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MI Coder (FWS Eligible)
Student Worker IV

Job Description

The Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy at Arizona State University is looking for student employees who will listen to and code audio recordings and provide feedback to behavioral health providers, healthcare providers, criminal justice staff, and other professionals talking to clients. This work will be part of an educational/training program for these professionals.

Ongoing employment is contingent upon successful completion of a training program where the student will have the opportunity to learn about motivational interviewing (MI) (which is a style of helping clients that guides, instead of directs, the client) and MI coding scales (e.g. the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) code, the Helpful Responses Questionnaire (HRQ)). The student will have to be able to listen to recordings and accurately code the recordings to an 80% rate of agreement with the Center’s lead MI trainers.

This is a less than part-time position, and hours will vary from week-to-week depending on training demands. During initial training, coders may work approximately 10-15 hours per week, and approximately 5 hours per week thereafter.

Student Recruitment Type
Student Hire Hourly

Department Name
Center for Applied Behavioral

VP Code

Campus: Downtown Phoenix


Scope of Search

Grant Funded Position
This is a grant funded position. Continuation is contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range
$12.91 per hour

Close Date

Essential Duties

  • Listening to and coding interviews.
  • Light transcription duties.
  • Assisting with the setup of training(s).
  • Giving written and oral feedback to training participants.
  • Additional duties might include:
  • Data collection and data entry
  • Other duties as assigned.

The student employee will need to be available to participate in an initial paid training program (minimum of 50 hours across several months), and upon successful completion, will be incorporated into a pool of student employees who will have a flexible schedule based on program demands. As the position involves extensive training (3-4 months of initial training), we prefer a minimum of a two-year commitment; sophomore or junior undergraduates, or first-year graduate students are encouraged to apply.
*Coding can be performed offsite, but occasionally coders may be required to come to the ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus or ASU Tucson Campus. A Motivational Interviewing coding proficiency certificate will be provided to coders upon completion of the training program.

NOTE: This is NOT a computer coding/programming position. This position entails providing
professionals with coaching on their motivational interviewing skills. Coding only refers to using the various tools to score one’s MI proficiency.

Minimum Qualifications
This classification is limited to teaching/research aide type work or those positions requiring
highly specialized skills and/or technical knowledge.

Desired Qualifications

  • Students in social science programs (i.e. counseling, social work, psychology, behavioral health, criminal justice, etc.) preferred.
  • Exceptional written communication skills
  • Experience coaching or providing feedback to others
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.).
  • Experience with other computing/technical activities (e.g. operating digital recorders, attending webbased meetings, etc.).

Working Environment

  • Activities are generally performed in an office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse.
  • Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
  • Regular activities require the ability to quickly change priorities.
  • Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions.

Department Statement
The Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy is a research and training unit within the Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions at Arizona State University, and a resource for government agencies and organizations that seek to improve policies, practices, and implementation of programs that support people affected by behavioral health disorders. Our mission is expanding knowledge and improving quality of care.

The Center’s objectives are the following:

  • Conduct research and evaluation that informs policy and improves behavioral health systems.
  • Design, provide and support educational opportunities to meet the needs of the current and emerging behavioral health workforce.
  • Develop community-driven solutions by intentionally cultivating partnerships that strengthen capacity.

ASU Statement
Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented
combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New
American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses
positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities
it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that
traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in
metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and
cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred
nations across the globe.

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AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex,
religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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Background Check Statement
ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background
check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.
Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply
Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job
duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and
Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.
Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.