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University of Utah COVID-19 Testing and Communications Specialis in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 11/05/2020

Requisition Number PRN10756N

Job Title UU Student - Research

Working Title COVID-19 Testing and Communications Specialis

Job Grade SJ

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code?

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 10-19

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Variable

Work Schedule Summary

•Team members are expected to work a minimum of two 6 – 8 hour shifts per week during regular business hours

•Flexible hours from 10 – 40 hours per week

•Weekends and evenings may be required

Is this a work study job? No

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 02113 - Global Public Health &Devlpmnt

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $15

Close Date

Job Summary

The COVID -19 Testing and Communications Specialist will assist with the recruiting and testing of selected participants to determine current and previously undetected spread of COVID -19 throughout Utah.

Coronaviruses 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 Coronavirus ( 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.

The Testing and Communications Specialist will serve as an integral part of a field team who will help recruit and test participants for self-collected saliva testing and in order to generate a more complete picture of SARS -CoV-2 infection dynamics in Utah.



•Participate in the process of testing selected participants under the direction of an infectious disease epidemiologic team.

•Introduce participants to the project, conduct survey and/or schedule participants 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.

•Supervise participants with self-collected saliva test at testing sites.

•Assist with participant testing check-in and check-out.

Minimum Qualifications

•High School Diploma

•Strong communication skills

•Ability to work required schedules

•Physical stamina to walk up to 4 miles a day



•Second language proficiency

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: “” 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: “” .

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.