Job Description

U.S. Pointer Navigator



Reports to: 

Chief Program Officer


Full-time, Exempt


Sacramento, California



Fluent bilingual Spanish 

Who We Are
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

At the Alzheimer’s Association, our employees are at the core of all we do. Our network of more than 1,700 employees across the United States makes a difference each and every day for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and those at risk for the disease.

We warmly invite qualified applicants to consider this opportunity to make a life-changing impact on the millions living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and those that may be diagnosed with the disease in the future.  Read on to learn more about the role, then visit our website to find out more about who we are and why we've been recognized as a Best Place to Work the last eleven years in a row.

Position Summary

The U.S. POINTER Navigator 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 2-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 be conducted in both English and Spanish.

This is a full-time, fully benefited, grant-funded position that is expected to run through the end of calendar year 2021, at a minimum, and reports to the Chief Program Officer. 

This position may be remote based in the Greater Sacramento area. Navigators will be required to visit the Alzheimer’s Association office in Sacramento several times a month, as needed, as part of their employment.

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

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

  • Bilingual in Spanish REQUIRED
  • 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.
  • Access to reliable vehicle, valid driver's license, good driving record and proof of automobile insurance required.

Employees working 24 hours/week or more are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, flex accounts, short and long-term disability, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, generous PTO as well as an annual Cultural & Heritage Day of their choosing, Caregiver Leave, Volunteer and School Visitation time off, paid holidays and a gold standard 401(k) retirement plan.

The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides consideration for an employment relationship without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, genetic predisposition, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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