Research Assistant

Maryland, United States
$16.09 - $22.12
10 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
10 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Role/Level/Range: ACRO/03/CD
Salary:  $16.09 - $22.12
Status:  On-Call
Work Schedule/Hours: Varies 
Department name: 10001130-Research Projects 
Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health 
Personnel area: School of Public Health

The Community Engagement Coordinator will work as part of a collaborative research team on an ethnographic assessment of drug use and harm reduction capacity in Maryland counties from the perspective of people who use drugs and stakeholders. Primary responsibilities include facilitating communications and collaboration with people who drugs and harm reduction stakeholders in the state of Maryland. This role will also support data collection and synthesis activities that maximize data utilization, community capacity building, and participation of people with lived experience of drug use throughout project activities. The ideal candidate has high level of responsibility and independence, excellent communication skills, and is able to interact daily with drug user populations in highly professional, compassionate, confident, and knowledgeable manner.

This is a casual position with a fixed end date of August 31, 2019. 

Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Facilitate communications and collaboration with partner organizations.
  • Support the development of toolkits, flyers, letters and other materials for community dissemination of research materials 
  • Support partner communication and findings dissemination
  • Coordinate participant attendance and collaborations for town hall discussions .
  • Support qualitative data collection and analysis related to drug use, related health and social issues, and opportunities for service enhancement and community engagement.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to interact sensitively, effectively, and professionally with individuals from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and educational background
  • Knowledge of qualitative and other ethnographic methods highly desirable; must be sensitive to the nature of the work and confidentiality of the study participants. Prior work experience administering research interviews. Prior work experience with drug using populations and/or community stakeholders including front line workers, service providers, first responders, program planners, and decision makers.
  • Must be comfortable working in a diverse office environment. Must be a willing and positive worker. Must be willing and able to occasionally travel to study sites across the state. Working schedule may include evening and weekend hours, depending on study priorities.


Bachelor’s degree and some related experience. Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

JHU Equivalency Formula: 

18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  


Masters degree in Public Health or Social Science, prior experience engaging multiple stakeholders around a community health issue, experience developing project dissemination materials (e.g. report briefs, project overview flyers, etc.), prior completion of qualitative research course or participation in qualitative research study (in Anthropology or medical sciences), knowledgeable of drug use/injection drug use in the context of health, familiarity with harm reduction approaches to drug use and experience working with vulnerable populations, including people who use and/or inject drugs desired.

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

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