Eagle Pass, Texas


**Job Title:**

NHATS 2022 - Bilingual Data Collector

**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 in a cooperative agreement with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

NHATS Bilingual 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. Data collectors will also use an Actigraphy watch, stopwatch, portable table, grip strength dynamometer, flexible measuring tape, headset, and peak air flow meter to collect accurate measures. The interview takes approximately two and a half hours and 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. Bilingual data collectors must be fluent in both spoken and written English and Spanish. 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.

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 or prior to January 4, 2022, whichever is later, and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.

**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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**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 complete virtual training and additional hard-copy training material April 20 and completing no later than April 29, 2022; and

+ Be available to attend mandatory in-person training either Monday, May 2 - Saturday, May 7, or Monday, May 9 – Saturday, May 14, 2022.

NHATS Bilingual Data Collectors must successfully complete training and demonstrate the physical activities component.

**Minimum Requirements**

+ Reside in the geographic location determined by project;

+ Be fluent in both written and spoken English and Spanish. Must successfully complete Westat’s language proficiency assessment;

+ Be available to work during the data collection period lasting May through November 2022;

+ 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 drive locally throughout the county or neighboring counties for project work;

+ 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.

**Preferred Criteria**

+ Have in-person household interviewing experience;

+ Be 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;

+ Have the ability to conduct in-depth interviews with people from all walks of life and socio-economic strata in respondents’ homes;

+ Be able to communicate effectively and appropriately with respondents;

+ Be able to establish and maintain a good rapport with study respondents;

+ Be self-motivated, organized, detail oriented, and able to convey the importance of the study to respondents;

+ Display professional appearance and demeanor;

+ Work consistently in an organized manner;

+ Be flexible in working assigned cases;

+ Work well in a team environment with little direct supervision;

+ Be responsive to corrective feedback; and

+ Be able to read maps.

Teams 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, variable hour, non-exempt position eligible for overtime pay. This position is not initially eligible for health insurance. The hourly rate for this position is dependent on geographic location. The hourly rate for this location is $17.32. This position qualifies for sick leave pay and FMLA based on hours worked.

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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TX - Eagle Pass

Eagle Pass, Texas

Westat, demonstrating technical and managerial excellence since 1963, is recognized as one of the foremost research and statistical survey organizations in the United States. We provide services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments.

In addition to our capabilities as a leading statistical survey organization, Westat has extensive skills and experience in custom research, program evaluation studies, and communications campaign development across a broad range of subject areas. Westat also has the technical expertise in survey and analytical methods, computer systems technology, biomedical science, and clinical trials to sustain a leadership position in all our research endeavors.

Westat's staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC. Westat also maintains research offices near our clients in Bethesda, Maryland; Atlanta, Georgia; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Houston, Texas. In addition, we have international offices in Beijing, China; Liberia, Costa Rica; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; New Delhi, India; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Bangkok, Thailand. Additional staff members are engaged in data collection and processing at Westat's survey processing facilities, at our Telephone Research Center facilities, and throughout our nationwide field interviewing operations.

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