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Research Assistant

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Job ID R010700

The Center for Home Care Policy & Research at VNS Health, the largest nonprofit home healthcare agency in the United States is seeking a Research Assistant to support data collection for current and upcoming research studies. Dis-Infection Study: In collaboration with the School of Nursing at Columbia University and the University of Rochester, the study aims to understand the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of home care patients and their caregivers related to infection prevention and control in the home environment. Speech Recognition Study: In collaboration with the School of Nursing at Columbia University, this innovative study aims to audio record clinician-patient conversations to develop a tool to detect patients who are at increased risk for emergency department or hospital admission during their home care episode. The Research Assistant will recruit participants for the interviews and conduct interviews and audio recordings in participant homes. For the speech recognition project, phone conversations may also be recorded between research assistants and patients. We are seeking a detail-oriented individual who is passionate about research and willing to travel to participants' homes for data collection activities.


$17.49 - $21.80 Hourly

What We Provide

  • Referral bonus opportunities
  • Generous paid time off (PTO), starting at 30 days of paid time off and 9 company holidays  
  • Health insurance plan for you and your loved ones, Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability   
  • Employer-matched retirement saving funds  
  • Personal and financial wellness programs   
  • Pre-tax flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for healthcare and dependent care    
  • Generous tuition reimbursement for qualifying degrees  
  • Opportunities for professional growth and career advancement   
  • Internal mobility, generous tuition reimbursement, CEU credits, and advancement opportunities    
  • Interdisciplinary network of colleagues through the VNS Health Social Services Community of Professionals.

What You Will Do

  • Call home care patients to screen them over the phone and recruit them for the studies
  • Coordinate and schedule interviews and audio-recordings in participant homes in NYC
  • Travel to the participants home to administer the survey tool or audio record the clinician-patient conversations
  • Track recruitment efforts in an assignment sheet provided from the study coordinator
  • Participate in quality assurance efforts
  • Participate in team meetings



  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience in health care, social service, social sciences or related discipline preferred

Work Experience:

  • Excellent oral communication and organizational skills, required
  • Proficient with personal computers, including word processing, spreadsheet/chart/graph/database preparation. (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint), required
  • Minimum of one year of related experience in a health or policy research setting, preferred
  • Some experience conducting in-person and telephone interviews, and/or focus groups, preferred
  • Experience in social science or health research, preferred
  • Knowledge of home care, preferred
  • Experience in cold calling or customer service calls, preferred
  • Strong ability to collaborate effectively with team members towards shared objectives
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, preferred

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to commit to project for at least 1 year (preferred commitment of 2+ years)
  • Needs to be comfortable talking with older adults
  • Needs to be comfortable to travel to the VNS patients’ home in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Bronx
  • Participate in research center staff meetings

About Us

VNS Health is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit home and community-based health care organizations. Innovating in health care for more than 125 years, our commitment to health and well-being is what drives us—we help people live, age and heal where they feel most comfortable, in their own homes, connected to their family and community. On any given day, more than 10,000 VNS Health team members deliver compassionate care, unparalleled expertise and 24/7 solutions and resources to the more than 43,000 “neighbors” who look to us for care. Powered and informed by data analytics that are unmatched in the home and community-health industry, VNS Health offers a full range of health care services, solutions and health plans designed to simplify the health care experience and meet the diverse and complex needs of the communities and people we serve in New York and beyond.

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As a team member of VNS Health, you share a passion for improving the health of patients through best-in-class care in the home and the community.

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We provide our team members a well-rounded employment experience, competitive compensation, and a robust and affordable benefits package that serves you and your family. Our Total Rewards Program at VNS Health is an investment in your health, wealth and life.

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