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Community Servings Jamaica Plain, MA Project Manager/Research Associate Other (Full-time) Job ID JL1141 posted on 01/30/21

Starting Date:
03/01/2021

Position Description

PROJECT MANAGER/RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Massachusetts’ free, home-delivered meals program for the critically and chronically ill has an opening for a Project Manager/Study Coordinator. Community Servings is a non-profit food and nutrition program focused on the nutritional needs of underserved populations across the state. Over the past 30 years, we have delivered over 8.5 million free, scratch-made meals to individuals experiencing chronic and critical illnesses in the context of medical nutrition therapy.

Community Servings knows that diversity drives excellence. We are a place where everyone is welcome. We celebrate, promote, and derive strength from a diversity of lived experiences. We actively seek and encourage an inclusive workforce.

The Project Manager/Study Coordinator will execute study protocols, including recruitment/enrollment, conducting study procedures, collecting and maintaining data, tracking and reporting, and ensuring quality and accuracy across a variety of therapeutic areas and protocols of varied complexity.

The position reports to the study’s site Principal Investigator and works closely with the Research Dietitian and Community Servings’ Manager of Nutrition Services.

STUDY SUMMARY

This research project, Food as Medicine for HIV: A randomized trial of medically tailored meals and lifestyle intervention, is a community-based randomized clinical trial (RCT) of a medically tailored meal (MTM) and intensive lifestyle intervention (ILI) for people with HIV (PWH), Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), and food insecurity. The study will span five years including 2.5 years of patient enrollment, 3.5 years of MTM or a usual care and ILI intervention, and qualitative and further quantitative data analysis.

The usual care will consist of 12 months of MTM, consisting of a weekly delivery of 10 ready-to-eat meals, along with currently offered telephone-based nutrition assessments and education. The MTM ILI intervention recipients will receive usual care along with a 20-session telephone lifestyle intervention change program designed to complement the period of meal delivery and prepare for the period after meal delivery with behavioral and skill-building approaches to sustain the benefit of the intervention. The 20-session lifestyle intervention is targeted to the needs of PWH with T2DM experiencing food insecurity, with an emphasis on improving glycemic control and weight loss. The intervention will have a primary focus on diet quality, and reducing calorie intake to promote weight loss. Outcomes at 12 and 18 months include HbA1c, weight loss, and patient-reported outcomes.

The study is being led by Dr. Seth Berkowitz, a clinician and physician at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and a leading expert on the association between food insecurity, poor health outcomes, and high healthcare costs. The Lifestyle Intervention (LI) is being developed by Linda Delahanty, MS, RD, Director of Nutritional and Behavioral Research at Mass. General Hospital, an exceptionally experienced lifestyle intervention investigator, and one of the architects of the Look AHEAD lifestyle intervention. Delahanty will work closely with the Community Servings Research Dietitian to develop and train on the delivery of the LI.


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Primary duties will include:
• Day-to-day operations and coordination for research studies: recruit, consent and enroll participants to research studies, collect data per study protocol, perform study procedures (may include interviewing, administering questionnaires, etc.), complete case report forms and data entry, track study progress and maintain appropriate logs and records, respond to data queries and facilitate monitoring/auditing visits.
• Engage professionally with study personnel, investigators, sponsors and service providers to ensure smooth and efficient study progress.
• Maintain good clinical practice and compliance with all regulatory bodies and study protocols.
• Work closely with study teams, Principal Investigators and others to ensure efficient and successful management of research protocols.
• Complete regulatory documentations for submission and maintain approvals.
• Track study progress, meet deadlines, identify areas for quality improvements, recommend and implement improvements.
• Work collaboratively within the research teams to streamline research processes and implement innovative solutions to increase efficiencies.
• Participate in continuing education activities, including teaching, mentoring and learning on an ongoing basis.
• Communicate effectively with a variety of research, clinical and administrative professionals.
• Provide reports, data summaries and project recommendations to study teams and Principal Investigators, as well as a variety of stakeholders.


QUALIFICATIONS:
• Effective interpersonal and written communication skills, as an individual and as a member of a team.
• Familiarity with the latest nutritional standards, practices, and procedures, especially for individuals with diabetes
• Effective individual counseling and group facilitation skills; some experience with motivational interviewing techniques
• Able to organize work, complete tasks efficiently and independently with attention to detail, meet deadlines for multiple tasks and inquiries.
• Research knowledge with ability to understand and implement procedures/research protocols.
• Able to use judgment and solve problems; assess research literature and quality improvement parameters
• Computer proficiency including nutrition software, spreadsheets; and current knowledge of nutrition assessment instruments and tools.
• Skill in the effective use of English language to read and express ideas/facts orally
• Able to successfully pass a criminal background check upon hire. Community Servings is a CORI friendly employer.

Education/Experience:
• Master’s Degree from accredited college or university preferred.
• Experienced health practitioner with five or more years of clinical experience preferable. Two or more years’ experience in nutrition research
• Required Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts preferred, or experienced health practitioner.


We offer a complete benefits program including:
• Medical and Dental Insurance
• Life, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
• Paid Vacation, Holidays and Sick Time
• 403(b) Retirement Plan
• Daily community lunch

The is a 5-year grant-funded position.

Minimum Qualifications

• Effective interpersonal and written communication skills, as an individual and as a member of a team.
• Familiarity with the latest nutritional standards, practices, and procedures, especially for individuals with diabetes
• Effective individual counseling and group facilitation skills; some experience with motivational interviewing techniques
• Able to organize work, complete tasks efficiently and independently with attention to detail, meet deadlines for multiple tasks and inquiries.
• Research knowledge with ability to understand and implement procedures/research protocols.
• Able to use judgment and solve problems; assess research literature and quality improvement parameters
• Computer proficiency including nutrition software, spreadsheets; and current knowledge of nutrition assessment instruments and tools.
• Skill in the effective use of English language to read and express ideas/facts orally
• Able to successfully pass a criminal background check upon hire. Community Servings is a CORI friendly employer.

Desired Qualifications

• Master’s Degree from accredited college or university preferred.
• Experienced health practitioner with five or more years of clinical experience preferable. Two or more years’ experience in nutrition research
• Required Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts preferred, or experienced health practitioner.


Contact

awilliams@servings.org
http://https://www.servings.org


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