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Job Req ID:  35016

Research Program Assistant





Center Brief

The Center for American Indian Health (CAIH) is located administratively within International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The core activities housed at CAIH include research studies of infectious diseases and behavioral health, and a training program.


General Summary/Purpose:

The Research Program Assistant works for the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (Center) as part of its infectious disease prevention team.  This is a full-time position.  This position works together with the Center’s field and Baltimore-based research team to assist in the development, coordination and delivery of field-based public health services. 

The goals of the infectious disease prevention projects are to evaluate the impact and efficacy of research projects aimed at improving health outcomes for Native American families and communities.  Study data results will focus on public health outcomes specific to the approved protocols at the worksite.



Specific Duties/Responsibilities:


  • (This description is a general statement of required duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned.)
  • Serve as a Research Program Assistant for the Center’s field-based infectious disease prevention projects. 
  • Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
  • Screening of eligible participants for participation in research and service projects.
  • Administering informed consent.
  • Travel to and perform home and hospital-based visits as required by the study protocols.
  • Collection and processing of specimens per study protocol and site policies.
  • Data collection, review for document accuracy and processing as needed.
  • Coordination of study documentation (printing/ filing/copying/scanning for transmission to appropriate field sites and the Baltimore-based research office).
  • Transportation of and delivery of services to enrolled study participants as directed by field-based Investigators, Supervisors and Coordinators.
  • Provide follow-up services to individuals as outlined in the study protocol.
  • Facilitation of community-based meetings and events including the presentation of study approval requests, project progress and goals achieved.
  • Work with the rest of the study team on duties related to the general conduct of the study and participate in staff meetings to review project goals and protocols.
  • Travel to field-based training meetings on a regular basis with overnight travel as needed.
  • Travel to other field sites for intermittent or long-term duties as site needs dictate. 
  • Assist with the other Center-wide programmatic duties as needed.
  • Perform miscellaneous related duties as assigned.



Minimum Qualifications:


  • High School Diploma/GED required.
  • Some related experience.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.


JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) may substitute for required 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.



Preferred Qualifications:


  • Some college courses preferred.
  • Prefer some related coursework or administrative experience. 
  • Bachelor's degree with prior experience in the health sciences is preferred. 
  • Native speaker preferred.



Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Must be comfortable completing invasive procedures including specimen collection (nasal, saliva, urine, blood) and other samples from participants.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers, including software applications, databases, spreadsheets, and word processing.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills; independent and self-motivated; highly organized and detail oriented; ability to manage multiple and competing priorities; excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated strong, positive interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively across disciplines and within a variety of cultures.



Classified title: Research Program Assistant

Working title: Research Program Assistant

Role/Level/Range: ACRO 40/E/02/CB

Starting Salary Range: $12.31– $16.93 (commensurate with experience)

Employee group: Full time

Employee Status: Non-Exempt

Schedule: Monday-Friday - 8:30am-5:00pm 40hrs/Wk - Travel (as needed), Weekends (as needed)

Location: Hwy 191, Chinle AZ 86503

Department name: 10001145-Ctr for Amer IndnAlskn Nat Hlth CAIANH

Personnel area (School): BSPH – Bloomberg School of Public Health



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.


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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