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Principal Recruiter

Full Time Minnesota Recruiter

University of Minnesota

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research seeks to hire a “Principal Recruiter” (8352P2: Research Professional 2) responsible for overseeing research participant enrollment/recruitment in MCTFR longitudinal research protocols. These protocols include follow-up assessments in our longstanding twin and family studies. Position coordinates activities of one to two additional recruiters and tracks progress towards recruitment goals. It requires maintaining recruitment training materials, documentation, and ethical standards. Candidate expectations are: (1) preferred prior recruitment experience; (2) demonstrated ability to communicate well via multiple modalities; (3) preferred track record of achieving enrollment goals; (4) demonstrated ability to coordinate and motivate the recruitment team to meet enrollment goals; and (5) able to work with a diverse participant pool. Position works closely with MCTFR Director, Principal Investigators, other committee leads and all staff within the MCTFR so outstanding communication and organizational skills are essential.

Major Responsibilities

(30%) Trains and Supervises Recruitment Team:

  • Principal recruiter has primary responsibility for training the recruitment team and participant locators.
  • Supervises the recruitment team in keeping computer records to store recruitment information.

(30%) Team Leader:

  • Principal Recruiter is responsible for preparing and presenting recruitment committee agendas, productivity statistics, and reports at MCTFR and recruitment committee meetings.
  • Analyzes recruitment data, identifies issues and generates solutions, and prepares reports for evaluation by MCTFR Director and PIs.
  • Tracks the recruitment team’s progress, generates enthusiasm, and motivates the recruitment team in order to meet recruitment goals.
  • Attends MCTFR and recruitment committee meetings.
  • Holds recruitment committee meetings.
  • Assures compliance with recruitment protocols and IRB ethical standards, study inclusion and exclusion criteria.
  • Prepares and maintains appropriate recruitment materials and documentation.
  • Coordinates staff schedules and workflow, monitors performance of recruitment team, and makes recommendations for hiring.

(35%) Recruits Research Participants:

  • Depending on the research protocol, Principal Recruiter must persuade current and new research participants to visit the University for an assessment or to complete a phone interview and online questionnaires. Participants younger than 18 years old must be recruited via parental contact.
  • This task involves multiple phone calls to schedule families, letter writing to confirm appointments, reminder calls, making hotel and food service arrangements, preparing welcome information packets. It also includes writing thank you letters and sending a honorarium to research participants.
  • Keeps computer records to store recruitment information such as visit dates and cooperation status.

(5%) Acts as Research Participant Representative:

  • Principal Recruiter meets visiting project participants and conducts a de-briefing at the end of the visit. This task includes answering and asking questions about the visit, such as the purpose of the study, what was the most pleasant experience, and what was unpleasant about the visit.
  • Attends to any special needs participants may require, such as parking or arranging special hotel or food service accommodations.
  • Creates and maintains our public relations presence via study newsletters, website site updates, and social media account management.
  • Provides MCTFR Director and PIs with research participants’ concerns and feedback.
  • Performs outreach to MCTFR participants and others.


Essential Qualifications

  • BA/BS plus at least 2 years of experience in a unit funded by sponsored awards or a combination of education and work experience to equal six years
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and assume responsibility for team performance
  • Requires working on evenings and weekends
  • Comfortable communicating with people and persuading individuals to participate in research

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience screening and recruiting human subjects in a longitudinal or clinical trial research
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and motivate the recruitment team to meet enrollment goals
  • Ability to empathically connect with parents and adolescents and understand their needs and concerns
  • Knowledge of research ethics and IRB rules and policies concerning the recruitment of research subjects
  • Knowledge of research design and methods commonly used in psychology or epidemiology
  • Organizational, time-management, decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Team leadership skills
  • Ability to motivate a team to meet project goals
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

About the Department


The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research seeks to identify environmental and genetic influences on psychological traits in family studies in a variety of projects that include assessment of risk and protective factors, health outcomes, psychopathology, psychophysiology, MRI, and DNA samples.

Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology is one of the largest departments within the College of Liberal Arts, and is a highly ranked department nationally. Currently, the department has 46 core faculty, 70+ staff, 140 graduate students, and it supports the largest number of undergraduate majors of any academic program on the UMN Twin Cities campus. Additionally, the department has $40 million or more in active research funding at any given time (the majority from NIH), spread across 70 or more projects. In its 100 plus year history, the Department of Psychology has been marked by distinction and excellence. For additional information, please go to our website:

About the College of Liberal Arts

Home to the arts, social science and humanities disciplines and programs, the College of Liberal Arts comprises 31 academic departments, and over 20 interdisciplinary research centers and administrative/support units. CLA has over 1200 faculty and staff spanning research, teaching, advising, outreach, and administrative functions. CLA units reside in over twenty buildings on the East Bank and West Bank of the Twin Cities campus. CLA enrolls nearly 14,000 undergraduate students, half of the undergraduate enrollment on the Twin Cities campus, and over 1,600 graduate students and has an annual all-funds budget of over $250 million.

CLA is a destination for curious, compassionate individuals who are committed to making our increasingly interdependent and diverse global community work for everyone. That foundational commitment begins in our CLA Constitution. CLA is committed to increasing enrollment of underrepresented and under-resourced students, diversifying our faculty across all disciplines, recruiting, and retaining a diverse staff, and promoting the expression and exploration of diverse perspectives and viewpoints—so that we all gain the background knowledge and analytical skills we need to understand and respect differences.


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning.  We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services 
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:

Employment Requirements

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About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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