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Recruiter/Scheduler (Research Assistant) - Archive
Prevention Science Institute

Posting: 13453AB
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2013-11-19

The University of Oregon Prevention Science Institute (PSI) invites application for one to two, part time to full time (0.5-1.0 FTE) RECRUITER/SCHEDULER (RS) Research Assistant positions.  FTE and available positions are based on project(s) need and candidate availability.  A Recruiter/Scheduler acts as the primary contact for research participants and their families for longitudinal research studies at PSI.  Current position may include work on the Early Growth and Development Study (EGDS), the Keeping Foster and Kinship Parents Supported-Preschool study (KEEP-P) or other studies.  Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the RS is responsible for the recruitment and retention of the research sample including maintaining a database of family contact information, maintaining long-term relationships with those families, and recruiting and scheduling families for research activities.


Contact adoptive and/or foster families for recruitment into nationwide and/or local longitudinal studies.  Maintain positive, good working relationships with participants and collaborative agencies (i.e. child welfare caseworkers) across multiple points of contact.  Respond to inquiries and answer project-related question from families.  Work with Project Manager to troubleshoot difficult or persistent recruitment or scheduling issues.  Utilize search techniques to locate lost families.  Coordinates retention-driven mailings; develops new and innovative ideas to maintain contact with families and also to help locate lost participants. 

Scheduling: Schedule research assessments (adoptive or foster family interviews, child assessment, parent-child interaction tasks) for studies within a specified assessment window. Coordinate scheduling in conjunction with family, research staff and equipment/room availability. Work with project staff (i.e. Project Manager, Birth Parent Recruiter, Assessment Coordinator) to schedule and assign project tasks (including combined assessment trips across the country for EGDS project).  Track and communicate schedule and assignments for interviewers on-site and at other data collection sites, as needed by specific project(s).

Tracking: Continuously maintain and update the project database with family contact information scheduling and assessment notes, scheduling and participation status and all stages of assessment completion.  Work with research team to create efficient systems for coordinating all recruitment and scheduling efforts.


Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Sociology, or a related field.

Applicant must have knowledge of spoken and written English sufficient to obtain, provide, or exchange information.  This position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills, with a specific capacity for sensitivity, confidentiality, diligence, and persistence with regard to engaging and retaining subjects in study.

The RS must have a highly efficient and organized approach to work and strong attention to detail and thoroughness. Applicant must also have experience working in a team environment, requiring participatory decision-making and cooperative interaction among employees.

Flexibility is required in regard to work schedule and time; the applicant must be able to call families at times that work best for the participants, including early mornings, during the day, evenings, or weekends.

Preferred qualifications, in addition to the minimum qualifications, include: research experience or progressively responsible employment in a field applicable to the research, experience, recruiting study participants or conducting standardized interviews, strong working knowledge of personal computers ability to provide a two-year commitment.

Salary: $34,000-$48,000 (1.0 FTE) annually, based on qualifications and experiences.  This position is funded by federal grants and is contingent upon continued funding.

Application Procedure

Submit a letter describing your interest and qualifications, current vita or resume, and three references from which recommendation letters may be requested. Please submit all application materials to the address shown below.  To ensure consideration for this positions, please submit application materials by 5:00 PM on November 11, 2013. Positions will remain open until filled.

Send materials to: Michelle Sheng-Palmisano, Prevention Science Institute, 6217 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-6217.  Electronic files of any application materials are appreciated and may be emailed to msheng@uoregon.edu

The finalist for the postilion must complete a criminal history background check.

Candidates with experience serving the needs of diverse populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

The University of Oregon is committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution and seeks candidates with demonstrated potential to contribute positively to its diverse community.  The University of Oregon is an EOE/AA/ADA institution committed to cultural diversity; women and minorities are encouraged to apply.