Senior Research Assistant

Maryland, United States
$38,536 - $52,989
22 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
22 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Req ID:  14976

Sr. Research Assistant

General Summary/Purpose

We are currently hiring a senior research assistant (SRA) to work as a part of a large community-level intervention aimed to reduce HIV risk and increase community cohesion among female sex workers in Baltimore, MD. The intervention is largely centered on promoting the services at a full service drop-in Center for sex workers, called SPARC.

The SRA will provide support for a PrEP program initiation and adherence program, PEARL, based out of SPARC Women’s Center. The SRA will undergo extensive training to understand existing CDC guidelines for PrEP, frameworks for trauma informed care, and structural barriers for PrEP adherence.
In addition, the SRA will be asked to join the SPARC Outreach team to conduct community outreach, in groups of 2 or more, to promote SPARC Women’s Center in South and Southwest Baltimore. All staff will be trained to administer and distribute Naloxone, an injectable medication that can reverse the effects of an overdose of opioids (i.e. heroin, oxycontin, fentanyl).

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead PEARL study data collection
  • Support women engaged in PEARL through face-to-face meetings, phone calls, and logistical support (e.g., appointment scheduling, arranging transportation, accompaniment to medical appointment.)
  • Document interactions with PEARL participants to fully characterize the peer navigation approach to adherence support
  • Develop the content for small group sessions focused around barriers/facilitators of PrEP uptake and adherence, structural barriers, and healthcare access.
  • Facilitate the small group sessions
  • Co-train new staff on harm reduction, study procedures, and relevant topics such as sex work and drug use basics
  • Contribute to the development of the PEARL standard operating procedures (SOP), and maintain the SOP
  • Assist Senior Research Program Coordinator with preparing IRB materials and grant reports
  • Garner feedback about SPARC programming, intervention delivery format, and group session teaching modalities to inform intervention implementation
  • Develop and lead new center initiatives, researching best practices from other drop-in centers.
  • Engage in harm reduction-based street outreach, promoting SPARC Center services and events, distributing promotional items, and providing harm reduction education. Outreach activities will take place in Pigtown, Carrol Park, Mount Clare, Brooklyn and other areas of South Baltimore.
  • Distribute Naloxone, train community members on its use and benefits.
  • Work in the Drop-In Center assisting with client intake, laundry services, shower services, and addiction management services.
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related discipline. 
  • Three (3) years of related experience.

Additional graduate level education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  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

  • MPH or MS in relevant field preferred. 
  • Prior case management and fieldwork experience preferred.
  • Prior experience with outreach work is preferred. Successful candidates will undergo training sessions prior to working in the community.
  • Experience working with diverse populations including sex workers and drug users.

Work hours:

Monday - Wednesday 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Friday - 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

This position will require occasional evening and weekend hours

Classified Title: Sr. Research Assistant
Working Title: PEARL Research Assistant​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB 
Starting Salary Range: $38,536 - $52,989 / commensurate with experience 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Varies  
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health 
Department name: 10001130-Research Projects 
Personnel area: School of Public Health

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