Boston Qualitative Research Project Adolescent MSM

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Fenway Community Health CenterBoston, MA

Under the supervision of the Director of Health Policy Research, the Project Manager oversees the Fenway Institute’s participation in a collaborative research project with two external partners to improve HIV prevention with adolescent men who have sex with men (AMSM), especially Black and Latino AMSM. The project involves organizing and convening a youth advisory group and a research advisory group, conducting an online survey with AMSM, conducting focus groups with AMSM and youth-serving professionals in three cities across the U.S., and developing tools to improve AMSM’s access to HIV screening and prevention services, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and other biobehavioral approaches.

Boston Qualitative Research Project Adolescent MSM

Boston Qualitative Research Project Adolescent MSM

Primary responsibilities: assesses site needs for study start-up and takes initiative to prepare site for study operations and procedures; oversees the development and revision of study materials; prepares materials for IRB submission; monitors the quality of written and computerized data, including regular data quality assessments (QA and QC activities); manages focus group data collection and transcription; develops and maintains regulatory binder for the study; develops and revises study budget; recruits a diverse group of AMSM to advise the project; identifies, implements, and oversees recruitment strategies and efforts, including in-person and online outreach; screens and schedules potential participants; develops and maintains screening and recruitment related databases; oversees regulatory procedures and assists in development of study materials; engages in appropriate and regular communication with Investigators, study team, and external research collaborators to ensure accountability, prevent conflict, and maintain healthy team dynamics; and assists in the development of research projects and publication of study findings.

Additional responsibilities: convenes regular meetings with the Youth Advisory Board; represents the study team and the Fenway Institute in meetings and trainings; serves as a community leader and educator, by presenting at local conferences, meetings and events; mentors and/or provides training/assistance to junior staff or other team members; and maintains current knowledge of HIV and STI research, LGBT youth development research.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social science research or related field required
  • Familiarity with HIV prevention issues facing young gay and bisexual men/men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women, especially Black and Latino YMSM and transgender women, and other groups at high-risk for HIV infection
  • Demonstrated ability to take responsibility for assignments and deadlines and to work as part of a team
  • Excellent communication (both written and verbal) and computer (Microsoft Word, Power-Point, Email) skills
  • Experience working in an ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse environment
  • Direct experience working with LGBT youth of color highly preferred
  • Experience conducting focus groups and analyzing qualitative data preferred
  • Experience developing health educational resources and tools preferred
  • Experience conducting literature review and writing academic reports and manuscripts preferred
  • Project management skills preferred

Fenway Health is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation or identification, age, marital status, disability or veteran status, or to other non-work-related factors.

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