Recruiter must persuade research participants enrolled in our twin registry to visit the University for one or two days for intake or follow up assessments. Twins younger than 18 years old must be recruited via parental contact. Follow-up assessments may occur monthly to every several years depending on the research protocol.
This task involves multiple phone calls to schedule families, letter writing to confirm appointments, making hotel and food service arrangements, preparing welcome information packets.
This task also includes keeping computer records to store recruitment information such as visit dates and cooperation status.
(20%) Conducts Screening Surveys:
Schedules and administers short pre-recruitment surveys on the telephone to assess inclusion and exclusion criteria for intake and MRI safety. Some surveys screen participants for study participation. Others collect demograpic data.
Writes thank you letters and sends a honorarium to research participants.
Maintains particiapant records.
(10%) Acts as Research Participant Representative:
Recruiter meets visiting project participants and conducts a family de-briefing at the end of the visit. These tasks includes answering and asking questions about the visit such as their feedback about the interview experience, their MRI scan, and the most pleasant and unpleasant experiences of their visit.
Recruiter attends to any special needs the family may require such as handicap parking, arranging special hotel accommodations, or dietary restrictions.
Position supports our public relations presence with contributions to newsletters and social media account management.
Provides Principal Recruiter with research participants’ concerns and feedback.
Performs outreach to Center participants and others.
The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research seeks to hire a “Recruiter” (8352R1: Researcher 1) responsible for recruiting participants for four MCTFR longitudinal research protocols. These protocols include both intake and follow-up assessments. Candidate expectations are: (1) prior recruitment experience; (2) demonstrated ability to communicate well via multiple modalities; (3) track record of achieving enrollment goals; and (4) must be able to work with a diverse participant pool. Position works closely with MCTFR Principal Recruiter, general public and other MCTFR assessment staff so outstanding communication and organizational skills are essential.
Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent combination of education and/or research experience totaling at least four (4) years.
Prior experience screening and recruiting human subjects in a longitudinal or clinical trial research.
Required to work evenings and weekends with ability to accommodate a flexible work schedule.
Comfortable communicating with people and persuading individuals to participate in research.
Ability to empathically connect with participants and mothers of twins, and understand their needs and concerns.
Prior experience recruiting MRI assessments and conducting MRI safety screens.
Knowledge of research ethics and IRB rules and policies concerning the recruitment of research subjects.
Internal Number: 331400
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