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Job Req ID:  66524

Research Program Assistant II

This position is located in Tuba City, AZ


(Navajo Nation)


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.


The goals of the Behavioral Health 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.


We are seeking a Research Program Assistant II  who will primarily assist in the day-to-day logistical and operational tasks for various research studies at the site, interacting with the investigators, collaborators, and participants in a research environment. This person will assist in carrying out research in accordance with good clinical practices in such activities as obtaining informed consent, data and specimen collection, and patient follow-up over time.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

Serve as a Research Program Assistant II for behavioral health projects in Tuba City, AZ. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Complete training and prove proficient in the curriculum. Complete booster trainings as necessary.
  • Recruit eligible study participants and administer informed consent.
  • Deliver the curriculum to eligible participants, working closely with the Program Managers to ensure the curriculum is delivered with fidelity and quality.
  • Provide referrals to appropriate community resources.
  • Provide transportation for eligible participants.
  • Travel to and conduct school or home-based lessons.
  • Collect data from participants, which may include some or all of the following: interview data; self-report data; observational data in the home; health specimen collections.
  • Review data for document accuracy and processing as needed.
  • Update program logs and maintain up-to-date data entry records as needed.
  • Work with the rest of project team on duties related to the general conduct of the program and evaluation and participate in staff meetings to review project goals and progress.
  • Attend field-based trainings and meetings (travel required).
  • Provide referrals for youth and families to outside services and entities as appropriate.
  • Represent the project in a community setting to initiate and maintain interest in the project.
  • Attend and (co-)facilitate Community Advisory Board meetings as necessary.
  • Assist with dissemination of project findings in annual reports, at national conferences and in the scientific literature.
  • Assist with other Center-wide programmatic duties as needed.


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

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


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Native language speaker.
  • Knowledge of the community geography, ability to locate participant homes and navigate rural roads effectively and safely.


Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Must be comfortable collecting saliva, urine, or blood 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.


Other Requirements:      

  • Ability to travel as needed, including overnight trips for extended periods of time. 
  • Valid driver’s license issued by the state of residence with a good driving record.
  • Some flexibility is required to ensure that evening and weekend work is completed for some projects.
  • This position will maintain background clearance as required by the employer and any collaborating agencies.


JHU Equivalency Formula:  30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  Additional related experience may substitute for the required education on the same basis. 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. 


Classified Title: Research Program Assistant II 
Working Title: Research Program Assistant II   
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC  
Starting Salary Range: $15.00 - $20.40 - $25.50 Hourly (Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: 8AM-5:00PM; M-F 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: School of Public Health - East Baltimore Campus 
Department name: 10001145-Ctr for Amer IndnAlskn Nat Hlth CAIANH 
Personnel area: School of Public Health 


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Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. 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.

**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

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