Clinical Research Coordinator I

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19146

Job Type: 

ROBERTS - Roberts Ctr Pediatric Research Req ID: 27178

Shift: Any

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

The research team led by Dr. Marsha Gerdes is looking to hire a Clinical Research Coordinator I to join a dynamic and interdisciplinary research team in PolicyLab, focused in improving early childhood wellbeing through implementations of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in early childcare centers in the Philadelphia region. This is a full time Clinical Research Coordinator position offered through Policylab. The aim of Policylab is to achieve optimal child health and well-being by informing program and policy changes through interdisciplinary research. This role involves partnership with the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) to implement PBIS support and trainings to enhance the social emotional growth of children and reduce the incidence of suspensions and expulsions. This is a multi-aim project is funded through the Vanguard Strong Start for Kids and the William Penn Foundation. The CRC I would take a lead role in engaging families to participate in shared activities that align with the PBIS curriculum in a sustained effort to encourage families to partner with their childcare.


The CRC I will assume a lead role in implementing 3 tiers of the pyramid model to foster family engagement. The project will involve Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS).  The research team will include CHOP research staff and childcare external facilitators from PHMC.  Data collection will be challenging and will occur at each childcare center. A total of 11 childcare centers will be enrolled in this study.  This planning project will be under the direction and guidance of the Principal Investigator. This person will serve as a collaborative member of our planning team.


The ideal candidate will have specialized training in public health and policy with a high degree of understanding of research practices and each childhood development.  An in-depth knowledge of early childhood, childcare and social emotional development and an interest in health policy is needed.

Job Responsibilities

Study Implementation:

  • Lead design of parent engagement intervention with guidance from study PI, PBIS team and childcare staff
  • Weekly meetings (CHOP, PHMC)
  • Manage communication with funder and grant implementation and completion of metrics
  • Obtain informed consent from childcare staff and parents
  • Create a toolkit for childcare staff to use carry out parent engagement activities
  • On-site support of teachers to conduct parent engagement activities

Data collection and data management:

  • Assist in the development and maintenance of surveys, forms, and instruments using REDCap
  • Collect data on site at childcare centers
  • Oversee CHOP & PHMC staff who are collecting data on site
  • Ensure that research documents are up to date and in compliance with IRB regulations including consent forms and amendments to IRB approved protocols
  • Data entry, cleaning and completion
  • Participate in data analysis, interpretation and development of recommendations

Literature summaries:

  • Conduct literature reviews of parent engagement strategies that are aligned with PBIS
  • Conduct literature reviews of feasible child outcome measures to be used in child care centers
  • Policy analysis
  • Prepare reports and manuscripts for presentations
  • Dissemination of findings in academic writing


  • Maintain communication with multi-disciplinary research staff
  • Manage administrative and business aspects of project implementation
  • Supervise trainees that might be part of the project

Participate in PolicyLab initiatives as needed

Job Responsibilities (Continued)
Job Responsibilities (Continued)
Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations
Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Associates Degree or active enrollment in a Bachelor’s Degree Program


Required Experience: Three (3) years of relevant clinical research experience.

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education: Bachelor’s Degree in related field

Additional Technical Requirements

Adaptable to work out of the office setting when traveling to child care settings to implement project aims

Strong interest and commitment to early childhood public health initiatives and policy efforts to improve early childhood education

Ability to successfully work with researchers, PBIS specialists, teachers, and parents from diverse backgrounds

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

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