Research Assistant

Location
Maryland, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted
Oct 22, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

General Summary/Purpose:

TheChild and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI)is a center within theDepartment of Population, Family and Reproduction Healthat the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.Under the supervision of the Center Director, the Research Assistant will collaborate on innovative Center and grant-funded projects to advance evidence based policy and practice and effectively engage families and communities in efforts to promote healthy child development and improve health outcomes for all children, youth and families in the United States and beyond.

The Research Assistant will play a central role in the day to day operations of the CAHMI and its primary projects, including the CAHMI’s data-driven and web-based (1) National Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Center (DRC)(www.childhealthdata.org), (2) Community and Family Engagement Research Network (C-FERN) “Cycle of Engagement” (COE) model and tools and (3) Maternal and Child Health Online Measurement Compendium and other related research projects.

The successful candidate must be a self-starter with theability to work independently, generate ideas and processes to complete work and manage multiple tasks in a dynamic environment with changing priorities required. They musthave excellent time management, work planning, written and verbal communications skills and strong conceptualizing, teamwork, problem solving, decision making and detail orientation skills. Also required are demonstrated skills to efficiently and creatively coordinate project supplies purchasing and expense tracking, intern recruitment, work schedules and logistics, CAHMI’s contacts data base, newsletter, webinar and related communications, update and support website maintenance and set conference calls/online meetings across busy CAHMI research and project partners and advisors. Also required is the capacity to efficiently identify and summarize research literature, policy reports and related resources, maintain center director resume and require faculty webpage, support online course logistics, support grant related consultant and vendor contracting, progress reports and IRB submissions and creatively navigate JHU administrative processes related to posting jobs, hiring new staff and students, IT/computing, travel and meeting planning and facilities related matters.

Success requires a commitment to improving the maternal and child health systems and services in the US in order to improve health outcomes and well-being of mothers, children, youth, families and communities.

Sp Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

Center Operations:

  • Efficiently and creatively coordinate project supplies and related purchasing and associated expense tracking and expense submission and reimbursements.
  • Coordinate intern recruitment, work schedules and logistics.
  • Creatively navigate JHU administrative processes related to posting jobs, hiring and onboarding new staff and students, getting help related to computers, software, electronic file storage and sharing, travel and meeting planning and facilities related matters. Interface with IT contractors to coordinate secure access to center work files and lead the updating of electronic files organization, cleaning and maintenance processes.
  • Creatively navigate JHU administrative processes related to posting jobs, hiring new staff and students, IT/computing, travel and meeting planning, consultant and vendor contracting and facilities related matters.
  • Track center software, equipment and website URL inventory and updating needs and maintain up to date and confidential center passwords (e.g. Zoom account).
  • Lead development of an updated center program operations manual.

Center Websites and Communications:

  • Check and delegate or address questions from the center’s technical assistance/infobox email on a daily basis.
  • Confirm operations of all center websites each day and address with center leadership of any issues with functioning.
  • Learn about and coordinate steps to update, monitor and maintain the center’s contacts data base, periodic newsletter and webinars and related outreach and communications using Constant Contact.
  • Learn to update content and resources on center websites and support website maintenance and continuous improvements using SiteFinity and WordPress.
  • Coordinate and conduct with staff and students the development of social media content and monitor, manage, and track CAHMI social media accounts.
  • Monitor Google alerts for key search terms defined by the center to keep the team updated on newly released research findings.

Center Grant Administration:

  • Support grant related consultant and vendor contractor management, progress reports and IRB submissions.
  • Maintain resumes in required funder formats for all center research staff.
  • Track website analytics, technical assistance and operations for reporting and management purposes.
  • Track citations, uptake and media reports on center research and resources.

Center Director Administrative and Educational Support:

  • Maintain center director resume and required faculty webpage, support online course logistics.
  • Support center director as needed with scheduling, obtaining research papers and maintaining positive relationships and communications with research partners and advisors.

Center Research and Service:

  • Efficiently identify, review and summarize research literature, policy reports and related resources.
  • Support development of references lists and the formatting and submission of research papers, research presentation abstracts and new grant applications.
  • Support the team’s research initiatives throughcoordinating, maintaining schedules for and setting conference calls/online meetings across busy CAHMI research and project partners and advisors.
  • Efficiently identify and summarize research literature, policy reports and related resources.
  • Coordinate conference exhibits for in person and virtual conference platforms.
  • Help draft presentations and webinar materials for conferences, special presentations, and external stakeholder meetings; coordinate team conference attendance, including travel logistics, and exhibiting and presentation needs, systematically review and track changes from study partners on research papers and related reports; double check data for the center’s online data query resources; enter updated information to the center’s maternal and child health measurement compendium and assist in developing short descriptions of measures and synthesis summaries related to available measures and priority gaps.

Maintain Clear Work Plan:

  • Maintain clear, outcomes and results based personal work plan and continuously update work plans in collaboration with team members to complete key results and milestones most essential to achieve priority outcomes.
  • Proactively seek out required information needed to establish and effectively achieve work results and outcomes and maintain strong communication and problem solving to apprise and coordinate work with the center director and team members.
  • Prepare for and actively participate and help facilitate both internal team and external partner meetings, ensuring follow up steps are identified and achieved.
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in public health, public policy, or related field.
  • Some related experience required.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula***.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of programs, policies, and data sources related to MCH, and specifically related to early childhood development, children with special health care needs and family health and well-being.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills to work with a wide variety of audiences.
  • Excellent organizational and project planning and management skills and attention to detail.
  • Highly efficient computer skills required (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Access).
  • Experience with SPSS, SAS or STATA and basic analysis of survey-based data and variable construction preferred.
  • Knowledge of grant writing and administration from federal agencies and private foundations preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in public health, public policy, or related field.
  • Preferred experience with Constant Contact, WordPress, Doodle Polling, Zoom Conferencing, Adobe Pro, SiteFinity Website Content Management System, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media platforms and their use in a professional setting.

Personal Qualities Required for Success:

  • Successful candidates will be communicative, creative, and comfortable with learning and figuring out new things and will be proactive and flexible with the proven capacity to respond and work quickly and accurately, both independently and with a small team of dedicated professionals.
  • Takes ownership to conceptualize and implement plans for project needs.
  • Ability to problem solve, to work comfortably in a fast-paced environment, to be responsible and accountable for work, and to effectively prioritize managing multiple tasks while setting and meeting agreed upon deadlines.
  • Proactive team member who maintains a flexible attitude and seeks to continually learn and improve.
  • Comfortable setting and tracking own deadlines and responding to emergent needs that may require adjustments to prior deadlines.

Additional Information:

If this position will include routine extended work hours (e.g. to accommodate communication with international colleagues or travel, routine urgent deadlines), please be sure to note it here. If you expect routine communication or work outside of normal business hours, it is important to note that in the posting.

***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.

Classified Title:Research Assistant
Working Title: Research Assistant ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/03/CD
Starting Salary Range:$16.26-22.35 per hour (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: Monday-Friday/8:30am-5:00pm
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health
Department name: 10001212-PFRH CAHMI
Personnel area: 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 atjhurecruitment@jhu.edu. 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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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 jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Note: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online until filled.

EEO is the Law
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