The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases. We envision a world in which people living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare. Our work focuses on improving health equity, preventing new cases of HIV, serving as a collaboration and knowledge center, and being a bold voice for change.
In order to achieve our goals, we are seeking for an individual to serve as our Research and Evaluation Specialist. The Research and Evaluation Specialist will directly support the Research and Evaluation team with data collection and management, data analysis, report preparation and research-related administrative tasks. The Research and Evaluation team is responsible for a wide range of projects related to homelessness, permanent supportive housing initiatives, HIV healthcare access and utilization, program monitoring and evaluation, and health services research.
Principal functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:
Recruit research participants and screen for eligibility and enrollment;
Disburse incentives and collect informed consent for study participants;
Track client retention, participation rates, and project targets to inform project oversight efforts;
Work closely with community-based organizations to provide logistical support for evaluation activities;
Assist with the development of evaluation plans, data collection materials and procedural manuals.
Data Collection and Data Entry
Administer individual or group interviews, conduct observations and collect data from administrative and medical records;
Support data collection projects by meeting paper and electronic mailing deadlines, entering data, and transcribing tapes and handwritten notes;
Enter data into statistical software, clean and ensure data quality.
Data and Quality Management
Assist with the implementation of data management tools, processes, and procedures;
Continually seek and drive opportunities to increase program quality and improve client outcomes;
Assist with HIPAA compliance by following AFC data storage and management procedures;
Assist with data quality and integrity monitoring and evaluation.
Assist with recording, monitoring and analyzing data in preparation for project reviews and progress reports;
Assist with other data analysis projects and conduct basic analysis of survey data;
Assist in the production of written, tabular and visual materials for research reports and presentations to multiple stakeholder audiences;
Represent AFC at local, state and national conferences and meetings as needed.
Assist with agency-wide activities as directed, including Annual Meeting, AIDS Run & Walk, and others;
Assist with other activities as requested;
Protect organization's value and manage risk by keeping information confidential;
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in social work, social science or related field
PLUS 1 or more years of relevant experience
PLUS previous experience working in a research environment with human research subjects and/or experience working with vulnerable populations.
Flexibility to work from multiple locations; data collection will occur in the field
Valid Driver’s License required
Master’s degree in Public Health, Social Sciences, Social Work, or related field
Completed coursework in social work, human services, research methods, and introductory statistics.
Experience or knowledge of the HIV sector and/or housing programs and services
Basic knowledge of STATA or other statistical software
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects, establish workload priorities, and meet deadlines are critical.
Ability to travel locally.
The ability to develop and maintain professional, trusting, and positive working relationships with mangers, supervisors, staff, co-workers, partner agencies, and vendors. This includes the ability to engage others in conversation and actively participate in conversations while interacting with others.
The ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedures manuals.
Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to work with diverse populations.
Knowledge of SPSS and also the ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, technical specifications and project management documentation are key to success in this role.
Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees at AIDS Foundation of Chicago are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.
About AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AFC mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases.
People living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare.
To realize our mission to mobilize communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases, we will:
Improve health equity.
We will increase access to high-quality, comprehensive prevention, care and housing services free from stigma.
Prevent new cases of HIV.
We will reduce new HIV infections through innovative approaches to prevention, care, housing and education with a focus on most-impacted populations.
Serve as a collaboration and knowledge center.
We will be a thought leader and resource center to create and share best practices, innovations and models.
Be a bold voice for change.
We will be a leading voice to mobilize advocates and people living with HIV and related chronic diseases to transform systems, policies, and resources.
Commitment to Priority Populations
Anyone can become infected w...ith HIV, but HIV and related chronic diseases disproportionately impact certain populations in distinct geographic areas. We can have the greatest impact on the HIV epidemic by focusing our efforts on those most-impacted by HIV, based on epidemiological data and unmet need:
• Young Black gay and bisexual men
• Transgender women of color
• Black women living in high-incidence areas
• Latino gay and bisexual men
Factors that drive the HIV epidemic and health inequities that we will address include:
• Sex work
• Drug use
• Lack of access to health care
• Immigration status
AFC will also work to meet the evolving needs of older adults with HIV and long-term survivors.
Commitment to Organizational Excellence
To strengthen AFC as an organization, we will move to a talent management framework, develop staff and Board leadership, implement long-range business planning with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and ident