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Research Program Assistant II

John Hopkins University Chinle, AZ Full-Time
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Center Brief

The Center is located within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has a mission to work in partnership with American Indian and Alaska Native communities to raise health status, self-sufficiency and health leadership to the highest possible level. This mission is accomplished through three core activities: 1) Research; 2) Training/Education; 3) Service.

General Summary:

The goals of the behavioral and mental health prevention projects are to co-design and/or implement culturally relevant interventions and evaluate the impact on improving health and sometimes educational outcomes for Native American children, families and communities.  The over-arching goal is to develop successful data-driven and culturally-informed surveillance and intervention programs for Tribal and other communities in which behavior threatens the well-being of youth and their families and limits their opportunities to flourish and lead healthy lives. 

The Research Program Assistant II will serve as 1) an evaluator for the Respecting the Circle of Life Teen Pregnancy Prevention study and 2) a facilitator of a behavioral health curriculum focused on nutrition and physical education.  Position activities include recruiting, consenting and administering assessments to youth and parent participants for the Respecting the Circle of Life project as well as facilitation of the nutrition/physical education curriculum.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Serve as an Evaluator for the Center’s Respecting the Circle of Life project in Chinle, AZ. 

Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Represent the project in a community setting to initiate and maintain interest in the project.
  • Attend trainings to fully understand the project and the informed consent processes.
  • Recruit eligible youth and their parent for the project.
  • Travel to participant’s home or preferred location and administer informed consent and if necessary obtain assent from the youth. 
  • Travel to the participant’s home or preferred location and administer the Respecting the Circle of Life pre and post assessments.
  • Review consents, assents and assessments for accuracy and processing as needed.
  • Work with the rest of project team on duties related to recruitment and consenting and participate in staff meetings to review project goals and progress.
  • Update program logs and assist with data entry as needed.
  • Assist with the other Center-wide programmatic duties as needed.
    Serve as a facilitator of a nutrition and physical activity curriculum:
  • Complete training and prove proficient in the curriculum.
  • Deliver the curriculum to small groups of peers during a summer basketball camp.
  • Deliver the curriculum to youth-parent dyads after camp in a home, community or office-based setting.
  • Provide referrals for youth and families to outside services and entities as necessary.
  • Work closely with the Program Coordinator to ensure the curriculum is delivered with fidelity and quality.
  • Participate in regular meetings with the Baltimore-based team through conference calls and Skype

Facilitate timely and accurate evaluation and intervention delivery including:

  • Ongoing completion of fidelity monitoring logs and forms.
  • Meeting with study staff to receive feedback on intervention delivery.
  • Meeting with study staff to conduct and review data quality assurance checks.
  • Participation in evaluation and curriculum booster trainings as necessary.
  • Assist with dissemination of project findings in annual reports, at national conferences and in the scientific literature.
  • This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis.  It does not exclude other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma/GED required.
  • Two (2) years related experience required.  
  • Additional education may substitute for some experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) 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:

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Consenting processes and evaluation experience.
  • General knowledge of sexual and reproductive health education and nutrition/physical education.
  • Navajo speaker.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Efficient and detail-oriented.
  • Independent learner and worker.
  • Flexible and adaptable.
  • Ability to effectively multi-task.
  • Self-motivated and driven.
  • Excellent professional judgment and discretion.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to operate a telephone, printer, fax, copier, and computer with software use experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, & Power Point.
  • Ability to drive a project vehicle as needed and to follow guidelines on vehicle use.
  • Ability to follow worksite guidelines on personal and work cell phone use.
  • Ability to work well with others.
  • Ability to take direction and respond positively to feedback in the workplace.       
  • Current driver’s license issued by the state of residence and good driving record required.
  • Ability to travel.  Some evening and weekend work will be required.
  • This position will maintain background clearance as required by the employer and any collaborating agencies.
  • Ability to travel as needed, including overnight trips for extended days, if needed.

Classified title: Research Program Assistant II

Working title: Research Program Assistant II

Role/Level/Range: ACRO 40/E/02/CC

Starting Salary Range: $14.14 - $19.44 (commensurate with experience)

Employee group: Full time

Employee Status: Non-Exempt

Schedule: Monday-Friday - 8:00am-5:00pm 40hrs/Wk

Location: Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility - U.S. 191 & Hospital Drive, Chinle AZ 86503

Department name: 10001145-Ctr for Amer IndnAlskn Nat Hlth CAIANH

Personnel area (School): BSPH – Bloomberg School of Public Health

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 [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Research Program Assistant II. 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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