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Clinical Studies Recruiter

Bridge HIV, San Francisco Department of Public Health
San Francisco, California
$29.21/hr + Benefits
Closing date
Jan 5, 2023
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Heluna Health invites applications for a fulltime Clinical Studies Recruiter position. Bridge HIV is a grant-funded research unit affiliated with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the University of California San Francisco. Under the direction of Susan Buchbinder, MD, Bridge HIV has been conducting HIV preventive vaccine studies, HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) studies (including oral and injectable medications and microbicides), and other studies of biomedical HIV prevention strategies since the early days of the epidemic. The Bridge HIV Investigators are global leaders in HIV vaccine and prevention science, epidemiology of HIV infection, HIV medication adherence, combination HIV prevention strategies, and HIV research training methods. For more information, please see

Under the supervision of the Community Programs Manager, this position is responsible for recruiting volunteers to participate in HIV prevention studies. The recruiter will help create and implement recruitment and community engagement strategies. Some of these strategies include field recruitment, phone screening, building and maintaining relationships with community partners and managing special projects/events. This is an entry or junior level position for an individual interested in pursuing a career in public health, clinical research and/or community engagement.

This is a temporary, grant-funded, full-time, benefited position. Employment is provided by Heluna Health.

Pay rate: $29.21 per hour

Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to be considered.

If hired for this position, you will be required to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to your start date, or have a valid religious or medical reason qualifying you for an exemption (that may or may not require accommodation).



  • Following the weekly recruitment schedule, carry out field assignments in support of clinical study recruitment objectives and targets
  • Conduct participant phone screens to determine individuals’ eligibility to volunteer for clinical studies and answer questions about HIV prevention and COVID-19 science and clinical research
  • Staff recruitment events (e.g. health clinics, street fairs, special events) as assigned; serve as lead recruiter on assigned events
  • Collaborate with Community Programs Manager to identify and pursue opportunities for in person and digital community engagement and education
  • In collaboration with clinical staff, conduct face-to-face group screens and information sessions as needed

Data Management

  • Enter recruitment contacts into the clinical study participant database (Alfie) in a timely manner following data collection and adhering to study protocol requirements
  • Contribute to meetings related to Alfie data management as needed
  • Maintain confidentiality of participant information


  • Monitor recruitment schedule and update Community Programs Manager and staff members on changes to own schedule, as appropriate
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and weekly supervisory meetings with the Community Programs Manager
  • Participate in weekly clinical/operations meetings and collaborate on health equity targeted projects
  • Complete timesheets on a daily basis
  • Other duties as assigned




  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to racial equity
  • Requires at least two years’ related experience working in the LGBT community and/or communities of color, preferably in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Experience in HIV prevention education and/or clinical studies recruitment preferred
  • Experience in HIV testing and/or counseling work preferred


Other Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Understanding of social media platforms and metrics preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and strong interviewing skills required
  • A confident, self-starter who is intellectually curious, able to learn complex, scientific concepts, and capable of explaining those concepts to diverse, public audiences
  • Detailed oriented, with strong planning/organizational skills and the ability to work well independently as well as collaboratively
  • A strong personal code of ethics and integrity and previous experience maintaining confidential data/information
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required
  • Willing to regularly work some nights and weekends required

PHYSICAL DEMANDS (please review and confirm)

Stand                                       Frequently

Walk                                        Frequently

Sit                                            Frequently

Handling / Fingering               Occasionally

Reach Outward                       Occasionally

Reach Above Shoulder           Occasionally

Climb, Crawl, Kneel, Bend     Occasionally

Lift / Carry                               Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs

Push/Pull                                 Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs

See                                          Constantly

Taste/ Smell                            Not Applicable

Not Applicable          Not required for essential functions

Occasionally             (0 - 2 hrs/day)

Frequently                 (2 - 5 hrs/day)

Constantly                 (5+ hrs/day)



General Office Setting; Indoors, Temperature Controlled (approx. 40%)

Recruitment Venues such as clinics, health fairs, events, clubs, and related locations in the Bay Area (approx. 60%)



Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to be considered.

Representatives of communities affected by health disparities are strongly encouraged to apply.

All qualified applicants will be considered for this position in accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Heluna Health is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that encourages minorities, women, veterans, and disabled to apply.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


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