Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Classified Title: Research Program Assistant II Role/Level/Range: ACRO/02/CC Salary: $14.00 - $19.24 Status: Casual Work Schedule/Hours: Varies Department name: 10001130-Research Projects
Location: Locations May Vary Personnel area: School of Public Health
The Research Program Assistant II 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 conducting qualitative interviews, community background research and local observations, interview summaries and preliminary analysis, participant recruitment, and quality assurance. May also include qualitative analysis, coding, and other data synthesis. The ideal candidate has high level of responsibility and independence, experience in qualitative data collection, is knowledgeable about drug use and harm reduction, and is able to interact with diverse populations in highly professional, compassionate, confident, and knowledgeable manner.
This is a casual position with a fixed end date of August 31, 2019. The primary duties are described below.
Specific duties & responsibilities:
Conduct qualitative interviews related to drug use, related health and social issues, and opportunities for service enhancement and community engagement.
Conduct appropriate informed consent procedures
Document interview summaries, observations, and field notes using a structured form.
Contribute to qualitative data coding and analysis as required.
Maintain compliance with IRB regulations and guidelines.
Actively communicate/update supervising study team on data collection and participant recruitment status.
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
Ideally located in one of the study regions (Regions 1 & 2: Frederick County, Garrett County, Allegany County, Washington County); (Region 3: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County); (Region 4: Caroline County, Cecil County, Dorchester County, Kent County, Queen Anne’s County, Somerset County, Talbot County, Wicomico County, Worcester County)
Must have knowledge of drug use and related health issues. Familiarity with harm reduction approaches to drug use preferred.
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.
High School Diploma/GED required and two years related experience, prior qualitative research training or experience or similar, strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work independently and meet deadlines in a timely fashion required. Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
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.
Bachelor’s degree, experience obtaining informed consent among vulnerable and diverse populations, conducting in-depth interviews and the ability to understand and apply specified research protocols desired. 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; and/or community stakeholders including front line workers, service providers, first responders, program planners, and decision makers helpful.
Additional information: In application, applicant must indicate whether they are based in one of the study regions. Must be comfortable working in a diverse office environment. Must be willing and able to travel to study sites within at least one of the four study regions. Must be a willing and positive worker. Working schedule may include evening and weekend hours, depending on study priorities.
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