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Public Health Trainer/Technical Assistance Consultant


AIR’s Youth, Family & Community Development (YFCD) Program Area within the Human Services Division is currently seeking a Public Health Trainer/Technical Assistance (TA) Consultant who will deliver training and technical assistance (TTA) on the public health approach to violence prevention.
Candidates hired for the position might initially start working remotely but will eventually have the option to work from one of our offices located in Arlington, VA; Rockville, MD; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Chapel Hill, NC; Sacramento, CA or Waltham, MA or continue to work remotely.
About AIR:
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We advance evidence in the areas of education, health, the workforce, human services, and international development to create a better, more equitable world.
AIR’s commitment to diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations, and work environment. At AIR, we define diversity broadly, considering everyone’s unique life and community experiences. We believe that embracing diverse perspectives, abilities/disabilities, racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds, styles, ages, genders, gender identities and expressions, education backgrounds, and life stories drives innovation and employee engagement. Learn more about AIR's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy and hear from our staff by clicking here.


The primary responsibility of the Public Health Trainer/TA Consultant will be to serve as a lead trainer, overseeing and delivering the Department of Defense (DoD) SPARX Knowledge training to members of the military’s prevention workforce. The Public Health Trainer/TA Consultant may have the opportunity to support one or more other projects in the YFCD program area that align with their experience, expertise, and interests. For example, expertise in the following areas would be particularly relevant: mental health promotion, community violence prevention, trauma-informed approaches, and health equity. The SPARX Knowledge training teaches the military’s prevention workforce the public health approach to preventing self-directed harm (i.e., suicide) and prohibited abusive and harmful acts (i.e., sexual assault, harassment, child abuse and neglect, domestic abuse, and substance abuse).
Travel will not be required for the DoD SPARX Knowledge training at this time. Currently, the training is a synchronous online training, which is delivered by a team of trainers in a virtual classroom format. Travel for other projects may be required.
Specific Lead Trainer Responsibilities
With supervision and guidance from the SPARX leadership team, the lead trainer will:
  • Provide oversight of the SPARX Knowledge training, including proactive communication with other trainers and the support team
  • Deliver virtual lessons on the public health approach to violence prevention
  • Monitor lessons for timely delivery, quality, and professionalism
  • Troubleshoot issues that need immediate attention during the training
  • Assist with training event scheduling
  • Perform other tasks to support successful implementation of the training, as needed
Other Responsibilities
  • Provide TTA on topics related to subject matter expertise, including the public health approach to prevention
  • Handle multiple tasks independently and simultaneously
  • Contribute to team efforts to develop new business opportunities, including writing sections of proposals
  • Steward AIR resources and subscribe to AIR’s mission


Education, Knowledge, and Experience:
  • Master’s degree in a related field and at least 4 years of related experience or a bachelor’s degree and at least 6 years of related experience. Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to, public health, social work, sociology, anthropology, evaluation, or heath communications.
  • Training or teaching experience.
  • Strong understanding of the public health approach to violence prevention.
  • Ability to engage participants in a virtual environment.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Commitment to promoting health equity.
Qualifications that would be beneficial, but not required: 
  • Experience working with military communities.
  • Training or teaching experience in virtual settings.
  • Experience in evaluation of public health interventions.
AIR requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a legally required exemption from AIR, as a condition of employment. AIR will ask candidates to verify their vaccination status only after a conditional offer of employment is made. Applicants should not provide information about their vaccination status or need for exemption prior to receiving a conditional offer of employment. from AIR
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position. Depending on project work, qualified candidates may need to meet certain residency requirements.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.
AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.