The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.Project Background: The School of Social Work's Social Development Research Group (SDRG) is looking for temporary, part-time to full-time bilingual Research Study Assistants fluent in Spanish and English to facilitate phone interviews with seasonal and migrant agricultural workers hired to pick cherries or apples to capture information about wage rates and employment practices. There will also be two one-week long field surveys that will require travel to Eastern Washington in June or July and September or October to conduct in person interviews with seasonal workers that are picking cherries or apples. The project will begin with the start of cherry picking season in mid/late June and will go through the end of apple picking season in November.Basic Function:The function of the Temporary Research Study Assistant will involve calling participants to encourage their participation in the survey. Research study assistants will use various tools (phone, email), resources and techniques to coordinate interviews with participants. Project work will be conducted from our offices in Northgate, Monday through Saturday in shifts during calling hours (between 8AM - approximately 8PM). Research study assistants, when not working cases, may assist with any necessary data entry, filing and may perform additional tasks to assist other team members, as needed. Research study assistants will receive training and will be expected to demonstrate mastery of basic interviewing techniques before beginning work on the project.Responsibilities Include: *Contact respondents: call respondents.*Motivate respondents to participate in the survey: find ways to help respondents finish the survey as soon as possible; help the project meet completion goals; implement refusal prevention techniques for hesitant participants; maintain high response rates.*Adhere to project protocol: assure confidentiality of subject information, use project tools properly, keep detailed and accurate records*Serve as a member of the team: participate in weekly staff meetings, provide on-going feedback on survey administration and procedures and assist in problem-solving solutions*Assist with other data collection and clerical tasks, as needed *Conduct interviews: use interviewing software to prompt respondents to complete a web survey or conduct interviews over the phone.Qualifications: *Two years of college-level course work in a relevant academic area AND one year of appropriate experience OR equivalent education/experience. *Experience working on research project or understanding ofdata collection process preferred*Bilingual - must be fluent in Spanish and English*Comfortable learning new technology; able to handle working with multiple electronic systems (specificallyMS Office 2013, Excel, Outlook and SPSS DimensionNet)*Excellent oral and written communication skills*Strong interpersonal skills*Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail*Flexible schedule*Previous customer service experience; ability to build rapport easily over the phone.SalaryHourly/Temporary: Beginning at $17.17/hr; 20-30 hours per week.Application Process:The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter, and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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