PERK Project Assistant Position


GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: The Patient Experience in Rural Kansas (PERK) project is seeking to staff a project assistant position beginning May 2021.  The position may range from half to a full time position. The PA will work in close cooperation with the Project Administrator and representatives from each organization connected with the Kansas Frontier Community Health Improvement Network. These hospitals are located in Colby, Phillipsburg, Hoxie, Lakin, Minneola and Tribune. The PERK Project is focused on developing improved care strategies and outcomes for individuals with Type 2 Diabetes across the network. The position may work remotely although some travel may be required.


ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:  Strong communication skills, ability to coordinate and multi-task on a variety of software and social media platforms.  Some design knowledge with programs like Canva or Photoshop is a plus although not required.  Healthcare knowledge, specifically around the use of EHRs, HIPAA Compliance, and Type 2 Diabetes (common causes, management methods, complications, and diagnostic parameters) preferred although not mandatory. The Project Assistant works in a variety of capacities including communication with project partners, outside consultants, data entry, patient education and project development. Research experience preferred but not mandatory.  The PERK Project will be working on sustainable options in year three including value based payment methodologies, Patient Centered Medical Home and other strategies.

Develop evaluations, surveys, and quality improvement activities consistent with administration of the PERK program objectives at hospital and clinic level.  Serve as a communications conduit for the organization in the communities.  Organize frequent communications such as articles in the newspaper, promotional booths at health fairs and community fairs or as needed.  May be responsible for facilitating or assisting in the facilitation of events put on by the grant, including fitness challenges, awareness campaigns, etc. Develop communications strategies in cooperation with administration and management team.

OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS:  Maintains effective computer skills, including e-mail, word processing, and spreadsheet programs. Participates in program and service development. Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION & LICENSURE:  Preferred requirement is bachelor degree or equivalent professional experience. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to speak and hear sufficiently to communicate effectively by phone or in person, at normal volumes. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, ability to adjust focus, and ability to read correspondence, computer screens, forms, etc. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently lifts and/or moves up to 20 pounds. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  While performing the duties of this position, the employee is exposed to a typical hospital & clinic environment and interaction with many different persons. In addition, the employee travels by automobile and is exposed to changing weather conditions.