Part-time Bilingual Interviewer / Research Assistant

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Project: Program Refinements to Optimize Model Impact and Scalability based on Evidence (PROMISE)

Funding Agency: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)


The CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health is recruiting a skilled field-based bilingual interviewer/research assistant for the PROMISE Study to support the implementation of discrete choice experiment surveys and open-ended one-on-one interviews in both English and Spanish. PROMISE is a collaborative research study carried out by CUNY SPH and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH). The project seeks to identify drivers of provider and client engagement in an HIV Care Coordination Program recently refined to more effectively address structural barriers to care.

Survey component: The primary tasks of the researcher will include as-needed support with recruitment, assistance with survey setup and technical support, and administration of the survey in English or Spanish when the client prefers to have assistance.  The position will be based at the CUNY ISPH in Central Harlem, with activities potentially occurring at 25 NYC agencies around the city and the DOHMH in Long Island City. 

Interview component: Primary tasks include conducting open-ended qualitative interviews under the supervision of a medical anthropologist. Interviews will be conducted with participants at either one of the six NYC partner agencies, the CUNY office in Central Harlem, or the DOHMH in Long Island City. The interviewer will be a collaborating member of the qualitative research team and have the opportunity to participate in data coding, analysis, and manuscript development, as interest and funding allows.

See below for details and, if interested, please send a résumé and a cover letter/statement of interest to Sarah Kulkarni at sarah.kulkarni@sph.cuny.eduwith the job title in the subject line.

Bilingual Interviewer/Research Associate Responsibilities

·     Provide technical assistance for survey implementation

·     Conduct informed consent and structured interviews in Spanish and English with study participants

·     Arrange and conduct one-on-one open-ended interviews in Spanish and English

·     Update research tools and strategies in response to issues that arise during data collection

·     Join weekly qualitative research meetings and participate in refining of interview methods

·     Assist with qualitative interview coding and data cleaning

·     Travel to various field locations within New York City to conduct surveys or interviews – travel expenses will be reimbursed


·     The research period is expected to commence in September 2019 and extend to May 2020

·     The position will require 10-15 hours/week with a maximum of 19 hours/week

·     Fieldwork days and hours will vary, so some schedule flexibility is necessary


Experience – required:

–     At least one previous project conducting qualitative fieldwork using open-ended interviews and or focus group techniques.

–     Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to communicate respectfully with people from diverse racial/ethnic, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic, age, cultural, and religious groups/perspectives

–     Ability to comply with strict protocols for confidentiality and familiarity with ethical guidelines

–     Sensitivity and responsiveness to agencies’ and clients’ concerns, questions and comfort levels with study procedures

–     Effective organizational skills, including rigorous documentation habits

–     Ability to learn and use computerized survey programs

–     Complete comfort/fluency conducting nuanced open-ended interviews in both English and Spanish languages

Experience – desired:

–     Familiarity with HIV health and social services in New York, and an interest in implementation science research

If interested, please send a résumé and a cover letter/statement of interest to Sarah Kulkarni at sarah.kulkarni@sph.cuny.eduwith the job title in the subject line.

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