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Job Opportunity

Pastoral Care

Clinical Intervention Staff (study coordinator)

University of Utah
Posting Number: PRN02573N
Department:  00270 - College of Nursing

Pay Rate Range

$15 - $24 per hour depending on qualifications


Close Date

NOTE: May close at any time.

Job Summary

Researchers in the College of Nursing at the University of Utah are seeking a part-time employee to deliver grief support to recently widowed persons living in the greater Boston area. The “Partners in Hospice Care” program (funded by a research grant from the National Cancer Institute) provides a 14-week intervention to older bereaved persons whose spouses and partners have recently died from cancer. The intervention consists of providing in-home visits to help the bereaved caregiver manage daily living tasks and telephone-based grief counseling/support. The intervention is delivered in both Salt Lake City and Boston.


This particular posting is for someone to deliver the intervention in the Boston area.  The position would not include tasks related to participant enrollment/consent, data collection, or data management tasks associated with the larger research grant.     


The posting is for a “part-time” position with minimal, flexible hours.  Some of our current staff members are working with one participant at a time (approximately 2-3 hours every week for 14 weeks), and others choose to work with multiple participants at a time.  We hope that the new staff members would be available to take on 2-3 participants at a time, but realize that the work-flow and hours are not guaranteed or steady.  Work-flow and hours are dependent on when participants enroll in the study, and when they enter the widowhood role.  Individual work schedules are completely determined by the staff member, in conjunction with the participant they are assigned to assist. 





1) Coordinating a personalized intervention schedule with assigned participants, using an on-line data management system.

2) Conducting initial home visits with research participants in order to orient them to study protocol, data collection schedule, and a needs assessment to evaluate how they are coping with their new widowed role.

3) Providing individualized telephone-based grief support with participants.

4) Meeting with participants in-person (usually at the participant’s home) to help teach or empower them to manage the tasks of daily living.

5) Participating in staff meetings with other interventionists, researchers, and study coordinators.

Minimum Qualifications


IRB CITI Course in the Protection of Human Research subjects certificate obtained within six months of hire and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills are also required.





The incumbent must have the background and skills to work well with scientists, clinical staff, and research participants. Organizational skills and compassionate personality are expected. Access to personal transportation and residing in the greater Boston area is also required. All hired staff will be trained and supervised to ensure that they are delivering the intervention and to ensure that all research protocols will be followed.



BS/BA or MS/MA/MSW in social work, social/behavioral science, gerontology or related field. Students working in these areas who are currently completing degrees will be considered.

Research experience, clinical/counseling background, and interests in working with older adults. Research and/or clinical experience in the end-of-life or bereavement field is a plus. Already completed CITI research ethics training is desired, or would need to be fulfilled upon hiring into the position. 

Additional Information

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

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Special Instructions Summary



Applicants must reside in the greater Boston area and provide personal transportation (i.e. automobile) to the participants’ homes.  The service area includes Boston proper, and extends North and east of the city.  Staff are reimbursed for time/mileage associated with traveling to participants’ homes.  This position is funded by a federal grant ending in 2015.

To apply

Students must officially submit an application to the HR system at University of Utah.   Before applying, interested persons are welcome to contact me via email ( or phone (801 699 5685) to learn more about the project.