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Research Program Assistant

General summary/purpose:


The Research Program Assistant, with the support of the Study Coordinator, will coordinate the outcomes portion of Look AHEAD Study and assist the Study Coordinator in overseeing and managing participant visits and data collection.


Specific duties & responsibilities:


  • Oversees conduct of participant outcome interviews: Identifies study completion windows, makes staff work assignments, ensures data collection in accurate and timely fashion, meets with outcomes staff to review work and problem solve, trains outcomes data collectors, oversees staff certification and ensures outcomes staff compliance with the study protocol, provides study coordinator with performance appraisal recommendations for outcomes aspect of their jobs, reviews staff paperwork for quality and completeness, sends letters to participants when necessary, interviews participants, reports adverse events, completes forms and questionnaires, maintains and updates Access tracking system, data enters outcomes interviews as needed.


  • Oversees medical record collection activities: Identifies events that require medical record collection; acts as liaison with group contracted to collect medical records by completing and transferring forms, answering questions and assisting in collecting medical records when necessary, updates central study outcomes database, maintains medical records files, interfaces with coordinating center regarding outcomes related issues.


  • Assists study coordinator by maintaining good working knowledge of study protocol, particularly on issues related to outcomes and data collection, attending regular meetings reporting on study outcomes status, meeting with study participants to promote retention when study coordinator is unavailable, reviewing participant and staff completed paperwork for quality and completeness, participating in national center meetings and conference calls, performing miscellaneous duties (check requisitions, supply ordering,  letters, participant interaction, etc.) as needed.


  • Carries out duties and responsibilities with limited supervision but asks for clarification when needed regarding data quality and integrity issues.  Adheres to good clinical research practices and maintains patient confidentiality by complying with HIPAA regulations regarding participant privacy. 


Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

High School Diploma/GED. Some college courses preferred. Some related experience. Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula. AA degree with 2 years of work experience preferred.


Excellent computer skills (Access, Excel and MS Word and ability to use the study web site) required.  This position requires a mature and highly organized individual with highly effective verbal communication and interpersonal skills with participants, study staff and principal investigators.


Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:


• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a friendly manner and team work ethnic
• Initiative, ability to work independently
• Proficiency in MS Word, Access and Excel


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 to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm, for example, using a keyboard.

Communication skills using the spoken word.

Ability to see within normal parameters

Ability to hear within normal ranges

Ability to move about

Ability to move and lift light items (up to 20 pounds)


Classified title: Research Program Assistant

Role/Level/Range: ACRO/2/CB

Starting Salary Range: $11.95-$16.44 (commensurate with experience)

Employee group: Full–Time

Employee subgroup: Non-Exempt    

Schedule: Working 40 per week 8 hours a day

Location: Johns Hopkins Prohealth Gwynn Oak


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


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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.


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