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Job Req ID:  14142

Research Program Assistant II

Classified Title: Research Program Assistant II 
Working Title: Research Program Assistant II ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC 
Starting Salary Range: $13.73-$18.87 (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full-Time 
Schedule: M-F; 8-5PM 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 01-AZ:JHU - Arizona 
Department name: 10001145-Ctr for Amer IndnAlskn Nat Hlth CAIANH 
Personnel area: School of Public Health


*The Research Program Assistant II position is based in Whiteriver, Arizona*


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 and service programs focused on reducing infectious diseases and behavioral and mental health problems, and promoting education and wellness.


General Summary:

The goals of the behavioral and mental health prevention projects are to co-design and/or implement culturally relevant interventions and evaluate the impact on improving health and sometimes educational outcomes for Native American children, families and communities.

The over-arching goal is to develop successful data-driven and culturally-informed surveillance and intervention programs for Tribal and other communities in which at-risk behavior threatens the well-being of children, youth and their families and limits their opportunities to flourish and lead healthy lives. 


Duties and 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 II for behavioral and mental health projects in Shiprock.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Establish and communicate regularly with a Community Advisory Board (CAB) to guide intervention and study development.
  • Liaise, plan and attend meetings, and carry out relevant activities with key stakeholders.
  • Conduct interviews with youth, caregivers, program providers, community members, tribal leaders and other participants in the hub to assess feasibility and acceptability program activities.
  • Assist with annual presentations to key tribal leadership and community stakeholders.
  • Help disseminate tribally approved findings through annual reports, at national conferences and in the scientific literature
  • Recruit eligible study participants and administer informed consent.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Update program logs and maintain up-to-date data entry records as needed.
  • Assist with the other Center-wide programmatic duties as needed.


Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or GED (required).  Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Two years related experience.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
  • Apache language speaker (preferred)


Specific Skills and Knowledge:

  • Excellent professional judgment, discretion, and maturity
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including effective communication and emotional intelligence, and demonstrated strengths in collaboration, negotiation, conflict resolution and mediation, and problem solving and decision-making
  • Strong organizational and data management skills and experience
  • Efficient and detail-oriented
  • Independent learner and worker
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Ability to effectively multi-task
  • Self-motivated
  • Knowledge of the community geography, ability to locate participant homes and navigate rural roads effectively and safely
  • Good oral and written communication skills, including public speaking with large and small groups
  • Ability to operate a telephone, printer, fax, copier, and computer with software use experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, & Power Point
  • Ability to drive a project vehicle as needed and to follow guidelines on vehicle use
  • Ability to follow worksite guidelines on cell phone use
  • Ability to take direction and respond positively to feedback in the workplace



  • 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.




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


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