Experienced Research Interviewers are sought for a landmark study of mental health in the general population, begun in 1981 and now in its 5th wave of data collection, which entails lengthy face-to-face interviews and extensive cognitive assessments with older adults living in the community. This wave is being conducted 15 years after the previous contact with the study participants and is focused on mental health issues and aging.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Interviewers are responsible for implementing under unpredictable and varying field conditions a complex data collection protocol consisting of 2 separate visits to respondents' homes. The protocol includes locating and making initial contact with potential participants, including utilization of electronic searches and multiple contact attempts; traveling within a radius of 2-hours from Baltimore; conducting 2-3 hour long structured interviews using a tablet computer; administering a series of cognitive, vision, and hearing tests; taking physical measurements such as height, weight, grip strength, and blood pressure; instructing participants in the use of simple at-home sleep monitoring technology (actigraphy); and collecting buccal swabs, if needed. Other tasks such as data entry, performing quality control functions, and administrative tasks may be required. In addition to face-to-face interviews, some portion of data will be collected by telephone.
They will also conduct short telephone interviews with other designated informants.
Interviewers are expected to adhere to the highest standards of human subject's protection and will be required to complete related IRB trainings, HIPAA training, and to sign a confidentiality agreement. Efficiency and quality of work will be monitored for adherence to study protocol and budget constraints.
Work will be part-time, casual, with an expected range of 15-27 hours per week. Work flow will vary from week to week and the study cannot guarantee a set number of hours per week. Compensation will be provided for travel as well as time. The study is expected to last for about 2 years from the date of training.
Interviewers report to the Study Field Manager, who provides assignments and guidance during the study. After receiving a caseload of potential participants, interviewers will work individually and relatively independently to locate, contact and interview participants, providing updates at each stage. Interviewers can expect to make weekly office visits to review progress and troubleshoot problems.
Interviewers will attend a 10-day paid training program and must pass certification before commencing fieldwork (facilitated by the Field Director). Interviewers are expected to attend periodic debriefings, additional trainings, and individual coaching/mentoring sessions with quality control staff and/or Sr. Field Interviewers.
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.
Some college courses preferred. Prefer some related coursework or administrative experience.
Prior experience administering cognitive assessment measures is not essential, as some training will be provided, but would be a significant advantage.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Excellent communication skills and flexibility are a must for this role. Interviewers are required to make first contact with participants and recruit them into the study, spend time administering a lengthy and detailed interview and cognitive assessment battery in participants' homes, and ensure that participants enjoy their experience as much as possible in order to retain them in the study.
Interviewers will need to be able to easily build rapport with individuals from diverse backgrounds, at times in unpredictable and chaotic environments. Ability to communicate effectively with older adults as well as family
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