Covid- 19 Testing Communications Specialist

    University of Utah
    Salt lake city, UT
    Full-time, Part-time

    Job Description



    Open Date04/27/2020

    Requisition NumberPRN10440N

    Job TitleUU Student - Research

    Working TitleCovid- 19 Testing Communications Specialist

    Job GradeSJ

    FLSA CodeNonexempt

    Patient Sensitive Job Code?

    TypeNon Benefited Staff / Student

    Temporary?

    Standard Hours per Week20-40 hours per week

    Full Time or Part Time?Part Time

    ShiftDay

    Work Schedule Summary

    Is this a work study job?No

    VP AreaAcademic Affairs

    Department01424 - Business Career Services

    LocationCampus

    CitySalt Lake City, UT

    Type of RecruitmentExternal Posting

    Pay Rate Range$15hr

    Close Date

    Job Summary

    The role of the COVID -19 Testing Communications Specialist will be to assist in recruiting selected households to participate in testing to determine the previously undetected spread of COVID -19 throughout Utah.

    Corona viruses are a large family of viruses causing illness in people and other living beings. COVID -19 is a disease caused by a new strain of Corona virus ( SARS -CoV-2), and its spread has exploded into a global pandemic.

    When a communicable disease outbreak begins, the ideal response is for public health officials to begin testing for it early. Doing so leads to quick identification of cases followed by a similarly rapid response, such immediate isolation to prevent spread. Early testing also helps to identify people who are infected so that actions can be taken to prevent them from spreading the virus to others.

    It's crucial to understand who is infected in order to know what needs to be done to limit the spread of infection and to monitor those infected so that supportive can be administered when needed. Testing also is important in the bigger public health picture on mitigation efforts, helping investigators characterize the prevalence, spread and contagiousness of the disease.

    Access to testing in Utah has been challenging due to an insufficient capacity to access and administer diagnostic tests. However, capacity for testing is quickly expanding in Utah, so using this capacity to better understand the extend of infection throughout the state and to detect cases that would otherwise not be diagnosed. The Communications Specialist will serve as an integral part of a field team who will help identify and recruit households to take part in testing in order to generate a more complete picture of SARS -CoV-2 infection dynamics in Utah.

    Responsibilities

    • Participate in the process of identifying a sample of targeted households under the direction of an infectious disease epidemiologic team.

    • Introduce households to the project and schedule them for testing.

    • Complete prescribed and mandatory training to ensure safety and minimize/eliminate the transmission of disease during while working.

    • Meet activity and productivity objectives as assigned by supervisor.

    • Complete all reporting as required by employer and the State of Utah.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • High School Diploma

    • Must be a current university student

    • Strong communication skills

    • Ability to work required schedules

    • Physical stamina to walk up to 4 miles a day

    • Transportation

    Preferences

    Special Instructions Summary

    Additional Information

    The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran's status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans' preference is extended to applicants, consistent with University policy and Utah state law. To inquire about this posting, email: "employment@utah.edu" or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: "oeo@umail.utah.edu" .

    The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems ("URS"). Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS' post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

    This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

    The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems ("URS"). Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS' post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.


    Posting ID: 556643770Posted: 2020-05-21