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Research Assistant - Behavioral Science Research Program 

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About the Organization The mission of Fenway Health is to enhance the wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQIA+) community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research, and advocacy. Fenway Health was founded in 1971 and has grown from a less than 10 person operation in the basement of a building near the Boston Fens to one of the largest LGBT-focused organizations in the world. It consists of three main centers:

• Fenway Community Health Center, our clinical arm, which is a federally qualified health center that operates three clinic sites (Fenway:1340, Fenway:South End, and the Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center) in the Boston area and provides over 30,000 patients with primary and specialty medical care, behavioral health care, optometry care, and dental care;

• The Fenway Institute, our research/training/education/policy development arm, which houses numerous research initiatives as well as the National LGBT Education Project, the LGBT Aging Project, the National Center for Innovation in HIV Care, and the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health; and

• AIDS Action, our HIV/AIDS service organization, which provides nonclinical services (case management, housing and legal assistance, outreach, peer support) to people living with HIV/AIDS and operates numerous programs focusing on HIV/STD prevention/testing/treatment, including the Access (drug user health program), TransCEND (transgender peer support and risk reduction program), and Youth on Fire (drop-in center for homeless and street-involved youth) programs.

Position Research Assistant - Behavioral Science Research Program  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  

Under the supervision of the Principle Investigator and Project Director, the Research Associate assists in the implementation of behavioral science research projects.

Representative Duties:

  1. Implements recruitment efforts that lead to study participation
    • Implements and evaluates study recruitment plan by identifying and establishing recruitment sources
    • Recruits and interviews potential participants as specified by study protocols
    • Maintains and updates related databases
  1. Coordinates study retention efforts
    • Implements retention efforts under the direction of the Principle Investigator and Project Manager.
    • Assists with the establishment, revision, and evaluation of retention plans
    • Completes the day-to-day tasks of study-related retention
  1. Assists in the development of research projects and publications
    • Utilizes library and electronic databases to locate and obtain research articles
    • Performs administrative duties, as needed, in the development of research proposals
    • Assists investigators in assembling materials needed by the Institutional Review Board
    • Assists with the publication of research findings through editing, writing, and preparing results.
    • Assists with preparing research findings in poster or presentation format (use of Microsoft Power-Point or relevant software)
  1. Conducts interviews and arranges study visits with study participants as specified by study protocols
    • Arranges, coordinates and oversees appointments with clients; assesses and documents eligibility and participation status of candidates; arranges follow-up appointments
    • Conducts research screenings with potential study participants in a clear, open-minded, non-judgmental context; maintains established guidelines of confidentiality and ethical accountability in all discourse with all study participants
  2. Utilizes written and verbal communication to contribute to the effective functioning of research projects
  • Maintains current knowledge of HIV, CBT, LGBT, substance use, and trauma research by reading academic journals, articles and other relevant publications, attending conferences, seminars, forums, trainings and other presentations pertinent to the field
  • Participates in open communication and discussion among co-workers regarding changes in protocol procedure and other information pertinent to department goals and objectives
  1. Meets Agency Participatory Expectations
    • Adheres to all agency and departmental policies and procedures
    • Participates in quality assessment and improvement activities as requested
    • Adheres to the highest principles of patient and client confidentiality
    • Adheres to established safety policies, procedures and precautions; identifies potential or actual unsafe situations in the environment and takes measures to rectify the situation
    • Attends all required meetings, in-services and professional trainings
    • Attends all regularly scheduled research meetings, trainings, forums and pertinent FH staff meetings
    • Maintains professional competence necessary to perform job responsibilities; maintains and provides agency with records of continuing education activities
    • Serves on agency committees and in professional organizations when requested
  2. Performs other related duties as required

We offer competitive salaries, and for those who qualify, an excellent benefits package; including comprehensive medical and dental insurance plans, and a retirement plan with employer match. We also provide 11 paid holidays, paid vacation, and more.
LGBTQ-identified persons, people of color, and others from historically underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

Number of Openings 1  
Position Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in field related to social science research.
  • College-level course-work in research-design or statistics for behavioral or social sciences.

Experience/Other Requirements

  • Demonstrated ability to take responsibility for assignments and deadlines and to work as part of a team
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills and experience working with diverse communities at risk for HIV infection, particularly gay/lesbian, African American and Latino
  • Computer (Microsoft Word, Power-Point, Email) Skills
  • Familiarity with database software (SPSS, Microsoft Excel)
Category Public Health Research  
Number Filled 1  
Location The Fenway Institute - Ansin  
Shift -not applicable-  
Req Number PUB-19-00021  

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