Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L0017 / Community-Based Resrch Splst
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 11

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Manages and coordinates the on-site establishment and execution of research and associated administrative protocol within the defined parameters of a funded community-based research study. Establishes, and maintains community relationships; engages and recruits community participation; schedules, coordinates, and performs standardized and/or prescribed data collection and analytical procedures. Collects and prepares data, and conducts a variety of standardized tests and analyses in accordance with detailed protocol and procedural specifications. Participates as appropriate in the interpretation of field research data and in the publication and/or presentation of results.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Recruits community participant sites for research projects; develops, schedules, contacts, and arranges for meetings with site representatives.
  2. Travels to sites to collect, prepare, process data, for testing and/or analysis, as appropriate to the objectives of the study and in accordance with established protocol, procedures, and standards; conducts formative assessment data collection, as appropriate.
  3. Participates in cataloging and other research collections activities, as appropriate, dependent upon the overall objectives of the study.
  4. Establishes and maintains community relationships through face to face, telephone and email contact; prepares and delivers project introductory and informational presentations to community members.
  5. Seeks and obtains appropriate human subject approvals for research activities from relevant community and/or governmental agencies, as appropriate to the objectives of the research study.
  6. Develops and/or contributes to the development, publication, and/or presentation of results of research studies, as appropriate.
  7. Participates in the development of grant proposals, as appropriate to the position.
  8. Develops and maintains manual and electronic files and databases related to project activities, and contributes to activity and progress reports as appropriate
  9. Monitors and maintains inventories of equipment and supplies for day-to-day study purposes as required, within budget parameters.
  10. May lead, guide, and train staff/student employees, interns, and/or volunteers performing related work; may participate in the recruitment of volunteers, as appropriate to the area of operation.
  11. Maintains a broad knowledge of state-of-the-art research techniques, technology, equipment, and/or systems.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 2 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Ability to make independent decisions and judgments within specified area of expertise.
  • Ability to summarize data, draw conclusions and inferences, and prepare reports and/or presentations.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to human subject research contracts.
  • Ability to undertake frequent travel throughout rural New Mexico.
  • Ability to handle a flexible work schedule, to include some evenings and weekends.
  • Knowledge of research cataloging and/or collections methodology and techniques.
  • Skill in collecting, analyzing, verifying, and manipulating research data.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.
  • Knowledge of community health services and social services support agencies and networks.
  • Knowledge of research principles, protocol, techniques, and standards within area of expertise.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge and understanding of electronic data collection and data management systems and procedures.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging technological, systems, and research trends in area of expertise.
  • Ability to develop grants and proposals

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work is performed in clinics and other remote locations in rural areas within the state.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017