Job Description

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

PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF THE ST. LOUIS REGION & SOUTHWEST MISSOURI
 
POSITION:   Research Coordinator
STATUS:       Full time, Non-Exempt                                  
REPORTS TO: Director of Research
BENEFITS:   Medical, dental, vision, life, short-term disability insurance, paid parental leave, and retirement contribution and match opportunity
COMPENSATION: Starts at $19.00/hour
 
COVID 19-Vaccination Required
 
SUMMARY:
This position is responsible for working collaboratively with research and health center staff to recruit, screen, educate, and assist in the overall clinical study coordination of clinical research at Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri (PPSLRSWMO). The Research Coordinator will manage clinical research studies by coordinating and participating in a variety of complex activities involved in all phases of study protocol, including the collection, compilation, and documentation of clinical research data. Monitor participants’ progress including documenting and reporting adverse events. Participate in periodic quality assurance audits of protocols. This position requires in-person work, encouraging residence within 70 miles of St. Louis City. 
 
RESPONSIBLITIES:
Being self-sufficient, but under the guidance of the Research Regulatory Compliance Manager, Research Director, Principal Investigator (PI), and Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), the Research Coordinator:
·        Routinely implements and manages all phases of study/protocol; ensures compliance with protocol guidelines and requirements of regulatory agencies establishes record-keeping systems; makes assessments and determinations of participants’ progress in the study; analyses, investigates, and reports adverse events; makes decisions as when to notify physicians of issues, when to stop participant inclusion, and/or to make and/or recommend adjustment of the protocol of particular participants; resolves IRB/protocol management issues and recommends corrective action as appropriate.
·        Routinely recruits and enrolls study participants; makes and/or participates in making determinations of eligibility based on diagnostic criteria and/or observations/analysis in participant interviews; develops informed consent packets for study participants and confers with participants to explain purpose of study and obtain completed informed consent packets; explains diagnostic procedures and treatment plans to address participant/family concerns; administers/scores tests and/or evaluates all lab and clinical assessments to ensure they are completed in a timely manner.
·        Routinely ensures timely completion of all protocol requirements (assessment, lab testing, procedures and treatments) to include scheduling and facilitating the patient’s timely completion of protocol requirements; evaluates and interprets collected clinical data in conjunction with PI as appropriate; prepares oral or written presentations or reports and analyses setting forth progress trends and provides recommendations or conclusions of the same.
·        Collects clinical data from study participants, medical records, interviews, questionnaires, diagnostic tests, and other sources under clinical research and clinical trial protocols. This may include phlebotomy and biological sample collection, processing, handling, and shipping as outlined in the protocol.
·        Ensures that relevant data from the source documents are abstracted and recorded in the CRFs and that every data point can be verified within the source document. Ensures validity of research results through timely, accurate, and complete data submission and query resolution.
·        Ensure adequate study supplies are being maintained. Track study expenditures and prepare reimbursement requests for study equipment, supplies and study participants.
·        Prepares for or participates in quality assurance audits conducted by study sponsors, federal agencies, or specially designated review groups.
·        Facilitates communication between the site and study sponsor, CRO, and/or regulators and exhibits teamwork skills necessary for managing the data collection and reporting process. May help train other Research Assistants.
·        Identifies and participates in complex problem solving related to data management. Provides data management expertise to the Research Director and PIs in identifying opportunities for improvement. Works independently to develop and report on key data metrics and ensures timeliness of data and reporting for the Department’s research activities.
·        Ability to work evenings and weekends, as needed.
·        Performs other duties incidental to the work described herein.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with physicians and other professional and volunteer members of staff.
Ability to work independently as needed and manage multiple projects while meeting deadlines and ethical guidelines, and maintaining accurate records.
Ability to effectively discuss clinical/medical research topics in lay terms.
High degree of professionalism and ability to maintain client and patient confidentiality.
Values teamwork, flexibility and adaptability; embraces change.
Highly organized, critical thinker.
Willingness and ability to travel to all six health centers in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.
 
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
·         Bachelor’s degree required (in lieu of academic experience, at least four (4) years of applicable experience is desired). Preferred areas of study include: social work, public health, nursing, psychology, sociology or similar discipline(s).
·         Requires two (2) to three (3) years of related and/or applicable experience, including knowledge of sexual and reproductive health.
·         One course in basic statistics or research methods is desired.
·         Prior training and experience in ICH/GCP and the Protection of Human Research Subjects preferred.
·         Must have excellent interpersonal, customer service, communication, typing, and organizational skills
·         Experience working cross-culturally, with the ability to communicate empathetically and clearly.
·         Experience in working under pressure while maintaining the ability to be calm, methodical, thorough and clear.
·         Ability to work independently and to manage large amounts of information while meeting deadlines, ethical guidelines and maintaining accurate records.
·         Proficient in Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and Outlook, and general internet navigation.
 
REASONING ABILITY
·         Ability to understand, interpret and carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
·         Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
 
LANGUAGE SKILLS
·         Excellent verbal and written communication and documentation 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 and/or walking for periods of 20-60 minutes.
·         The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 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.

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