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NHATS 2024 - Traveling Bilingual Data Collector

Company: Disability Solutions
Location: Philadelphia
Posted on: June 10, 2024

Job Description:

Job Description Westat is currently seeking motivated individuals with a commitment to excellence to collect data for the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS), an important study funded by the National Institute on Aging in a cooperative agreement with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.NHATS Traveling Bilingual Data Collectors will locate, gain cooperation from, and interview Medicare recipients aged 65 years and older in their homes for a longitudinal study. The data collectors will use Westat equipment including but not limited to a laptop, smartphone, and tablet to interview the respondents in either English or Spanish. The interview takes approximately 2-- hours and covers issues regarding how life changes as we age. Traveling data collectors typically are on out-of-town assignments for 2 or more weeks at a time. Bilingual data collectors must be fluent in both spoken and written English and Spanish. Data collectors also regularly receive and transmit data via a high-speed internet connection and report progress and costs to their supervisor on a weekly basis.Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for Westat. Based on recommendations from the CDC and other public health authorities, we require staff to protect and monitor their health while working on their assignment. The use of personal protective equipment, regular testing for COVID-19, or other screening activities is required. Due to study protocols, client requirements, the sample population, and public health regulations, field employees hired on NHATS 2024 must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire, and follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.Interested applicants are required to view the NHATS Data Collector video to learn more about this position prior to submitting an application. To view the video, click the link below:NHATS: The Data Collector's JobOr cut and paste this URL into your browser: QualificationsCandidates must:

  • Be 18 or older (or an emancipated minor) with the ability to enter binding confidentiality agreements to protect project information;
  • Be available to complete a fully remote, virtual training program between Wednesday, August 7, and Wednesday, August 14, 2024, which will include hard-copy materials and Teams training sessions; and
  • Be available to attend mandatory, out-of-town, in-person training from Monday, August 19, to Sunday, August 25, 2024.NHATS Traveling Bilingual Data Collectors must successfully complete training and demonstrate proficiency of the activities component.Minimum Requirements
    • Be fluent in both written and spoken English and Spanish. Must successfully complete Westat's language proficiency assessment;
    • Be available to work during the data collection period of August 2024 through April 2025;
    • This position will require overnight travel 2 to 3 weeks a month when work is available;
    • Be willing to drive locally throughout the county or neighboring counties to complete project work if local work is available. Some assignments may include local work;
    • While on travel status, be available to work 40+ hours and complete four to five interviews per week;
    • Be able to communicate multiple times per week with your assigned supervisor during the training period;
    • Be able to meet the physical requirements of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations, which include lifting and carrying up to 30 pounds of equipment and materials; walking a few blocks; climbing a flight of stairs while carrying equipment; kneeling or bending to mark out a walking course; and demonstrating and assisting respondents with the physical activities component;
    • Have regular and reliable access to a secure high-speed internet home connection. The training program requires internet access for eLearning training modules, online classrooms, and video calls;
    • Have consistent access to a fully insured, reliable vehicle;
    • Have a current and valid driver's license that is not under suspension; and
    • Have work experience in jobs requiring public contact such as sales, teaching, real estate, or social work.Preferred Criteria
      • Have worked on previous Westat jobs, and have in-person, household interviewing experience;
      • Have overnight business travel experience;
      • Have strong reading, verbal, and written communication skills;
      • Have excellent computer skills (be able to access the internet, use the keyboard, and manage email);
      • Be comfortable using apps on a project-supplied smartphone and tablet for various activities including keeping track of time, entering data, and navigating;
      • Live within 50 miles of a major airport;
      • Have the ability to conduct in-depth interviews with people from all walks of life and socio-economic strata in respondents' homes;
      • Be able to communicate effectively and appropriately with respondents;
      • Be able to establish and maintain a good rapport with study respondents;
      • Be self-motivated, organized, detail oriented, and able to convey the importance of the study to respondents;
      • Display a professional appearance and demeanor;
      • Work consistently in an organized manner;
      • Be flexible in working assigned cases;
      • Work well in a team environment with little direct supervision;
      • Be responsive to corrective feedback; and
      • Be able to read electronic maps.Microsoft Teams will be used to conduct interviews with candidates for this position.Residents of Philadelphia, PA must apply to the location-specific requisition to be considered. Applicants that do not reside in these locations must apply to the nationwide posting to be considered.This is a part-time, variable hour, non-exempt position eligible for overtime pay. This position is not initially eligible for health insurance.All field positions accrue sick leave (based on hours worked) and are eligible to participate in the 401(k) program (employer matching is dependent on hours worked and disbursement is subject to program rules).This opportunity will be posted for a minimum of 7 days and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.Upon successful completion of this assignment, you will be eligible for consideration for reassignment on other Westat field data collection projects if they become available.Working on this study can be a fascinating, rewarding experience. If you are a reliable self-starter, this position may be right for you.Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

Keywords: Disability Solutions, Philadelphia , NHATS 2024 - Traveling Bilingual Data Collector, Other , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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