Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the Research Associate and Community Developer will work with a multidisciplinary group of researchers at Queen’s University, McMaster University and Western University, community partners including Oasis Seniors Supportive Living and seniors living in the community. This position will involve working directly with seniors to develop seniors programming in their community and to facilitate participation in research. This includes engaging seniors in their apartment building, hosting information sessions, developing and disseminating newsletters, working with seniors to develop programming to support aging in place, liaising with seniors community services and primary care providers, recruitment of subjects for qualitative interviews and quantitative data collection, and possible travel to Belleville, Hamilton or London. The incumbent will be responsible for assisting in data collection including conducting interviews and focus groups, administering questionnaires and collecting physical function data. The incumbent will also be responsible for assisting in qualitative and quantitative data analysis, liaising/collaboration with other site RAs/community developers, collaborating with on-site Oasis coordinators and supporting the delivery of Oasis programming to seniors.
• Coordinate all aspects of the development of Oasis within one apartment building in collaboration with other study sites.
• Develop connections and relationships with identified and relevant community partners, as well as with building residents to engage them in the co-development of Oasis programming.
• Collaborate with Oasis onsite program coordinator and support the development and implementation of Oasis programming.
• Identify and organize relevant community programming to be delivered at Oasis sites.
• Recruit and respond to inquiries regarding participation in Oasis and ensure potential participants are informed about Oasis, the project and study and what is required of them prior to participation.
• Maintain complete and accurate records regarding the processes related to the development of Oasis.
• Support the maintenance of a social media presence regarding aging-in-place models, seniors programming and health aging.
• Schedule participants, and perform data collection using qualitative interviews, focus groups, questionnaires and physical function measures. Follow-up with participants and reschedule missed appointments.
• Assist in qualitative and quantitative data analysis using NVivo and other research software.
• Maintain communication with Oasis residents, relevant health care personnel, Oasis Board of Directors, and research personnel to support the smooth and effective development of Oasis within the building, the collection and analysis of data, and report any problems to the Project Manager.
• Understand the scientific rationale, approaches and protocols of the project being conducted.
• Support the preparation of ethics applications, ethics amendments, and consent forms.
• Ensure compliance with ethical and safety guidelines and report any issues to the Project Manager/Principal Investigators.
• Support administrative duties including scheduling, ordering supplies, record keeping, and maintaining site budget.
• Prepare visual and verbal presentations and participate in teleconferences and meetings with investigators and research personnel.
• Ensure project time-lines are met, including resident engagement, Oasis program development, data collection and analysis.
• Assist with knowledge translation activities within the building and community.
• Undertake other duties as delegated in support of the project.
• University degree in health or health-related sciences, statistics, psychology, occupational therapy, or related field.
• Prior experience in coordinating clinical research studies.
• Prior experience with community development activities.
• Experience conducting participatory community based research will be an asset.
• Able to travel to various participating spread locations in Ontario.
• Consideration may be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
• Work independently within guidelines provided by the Project Manager.
• Organizational, time management, problem solving, and analytical skills.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) and the ability to work collaboratively with older adults, community service providers and the research team.
• Technical/scientific writing skills, and communication skills in order to facilitate information sharing across the research team and study sites.
• Good judgment, proactive in identifying and initiating activities that require attention.
• Strong knowledge of applied health services research.
• Qualitative or clinical interviewing skills are an asset.
• Computer skills to aid in the research, analysis and presentation of data including word processing, and data analysis. This will include cleaning, management, and presentation of quantitative questionnaire data using preferred data analysis software package.
• Technical proficiency or ability to become proficient quickly in the use of multiple software programs.
• Work with confidential information on a regular basis.
• Problem solve and take initiative particularly when dealing with delicate or confidential situations in a clinical environment.
• Monitor and track study expenses, communicate budget with study Project Manager.
• Make decisions regarding participant engagement and study protocol.
• Adapt protocols and procedures as required.
• Determine content and delivery method of community programming. Coordinate information dissemination to program participants and community as appropriate.
• Ensure ethical principles for research involving human subjects are upheld. This includes the ability to amend study protocol and/or procedures as required, meeting ethical guidelines, including the Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice.
• Resolve problems as they arise and determine when to report on these actions to the Principal Investigator.
• Make decisions regarding the allocation of study resources based on the study budget and study requirements.
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