Research Coordinator I - Rio Grande Colonias Regional Food Business Center - El Paso, TX

El Paso, TX

Research Coordinator I - Rio Grande Colonias Regional Food Business Center - El Paso, TX

Location: El Paso, Texas


Category: Research

UTHealth Houston School of Public Health

Requisition #: 2300033J

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

We are looking for a Full-Time Research Coordinator to join the UTHealth School of Public Health at the El Paso Regional Campus in El Paso, TX. In this position, you will assist with monitoring and evaluating the Rio Grande Colonias Regional Food Business Center, including preparing reports, data collection, data analysis, and project management. The center serves food businesses throughout Texas and New Mexico, specifically focusing on strengthening the food system in counties along the US-Mexico border. This is a hybrid position that will include an in-office and remote schedule.

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Summary:

UTHealth’s Center for Community Health Impact will oversee the evaluation and

impact of the Rio Grande Colonias USDA Food Business Center (RG-FBC). The RG-FBC is a five-year,

USDA funded initiative to provide coordination, technical assistance, and financial capacity to small and

mid-sized food and farm businesses. The primary role of the Research Coordinator will be to assist in the

monitoring and evaluation of the RG-FBC, including the progress and accomplishments of the multi-site

group, the technical assistance provided to food businesses in the service region, and the use of funds by

business sub-awardees. The position includes day-to-day administrative project management, with strong

attention to detail and expert record keeping. The Research Coordinator may provide input and

recommendations for the research projects’ considerable scope and complexity. The Research

Coordinator will work closely with the project PI and others to collect and manage data from throughout

Texas and New Mexico from partners, collaborators, and sub-awardees for the monitoring and evaluation

process, conduct data analyses, prepare reports, and disseminate information about the impacts of the

RG-FBC to the greater New Mexico and Texas community. The Research Coordinator will commit 100% of

their time to this project over 5 years.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  • Assists with the day-to-day project management coordination for research projects to include personnel, facilities, supplies in support of research project desired outcomes, budgets, and timeliness.

  • Assists in the preparation of progress reports and grant proposals to both private foundations and governmental agencies; works closely with the Office of Sponsored Projects on the submission of grants.

  • Assists with the preparation of budgets, initiates re-budgeting requests based on needs of research staff, and authorizes expenditures for multiple projects. Attends research-planning meetings to assist in the preparation of budget drafts for departmental leadership approval.

  • Prepares annual progress reports and applications for various committees and ensures that all staff has received the proper training/attended the appropriate training courses.

  • Maintains confidential records of collected data, ensures accuracy and integrity of data. Data may include patient data and departmental programmatic data.

  • Prepares draft reports and communications for the departmental program/division leadership.

  • Interacts with representatives from state, federal, and private agencies regarding proposals and funded projects.

  • Provides work administrative direction and guidance to administrative staff personnel within department.

  • May review contracts and develop training.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

  • Working knowledge of MS Office.


  • Demonstrated ability to manage competing demands and prioritize tasks.

  • Demonstrated ability to navigate the needs/requests of diverse organizations and individuals. Demonstrated organizational skills.

  • Training or experience in project management.

  • Fluent in English and Spanish.

  • Experience working with a diverse network or organizations and individuals.

Minimum Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or relevant experience in lieu of education.

Preferred Experience:

  • Familiarity with data collection, storage, andanalysis systems such as SPPS and Qualtrics is preferred.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.

This position may include work involving potentially hazardous chemical, biological or radioactive agents.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

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