Boston - MA Full Time 2 months ago

Responsible for developing inclusive recruitment related strategies and leading community engagement outreach for the Clinical Research Network (CRN) under the primary direction of the CRN Director, affiliated Principal Investigators, and BMC’s VP of Community Engagement. As this role develops the Community Engagement and Recruitment Specialist (CERS) will serve as a liaison between the researcher community at BMC, clinical operations, the community coalitions, communications, and various community stakeholders to integrate, and collaborate with community-level public health regarding clinical research opportunities at BMC.

Clinical Research Network- Community Engagement & Recruitment Specialist

Department: Clinical Trails Office

Schedule: Full Time

Job Description


The Community Engagement and Recruitment Specialist will play a key role in developing a community-based recruitment program for the CRN to ensure inclusion of BMC’s community members in research studies by partnering with the community to conduct needs assessments, receive guidance on effective educational design, with the long-term goal of building trust, and removing barriers to inclusive participation in clinical research protocols.

  • Co-designs with CRN Director, VP of Community Engagement and direct community to develop outreach and engagement strategies.
  • Creates comprehensive CRN protocol recruitment strategies.
  • Strategizes with Boston Health Equity Research Network (BHERN) and CTSI Community Engagement Core on CRN engagement opportunities.
  • Works with coalitions and community organizations to identify opportunities to educate our communities about the importance of inclusive research participation.
  • Develops and manage enrollment metric models on successful community outreach for leadership to track progress.
  • Reports on research enrollment metrics to CRN Director and PIs.
  • Works on data quality improvement initiatives.
  • Partners with IRB and CDW to develop reports on eligible patients for CR Network protocols.
  • Advocates for collection, analysis, and reporting of data to identify and address health disparities and racial inequities.
  • Assists in facilitation and participate in community-based learning initiatives to build and support a culture of data-driven decision making.
  • Collaborates with CRN Program Manager, and others to successfully enroll participants in applicable protocols.
  • Identifies and collaborates with Clinic Operations for space and scheduling needs.
  • Attends regular COVID research meetings to share experience and identify areas of improvement.
  • Develops demographic reporting metrics to ensure goals of equitable opportunity for a diverse participation population are being met.
  • Collaborates with BU and BMC Social Media, Communications, and Website design around CRN trials and supports Program Manager to obtain IRB approval on applicable documentation.
  • Works with CRN Program Manager to obtain translated study materials in applicable languages.
  • Aids CRN Program Manager in RedCap survey design, when applicable.
  • Disseminates community engagement successes to the BU/BMC research community.
  • Develops centralized documentation for BU/BMC researchers to use in budget negotiations on the additional costs related to Diversity and Inclusion recruitment.
  • Utilizes hospital’s behavioral standards to establish a positive environment in which all study participants and research staff are treated with dignity and respect.
  • Performs other duties as needed.
  • Adheres to all of BMC’s RESPECT behavioral standards.

Other Duties

  • Performs other duties as required.

(The above statements in this job description are intended to depict the general nature and level of work assigned to the employee(s) in this job. The above is not intended to represent an exhaustive list of accountable duties and responsibilities required).



A Master’s degree in Public Health, Healthcare Administration, or related field with a minimum of two additional years of work experience is preferred. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree and substantial work experience (4+ years) may considered.




  • Preferred, minimum of two years of experience working in research, intervention planning and monitoring, and/or data management projects required.
  • This is not a supervisory role; no management experience required.


  • Must be organized, accountable, deadline and detail-oriented and be able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to communicate data and findings to different stakeholder groups and research staff in a way that is practical and promotes equal access to information.
  • Experience working with diverse populations; awareness of the impact of racial and health inequities
  • Demonstrated proficiency in project management, including budgeting, planning, execution, delivery, quality assurance, and reporting.
  • Experience in qualitative and/or data analysis and manuscript preparation is preferred.
  • Proficient in MS Word, Power Point, Excel,
  • Overall Epic reporting, understanding, and navigation skills
  • Exposure to Data Warehouse reporting and understanding or capabilities
  • Must be a proactive problem solver with superb planning, program coordination, and leadership skills.

This position is a hybrid role with on and off-site presence and is subject to BMC COVID-19 guidelines regarding staff on campus.

Job Classifications

  • 203B – Other Professionals (BMC AAP Job Group-United States of America)

Req id: 24683

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