Job Description

PPSLRSWMO currently has an opening for an Research Assistant.  This is a full-time, benefited position at the Administrative headquarters in the Central West End.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF THE ST. LOUIS REGION & SOUTHWEST MISSOURI
 
 POSITION:    Research Assistant
STATUS:        Full time, Non-Exempt                                  
REPORTS TO:   Research Manager and Community Research Specialist
COMPENSATION: Starts at $16.50/hour 
BENEFITS: Medical, dental, vision, life, short-term disability insurance, paid parental leave, and retirement contribution and match opportunity
 
POSITION SUMMARY:
The Research Assistant (RA) will play a key role in the TRANSforming Community TRANSforming Care initiative, along with providing additional support to the affiliate’s internal research team by organizing and implementing research opportunities; helping to collect, prepare, and analyze data; and assist with survey deployment, research participant interviews, and focus groups. The RA will split their time between the Clinical Research Division of Patient Services (under the supervision of the Research Manager), as well as the TRANSforming Community TRANSforming Care team (under the supervision of the Implementation & Community Research Specialist). Both teams are supervised by the Chief Medical Officer at Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri (PPSLRSWMO).
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
●       Excellent interpersonal, customer service, communication, typing, and organizational skills
●       Willingness and ability to travel throughout Missouri
●       Member of the LGBTQIA+ community preferred but not required
●       Experience in working under pressure while maintaining the ability to be calm, methodical, and clear
●       Values teamwork, flexibility and adaptability; embraces change
●       Experience working cross-culturally, with the ability to communicate empathetically and clearly
●       Understanding of the history and challenges of conducting research in marginalized communities
●       Ability to work independently as needed and manage large amounts of information while meeting deadlines, ethical guidelines, and maintaining accurate records
●       Demonstrates a high degree of professionalism and ability to maintain client and patient confidentiality
●       Collaborates with representatives of other departments to achieve agency goals
●       Values continuous learning and seeks ongoing training and development
 
RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the guidance of the Research Manager, Principal Investigator (PI), Implementation & Community Research Specialist, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), the Research Assistant shall:
 
TRANSforming Community TRANSforming Care (TC2)
Assist with compiling data from existing sources (ex. social media platforms, academic journals, etc.)
Help code and clean qualitative data and compile it into a resource list
Work with the TC2 team to draft surveys and interview questions
Set up surveys in an online platform (e.g. Qualtrics, Google Forms, etc.) and help monitor results
Analyze qualitative and quantitative data
Write reports on findings and put together accompanying slide presentations
Build relationships with the LGBTQIA+ community throughout Missouri
Provide other project support as needed/assigned
 
PPSLRSWMO Clinical Research
Help with the recruitment and consenting of study patients for various sexual and reproductive health clinical trials
Assist in sample collection and the completion of various case report forms (including phlebotomy training opportunities)
Enter case report forms into study database, as needed
Resolve data queries in a timely manner (within five days of issue)
Provide support in packaging and shipping study samples to testing locations
Educate and update health center staff on specific protocols, recruitment strategies and goals, and other necessary information pertinent to a study
Monitor staff adherence to protocol
Prepare site study documents for monitoring visits and be available for those monitoring visits, as appropriate
Liaise with study sponsor(s) and contract research organizations (CROs) as needed to facilitate daily operations and goals
Maintain databases/spreadsheets to track study process and research data
Participate in audits conducted by study sponsors, CROs, and the FDA
Submit necessary items to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and/or FDA
Demonstrate excellent customer service to both internal and external customers by working towards a positive outcome with any problems encountered
Other duties as assigned
 
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
●       University education or equivalent experience. Preferred areas of study include: social work, public health, nursing, psychology, sociology, or similar discipline(s). One course in basic statistics or research methods is desired
●       Requires one (1) to two (2) years of related and/or applicable experience, plus knowledge of sexual and reproductive health, including gender affirming care
●       Prior training and experience in Good Clinical Practices and the Protection of Human Research Subjects preferred
●       Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and general internet navigation
 
REASONING ABILITY
●       Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
●       Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
 
LANGUAGE SKILLS
●       Ability to read and interpret documents such as scientific protocols, academic journal articles, compliance regulations, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
●       Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
●       Ability to speak effectively with employees in the organization.
●       Bilingual in English and Spanish, English and Serbo-Croatian, or English and Vietnamese is highly desired
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
●       The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
●       While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and arms to reach, handle, or feel; talk or hear; and move around the worksite or office, including standing for periods of 20-60 minutes. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
 
RISK MANAGEMENT AND QUALITY ASSURANCE
●       Adheres to PPSLRSWMO and department policies and medical standards and guidelines that ensure the provision of the highest quality and most professional services to all PPSLRSWMO clients
●       Protects PPSLRSWMO's assets from liability including but not limited to assuring proper informed consent has been obtained for any and all medical interventions requiring patient’s consent.
●       Assures for the physical safety of PPSLRSWMO clients, staff, and volunteers
●       Protects confidentiality of all PPSLRSWMO clients, donors, Board and all areas of operations
●       Follows HIPAA privacy and security guidelines
●       Assures compliance by affiliate and by affiliate staff for Human Subjects Research, FDA standards (when applicable), research standards according to affiliate standard operating procedures (SOPs). 
 
Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri does not discriminate on any basis such as culture, age, race, color, sex, marital status, gender identity, ethnic heritage, language, national origin, spiritual belief or tradition, sexual orientation, physical ability/characteristics, genetic information, number of pregnancies, socio-economic circumstances or any other basis protected by applicable law. 
 
Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri acknowledges and owns our past and present, therefore we seek to look inward into how white supremacy continues to show up in our organization. We have a responsibility to create a place of equity and of inclusion and we commit to dismantling racism and moving the needle to a more equitable workplace at Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.
 
This job description replaces all previous job descriptions for this position. This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts or working conditions associated with this job.  While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed.
 
Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri is a tobacco-free workplace.
 

PPSLRSWMO is a tobacco-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer.