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Job Req ID:  17203

Research Program Assistant

The Department of Mental Health Research Projects is seeking a Research Program Assistant.  This position is responsible for organizing and completing a variety of school-based assessments with students, teachers and parents being enrolled in NIH/IES research projects conducted within participating public school systems. Assessments include but are not limited to, computerized classroom observations, youth and teacher reports of emotional and behavioral functioning, youth, teacher and parent interviews, and for the administration, scoring and coding of achievement tests with select participating students.


This position is also responsible for the recruitment of students and obtaining parental consent for participation. Some evenings and weekends required during the consent gathering process.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities: Duties include but are not limited collecting data using computerized and paper-pencil interviewing materials designed to assess a broad range of tailored and comprehensive cognitive scores and classroom behaviors.


  • Multiple tasks include conducting cognitive/achievement assessments in schools with identified students enrolled in the trial, conducting classroom observations and working closely with teachers and school administrators around scheduling the observations, verifying and logging confidential data into a centralized database, communicating with the students and teachers around the assessments.


  • Review data for accuracy and completeness, generating access reports, etc.


  • Will attend an extensive training to learn how to work independently to establish contact with teachers and families, build rapport, and conduct unbiased computerized observations/student assessments within the school. 


  •  Will also meet regularly with research team as part of weekly supervision meetings.


  • Responsible for traveling to the selected schools within the participating school systems to gather scheduling information, conduct the classroom observations, and student assessments.


  • Must be willing and able to travel in and around schools in Baltimore City, Baltimore County & Prince Georges County or other participating school systems as needed.


Minimum Qualifications:

High School Diploma/GED.  Some college course preferred.

Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.


Preferred Qualifications: Related coursework or administrative  experience preferred.  Some college courses or B.A./B.S. in Psychology, Mental Health, Social Work, Public Health, or related field strongly preferred. Prefer some related coursework or administrative experience.  Experience working with confidential data & conducting student assessments within a school setting preferred but not required.


Must clear State and Federal criminal background and finger-printing checks.



Additional, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Proficiency with laptops, tablets, computers, and MS Office applications. Must have strong organizational skills, attention to detail, be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team in a high paced research environment. Must be able to create an efficient work schedule according to the assignment needs.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.  Excellent reading and comprehension skills.  Must be a quick learner and possess the ability to quickly and comfortably adapt to the needs of a diverse research center.
  • Candidates must successfully pass training to continue with employment.


Classified Title: Research Program Assistant   ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CB 
Starting Salary Range: $12.31 - $16.93; Commensurate with experience
Employee Group: Limited 
Schedule: Monday - Friday 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: School of Public Health, East Baltimore Campus 
Department Name: Mental Health Research 
Personnel Area: School of Public Health


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


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