Research Interviewer

Oregon Social Learning Center
Eugene, OR


Research Interviewer Position Available in Marion County, Oregon


Position: Research Assistant (Interviewer) in Marion County, OR                      

 Date Posted: 1/22/2019


General Information


Location: Interviewing work will be done in the community (e.g. participant’s homes, local libraries) in Marion County, Oregon.                     


Department: JPO-CM                                            

Supervisor(s):  Jane Wilson            


Hours: Hourly 5-15 hours/week as needed; 30-40 hours of paid training in March 2019                                                                        

Job Grade: REAS5E/6E 

Pay Rate: Up to $17 per hour; actual rate based on education & experience                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


Schedule X Weekdays X Weekends      X Occasional extra hours above 20 per week     X Other:  Evenings

Position Status: non-exempt


OSLC will verify the following:

Driver License Required                                    X Yes     No                       Criminal History                                  X Yes     No

Motor Vehicle Records Check                         X Yes     No                       Finger-printing if applicable.            X Yes     No

Confidentiality Agreement Required               X Yes     No                       Employment Verification                  X Yes     No

Required to travel in-state or out of state       X Yes     No                       Education Verification                       X Yes     No

                                                                                                                       Adequate Vehicle Insurance            X Yes     No


Brief description of the job to be performed.

Recruits families (youth ages 12-18 years and a caregiver); conducts eligibility screenings and informed consent process. Gathers complete and accurate data through in-person interviews, questionnaires, standardized assessments, and urine samples for drug screening. Audio-tapes all in-person assessments and submits them regularly to supervisor for review. Contacts and schedules appointments with participants in a timely manner according to study protocols. Travels to participants’ homes or other community location to conduct assessments. Participates in at least weekly meetings with supervisor by phone. Stores data confidentially. Submits data and audiotapes via OSLC’s secure data network. Ships urine samples to lab for assay. Issues payments to participants. Will be reimbursed at the federal rate for work-related mileage. Works out of home; no office space provided.


Job Tasks

Essential Job Tasks to be performed

  • Meets with referred youth/caregivers to: explain the study, conduct eligibility screenings and obtain informed consent.
  • Stores and transmits paper and electronic data according to strict confidentiality procedures.
  • Contacts participants and schedules appointments according to study protocols.
  • Conducts computer-assisted assessments in person and on the telephone within the required deadlines.
  • Participates in regular check-ins with supervisor by phone.
  • Develops and maintains positive, good working relations with participant families, JPOs and co-workers.
  • Travels to participants’ homes or other community locations to conduct assessments.
  • Audio-tapes all in-person assessments and submits them regularly to supervisor.
  • Collects and ships urine samples according to study protocols.
  • Other project-related tasks as needed.


General Requirements

Personality Traits needed to perform job

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and service-oriented attitude.
  • Comfortable working with adolescent and adult participants in a research setting.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Must have the ability to attend to a high level of detail.
  • Work is monitored regularly; must be able to work independently while conducting assessments.
  • Requires a moderate level of interpretive judgment; will make some independent decisions or choices between existing methods and procedures.
  • Flexibility is required in regard to work schedule and time; must be able to accommodate the scheduling needs of participants.


Knowledge, skills, experience, education or training needed to perform job.

  • 2 years education beyond high school with coursework appropriate to the position and 2 years related experience or equivalent combination of training and experience appropriate to the position. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in research or interviewing preferred.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and good driving record. Must use own vehicle for work travel; and must maintain adequate vehicle insurance.
  • Must be able to participate in 3-day training in Eugene, OR at OSLC (travel expenses paid by employer).


Physical Demands

  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Must be able to visually observe research participants’ interactions.
  • Must have the ability to be an active listener and document research participants’ answers accurately and precisely.
  • Must be able to physically access a variety of subjects’ homes, including climbing stairs to homes (# of steps will vary).
  • Must be able to sit for periods of time (about 2 hours during assessments).
  • Must be able to type or otherwise input data into a laptop computer.
  • Must be able to lift and carry assessment materials and equipment (including laptop computer, paper packets and kits for collection of urine samples); 10-15 pounds on a regular basis.
  • Must be able to kneel and crouch for short periods when conducing work-related activities.


Equipment, tools, machines used while performing job

  • Laptop computer
  • Cell phone
  • Audio tape recorder
  • Collection kit for urine samples


Vehicles or moving equipment driven while performing job

  • Driving will be an essential function of this position, therefore employee must comply with the OSLC Driving Policy, including::
  • Employee must have a valid Driver License.
  • Employee must provide current Declaration page showing the employees current insurance policy and coverage.

Policy must carry liability insurance of no less than $300,000 combined single limit or $300,000 personal injury and $100,000 property damage limits.

  • Employee must have and maintain a driving record that is within the parameters set by OSLC’s current liability insurance carrier.
  • Employee will use own personal transportation for local travel.


Standards and Expectations for person performing the job

  • After completion of training period, employee must be able to keep up with the average time allowed for the various assessments. These standards will be discussed during the training period.
  • Must be able to work 5-15 hours per week according to a flexible schedule that includes weekdays, weekends and evenings. Schedule of assessments varies according to the availability of the participants.
  • Must also be available to participate in at least weekly check-ins by phone with supervisor.


Supervision: Workers, if any, person performing the job will supervise. N/A


Working Conditions

Environmental Description of working conditions

Home, office, community (e.g. public library), and travel environments. Some environments may be smoky.


Products, materials, or chemicals the person performing the job will be exposed to. N/A


Description of special hazards of the job

Carrying assessment equipment (laptop computer, audio-recorder, paper packets). Assessors visit a wide variety of home environments along the socioeconomic scale.


Application Requirements

This job description covers some, but not necessarily all, tasks, requirements, working conditions and physical demands of the position described. It is difficult if not impossible to anticipate and describe every aspect of a particular job over the duration of that job. OregonSocialLearningCenter reserves the right to revise this job description or assign additional or different duties and responsibilities to the person performing this job as it deems necessary to ensure efficient operation of the center.


Starting Date: Approximately 3/5/2019


Applications: To apply, complete the electronic on-line job application at See: Research Assistant/JPO-CM-MARION COUNTY. In addition, please provide a cover letter and current resume. Applications/resumes on file will not be considered adequate for responding to this posting.


 Position closes 2/22/19 (closing date will be extended if needed until qualified applicant is hired)



OSLC is an EEO/AA Employer. OSLC is an “at will” employer.


Past or current participation in OSLC research, or the participation of your family or others with a close personal relationship with you, could affect your eligibility for certain jobs at OSLC.


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



Closing Date: 
Monday, 20 May 2019