Recruitment & Retention Specialist

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Regular Full-Time



Us Helping Us is a rapidly growing and mission-driven nonprofit. For the past 30 years, we have provided innovative programs and services to improve the health and wellbeing of racial, sexual orientation and gender minorities, people living with HIV/AIDS, and persons with substance abuse disorders and mental illness. As it exists today, we currently operate two office locations in the greater Washington, DC area and offer a variety of clinical, behavioral/mental health and social support services in a trusting, compassionate and non-judgmental environment. We are currently hiring for a Medical Assistant and are looking for an energetic, independently motivated and committed person to fill this position.



The Recruitment and Retention Specialist will be responsible for the recruitment and retention of 200 Black and Latino gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in a three-year study focused on understanding the epidemiology of Hepatitis C (HepC). This position is also responsible for screening Black MSM for study eligibility and completing informed consent processes for a pilot study designed to understanding optimal strategies to increase PrEP adherence among Black MSM in Washington, DC. 


Reporting to Study Coordinator, the Recruitment and Retention Specialist will have the following responsibilities:

  • Establish rapport with potential study participants as well as ensure courteous and efficient interactions during all study-related visits and activities.

  • Screen potential study participants for study eligibility and review activities and obtain informed consent with individuals who screen study eligible.

  • Enroll 200 Black and Latino MSM for the proposed study and retain these men over the 12-month follow-up period.

  • Develop, coordinate and support activities designed to promote the recruitment of potential study participants, including community/venue- and virtual-based strategies appropriate for the recruitment of target population.

  • Develop daily recruitment activities, which include but are not limited to, use of the organization’s social media platforms (e.g., Facebook) and geospatial network apps (Jack’d, Grindr) for recruitment of study participants and identifying other recruitment opportunities; match potential participants’ needs to current studies, upcoming studies or log in database for future studies; and, schedule qualified participants for study visits.

  • Enlist assistance from organizational staff (e.g., Community Health Workers) to identify potential study participants. 

  • Implement the IRB-approved study protocol with study participants, including the study activities at the baseline and follow-up study visits.

  • Review enrollment and retention reports with other study personnel (e.g., Research Coordinator) to ensure recruitment goals are met and make any mid-course corrections and implement changes to recruitment and retention strategies as necessary and appropriate.

  • Organize and coordinate community outreach programs that promote recruitment and retention activities.

  • Perform local travel to fulfill position responsibilities, including transporting clients to study visit and referral agencies for treatment (e.g., HepC).

  • Perform other position-related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):

  • Knowledge about HepC and HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care, especially for Black and Latino MSM (e.g., sexual health).

  • Experience in engaging racial and sexual minorities in health-related services and activities, including research studies.

  • Skills in working within a team structure, while taking initiative and working independently to complete necessary tasks without major supervision. 

  • Skills in multi-tasking, managing time, and meeting critical deadlines. 

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, self-motivated and enthusiastic.

  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment and provide caring and non-judgmental client-centered services.

  • Experience working with LGBTQ individuals and racial minorities and respects cultural and religious practices of patients and work sensitively with young Black gay and bisexual women and transgender women, other minorities / community issues.

  • Proficient in basic computer and software applications.

Experience and Education:

  • High school diploma (or GED equivalency) required.

  • Minimum one (1) year experience doing community outreach and education at non-profit organization preferred or 6 month experience in paid/volunteer work or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Must be able to work evening and weekend hours within high risk environments and communities.

  • Experience and knowledge of HepC, HIV, other sexually transmitted infections (e.g., Syphilis) and chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes, hypertension).



  • Salary range $17.00-21.00 per hour plus a generous benefits package, including tuition reimbursement and an employer-paid contribution to a 401(k) retirement plan.

  • This is a part-time position (20-30 hours per week) and includes regular evenings and weekends. 

  • Driver’s license required.

  • Valid U.S. work permit required.

  • Must submit to and successfully complete a background investigation and drug test.

  • Us Helping Us has a smoke-free environment and non-smokers are preferred. Excellent personal hygiene is a must.



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