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Research Assistant

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.

Sudbury, MA, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2024

Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. ("AHP"), is seeking a Research Assistant to join our team of leading researchers in behavioral health studies. This position will be located in AHP’s Sudbury, MA office. The Research Assistant will be expected to work in the office at least three days a week.


AHP (www.ahpnet.com) is a fast-growing consulting and research firm specializing in health and behavioral health, offering technical assistance and training, system and program development, resource development and dissemination, and research and evaluation. Our core content areas include mental health policy and services, substance abuse treatment and prevention, co-occurring disorders, workforce development, homelessness and housing, and criminal justice.

Position and Responsibilities

This Research Assistant position will work primarily across projects, conducting a range of field operations, data collection and management, and administrative functions. Specific responsibilities are listed below.

  • Participate in data collection, data entry, and data quality/integrity tasks.
  • Enroll, track, and conduct in-person interviews with study participants.
  • Meet regularly with the project team to discuss interviewing, data collection and quality, and any difficulties.
  • Maintain interview incentive, participant tracking and other project-related databases.
  • Assist with qualitative interviews with study participants, program staff, program stakeholders.
  • Print, compile and mail paper interview packets.
  • Act as a liaison between the evaluation and program staff regarding data collection, submission, and all related questions.
  • Contribute to literature reviews, reports, and other written work products.
  • Assist with proposal writing and submissions.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in public health, social work, sociology or other related field, and previous experience with field studies in behavioral health (e.g., internship) are strongly preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Experience conducting interviews and other data collection activities, including Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) data is a plus.
  • Experience working directly with individuals who are currently or have experienced life challenges such as homelessness, substance misuse, mental health problems and/or child welfare involvement.
  • Experience working or volunteering in direct service settings, non-profit agencies, or publicly-funded treatment programs, such as homeless shelters, outreach programs, community-based mental health centers, etc.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to perform duties that require close attention to detail.
  • Ability to quickly establish a good rapport and a respectful and empathic relationship with study participants.
  • Ability to collaborate with multi-disciplinary team members, and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisor, technical staff, and community-based and other partners.
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, and citation management software. REDCap experience preferred.

About AHP

AHP influences change in health and business systems to support vulnerable populations—from creating policy to engaging in ground-level, hands-on work. We help organizations and individuals reach their full potential through professional consulting; research, evaluation, and data analytics; technical assistance and training; and virtual solutions, publications, and events.

Our areas of expertise include behavioral health, mental health policy and services, substance use disorders, workforce development, homelessness, housing and employment programs, trauma-informed care, criminal justice, women and children, veterans, health care reform, and population health management.

AHP is proud to have been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. We earned this credential based on extensive ratings provided by employees in anonymous surveys. We value employee well-being and are actively engaged in creating an environment that supports work-life balance, self-care, and mental and emotional health.

AHP is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or protected veteran status.

Research suggests that women and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals may self-select out of opportunities if they do not meet 100 percent of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive on our team to apply for this role.

Salary Range: $46,000 - $50,000

AHP, in an effort to be transparent with applicants about salary and in compliance with various state pay disclosure requirements, publishes the following information which is current as of the date of posting. The base salary range above represents the low and high end of the AHP salary range for this position. Actual salaries will vary and may be high or low in the range based on various factors including but not limited to location, experience, and education. The range listed is just one component of AHP’s total compensation package for employees.

Other rewards may include annual bonuses, short- and long-term incentives, and program-specific awards. In addition, AHP provides a variety of benefits to employees, including comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance for you and your family, a retirement plan with a 3% match, student loan repayment assistance, employer-paid life and disability insurance, generous paid time off, and much more.