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Research Project Coordinator (G005-18MA)

School of Social Work, College of Health

Join a research team that will examine the attitudes and resources of caregivers and family members about sexuality in residential aged care facilities in New Zealand in this 3 year fixed term role

Term:Fixed Term of 36 Months
Grade:Grade E
Salary:$40,911 - $60,328 pa
Applications close:11:45 p.m. on 31 January 2018
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Position overview

Are you a highly motivated, suitably qualified professional? We seek a Research Project Coordinator to support the newly funded Marsden research grant and academic research team as they address a largely misunderstood and contentious issue of sexuality in residential aged care.

Key to successful appointment will be your drive to excel and a strong willingness to provide crucial support to the research team intent on making a real difference in aiding understanding of the issues. You will be contributing to the literature and improving residential care for older persons.

As the successful appointee, you will be responsible for;
• Day-to-day coordination and administration of the research project
• undertaking analysis of a large quantitative and/or qualitative datasets
• writing and contributing to preliminary and final reports.

Ideally you will have an interest in the field of older persons’ research and be able to demonstrate your ability to communicate with participants with empathy and respect?. Whilst a doctoral degree is preferred, at minimum you will have completed master’s degree in social work, nursing, or related field.
If this is the type of work that motivates and interests you, apply today!

Job description

Purpose statement

To be the Research Project Coordinator with responsibility for the day-to-day coordination and administratation of a Marsden Fund research project, as well as undertaking analysis of a large quantitative and/or qualitative datasets, writing and contributing to preliminary and final reports.

Responsible to

Professor Mark Henrickson (for research related activities)
Head of School of Social Work (for contractual obligations)

Key accountabilities

i. Provide day-to-day coordination and administration of project activities, including the deployment of casual staff.
ii. Identification and recruitment of 36 residential aged care facilities (RACF) to participate in the project.
ii. Arranging semi-annual stakeholder advisory group meetings, or as required.
iii. Actively participate in regular project team meetings.
iv. Provide assistance with the development of a final interview structure.
v. Ensure timely and efficient distribution and recovery of paper surveys to RACF staff, and oversee data entry.
vi. Deploy casual interview staff for interviews at RACF.
vii. Provide input into thematic analysis of recorded interviews.
viii. Development of preliminary findings, and integration of quantitative findings with qualitative data.
ix. Prepare regular reports as required to the Funder.
x. Assist in drafting the preliminary project report.
xi. Contributing to the completed final report.

Person specification


Completed master’s degree in social work, nursing, or related field; completion of a doctoral degree in a related field preferred.


• Working either with large SPSS datasets or large qualitative textual datasets is essential.
• General computing skills particularly Microsoft suite of software including Outlook, Excel, and Word.
• Sourcing and analysing information independently.
• Literature management.
• Understanding of research ethics.
• Familiarity with the presentation of dementias.
• Knowledge of intimacy and sexuality in residential aged care facilities in New Zealand is preferred.

Personal attributes and behaviours

• High level of written and oral communication skills in English.
• Ability to work independently and as a member of a research team.
• Proactive and innovative in achieving goals.
• Ability to plan, organise and administer own work with accountability to relevant academic and administrative staff.
• Ability to work collaboratively and creatively with academic and administrative staff.
• Excellent understanding of research ethics, ability to make on-the-spot ethical determinations, and ability to recognise when ethical decisions must be referred to the core research team.
• Excellent computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, statistical analysis, and internet communication.
• Respect for, and interest in, cultural diversity.
• Ability to manage casual staff and oversee project budgets.
• Ability to work to project timelines and milestones.
• Concern for order, quality and accuracy of work outputs.


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