Research Assistant (Administrative)

Boston, MA
Research /
Full Time /
Care. No matter what:
PPLM has been a leader in promoting sexual health for more than 90 years.  We believe that all people deserve the information and expert services to make informed, personal decisions that affect their health, their lives and their futures.  We are the state’s leading provider of sexual and reproductive health services. We educate families and empower youth to make responsible choices that lead to healthier lives.  We advocate for policies that improve sexual health.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
PPLM believes sexual health is essential to every person’s overall health, well-being and happiness. We recognize that geographical and systemic barriers entrenched in discrimination and stigma prevent people in Massachusetts from having equitable opportunity to choose their own path and access to sexual and reproductive health care. In order to address health equity in communities across Massachusetts in an authentic way, we must start with ourselves. We are taking focused steps to make progress in our own organization. We have embarked on a diversity, equity and inclusion journey that will lead us toward becoming an organization that better reflects our patients and embodies cultural humility. We are wholeheartedly committed to this work.

We are looking for dynamic, organized, self-starters with a bachelors degree to join the PPLM team. Under the direct supervision of the Vice President of Research and Clinical Training, Director of Research Operations, and the Director of Social Science Research, the Research Assistant conducts specific research protocols associated with assigned research project(s). This position is responsible for conducting data collection and analysis, writing reports and summarizing findings.


    • Recruit study participants per recruitment methods described in applicable study protocols (Primary recruitment site will be in the Boston Health Center, but occasional in-state travel to our Health Centers in Worcester and Springfield will be required).
    • Obtain and document informed consent for research studies.
    • Abstract study data from the electronic medical record and administrative data sources as needed.
    • Build and maintain study database(s).
    • Assist with creation of data entry manual(s), data dictionaries, and related materials.
    • Schedule, coordinate, and assist in conduct of all study visits.
    • Collect data from patients who enroll in research studies.
    • Enter study data into electronic data capture systems within required timeframes.
    • Complete and review all study documents accurately and in a timely manner.
    • Maintain administrative systems to ensure subject confidentiality and compliance with institutional and federal research guidelines.
    • Maintain study binders and logs in compliance with institutional and federal research guidelines.
    • Communicate regularly with Principal Investigator, Director of Research Operations, and VP of Research and Clinical Training about the progress of ongoing studies.
    • Work with study team and health center staff to ensure that study procedures are well-integrated into the normal clinical flow, minimizing study impact on clinic efficiency.
    • Maintain correspondence with study subjects as dictated in protocol and act as a liaison between study investigators and subjects.
    • Assist with preparation of required reports to the institutional review board or the study sponsor, as needed.
    • Assist with analysis planning and descriptive statistics.
    • Other administrative tasks and responsibilities as needed.


    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Clinical research or counseling experience.
    • Ability to adhere to study protocols and to handle detailed work with precision and accuracy.
    • Highly organized with great attention to detail.
    • Commitment to team orientation and willingness to participate in ongoing feedback with research and health services colleagues.
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Ability to deal effectively and relate well to a wide range of patients, and to respond appropriately to their emotional and physical needs.
    • Spanish language proficiency preferred.
$21 - $25 an hour
Schedule: Full Time 37.5 hours/week.

Mon - Fri two weeks per month.
Tues - Sat two weeks per month

This is a one-year position with potential for extension if additional funding is identified.

This position is part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes; health, dental and vision insurance, 11 paid holidays, 403B retirement plan with a 3% employer match, paid parental leave, paid time off, flexible spending accounts and more.

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment, and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  Planned Parenthood is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.