Research Specialist
Whitman-Walker Clinic 3 reviews - Washington, DC

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At Whitman-Walker, our commitment to “Community, Caring and Quality” really shines through! Our mission is to be the highest quality, culturally competent community health center serving greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care. We offer a full line of healthcare services including: (1) Comprehensive outpatient offerings for medical and dental healthcare; (2) an on-site Pharmacy; (3) legal support in the areas of estate planning, entitlements assistance, discrimination litigation and others; (4) behavioral healthcare provided through individual, group and day treatment means; and (5) confidential and anonymous HIV testing and counseling services.

Disclaimer: All applicants to Whitman-Walker are asked to follow the Application Process cited in this posting below. The health center does not accept expressions of interest for positions that are not posted on its website. Only those applicants who have applied through the job posting will be considered for open positions. No agencies or phone calls .

Whitman-Walker is proud to offer this exciting opportunity:

Under direction, the Research Specialist participates in the administration and implementation of trial research programs at the health center. This position will work directly with study participants and ensure that study protocols are followed accurately. Too, the individual will compile necessary records and perform data entry and other administrative tasks for the trials. This individual will be an active member of team of professionals that are responsible for the administration and implementation of research programs, assuring that study protocols are accurately followed at all types.


We are seeking a full-time research specialist who will: (1) assist with recruiting and enrollment of new clients into the various trial programs at Whitman-Walker, conducting basic interviews and facilitating completion of pre-study questionnaires; (2) create and implement retention programs to proactively reduce subject dropout rates; (3) assist research nursing team by coordinating all patient research visits, maintaining contact with study population over the duration of the study period; (4) assist in ensuring that all protocols are strictly followed, compiling lab results and reviewing interview forms and questionnaires for completeness; (5) provide program information and educational material to prospective or current clients to facilitate client's understanding of protocols and treatments; (6) coordinate referrals for case management, primary care and specialty care as necessary; and, (7) perform other duties as assigned by the department leaders and appropriate to the position.


The incumbent will be expected to possess: (1) k nowledge of contemporary research into HIV and AIDS, especially with regard to clinical trials and the provisioning of medicines and treatments still being researched; (2) knowledge of general protocols for clinical trials and related programs, specifically as relates to the duties of the medical provider and ethical standards in communicating with patients; (3) highly developed oral and written communication skills, including the ability to function efficiently as part of a multidisciplinary team in facilitating the clinical trial programs; (4) an ability to conduct sensitive, empathetic interviews that respect the dignity and diversity of clients; (5) an ability to prepare accurate, concise and comprehensive reports; (6) an ability to maintain client records and information in an accurate, timely and confidential manner; (7) excellent organizational skills; (8) proficiency in use of computer word processing and data entry programs including MS Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook) with v2010 preferred; (9) the ability to maintain client records and information in an accurate, timely and confidential manner; and (10) the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously with accuracy in environment that changes quickly with priorities that shift often.

A 37.50-hour work week is a general requirement, with a Monday through Friday schedule being typical. Some early morning and late evening coverage may be required depending on scheduling requirements. This position will be located at our NW site ( Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center ).


This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in a medical sciences-related field (biology, research, etc.) or at least four years of direct medical care and/or clinical research experience. A Master’s Degree or post-bachelor’s education is preferred. At least one year of clinical research or laboratory research experience required. Experience working with an ethnically, culturally and racially diverse work staff is preferred. The ability to work harmoniously with diverse groups of individuals is essential.


Working conditions for this position are normal for a clinical environment. Individual may be required to work evenings and / or weekends.


Lifting: No more than 20 lbs and infrequently.

Movement: Standing and sitting for long periods.

Visual: Long periods on computer.

Concentration: Extended periods of engagement with clients where concentration is key to accuracy in research administration and when using medical instruments.

Communication: Direct and indirect communication. Written and verbal aquity.


Location: NW site Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

Department: Clinical Investigations and Research

Reports to: Director, Clinical Investigations and Research

Union: 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers Union.

Grant Funded: Yes.


Applicants seeking to apply for this position should use the ‘Apply for this Position’ button following this posting. New users will be asked then set up an account through the organization’s applicant tracking system. Returning users may use the ‘Previous Applicants’ access also below.

The submission of interest to a position with Whitman-Walker will require each applicant to upload and submit a cover letter and resume through the Employment Opportunities online application. WE ASK THAT THIS BE A SINGLE, COMBINED DOCUMENT WITH THE COVER LETTER AND THEN THE RESUME MERGED AS ONE.

Only those applicants who submit a cover letter with a resume will be considered. A valid email address is required to apply.

Whitman-Walker is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants, its employees or former employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status and gender identity. For accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources.


Whitman-Walker believes that, since its employees have committed their lives to helping others, they deserve an organization that provides for their well-being and for that of their families. Recognizing that the benefits package comprises not only a major part of total compensation, but also an important personal benefit, it is our goal to make available to employees a comprehensive yet cost-effective benefits package. To this end, we offer Medical, Dental and Vision insurance through major carriers. Other benefits include: Company-paid Life and AD&D, Short-term and Long-term Disability plans, Voluntary Life and AD&D, Flexible Spending Accounts, a 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan, SmartBenefits through the SmarTrip program (WMATA), health club membership discounts, Capital Bikeshare discount and more. Employees are eligible for these benefits on the first day of employment. Whitman-Walker does not offer a company-paid transportation or commuter benefit to its employees therefore travel to and from the work site posted here is not compensable.


For affirmative action purposes, all applicants will be asked to self-identify through the on-line application process. However, this action is voluntary in nature. Whitman-Walker does not accept unsolicited resumes or agency submissions. ALL job seekers must follow the specific instructions to a specific position identified by a job number. Applicants may apply to all positions for which they meet the disclosed basic qualifications.

Furthermore, it is Whitman-Walker’s practice to post all open positions on its website. Only those applicants who meet the Basic Qualifications will be considered for the position to which they have submitted an expression of interest. Applicants who meet the Basic Qualifications for the position may be contacted.

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