Starting Salary Range: $28,558- $39,250; commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time
Employee subgroup: Non Exempt
Schedule: M-F 8:30am-5pm with some Non-standard or evening hours possible
Location: East Baltimore
The Research Program Assistant II will work on a NIDA-funded study that aims to assess the utilization and effectiveness of a mobile clinic providing care services to multiple locations in Baltimore city. Under the overall supervision of the Principal Investigator and the direct supervision of the Study Manager, the Research Program Assistant II will follow a standardized research protocol designed to investigate the effects of providing clinical services to a population accessing existing syringe exchange programs.
Specific duties & responsibilities:
This individual will play a pivotal role in recruiting and engaging study volunteers throughout the study, as well as conducting research assessments, data collection procedures, medical record abstraction, outreach activities, and specimen collection and processing. The individual will work closely with both the Johns Hopkins study team as well as the mobile clinical services team to foster a positive collaboration between the clinical and research environments.
Study Recruitment and Retention:
Build and maintain working relationships with agency personnel at study recruitment sites in the community.
Travel in a mobile research van and target recruitment of clients of a syringe exchange program and surrounding neighborhood.
Follow common study recruitment strategies as outlined in the research protocol, which may include posting flyers, placing print and social media ads, sending out recruitment letters, and/or approaching potential study candidates in the community.
Conduct initial screening assessments of potential candidates for study eligibility
Schedule and coordinate research space and clinical research staff for intake and recruitment activities, as needed
Remind participants of upcoming research visits via phone, mail, social media and peer and community contacts
Perform outreach activities as needed to find research participants who have fallen out of contact
Research Assistant Job Functions:
Complete and maintain the necessary trainings for study performance, including but not limited to Human Subjects Research, Blood Borne Pathogen, HIV counseling and testing, and EPIC medical record trainings.
Perform the informed consent process with eligible participants
Conduct baseline assessments and collect study data through participant interviews and specimen collection
Schedule and conduct follow-up visits; administer follow up assessments
Collect, transport, process, and deliver biospecimens for laboratory testing
Perform specimen testing during screening, including rapid HIV antibody testing
Provide financial compensation to participants who have completed study activities; responsibly handle and log petty cash disbursements
Enter participant data into a web-based database using a laptop or other portable electronic device
Maintain organization of research documents in participant data files
Edit and verify data entries
Request medical records from other medical institutions
Abstract data from medical records and enter into the online study database
Attend and participate in regularly scheduled staff meetings, conference calls, and trainings
Work closely with and support other study staff
Be responsible for working together with the study team to ensure the integrity of study procedures and the comfort, safety, and confidentiality of study participants.
Additional Responsibilities: The individual will also assume other research functions which include abstracting data from medical records, and assisting the study supervisor and other research assistant with tracking participants during recruitment, intervention and follow up phases of the study.
Minimum qualifications (mandatory):
HS Diploma or GED required. 2 years related experience.
Preferred qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in psychology, neuroscience, public health or other related field preferred. Experience with organization and verification of data sets preferred. Experience working with people with unstable housing, substance use issues, dual diagnoses, HCV and HIV/AIDS is preferred.
Special Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities:
Professional interaction with intra- and inter-agency personnel is a regular component of this position and the ability to work well as a member of a research team with a high degree of self-motivation.
Ability to follow guidelines as established by research study protocols.
Attention to detail and ability to chart and enter data accurately.
Must be able to make decisions and act independently while keeping investigator informed.
Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills, particularly for communicating with a wide variety of individuals from study participants to administrative personnel, experienced clinicians, and physicians
Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
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