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Job Req ID:  10078

Research Program Assistant II

General summary/purpose:

The Research Program Assistant II will be responsible for screening, recruitment, data collection, and data entry for ongoing research projects.


Specific duties & responsibilities:

Complete screening process in community, clinic settings, and over the phone to identify potential participants.

Recruit and consent potential study participants according to protocols’ inclusion and exclusion criteria; be knowledgeable of the protocols so that study activities are completed correctly.

Ensure proper informed consent from each study participant is obtained prior to entering study; ensure proper storage of consent documentation in participants’ research records.

Data collection responsibilities include, but are not limited to, abstracting data from paper and electronic medical records, conducting baseline and follow-up interviews using both qualitative and quantitative methods over the phone or in person, and completing home visits, and contacting pharmacies to obtain refill records according to written procedure manuals. Conduct audio recordings of interviews as needed according to study protocols.

Data management responsibilities include inputting, organizing, editing, and verifying accuracy of data in databases.

Data analyses responsibilities include analysis of qualitative interviews) using a qualitative coding platform. Participating in every stage of the qualitative analysis process from creating a code book, to coding transcripts, to analyzing coded material.

Complete additional training offered through the research center such as counseling approaches (e.g., motivational interviewing) according to study protocol. Deliver interventions per protocol.

Process, transport, package and prepare biological materials for storage, testing, and shipping.

Complete status update reports accurately and in a timely fashion to inform the study coordinator. Participate in weekly staff meetings to report on screening, recruitment, and data collection progress and resolve problems. This includes both documentation and communication. Participate in inter-disciplinary meetings with investigator and care providers.

Understand the importance and impact of data integrity regarding honest reporting of sensitive and confidential patient information.

Adhere to guidelines regarding the sensitivity and confidential nature of patient information. Exercise good judgment, tact, and sensitivity at all times.

Work independently and under the direction of the study coordinator to ensure successful completion of the clinical research study.

Manage a citation database (Endnote) and assist with including references into manuscripts.

Process participant payments and maintain accurate financial records.


Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

High School Diploma or GED required. Two years of related experience required. Additional education may substitute for experience.


Preferred qualifications:

Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks, detail oriented, self-motivated, strong interpersonal skills, ability to use personal computer; proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; database and spreadsheet knowledge. Must be able to effectively prioritize and work on multiple tasks with concurrent deadlines and demonstrate excellent time management skills and efficiency. Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks. Highly attentive to detail and deadlines. Must have own transportation and be able to work in high-risk inner-city neighborhoods.


Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Excellent oral and written communication skills and interviewing techniques.

Carries out duties and responsibilities with limited supervision. Makes decisions and establishes work priorities on essentially procedure-oriented operations.

Knows the informal policies, procedures, and practices necessary to conduct the normal function of a specific section, unit, or work area. Is aware of the role of the position and its potential impact on the working unit.


Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:

Will need to complete IRB course work.

Any specific physical requirements for the job:

Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time

Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction

Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard

Communication skills using the spoken word

Ability to see within normal parameters Ability to hear within normal range Ability to move about

Ability to attend to information presented one-on-one and during staff meetings.

Ability to lift 40 lbs.


Classified title: Research Program Assistant II

Role/Level/Range: ACRO/2/CC

Starting Salary Range: $13.73-$18.87

Employee group: Full-Time

Employee subgroup: Non-Exempt

Schedule: Working 40 hours per week; Monday-Friday; 8:30am-5pm

Location: Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.


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