Research Program Assistant

Maryland, United States
$12.19 - $16.77
03 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Classified Title: Research Program Assistant
Working Title: Research Program Assistant
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CB 
Starting Hourly Pay Rate Range: $12.19 - $16.77
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, up to 27 hours per week
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health 
Department name: 10001217-PFRH Home Visiting 
Personnel area: School of Public Health

General Summary/Purpose

The Research Program Assistant will work as part of our productive, collaborative research team at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. For over twenty years, our team has been dedicated to conducting high‐quality, utilization‐focused evaluation and research work across the United States, with a specific focus on the evaluation of home visiting programs which serve expectant families and families with young children.

The Research Program Assistant will work on the evaluation of the Goal Plan Strategy intervention, an initiative aiming to improve family engagement in home visiting programs in Maryland and New Jersey by enhancing home visiting staff goal plan practice. This study aims to identify factors related to goal plan practice and to describe current goal plan practice in home visiting programs.

Under the supervision of the Senior Research Program Coordinator II, the Research Program Assistant will support the study by analyzing and coding the goal plans home visitors complete with the families they serve and other documents home visitors use to track progress on goals. The Research Program Assistant will be tasked with organizing this information and assessing whether it meets certain criteria.

The Research Program Assistant will be trained in the study’s coding system for assessing these goal plans. Upon completing this training, s/he will work under limited supervision while managing the assigned tasks.

This is a casual position. It will consist of approximately 20-25 hours per week over a 6-month period, although this timeframe may vary depending on the study’s progress.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Attend initial training sessions in order to learn the study’s coding protocol and procedures. A detailed knowledge of this coding protocol will be necessary to properly assess the goal plans.
  • Conduct assessments of completed goal plans and code these goal plans accordingly.
  • Communicate regularly with supervisory staff to provide updates about completion of coding assignments.
  • Identify challenges faced in the coding process and aid team in brainstorming strategies to address new/recurring challenges.  
  • Attend training/progress sessions with supervisor and other team members as necessary.  
  • Assist with data entry and data analysis as needed.
  • Ensure that participant files and all accompanying paperwork are organized, accurate, and current. Maintain the confidentiality of the paperwork and documents.
  • Perform other study-related duties as assigned.
  • Some experience tracking data collection and logging hours is preferred.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Some related experience.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the * JHU Equivalency Formula30 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

  • Some relevant college coursework is preferred.
  • Prefer some related coursework or administrative experience. 
  • Experience tracking data collection and logging hours is preferred.
  • Candidates who are fluent in Spanish are preferred.
  • Training, experience, or coursework in research methodology is preferred; prior experience with the collection and management of data is also preferred. Prior experience with qualitative coding is preferred.
  • Experience working in a healthcare, social work, child protective services, nursing, or research setting is preferred.
  • Experience in managing confidential information and/or issues is preferred.
  • Some related administrative experience is preferred.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Superior attention to detail and exceptional organizational skills are required.
  • Superior interpersonal-communication skills are required.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office is required.

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

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

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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