Department Name: Center for American Indian Health
Personnel Area: School of Public Health
The Center for American Indian Health (CAIH) is located within International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The core activities housed at CAIH include research studies of infectious diseases and behavioral health, and a training program.
The goals of the Nutrition Team (behavioral health projects) are to empower American Indian youth to realize their full potential through the promotion of physical fitness, healthy nutrition, and the acquisition of positive life skills.
The Research Program Assistant II works as a full-time staff member with a primary focus on behavioral and community-health programs run by Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health to benefit members of Indigenous groups such as Native Americans, Alaskan Natives and First Nations. The Nutrition/Fitness programs are designed to bring program innovations and activities to underserved communities in an effort to overcome barriers to affordability and accessibility to healthy foods. The Center and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has a mission to work in partnership with American Indian tribes to raise the health status and self-sufficiency of American Indian people to the highest possible level. This mission is accomplished through three core activities: 1) research, 2) service, and 3) training.
This position is based in Whiteriver, AZ with travel to participating field sites and Baltimore required on a regular basis, as well as relevant public health conferences. The staff member reports to the on-site Program Coordinator. This position works together with the Center's Albuquerque and Baltimore-based behavioral health faculty and reservation-based research team to empower American Indian youth to realize their full potential through the promotion of physical fitness, healthy nutrition, and the acquisition of positive life skills. The individual working in this position may assist with other field-based behavioral health programs currently ongoing and newly-started in the Center.
Assist with coordination of site-based development and implementation of NativeVision Year Round program curriculum. This includes the NativeVision sports, life skills, youth leadership and collaborating community service programs to encourage healthy lifestyles and positive youth development.
Schedule and facilitate Native Vision mini-camps that will be conducted during school breaks.
Assist with the implementation of the evaluation plan to measure changes in fitness levels, nutrition knowledge, self-esteem, and culture connectedness from the beginning to the end of the program.
Maintain program records and complete regular progress reports.
Attend meetings with local partners to get input and feedback on nutrition and fitness program development.
Assist with all reporting requirements in cooperation with community and tribal partners.
High School Diploma or GED equivalent
Two years of related experience
Additional experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula
* JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job. *
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities
Experience with classroom management
Experience working with Native populations
Strong organizational and data management skills and experience
Efficient and detail-oriented
Independent learner and worker
Flexible and adaptable
Ability to effectively multi-task
Self-motivated and driven
Excellent professional judgment and discretion
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written
Ability to effectively interact with all levels of University employees as well as outside contacts.
Ability to operate a telephone, printer, fax, copier, and computer with software use experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access.
Ability to drive a project vehicle as needed and to adhere to guidelines on vehicle use
Ability to follow worksite guidelines on personal and work cell phone use
Ability to work well with others
Ability to take direction and respond positively to feedback in the workplace
Technical qualifications or specialized certifications
Current driver's license issued by the state of residence and good driving record required
This position will maintain background clearance as required by the employer and any collaborating agencies
Any specific physical requirements for the job
Ability to travel with overnight stays required as needed. Some evening and weekend work may be required.
May be required to float to other sites. Guidelines regarding travel time and project vehicle use will be clarified based on specific site needs.
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