Research Program Assistant II

Maryland, United States
28 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
28 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC 
Starting Salary Range: $13.73-$18.87
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: Varies 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: 33-MD:Johns Hopkins Bayview 
Department name: 10002817-SOM DOM Pulmonary 
Personnel area: School of Medicine
Fixed End Date: 06/30/2019 or one year from start date

General summary/purpose:

Will be involved in data collection, entry and management functions in clinical research.

Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Perform phlebotomy and process specimens for multiple studies.
  • Data entry, management and calculations using computerized database, word processing and spreadsheet software; review data input for accuracy and completeness.
  • Call patients with reminders of their appointments
  • Able to effectively prioritize and work on multiple tasks with concurrent deadlines and demonstrate excellent time management skills and efficiency
  • Administer standardized surveys to research subjects or their proxies via phone, or via in-patient, clinic or home visits
  • Assist in preparation of data reports for IRB, funding agencies, and other research sponsors.
  • Maintain logs of patient screening, and data collection
  • Maintain filing system for electronic and paper-based records
  • Maintain compliance with HIPAA and IRB regulations and guidelines
  • Actively communicate and update supervising coordinators and/or faculty on patient data collection and entry status via verbal and written communication
  • Have initiative in anticipating and responding to staff and research subjects’ needs based on awareness of routine and repeated job functions
  • Maintain high level of motivation for job functions with positive attitude
  • Attend group meetings and investigator’s meetings as necessary
  • Communicate with study sponsors, coordinators and collaborators
  • Work independently and under the direction of the research nurse and study coordinator to ensure successful completion of the clinical research study.
  • Proactively seek to improve or optimize work flow and discuss with coordinator/supervisor  as appropriate
  • Conduct processes involved in study subject enrollment, including obtain informed consent from eligible patients and proxies, and randomization procedures.
  • Conduct ECG, spirometry, vitals assessments on enrolled research participants of patients 
  • Escort patients through hospital during their research visit
  • Set up and take down equipment for patient testing
  • Assist in preparing study documents for IRB submission, including maintaining regulatory binders
  • Maintains quality assurance of study procedures and blinding throughout the study
  • Follow all written and unwritten study practices, procedures and protocols.
  • Organize and file participant records; prepare and maintain study materials
  • Prepares weekly report of work hours and activities for review by supervisor
  • Performs ongoing Quality Assurance  checks for new research staff
  • Schedules and coordinates study related procedures on a timely basis
  • Assists other research team members in performing their tasks
  • Demonstrates and serves as a role model for a positive work environment, including high motivation, positive attitude, and good judgment, tact, and sensitivity in all interpersonal interactions with all research staff, investigators, students and participants

Scope of Responsibility:

  • Knows the informal policies, procedures and practices necessary to conduct the normal function of a specific section, unit, or work area.
  • Is aware of the role of the position and its potential impact on the working unit.

Decision Making:

Carries out duties and responsibilities with limited supervision, but asks for clarification when needed regarding data quality and integrity issues.

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

High school diploma/GED required. Requires a minimum of two years related experience.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Some college preferred.
  • Additional education may substitute for some experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:

All IRB-required courses and appropriate study related certifications/training must be completed

Any specific physical requirements for the job:

  • Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time.
  • Standing and/or walking for extended periods of time.
  • Assisting patients during evaluations within crowded clinical environment.
  • Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
  • Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard.
  • Communication skills using the spoken word.
  • Ability to see within normal parameters.
  • Ability to hear within normal range. Ability to move about.
  • Ability to lift 20 lbs.

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

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