Research Program Assistant II

Maryland, United States
$14.00-$19.25 (commensurate with experience)
12 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC 
Starting Salary Range: $14.00-$19.25 (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full-Time 
Schedule: Working 40 hours per week; Monday-Friday 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

General Summary/Purpose:

The Research Program Assistant II works for the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health as part of its Behavioral Health 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 delivery of field-based public health services.  This position will be based in Chinle, AZ.

The Center has a mission to work in partnership with American Indian tribes to raise the health status and self-sufficiency of American Indian people to the highest possible level. This mission is accomplished through three core activities:

  1. Research
  2. Service, and
  3. Training

The goals of the Center projects are to develop, implement and evaluate projects aimed at improving health status for Native American families and communities. 

This project will develop, pilot and evaluate a program to promote Native girls’ empowerment, health and intergenerational well-being.  The “Mother Daughter” program will engage Navajo girls and their mothers or female primary caregivers to harness matrilineal cultural assets and positive mother-daughter relationships to prevent young girls’ substance use, reduce unintended pregnancy, and promote reproductive health. Outcomes will look at how the program impacts risk and protective factors for substance use and unprotected sex including positive identity, community attachment, mother/daughter relationships and daughters’ life skills and sexual attitudes.

Project activities include home-based and community-based outreach and education in both one-on-one and group settings, data collection, community networking, and assisting with curriculum development and refinement.  Attention to detail, good communication and interpersonal skills are required.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Recruit eligible program participants and administer informed consent.
  • Teach a structured curriculum to mothers and daughters, both individually and in group settings, either at home or in a community settings.
  • Collect data (including through interviews with girls and tablet-based surveys with mothers) and document all program activities to monitor program impact.
  • Contribute to curriculum development and refinement.
  • Attend community meetings to represent the project and maintain contacts with community partners.
  • 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 weekly program conference calls to discuss program 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.

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Two years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Ability to speak Navajo language
  • Deep understanding of Navajo cultural teachings
  • Previous experience teaching in a group setting
  • Previous experience working with community stakeholders including school leaders, clinic staff and leaders of local organizations.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience working within Native populations
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Efficient and detail-oriented
  • Independent learner and worker
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Ability to effectively multi-task
  • Self-motivated and driven
  • Excellent professional judgment and discretion
  • Ability to operate a telephone, printer, fax, copier, tablet, 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

Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications:

  • Current driver’s license issued by the state of residence and good driving record required
  • This position will maintain background clearance as required by the employer and any collaborating agencies
  • Ability to travel with overnight stays required as needed.  Some evening and weekend work will be required.

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

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

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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