Job Description


About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. We are the largest private funder of Alzheimer research and the premier source of information and support for the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers.

At the Alzheimer’s Association, we are the brains behind saving yours®.  Many of us who work for the Association have some connection with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. It is what drives us to make the extra effort in the daunting task of modifying a disease that currently has no cure. With 78 million baby boomers entering the age of greatest risk for Alzheimer’s, we need passionate, dedicated people committed to helping the Association meet the increasing demand for care and support and fund vital Alzheimer’s research.

The Alzheimer's Association's U.S. Study to Protect Brain Health Through Lifestyle Intervention to Reduce Risk (U.S. POINTER) is a two-year clinical trial to evaluate whether lifestyle interventions that simultaneously target many risk factors protect cognitive function in older adults who are at increased risk for cognitive decline. U.S. POINTER is the first such study to be conducted in a large group of Americans across the United States. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for both participants and researchers.

Why join us? We have been recognized as a Best Nonprofit to Work For by the Nonprofit Times nine consecutive years and offer a great mission, excellent benefits and a positive, engaging work culture.. 

Job Overview

The U.S. POINTER Navigator (Part-time) will serve as the main liaison for study participants, providing support and management of an assigned team of participants assigned to the same intervention arm of a randomized controlled trial for the duration of the two year study. This role is crucial to participant engagement and retention and will require regular contact and oversight of participant study-related activities. Sessions will ideally be conducted in both English and Spanish.

Job Location

This position may be remote based in the Greater Providence area. Navigators will be required to visit the Alzheimer’s Association office, as needed and appropriate, as part of their employment. (Please note that this requirement will not be in place during the current pandemic, when all meetings will be conducted via videoconference and telephone.)

Additional travel by road within a defined geographical area in the state of Rhode Island will be required and reimbursed per the travel policies of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Duration of Position

This is a part-time (24 hours per week), fully benefited, grant-funded position that is expected to run through the end of calendar year 2022, at a minimum.

Essential Functions:

  • Work with study participants to engage and encourage them to follow their study-prescribed lifestyle intervention activities
  • Facilitate participants’ use of computer technology as needed, which could include wearable activity tracking devices, computer-based training, and telephone applications
  • Work closely with the research clinic to ensure high quality of participant experience.

Key Attributes: 

The Navigator must possess the ability to engage participants, be highly organized and have a background in motivational interviewing and group facilitation. Preference will be given to applicants that have experience in one or more areas of the study’s interventions (i.e., physical activity, nutrition or cognitive aging). The Navigator should be able to engage and encourage participants to safely engage in and continue their intervention activities. Additionally, the Navigator must be proficient at facilitating participants’ use of computer technology, such as wearable activity tracking devices, Bluetooth connectivity, smartphones, messaging (e.g., SMS, email), and access to web-based sites for cognitive training, data entry, and communication with the research clinic. The Navigator is expected to be a knowledgeable, friendly, responsible and diplomatic representative of the Alzheimer’s Association with the study participants, researchers and community in general.

Education & Experience & Other Requirements:

  • Strong preference given to Bilingual (Spanish/English) candidates.
  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, sociology or related field required. Advanced degree in community counseling preferred. 
  • 2 - 3 years' experience with prevention based counseling, motivational interviewing, or short-term, cognitive behavioral counseling preferred.  
  • Experience in health promotion at a community level and past experience engaging diverse populations is highly desired. 
  • Must have a high degree of familiarity with current computer technologies due to the nature of the data being collected through the study and the means by which it's being collected (e.g., web browsers, Bluetooth, wearable activity monitors, smartphones).
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications required, with the ability to quickly learn Google applications.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Ability to travel frequently throughout the assigned territory.
  • Reliable vehicle, valid driver's license, good driving record and proof of automobile insurance required.

The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws.


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