Westat NHATS 2021 - Data Collector in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
NHATS 2021 - Data Collector
Westat is currently seeking motivated individuals with a commitment to excellence to collect data for an important study funded by the National Institute on Aging in a cooperative agreement with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
NHATS Data Collectors will locate, gain cooperation from, and interview Medicare recipients age 65 years and older in their homes for a longitudinal study. Data Collectors will use Westat equipment including, but not limited to, a laptop, smartphone, and a tablet. The interview takes approximately two and a half hours and may take place over the phone and in person. The interview covers issues regarding how life changes as we age. Data Collectors also regularly receive and transmit data via internet connection and report progress and costs to their supervisor.
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, which may include the use of personal protective equipment, regular testing for COVID-19, or other screening activities.
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 Job (https://westat-jobs.westat.com/videos/NHATS_interviewer.cfm)
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Be at least 18 years old;
Be available to complete an extensive virtual training program prior to the field period, which will include hard-copy materials, Web-based lessons, and virtual group training sessions from Wednesday, May 12 – Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
NHATS Data Collectors must successfully complete training and demonstrate the physical activities component.
Be available to work during the data collection period lasting May through November 2021;
Be available to work 20+ hours per week; at least 6 hours per day, 4 weekdays per week, when work is available;
Be willing to travel locally for project work to conduct in-person interviews;
The use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks and other equipment (as required by Westat and local ordinance), is required for all in-person interviewing;
If in-person field work is halted due to the pandemic or as directed by your supervisor, Data Collectors must conduct NHATS interviews by telephone;
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 connection;
Have a valid (current) driver’s license that is not under suspension;
Have regular and reliable access to an insured, reliable vehicle; and
Have work experience in jobs requiring public contact such as sales, teaching, real estate, or social work.
Have in-person household interviewing experience;
Able to read, write, and communicate effectively in English;
Have strong reading, verbal, and written communication skills;
Have excellent computer skills (be able to access the internet, use the keyboard and email);
Be comfortable using smartphones to keep track of time, enter data, and navigate;
Be self-motivated, organized, detail oriented, and able to convey the importance of the study to respondents; and
Be able to read maps.
Skype, Teams, or FaceTime will be used to conduct interviews with candidates for this position.
Any offer of employment may be contingent upon receipt of acceptable results from a post-offer background screening, if required for the specific position, which may include, for example, identity verification, employment history, motor vehicle driving record history, and criminal or sexual offender records history.
This is a part-time, non-exempt position eligible for overtime pay. This position is not initially eligible for health insurance. 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.
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