Classified Title: Research Program Assistant II Working Title: Research Program Assistant II Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC Starting Salary Range: $14.00-$19.25 Employee group: Full-Time Schedule: Flexible Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 17-MD:JH Prohealth Gwynn Oak Department name: 10002809-SOM DOM General Internal Medicine Personnel area: School of Medicine
Under the direction of the Sr. Research Program Manager, the Research Program Assistant II (RPA) will work as a member of the team carrying out data collection duties and responsibilities in the conduct of ongoing clinical trials that aim to improve the physical health for persons with serious mental illness. The RPA is responsible for interacting with study participants and the collection of high quality study data and accurate data entry in adherence to study protocols.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
The RPA will interact directly with youth and adult participants. The primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
Playing a key role in recruiting, screening, and retaining study participants in community and clinic settings;
Conducting initial screening assessments of potential candidates for study eligibility;
Performing the informed consent process;
Conducting baseline and following up assessments; assessments with participants will include physical measurements (e.g., height, weight, waist circumference, blood pressure, etc.) and questionnaires;
Collecting, processing, and testing specimens (e.g., blood, urine);
Providing financial compensation to participants who have completed study activities and logging compensation disbursements;
Keeping excellent study records in participant charts, maintaining organization of participant charts;
Entering and verifying participant data into a web-based database using a laptop or other portable electronic device in a timely manner; updating tracking spreadsheets;
Contacting study participants' Primary Care Physicians for various study purposes (e.g., obtain clearance for study assessments, obtaining medical records);
Ensuring the security and confidentiality of all participant data;
Attending and participating in regularly scheduled staff meetings, conference calls, and trainings.
Working closely with and supporting other study staff.
The RPA must have either experience in phlebotomy or a willingness to learn.
The RPA will also be responsible for recognizing emergency situations, implementing emergency procedures according to clinic guidelines, and administering first aid including CPR. Certification in CPR and AED required during introductory period.
High school diploma/GED and two (2) years related experience in a research setting required.
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Public Health or related field. Experience with spreadsheet and databases. Experience with organization and verification of data sets. Phlebotomist certification or training. Knowledge of basic laboratory techniques and safety preferred.
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Knowledge of software, including Microsoft Word and Excel required. Knowledge of simple record keeping required.
Must be able to work flexible hours with variable work conditions. Travel to study sites required; must have own transportation.
Excellent organizational skills is a must, as well as attention to detail. Requires outstanding verbal communication and interpersonal skills with participants, Principal Investigators, and other team members.
Interest in working with mentally ill/disadvantaged populations needed.
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