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HALE - Traveling Field Interviewer

Company name
Westat, Inc.

New York City, NY, United States

Employment Type

Posted on
Jan 10, 2022

Valid Through
Apr 25, 2022

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Job Title:

HALE - Traveling Field Interviewer

Job Description:

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 (NIA). This data collection round will look at life experiences and aging from a cohort of men and women from the Midwest who are now in their 50s and 60s and have been interviewed periodically over time.

HALE traveling field interviewers typically are on out-of-town assignments 2 or 3 weeks a time and up to 4 weeks on an as-needed basis throughout the entire field period. Some regional ravel assignments may be shorter in duration. Traveling field interviewers will locate and gain cooperation from study participants, a cohort of men and women from the Midwest who are now in their 50s and 60s and have been interviewed periodically over time. Traveling field interviewers will generally interview participants in their homes or at a mutually agreed upon place. Traveling field interviewers will administer in-depth interviews, cognitive tests, and physical measures as well as collect bio-specimens using Westat equipment including (but not limited to) a laptop computer, smartphone, iPad, and physical assessment tools (e.g., blood pressure monitor, scale stadiometer, and peak air flow meter).

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. As a Federal Government contractor, Westat will require staff to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire, and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates must:

Be 18 or older (or an emancipated minor) with the ability to enter binding confidentiality agreements to protect project information.

Be available to attend mandatory training Monday, March 14, 2022 - Friday, April 1, 2022, as follows:

March 14-18: Home-based training

March 21-25, March 28-29: Web-based training

March 30: Travel to Westat

March 31: In-person training at Westat

April 1: In-person training at Westat/return home at COB

Be available to complete 1-2 interviews with Home Office Staff by Webex or Microsoft Teams before starting any data collection activities.

In-person training dates and the requirement to attend in-person training may be adjusted and are contingent on COVID-19 rules and regulations.

Minimum Requirements

Have strong attention to detail and accuracy.

Be available to work during the data collection period, of April 4, 2022, through December 31, 2022.

Be available to work 40 hours per week while on travel assignments, including day, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate participants’ preferred availability, when work is available.

Live within 50 miles of a major/national airport and be willing to travel by airplane for work assignments. Depending on the place of residency, driving to certain locations in the Midwest may be possible.

Be able to meet the physical requirements of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations:

Lift and carry up to 30 pounds of equipment and materials;

Walk several blocks;

Administer the physical measurement component to respondents; and

Climb a flight of stairs while carrying equipment/materials.

Have regular and reliable access to a secure high-speed Internet connection.

Have regular and reliable access to telephone service with a long-distance calling feature, either landline or cellular.

Have regular and reliable access to an insured, reliable vehicle. Depending on the location of the travel assignment, the project may provide a rental vehicle.

Have a valid (current) driver’s license that is not under suspension.

Have previous work experience working with the public in jobs such as survey or marketing research interviewing, customer service, community outreach, teaching, or social work.

Have a minimum of 1 year of work experience.

Be able to successfully complete training and demonstrate the proper administration of the Main Questionnaire, Cognitive Tests and Physical Measurements, Collection of Biological Samples and Audio Computer-Assisted Self-Interview components.

Preferred Criteria

Bachelor’s degree.

Have prior experience as an in-person field interviewer or field supervisor.

Knowledge of administering cognitive tests to adults.

Previous experience taking any or all of the study physical measurements: Height, Weight, Blood Pressure, Pulse, and Peak Air Flow.

Previous experience collecting hair and saliva samples from participants.

Have the ability 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 a keyboard and touchscreen, send/receive email).

Be comfortable using a laptop computer and establishing Wi-Fi connections.

Have experience using internet applications, such as GPS mapping apps.

Be comfortable using a smartphone to make/receive phone calls, send/receive email, send/receive text messages, keep track of time, enter data, use mobile applications and navigate.

Have the ability to conduct in-depth interviews with people from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds in participants’ homes.

Be able to convey the importance of the study to participants, gain their cooperation, and maintain a good rapport during the entire interview.

Be able to perform locating activities; for example, field visits, internet searches, phone calls, etc., in order to contact or track participants to complete their interviews.

Residents of New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA must apply to the location-specific requisition.

This is a variable hour, non-exempt position not initially eligible for health insurance. This position is eligible for overtime pay. The hourly rate for this position is $23.00. This position qualifies for sick leave pay and FMLA based on hours worked

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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