WVU Research Corporation Project Operations Specialist in Morgantown, West Virginia
Description Purpose: This position will provide day to day oversight of the West Virginia Prevention Research Center’s CDC-funded Applied Research Project, Activate! This randomized control trial tests three conditions for physical activity interventions with 5th graders in a multi-county region: 1) classroom intervention, 2) family intervention and 3) a control group.
Oversight of the program entails organization of multiple components and partners involved with the project. This position serves as a resource contact and independently uses professional concepts and techniques, as well as organizational policies to solve a wide range of moderate to complex problems in imaginative and practical ways. Depth skills, knowledge, and interpretive abilities, as well as some creativity, are required to successfully perform duties. Work effort often addresses non-routine matters within established protocol, guidelines, and/or policies. Work effort has significant impact on client services and operations, producing moderate to major organizational, legal and financial results and/or liabilities. Position duties may require oversight of projects or programs, including coordination of work by others providing support of basic objectives.
Duties and Responsibilities: Responsibilities are functional in nature, and performed under limited supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to: 1) Responsible for the overall day-to-day coordination of Activate! project activities in the Morgantown office. 2) Establishes and maintains contact with institutional, community representatives, and partnering organizations on planning and implementing project activities in remaining sites in WV, including travel to community sites. 3) Assists in the planning, coordination and implementation of methods and procedures for data collection. 4) Maintains agendas and minutes of project meetings and activities, and meets with investigators and partners to plan upcoming project activities. 5) Monitors progress on completing project work plan activities. Monitors project time lines and task completion and reports status of project activities to investigators and partners. 6) Develops and tracks performance indicators related to goals and objectives in work plans, and ensures that evaluation strategy conforms to funding planning and reporting needs. 7) Coordinates dissemination of data collection tools (consents, surveys, fitbits), and data entry. Assures project protocol is maintained. 8) Coordinates the preparation and dissemination of evaluation reports, publications, and recommendations that are useful, timely, and easy to understand for a wide range of audiences. 9) Coordinates the Research to Policy (R2P) meetings as needed.
Supervisory/Lead Role This position reports to the Activate Co-Principal Investigator. Normally receives no instructions on routine work, and general instructions on new assignments. Typically determines methods and procedures on new assignments. General sharing of knowledge and team participation is expected in the role. Program, project, or activity lead and work coordination responsibilities may occur or be assigned in this position. Guidance or supervision of others may be required.
Physical Demands Ability to use computer input devices such as drawing pen, mouse, and trackball with highly developed fine motor skills is required. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment This position includes a mixture of a normal office environment and a training development environment, and traveling to various locations for meetings, conferences and/or training. It also includes the ability to maintain and keep confidential information. Responsible to know and comply with all safety procedures.
Requirements Requisite Qualifications Education and/or Experience 1) Bachelor’s degree Public Health, Psychology, Nutrition, Social Work, Counseling, Family Studies, Community Health, Child Development, Physical Education, Public Administration, and other related disciplines; And 2) 5 – 7 years’ experience coordinating programs and/or projects; Or 3) An equivalent combination of education and experience.
Certifications, Licenses, Registrations 1) Valid driver’s license
Skills, Knowledge, Abilities 1) Knowledge of research methodologies in a public health setting. 2) Excellent communication skills (oral, telephone, written, face-to-face) and ability to perform in a professional manner in a variety of settings and with individuals of various backgrounds and skill levels. 2) Strong skills in attention to details with multiple on-going project activities; skills in scheduling activities and management of data files. 3) Effective group facilitation skills, and public speaking skills. 4) Skilled in the proficient use of computers including the use of database, spreadsheet, and word processing programs. 5) Ability to work effectively with individuals with diverse backgrounds, including work across organizational levels (e.g., administration, faculty, staff, community leaders and partners, funding agency representatives and vendors.) 6) Ability to work independently with unstructured supervision. Ability to problem-solve. 7) Ability to communicate in English and write effectively, using proper grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation. 8) Ability to organize information, reach conclusions, compose reports, and meet deadlines. 9) Ability to travel independently to state and national program functions.
Behavioral Competencies 1) Technical skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; assess strengths, weaknesses, and shares expertise with others. 2) Problem solving – Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups and resolves matters timely. 3) Internal & External Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approach, respect and support of others. 4) Communications – Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens and gets clarification, is responsive and speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and able to read and interpret written information. 5) Organizational Support – Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; and upholds organizational expectations and values. 6) Self- Management – Responds to management direction; resourcefully adapts to changes in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help when needed; exercise discretion and sound judgment; is tactful and responsible for own actions. Adheres to work schedule and complies with leave management responsibilities.
Requisition Number: 16-0153
Post Date: 10/7/2016
Title: Project Operations Specialist
Position Type: Full Time
Work Hours: 40 hpw