Ability to work independently as well as with a multidisciplinary team
Dedication to advancing equity and addressing racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care
Master’s Degree in Public Development, Public Affairs, or Public Health
Demonstrated practical experience in nursing home care
Demonstrated interest in long-term care and aging
Demonstrated interest in working with local communities and stakeholders
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.