American Institutes for Research (AIR)
Lyon County, Nevada
Position Overview and Responsibilities
AIR is looking for a Recruitment Coordinator with community engagement or community organizing experience to serve as a part-time, temporary consultant. The Recruitment Coordinator will assist a team of researchers with recruiting parents and healthcare providers within the community for telephone interviews about their experiences and opinions related to childhood and adolescent vaccination. The selected individual will serve as the local point of contact and representative for the project. This position requires an individual with outstanding communication skills, the ability to work independently, and a self-starter attitude. In addition, the position will require travel within the targeted county with own vehicle and use of own phone and computer.
The position will run from late February through the end of May 2020. The selected individual will (1) help to promote the study and (2) identify, screen, and recruit telephone interview participants. The research team will provide recruitment materials (e.g., study flyers, frequently asked questions [FAQ], participant selection criteria, and screening questions to determine if participants qualify for an interview) and tracking materials.
The Recruitment Coordinator will be expected to:
• Participate in a community engagement meeting, scheduled for early March 2020
• Recruit 12-16 parents of young children (aged birth to 6 years) for interviews
• Recruit 12-16 parents of adolescents (aged 11-17 years) for interviews
• Recruit 6-8 healthcare providers for interviews (may include pediatricians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, pharmacists, registered nurses, or licensed practical nurses)
• Conduct recruitment activities, which may include
◦ Using local network and contacts to encourage study participation (including via social media)
◦ Engaging local organizations and healthcare providers to promote study participation
◦ Distributing/posting recruitment flyers and FAQs in different locations (e.g., health clinics, private physician practices, daycare centers, schools, churches, YMCA, etc.)
◦ Screening potential participants to determine if they qualify for an interview
◦ Conducting in-person on the ground recruitment of parents in target locations (as needed)
◦ Coordinating with the research team to schedule interviews
◦ Tracking recruitment activities, contacts, and participants screened
• Serve as local point of contact for questions about interviews
• Report to AIR team for assignments, guidance, and reporting (template to be provided)
• Participate in regular conference calls with AIR
- Knowledge of local community-based organizations, specifically those that serve parents with young children and adolescents
- Outreach, community engagement, or community organizing experience
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Strategic thinker, detail-oriented, well-organized, and self-directed
- Computer proficiency and knowledge of MS Office
- Ability to work flexible schedule (time will fluctuate week to week and increase in March and April)
- Willingness and ability to travel throughout the area
This is a part-time, temporary consultant position located in Lyon County. It is expected that your consulting agreement will begin in late February and end in late May. The position pays $1,000 with a $20 incentive for each participant recruited [up to 40]. Contract amount not to exceed $1,800.
If interested, please send your resume, cover letter, and three references to Graciela Castillo at vaccines_NV@air.org. In your cover letter, please describe your relevant experience and availability between March and May 2020.
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts and applies behavioral and social science research to improve people’s lives and well-being, with a special emphasis on the disadvantaged. For more details about AIR, visit www.air.org.
Information about the Rural Vaccination Study: Despite recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) around vaccinating children and adolescents, some communities across the United States continue to have low vaccination coverage. To understand why certain communities are not reaching overall vaccination targets, CDC is partnering with AIR to conduct a study to better understand why vaccination rates remain low in some communities. As part of the study, AIR is talking with parents and healthcare providers from different communities around the country tolearn about perceptions, attitudes, and barriers to vaccinating children and adolescents in rural areas. Theconfidential information shared with us will help CDC understand how parents view vaccines for children and adolescents in your community, as well as how we can better talk with people in your community about this important health issue.