United States of America: Community Outreach Assistant

Organization: ICAP
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 30 Jun 2017

The Bronx Prevention Center, part of ICAP at Columbia University, is a Clinical Research Site (CRS) within the NIH-funded AIDS Clinical Trials Unit at Columbia University. Located in a clinical office on East 158th Street in the Bronx, the site has over ten years of experience conducting phase 1 and 2 and observational HIV prevention clinical trials.

The Community Outreach Assistant will assist with grant-funded HIV prevention clinical research studies, including a study of the safety and efficacy of a monoclonal antibody in preventing HIV infections in men who have sex with men and transgender individuals.

Under the direct supervision of the CRS Coordinator, the Community Outreach Assistant will help with the recruitment and retention of participants, plan and conduct recruitment activities, identify potential participants on weekdays and weekends, conduct in-person interviews, conduct phone screens, act as community liaison for outreach and education, and conduct other aspects of HIV prevention clinical trials as needed.

This position is grant funded.

LOCATION: East 158th Street, Bronx, NY


  • Assist in all aspects of recruitment including, but not limited to, identifying candidate pools to recruit from; conducting phone screens; assisting in developing recruitment material; reviewing potential participants to evaluate if they meet study requirements; coordinating recruiting initiatives; attending fairs for recruiting and promoting study recognition; and managing social media accounts
  • Develop working relationships with key people in the community to aid in recruiting
  • Community Outreach Responsibilities:
  • Act as Liaison to the Community Advisory Board (CAB), attend monthly CAB meetings, present research findings to the CAB, present new protocols and recruitment materials to the CAB for feedback, and in-turn present the CAB feedback to the network study team.
  • Assist with community outreach, such as, contacting community organizations, promoting collaborative efforts among organizations/programs, and attending community meetings.
  • Act as representative to the network Community Working Groups (CWG), participate in CWG meetings and conference calls, and contribute to the design and planning of activities to educate the community about HIV prevention, and provide community views on study protocols.
  • Assist in all aspects of retention including, but not limited to, study team outreach; tracking scheduled study visits; and reminding participants about follow-up visits through phone calls, emails, texts, letters, and home visits
  • Maintain confidentiality of study participants and adhere to principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Human Subject Protection (HSP)
  • Assist with designated aspects of study including ensuring site compliance with study protocols, all relevant procedures, policies and regulations. Understand and adhere to study protocols, and other appropriate regulations, procedures and policies
  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Experience working in the Public Health field with a focus on recruitment for public health research protocols
  • Familiarity with internet, social media and phone apps
  • Experience with recruitment
  • Experience working in an ethnically, culturally and racially diverse environment
  • Demonstrated experience organizing and managing disparate work flows to meet schedules and requirements
  • Excellent oral, written, organizational and interpersonal skills


  • 2+ years of related experience
  • Experience working with populations at elevated risk of HIV acquisition, such as men who have sex with men and transgender individuals
  • Knowledge of New York City communities of men who have sex with men
  • Spanish language skills

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