The College of Nursing is seeking two Research Project Coordinators for part-time Specified Term appointment. The OPTIMAL study is an NIH-funded clinical trial that aims to develop and refine the Optimizing Mealtime Care (OPTIMAL) and evaluate the feasibility, fidelity, and usefulness of OPTIMAL. OPTIMAL is an education/training program designed to teach staff to effectively engage residents in eating using individualized, person-centered behavioral strategies in long-term care settings. This study employs mixed methods, including focus group interviews and a pilot randomized controlled trial. We will recruit direct care staff, residents living with dementia, and families of residents from long-term care settings.
About the College of Nursing
With renowned faculty, advanced clinical experiences and a tradition of innovative leadership, the University of Iowa College opf Nursing is consistently ranked as one of the best nursing programs in the nation. The college has just been ranked in the Top #10 by the US News and World Report for their BSN program. Graduates are sought after as highly skilled professionals who have received a rigorous education of the highest quality. Established in 1898, the College of Nursing has a rich history of preparing nurses to achieve excellence in clinical practice, research and leading systems of health care.
Key Areas of Responsibility
Deliver the OPTIMAL education/training program to long-term care staff in each study site and ensure the program is delivered as planned and consistently across study sites
Follow-up coaching/mentoring in individual format (working with individual long-term care staff to help manage individual residents' mealtime challenges and help make individualized mealtime care planning);
Coordinate and oversee all activities conducted in each study site
Coordination and implementation of research activities, such as recruiting, training and supervising research assistants; recruitment and retention; screening and scheduling of subjects; treatment allocation; supply management; data collection and entry; data storage/management; REDCap maintenance; subject reimbursement; and follow-up contacts with subjects
Delivery of intervention to staff of study sites, and related coordination/collaboration with study sites.
Schedule meetings within research team, with study sites, or with other committees involved in the study
Schedule and arrange transportations for recruitment, data collection, intervention delivery, as needed
Prepare research meeting minutes, monthly enrollment reports, and other reports as needed for conduct/implementation of research activities
Communication with Research Community
Oversees clinical sites and maintains communication
Ensure the conduct of the study follows the timeline
Monitor study progress so that the sponsor's reporting requirements (biannual reports to local safety officer, annual progress reports), project benchmarks, and deliverables are met and submitted on time.
Modify IRB and Manual of operations
Supervise the research assistant team
The department intends to hire for one position at 100% on requisition 22001076 or two 50% positions on requisition 2201077. Please apply to the specific position for which you wish to be considered or both.
Application Process: In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter. These documents must all be marked as a "Relevant-File" to the submission. Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. For questions, additional information, and/or a complete job description, please contact Nancy Kroeze at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is an expectation that the person in this position will maintain effective, civil, and respectful working relationships with the University of Iowa campus community and uphold a high standard of cultural competency and respect for difference that represents the College of Nursing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Successful candidates will be subject to a credential and criminal background check.
The department intends to hire for one position at 100% time or two 50% positions. Please apply to the specific position for which you wish to be considered or both.
Please note regarding references: Five professional references will be requested and required at a later step in the recruitment process.
Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Typically, 6 months or more in delivering training/education to health care providers, and/or coordinating educational/training programs
Strong written and verbal communication skills, and interpersonal skills; demonstrated by the ability to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information and needs through appropriate communication methods and behaviors to provide excellent customer service and maintain working relationships.
Attention to details and ability to keep detailed records/notes
Demonstrated ability to interact positively with a diverse population including older adults.
Proficiency in computer software applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Valid driver license and ability to meet and maintain UI Fleet Service standards
Experiences working in long-term care or other care settings (e.g., direct care, management, coordination, or other type of roles/services)
Typically, 1 year or more working on a sponsored research project, preferably related to health service and/or educational/training program for health care providers
Experiences using related software (e.g., REDCap, access) for recruitment, consent, tracking study procedures, and data storage and management
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.