With an annual budget of $1.6 billion and more than 6,000 employees throughout the five boroughs, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) is one of the largest public health agencies in the world, serving 8 million New Yorkers from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. With over 200 years of leadership in the field, NYC DOHMH is also one of our nation's oldest public health agencies. The challenges we face range from obesity, diabetes and heart disease to HIV/AIDS, tobacco addiction and substance abuse, and the threat of bioterrorism. NYC DOHMH is addressing these issues with innovative policies and programs and getting exceptional results, but the work remains ongoing. The breadth of our innovative programs provides the widest range of choices for every member of our team.
The HIV Epidemiology and Field Services Program is recruiting a Project Coordinator/Field Supervisor for the New York City National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System Transgender Women Project (NHBS-Trans), which will conduct HIV behavioral surveillance of transgender women in order to assess HIV risk behavior, HIV prevalence, and other HIV-related outcomes. Trans women will be recruited via respondent-driven sampling with a recruitment goal of 200 participants. Participants will undergo an interviewer-administered survey, offered blood-based HIV testing, and offered self-administered STI testing via oral, rectal, and urine samples. Participation in the survey, HIV/STI testing and peer recruitment will be incentivized. Data collection will be preceded by a formative research phase of in-depth interviews and focus groups with the population in order to inform study operations. This full-time, temporary position is for a term of 6-12 months, contingent on grant-funding. Evening and weekend hours may be required.
The Project Coordinator/Field Supervisor will:
- Implement formative research including key informant interviews, focus group discussions and other qualitative research methods. Assist with ongoing formative research, if needed.
- Via community outreach, recruit initial set of participants who will initiate chain recruitment.
- Assist in the identification of field site locations.
- Manage all aspects of planning for and daily operations of data collection at field site locations, adhere to detailed survey research protocols, and comply with protocols for confidentiality.
- Manage data related to recruitment coupons.
- Ensure adequate preparations, including supplies, materials, and equipment for field site locations.
- Implement all locally developed procedures, including safety, incident reporting and handling participants known to project staff.
- Assist with field staff-related issues (i.e. training and development, scheduling, team building) and conduct interviewer evaluations in collaboration with the Principal Investigator and Project Director.
- Review, tabulate, and reconcile forms and logs used in the field; review errors with field staff; and oversee documentation of data errors.
- Ensure daily transfer of data from the handheld computers to desktop computer and supervise entry of HIV/STI testing data, data errors and other study data into the DCC Data Portal.
- Ensure proper documentation of HIV/STI testing activities, including consent; ensure adherence to HIV testing and STI specimen collection procedures; oversee maintenance of HIV testing/STI specimen collection supplies; maintain and ship HIV/STI test specimens; receive and log HIV/STI test results from lab; return STI results to participants.
- Oversee linkage to care procedures.
- Assist with the hiring and directly supervise 3-6 field staff who will conduct interviews, conduct HIV testing, and other field activities.
- With the Project Director, conduct training of all field staff.
- Participate in CDC site visits, trainings, regular conference calls, and, as available, monthly calls.
- Assist with other related duties as assigned.
- Two or more years of relevant experience.
- Experience working with transgender communities.
- Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.
- Ability to learn and use computerized data collection programs.
- Willing to work shifts during evenings and weekends, if necessary.
- Willing to travel to Atlanta for training at the Centers for Disease Control.
- Computer experience using Microsoft Word and Excel, and ability to quickly learn customized programs.
- Ability to work as part of a research team.
- Fluency in Spanish preferred.
- Recruitment experience with transgender communities preferred.
- Prior HIV testing experience preferred.
PHS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, and veterans.
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