Research Associate - Family Spirit Program Business and Marketing Manager

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Position Title: Family Spirit Business and Marketing Manager 

Faculty Position Category: Research Associate, Research Associate II, or Senior Research Associate

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience, with faculty benefits from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Location: Center for American Indian Health Office (Albuquerque, NM; Baltimore, MD; community site in AZ, NM, or MN); alternate locations also considered

The Family Spirit Program is an evidence-based and culturally tailored home visiting intervention delivered by Native American paraprofessionals as a core strategy to support Native parents from pregnancy to 3 years post-partum. Parents gain knowledge and skills to achieve optimum development for their preschool-aged children across the domains of physical, cognitive, social-emotional, language learning, and self-help. The Family Spirit core curriculum consists of 63 lessons taught from pregnancy to age 3. Additional supplemental curriculum modules include content pertaining to specific maternal and child health topics. This in-home parent training and support program has been designed, implemented, and rigorously evaluated by the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health in partnership with Navajo, White Mountain Apache, and San Carlos Apache tribal communities since 1995. The Family Spirit Program is now being replicated in communities around the country, with training and technical assistance provided by the Johns Hopkins Family Spirit Leadership Team.

The Family Spirit Program is recruiting a Business and Marketing Manager to join the Family Spirit Leadership Team. This is a new position that will work closely with the Family Spirit Leadership Team to: market the Family Spirit Program to interested communities; initiate and maintain relationships with new Family Spirit sites; manage the administrative communication and contracting process with sites; track contracting and invoicing details across all sites; and, generally support and facilitate the rapid national growth and reach of Family Spirit. We are looking for a colleague who shares our commitment to maternal and child health and early childhood home-visiting, who has educational and professional experience with business management, marketing, and public health programming for and with Tribal communities, and who is interested in working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. The position reports to the New Mexico-based Family Spirit Operations Director.

Brief summary of duties and qualifications:

Specific Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Work collaboratively with the Family Spirit Leadership Team to expand and proactively manage the growth of Family Spirit nationally, and potentially internationally, to reach many more families and communities.
  • Identify opportunities and coordinate efforts to share information about the Family Spirit Program and outreach to communities and programs interested in using Family Spirit.
  • Manage the Family Spirit Leadership Team’s response to inquiries from communities interested in using the Family Spirit Program, and ensure regular follow-up with interested communities.
  • Initiate and document the contracting process with new Family Spirit sites, including drafting and maintaining contracting documents in accordance with Johns Hopkins University procedures.
  • Maintain communication with affiliate sites about contract status and annual fees.
  • Manage administrative data (e.g. contracting and invoicing details) for Family Spirit sites within the Care4 software platform.
  • Create new systems as needed to track Family Spirit business and marketing activities, and document policies and procedures related to these activities.
  • Create, update and maintain materials to support Family Spirit marketing activities, including managing social media accounts.
  • Assist with other Family Spirit activities as needed, including: fundraising and grant-writing activities; training, outreach, and support for Family Spirit sites; presentations at local and national conferences.
  • Share business resources with affiliate sites as needed, based on technical assistance requests.
  • Maintain knowledge of and involvement with all the Center's behavioral and mental health, infectious disease and training projects.
  • Assist with the other Center-wide programmatic duties on occasion as they arise.

Requirements/ Preferences

Education & Experience

Requirement: Master’s degree in public health, business, or a related field; at least 5 years related work experience


  • Strong preference for those who have worked for tribal nations, urban Indian health organizations, or with tribal communities in previous work and/or research
  • Understand tribal sovereignty and Indigenous knowledge frameworks
  • Skills and experience in business management
  • Skills and experience in marketing of public health programs
  • Strong ability to work both independently and within a team
  • Ability to effectively balance multiple, evolving priorities
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Self-motivated and driven
  • Excellent professional judgment and discretion
  • Good oral and written communication skills, including public speaking with large and small groups
  • Ability to operate a telephone, printer, fax, copier, and computer with software use experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point, Teams, Zoom
  • Familiarity with design software such as Adobe Illustrator, Indesign, or Canva
  • Knowledge of social media practices and ethics
  • Ability to drive a project vehicle as needed and to follow guidelines on vehicle use
  • Ability to take direction and respond positively to feedback in the workplace


  • Current driver’s license issued by the state of residence and good driving record required.
  • Ability to travel with overnight stays required as needed. Evening and weekend work may be required.
  • Maintain background clearance as required by the employer and any collaborating agencies.

Contact Information

To apply, please submit your CV and letter of interest to: Nicole Neault,, 617-771-4976. Applications will be reviewed beginning May 2, 2022. This position will remain open until filled.

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