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Johns Hopkins University Research Program Assistant in Baltimore, Maryland

The Department of Health, Behavior & Society is seeking a Research Program Assistant who will support an ongoing HIV behavioral surveillance study and community health project that measures prevalence of HIV, health and social issues, health-related behaviors and access to services among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Baltimore and surrounding areas. The individual will participate in data collection and recruitment activities, which may include consent procedures, participant screening and recruitment, interviewing using computerized interviewing tools, HIV testing and counseling, and/or referrals to appropriate services.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

Specific duties will include data collection activities such as participant screening, obtaining informed consent, interviewing using computerized interviewing tools, HIV counseling and testing, and programmatic activities such as facilitating referrals and linkage to care. Specifically, the position is expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Conduct participant recruitment and data collection activities, including field-based recruitment.

  • Conduct appropriate informed consent procedures

  • Document interview summaries, observations, and field notes using a structured form.

  • Contribute to data coding and analysis as required.

  • Maintain compliance with IRB regulations and guidelines.

  • Actively communicate with supervising study team on collection and recruitment status.

  • Other duties as assigned.

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.

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • High School Diploma/GED.

  • Knowledgeable about the local gay/bisexual/same gender loving/and other men who have sex men communities.

  • The successful candidate must be punctual, attentive to detail, able to work independently and in a team setting, and able to interact with a variety of people.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Some college courses preferred.

  • Some related experience and interest in HIV prevention preferred.

  • Experience with research or data collection activities preferred.

  • Late night and weekend availability preferred.

  • Able to occasionally work flex hours preferred.

  • Maryland driver’s license preferred.

  • Prior experience with HIV behavioral research.

  • Prior experience with study populations, including MSM and/or other diverse populations preferred.

  • Maryland HIV pre- and post-test counseling certification preferred.

  • Experience with computers and data collection technologies preferred.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality

  • Experience recruiting and interviewing study participants

  • Demonstrated experience working independently, works well in an unstructured environment, and as a team member

  • Strong attention to detail and protocol adherence, while maintaining flexibility to respond to multiple priorities

  • Demonstrated experience with study population and/or other marginalized populations.

  • Understanding of data collection processes, strong organizational skills and ability to interact with a variety of people.

  • Proficiency in computer systems and electronic communications.

  • Comfortable with data entry and able to adapt to new software with appropriate training.

  • Able to occasionally work flexible hours to accommodate protocol needs.

Classified Title: Research Program Assistant

Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CB

Starting Salary Range: $15.00 - $18.50/hr (commensurate with experience)

Employee group: Casual / On Call

Schedule: Varies

Exempt Status: Non-Exempt

Location: School of Public Health

Department name: ​​​​​​​HBS-Research Projects

Personnel area: School of Public Health

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

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu . For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

Johns Hopkins has mandated COVID-19 and influenza vaccines, as applicable. Exceptions to the COVID and flu vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons or because the individual is pregnant or attempting to become pregnant. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the JHU vaccination registry. For additional information, applicants for SOM positions should visit https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/ and all other JHU applicants should visit https://covidinfo.jhu.edu/health-safety/covid-vaccination-information/ .

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

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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Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The university promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.