US Pointer Navigator
US Pointer Navigator
Location: Chicago, IL
Work Hours: Full-time
Grade Level: 305
Reports To: Director, Health Care Initiatives
Who We Are:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia - by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.
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 www.alz.org 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.
The Alzheimer's Association 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.
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. This position reports to the Director, Medical and Research Activities at the Illinois Chapter.
This position may be remote based in the Chicagoland area. Navigators will be required to visit the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter office several times a month, as needed, as part of their employment. Additional travel by road within a defined geographical area in the state of Illinois will be required and reimbursed per the travel policies of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Duration of Position
This is a full-time, fully benefited, grant-funded position that is expected to run for approximately 24 months.
Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- 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.
- 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.
- Bilingual in Spanish and English – preferred but not required.
- 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.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- 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).
- Able to engage and encourage participants to safely engage in and continue their intervention activities.
- 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.
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 and Volunteer Day of their choosing. They are also eligible for our gold standard 401(k) retirement plan.
Full time employees (37.5 hours/week), will enjoy all of the above plus an annual School Visitation Day an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing, plus Caregiver Leave.
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.