Research Coordinator for Assistive/Accessible Technology
This position includes responsibilities for research project coordination, research design, data collection, data analysis and program administration in the areas of consumer technology, accessible technology and assistive technology for people with all types of physical, cognitive, sensory, speech and emotional difficulties.
Research Coordinator: Coordinates research and development activities pertaining to several rehabilitation technology projects. This area of responsibility involves: 1) recruiting participants for survey research, focus groups and testing of technology products, and maintaining and growing a large database of participants; 2) development and validation of survey questionnaires; 3) designing and conducting focus group research and other studies related to identifying and validating user technology needs, 4) data analysis and preparation of research reports, and 5) dissemination of research findings; 6) conducting secondary research/literature reviews; 7) maintaining and updating records with Institutional Review Board for human subjects research.
Knowledge Translation/Communicating to stakeholders: Coordinates communications with stakeholders, including people with disabilities, other researchers and engineers, technology companies, and others. This effort involves the following: 1) outbound communications via email and telephone to stakeholders with information on our research and engineering projects and to answer their requests for information; 2) website management using a content management service like Square Space or Word Press, 3) writing and editing a quarterly newsletter, 4) report writing and production of PowerPoint presentations.
Operations Coordinator: This area of responsibility involves supporting the program operations director and serving as a main point of contact for rehabilitation engineering projects.
Preference is given to persons who have worked in rehabilitation research or disability environments, and/or research program administration. Excellent communication skills are essential. The ability to solve problems, coordinate communications among staff on site and at partner institutions, and manage administrative functions and records is required. High level of attention to detail and ability to multi-task is required. The ability to communicate with external stakeholders and engage/recruit people with disabilities is required.
QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Master's degree preferred: MS/MA in health, social science, or technology field or M.P.H .
Experience: 2-4 years work experience in research.
Technical Knowledge: Must have basic quantitative and qualitative data analysis experience; Experience using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, or other data management tools/software required; experience maintaining databases, building charts and graphs in database programs a must. Must have excellent writing skills and be able to conduct interviews and be able to learn to conduct focus groups.
Position requires familiarity and interest in consumer technology, productivity technology (Microsoft Office suite), traditional web media and social media.
This position requires strong sense of ownership, goal-oriented attitude, commitment to excellence in work product, and independence but with commitment to team's overall success.