Research Program Assistant - NIH/IES

Baltimore, Maryland
08 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
08 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

General Summary/Purpose
Responsible for organizing and completing a variety of school-based assessments with students, teachers and parents being enrolled in NIH/IES research projects conducted within participating public school systems.

Assessments include but are not limited to, computerized classroom observations, youth and teacher reports of emotional and behavioral functioning, youth, teacher and parent interviews, and for the administration, scoring and coding of achievement tests with select participating students. Also responsible for the recruitment of students and obtaining parental consent for participation. Some evenings and weekends required during the consent gathering process.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Duties include but are not limited

  • collecting data using computerized and paper-pencil interviewing materials designed to assess a broad range of tailored and comprehensive cognitive scores and classroom behaviors.
  • Multiple tasks include conducting cognitive/achievement assessments in schools with identified students enrolled in the trial, conducting classroom observations and working closely with teachers and school administrators around scheduling the observations, verifying and logging confidential data into a centralized database, communicating with the students and teachers around the assessments.
  • Duties also include reviewing data for accuracy and completeness, generating access reports, etc.
  • Candidate will attend an extensive training to learn how to work independently to establish contact with teachers and families, build rapport, and conduct unbiased computerized observations/student assessments within the school.
  • Candidates must successfully pass training to continue with employment.
  • Candidate will also meet regularly with research team as part of weekly supervision meetings.

​In addition, the successful candidate will be responsible for traveling to the selected schools within the participating school systems to gather scheduling information, conduct the classroom observations, and student assessments.

The RPA will also be a Phlebotomist for the project. The individual will collect blood samples from young adults as part of a large cohort study on health and mental health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Their duties will be to travel to research participants’ homes, collect blood using venipuncture, and transport specimens to the Johns Hopkins Biological Repository (JHBR) located in East Baltimore.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma/GED.
  • Some related experience.

Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the * 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. *

Preferred Qualifications

  • B.A./B.S. in Psychology, Mental Health, Social Work, Public Health, or related field strongly preferred.
  • Two years’ experience as a trained phlebotomist highly preferred. Experience with young adults preferred.
  • Certification as a registered Phlebotomist by a nationally recognized agency is preferred (e.g., National Center for Competency Testing, American Medical Technologists, American Society for Clinical Pathology, American Society for Clinical Pathology, American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians, National Phlebotomy Association).
  • Phlebotomy training, and demonstrated proficiency.

Related Work Experience:
Experience working with confidential data & conducting student assessments within a school setting preferred but not required. Must clear state and federal criminal background and finger-printing checks.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proficiency with laptops, tablets, computers, and MS Office applications. Must have strong organizational skills, attention to detail, be able to work independently and as part of a team. Must be willing & able to travel in and around schools in Baltimore City, Baltimore County & Prince Georges County or other participating school systems as needed.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team in a high paced research environment. Must be able to create an efficient work schedule according to the assignment needs. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent reading and comprehension skills. Must be a quick learner and possess the ability to quickly and comfortably adapt to the needs of a diverse research center.

Classified Title: Research Program Assistant
Working Title:
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CB
Starting Salary Range:
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: Mn - Fri, 40hrs week
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: 31-MD:JH at 111 Market Place
Department name: 10001152-Mental Health Research Projects
Personnel area: School of Public Health

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.

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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