Classified Title: Research Program Assistant Working Title: Research Program Assistant Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CB Starting Salary Range: $11.95 - $16.44; commensurate with experience. Employee group: Limited Schedule: Hours Vary. May be needed to work on the weekend. Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 111 Market Pl Department name: 10001152-Mental Health Research Projects Personnel area: School of Public Health
Responsible for organizing and completing a variety of school-based assessments with students, teachers and parents being enrolled in NIH/IES research projects conducted within participating public school systems. Assessments include but are not limited to, computerized classroom observations, youth and teacher reports of emotional and behavioral functioning, youth, teacher and parent interviews, and for the administration, scoring and coding of achievement tests with select participating students. Also responsible for the recruitment of students and obtaining parental consent for participation. Some evenings and weekends required during the consent gathering process.
Duties include but are not limited collecting data using computerized and paper-pencil interviewing materials designed to assess a broad range of tailored and comprehensive cognitive scores and classroom behaviors.
Multiple tasks include conducting cognitive/achievement assessments in schools with identified students enrolled in the trial, conducting classroom observations and working closely with teachers and school administrators around scheduling the observations, verifying and logging confidential data into a centralized database, communicating with the students and teachers around the assessments.
Duties also include reviewing data for accuracy and completeness, generating access reports, etc. Candidate will attend an extensive training to learn how to work independently to establish contact with teachers and families, build rapport, and conduct unbiased computerized observations/student assessments within the school.
Candidates must successfully pass training to continue with employment. Candidate will also meet regularly with research team as part of weekly supervision meetings. In addition, the successful candidate will be responsible for traveling to the selected schools within the participating school systems to gather scheduling information, conduct the classroom observations, and student assessments.
High School Diploma/GED. Some related experience. 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. 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.
B.A. /B.S. in Psychology, Mental Health, Social Work, Public Health, or related field strongly preferred. Prefer some related coursework or administrative experience. Some college courses preferred. Experience working with confidential data & conducting student assessments within a school setting preferred but not required.
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Proficiency with laptops, tablets, computers, and MS Office applications.
Must have strong organizational skills, attention to detail, be able to work independently and as part of a team.
Must be willing & able to travel in and around schools in Baltimore City, Baltimore County & Prince Georges County or other participating school systems as needed
Must be able to work independently and as part of a team in a high paced research environment. Must be able to create an efficient work schedule according to the assignment needs.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent reading and comprehension skills.
Must be a quick learner and possess the ability to quickly and comfortably adapt to the needs of a diverse research center.
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