Job Description

U.S. Pointer Navigator



Reports to: 

Chief Program Officer


Full-time, Exempt


Sacramento, California


Grade 5 / Min: $46,800 - $59,700 - $72,500


Fluent bilingual Spanish 

Job Overview

The U.S. POINTER Navigator will serve as the main liaison for study participants, providing support and management of 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.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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