Data Assistant Associate

Job Summary:
The Data Assistant Associate collects, reviews, verifies, validates, codes and inputs data into a computer processing system; audits output data. Identifies and resolves production related errors. Maintains and revises procedural lists, control records and coding schemes to process source data.

Program Description:
The Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance Program (EDIT), housed in the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH), is directed by Dr. Gregory Phillips II and Dr. Lauren B. Beach (Associate Director), and attempts to foster a learning community to improve the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations in Chicago and beyond. EDIT’s goals are to (1) be a local leader in the evaluation of interventions focused on improving the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minority individuals; (2) help community agencies build capacity to strategically plan and implement and evaluate innovative and culturally responsive programming that serves sexual and gender minority individuals through the provision of tailored technical assistance; (3) use a wide array of data sources to enhance understanding of health disparities of sexual and gender minority individuals at a local and national level; and (4) share best practices and lessons learned from program evaluation and research studies with policymakers, funders, and service providers to improve community response to serving sexual and gender minority individuals.

Project Description:
The goal of this project is to use data collected within the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), a biennial health survey of high school students, to assess alcohol use and other health disparities between sexual minority youth and heterosexual youth across several jurisdictions and years. The national YRBS collected information on sexual minority status for the first time in 2015, providing the opportunity to conduct innovative research on alcohol and other health disparities on a national scale.

Job Activities:
The primary job activities will be to field and track incoming data requests from researchers relevant to ongoing manuscripts and analyses, and assist in the writing of scientific manuscripts and other forms of dissemination. This will entail developing spreadsheets and databases, coordinating communication between external researchers and internal data analysts, interpreting and presenting data, and monitoring progress towards project goals.

Specific Responsibilities:

Strategic Planning
• Participates in team and other departmental meetings to share experiences, learn about what other teams are doing and help solve problems.

• Receives, collects, reviews, edits, and enters data.

• Develop queries and quality metrics.
• Interprets results using a variety of techniques, ranging from simple data aggregation to more complex statistical analysis.
• Manages complex databases.

• Partners with customers to ensure data is accurate, including running or reviewing quality assurance reports, correcting erroneous data and providing feedback to the team.
• Contacts customers to obtain missing data, to provide support to those providing data, and to answer general questions about processes and content.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
• A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
• Please see information highlighted below-
o Infrastructure (extends across applications): Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Outlook).
o Analytical: Critical thinking, decision making, problem solving, troubleshooting
o Project: Collaboration and teamwork, facilitate collaboration, functional documentation, organizational skills, planning, workflow development & documentation.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
• Ability to prioritize tasks.
• Effective time management skills.
• Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/procedures.
• Efficient and resourceful in problem-solving.
• Good communication skills; demonstrated effective spoken and written communication.

Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
• Experience working in public health research.
• Experience working with LGBT individuals.
• Experience working with large or complex datasets
• Experience with conducting statistical analyses.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
• Ability to work in a team environment.
• Ability to work with minimum supervision and guidance.
• Ability to receive and benefit from feedback.
• Willingness to expand skill set and improve.
• Ability to write scientifically for dissemination activities.
• Familiarity with data collection and management software, such as REDCap.

To Apply: To apply for this position, navigate to and apply for job ID 36479

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

ISGMH Diversity Statement: ISGMH’s commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence in academic programs, world-class research, and health programs. Engagement in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military service, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression will not be tolerated. Through its work, ISGMH advances the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ individuals. Staff and trainees should expect to find a diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities among ISGMH staff, trainees, research participants, and in outreach experiences. We highlight the importance of respecting and valuing this aspect of diversity among staff and trainees.