Clinical Research Coordinator I

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19146

Job Type: 

ROBERTS - Roberts Ctr Pediatric Research Req ID: 27521

Shift: Any

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

The research team led by Dr. Marsha Gerdes and Dr. Judith Miller is looking to hire a Clinical Research Coordinator I to join a dynamic and interdisciplinary research team in PolicyLab, focused in improving early language development in young children living 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 newly funded project will provide training to families of infants and toddlers on early language development, and then study whether families benefit from using wearable technology to track the amount of language spoken near or to the child. This is a multi-aim project funded through the Vanguard Strong Start for Kids and the William Penn Foundation. The CRC I would take a lead role on a team engaging community agencies, providing the 10 week training and tracking sessions, and helping agencies create a sustainable program for increasing language development of young children in their settings.


The CRC I will assume a lead role in engaging community agencies, recruiting families, facilitating parent training sessions, and collecting study data. The project will involve the LENA Start language training program and wearable devices (the children wear the devices in customized t-shirts).  The research team will include CHOP research staff and collaborators from community agencies, with consultation from a behavioral economist. Data collection will occur at community agencies in Philadelphia, sometimes on evenings or weekends. This planning project will be under the direction and guidance of the Principal Investigators. This person will serve as a collaborative member of our planning team.


The ideal candidate will have experience with community agency collaborations, early childhood development and language development, the LENA Start language program, and sound research practices.  Ability to travel to community agencies via public transportation or by car, and flexibility to work evenings and weekends is needed

Job Responsibilities

Study Implementation:

Identify and recruit community agencies and build strong partnerships with them

Lead study implementation and oversee research assistants, with guidance from study PIs

Lead implementation of parent training sessions, and train and oversee research assistants to lead parent training sessions

Weekly project meetings

Manage communication with funder and grant implementation and completion of metrics

Obtain informed consent from childcare staff and parents

Data collection and data management:

Assist in the development and maintenance of surveys, forms, and instruments using REDCap

Collect data on site at community 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 language development and community collaboration strategies

Conduct literature reviews of feasible outcome measures

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 research assistants and trainees that might be part of the project

Participate in PolicyLab initiatives as needed

Job Responsibilities (Continued)
  • Adaptable to work out of the office settings when traveling to community centers to implement project aims
  • Strong interest and commitment to early childhood public health initiatives and policy efforts to improve early childhood education and development
  • Ability to successfully work with researchers, community partners, and parents from diverse backgrounds
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: MPH/MS preferred

Preferred Experience: 2 years of experience with early language development programs, such as LENA Start

Additional Technical Requirements
  • Capacity to perform tasks independently and in adherence with all grant requirements
  • Able to work accurately and pay strict attention to detail
  • Able to work in collaboration with other professionals and staff at the Hospital, in the State public welfare system, and in other health systems
  • Adaptable to do work which is varied and requires an intellectual and professional approach
  • Must have a high degree of flexibility of skills and hours which might include weekends and evenings
  • Must have strong writing, organizational, and analytical skills
  • Candidate should have a strong interest in and commitment to public health research, program implementation, and child health policy that aims to improve outcomes for children and families

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