Research Associate - Curriculum Writer (Full-time)

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The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (Center) is seeking a Curriculum Writer to develop health education materials for several of its behavioral health projects. This is a full-time Research Associate position.  This position is based in the Center’s Baltimore, MD –based office and reports to the Curriculum Director. The successful candidate will work together with the Center’s behavioral health faculty and reservation-based research teams to create and adapt health education materials for various behavioral health projects and train team members in the delivery of those materials.

The Center has a mission to work in partnership with American Indian communities 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 will develop health education materials, including curriculum, training materials, and related ancillary materials for an assortment of Center field-based behavioral health research and service programs. Projects will include work on various topics including mental health, substance abuse prevention, sexual and reproductive health promotion, nutrition and obesity prevention, fitness and life skills, and early childhood education). The Curriculum Writer will work with team members on behavioral health projects as needed to create new lessons and tailor materials to meet the needs of our tribal partners. Attention to detail is a requirement.

This position will require field-based travel to other Center offices in Arizona and New Mexico.

Brief summary of duties and qualifications:

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a Curriculum Writer, with a focus on curriculum development and adaptation, for the Center’s behavioral health projects. Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
    • Creating lessons and ancillary materials which may include activity instructions and materials, handouts, posters, etc.
    • Creating related training materials and educator manuals.
    • Traveling to field-based trainings or meetings with overnight travel as needed.
    • Formatting various program components to ensure consistency of all program materials and alignment with other Center programs as needed.
    • Researching existing programs or program content health information.
    • Ensuring cultural relevance of materials to tribal communities through collaboration with field-based staff and utilization of formative data when available.
    • Making revisions and enhancments to various behavioral health curriculum components as needed.
    • Developing and maintaining social media enhancements to behavioral health programs.
    • Assisting with the other Center-wide programmatic duties as they arise.

This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis.  It does not exclude other duties as assigned. 


Education & Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH or MHS) or a closely related field (required)
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience with curriculum development and/or working with children and/or youth (required)
  • Experience working with indigenous populations (preferred)  
  • CHES and/or MCHES (preferred)


  • Strong writing, speaking and networking skills
  • Good public speaking skills with large and small groups
  • Strong organizational skills and experience
  • Strong research skills
  • Efficient and detail-oriented
  • Independent learner and worker
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Ability to effectively multi-task and manage multiple projects
  • Excellent professional judgment and discretion
  • Self-motivated and driven
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Ability to take direction and respond positively to feedback in the workplace
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, & Power Point
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud (preferred) 


  • Ability to travel with overnight stays required as needed.
  • This position will maintain background clearance as required by the employer and any collaborating agencies.

Contact Information

Please contact Kristin Lake at the Center for American Indian Health, at 410-955-6931 or to learn more about the position.  Applicants will be asked to submit a resume and a brief (1-2 pg) writing sample.