SDSU Research Foundation

  • Program Coordinator I

    Req No.
    Full-Time Contract
    $4,160.00/Mo - $6,331.00/Mo.
    Dept/Proj Name
    Public Health
  • Overview

    This position is open until filled with first review of applicants on Monday, September 20th


    This a full-time position working from 32 to 40 hours per week.


    Measurement and Evaluation Research Group (MERG; Georg E. Matt, PhD, Director) is an extramurally funded research group at San Diego State University (SDSU) with members from the Public Health, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology and Communications departments at SDSU as well as external research groups. The research conducted at MERG covers a wide range issues in measurement, evaluation, and health policy.


    The Program Coordinator will be responsible for daily oversight and coordination of a funded, 3-year research study, “Reducing Exposure to Thirdhand Smoke in Multiunit Housing”, (Principal Investigators (PIs) Penelope Quintana and Eunha Hoh, Division of Environmental Health, School of Public Health, SDSU). Thirdhand smoke (THS) is the persistent residue resulting from secondhand smoke (SHS) that accumulates in dust, in objects, and on surfaces in homes where tobacco has been used. Smokers’ homes become reservoirs of persistent toxic pollutants (e.g., nicotine, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, tobacco-specific nitrosamines). Residents, especially children, are exposed to THS toxicants via inhalation, dermal transfer, and ingestion of compounds re-emitted and re-suspended from indoor reservoirs.


    Project Supervision and Oversight - 75%
    The Program Coordinator is responsible for managing project budgets and maintaining communication with the Grants Administrator for all fiscal matters. Maintains communication with local Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) to ensure the research studies are in full compliance, and ensure all affiliated personnel are in full compliance with SDSU IRB/HRPP certification policies and related trainings. Maintains and coordinates communication with the Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators, affiliated institutions, and funding agencies to ensure the overall integrity of the project. Manages the day-to-day operations of one or more research studies to include preparation of Human Subjects protocols, program planning and implementation, participant recruitment, retention, and follow up, developing and maintaining operations protocols, and generating quarterly and annual progress reports for the funding agencies. Prepare research protocols, questionnaires, and Qualtrics data forms; review and confirm data quality; prepare and renew HRPP/ IRBs, BUAs; meet with and contact community groups and participants as needed. Order supplies and equipment, and assess needs on an ongoing basis; manage sample archiving and sending samples for analysis; analyze data and write reports and scientific articles.
    Manage budget and interface with SDSURF personnel as needed; meet with project investigators
    Ensure progress reports and final reports are submitted in a timely manner.

    Personnel Management – 10%
    Engages in recruitment activities for research assistants/students; drafts job descriptions, screens, interviews and makes hiring decisions in conjunction with PIs. Provides supervision to research assistants and student volunteers by providing work direction, coordination of schedules and providing feedback on performance; conducts annual performance reviews and disciplinary actions. Meets with staff on a regular basis to monitor progress toward study goals and deadlines.


    Proposal Development - 5%
    Assists with the preparation of reports, contributes to the development of grant proposals, assists with statistical analyses, and contributes to the development of materials for public dissemination.


    Other Duties and Responsibilities as Assigned 10%
    Works closely with the Principal Investigators to perform a variety of duties in support of the day-to-day operations.


    • Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent training and administration work experience involving study, analysis, and/or evaluation leading to the development or improvement of administrative policies, procedures, practices, or programs.
    • 5 years of progressively responsible experience in an office or administrative environment or in a research setting.
    • Must be a nonsmoker, nonuser of tobacco and marijuana who lives with nonsmokers/nonusers, due to potential for contamination of study samples. This includes tobacco smoking vaping of any kind, and use of smokeless tobacco products.

    Preferred Experience/Education:

    • Master’s or doctoral degree in Psychology, Public Health, Communication, or a related field.
    • Previous research project management experience.
    • Experience with research study protocol development.
    • Experience with conducting in-person survey interviews with research study participants.
    • Experience with environmental samples collection.
    • Experience with human samples collection (e.g. urine samples)
    • Experience with IRB protocols and review.
    • Data management experience.
    • Data analysis experience (SPSS, Stata, or R).
    • Ability to run analyses, interpret and present analytic results to diverse audiences in a variety of mediums
    • CITI Human Subjects Research Training.
    • Website development experience.
    • Facebook advertising experience.
    • Bilingual: Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, or Vietnamese.



    A background check (including a criminal records check) and Livescan (fingerprint) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation


    San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer


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