The Prevention Specialist is responsible for the coordination and implementation of Evidenced Based HIV Prevention interventions. The individual will be responsible for organizing and conducting all aspects of the interventions, including recruiting and engagement/outreach, screening and enrolling, assessment, development of a risk reduction plan, and collaboration with and referrals to other service providers. The Prevention Specialist will also conduct client-centered HIV test counseling services and to individuals voluntarily seeking HIV testing services both onsite and offsite.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Essential functions of the job include, but are not limited to, planning, organizing, implementing and facilitating group and outreach activities, traveling, driving or having reliable transportation, utilizing a computer for typing and data inputting, online outreach, and conducting research; attending meetings; and presenting to small and large groups.
MAJOR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
- Conduct evidenced based HIV prevention interventions in accordance with grant and funder guidelines.
- Community based presentations on Sexual health and well-being.
- Recruitment via collaboration with DIS, Equitas Health client services, self-referral, physicians, Equitas Health testing sites, health fairs, and other community resources.
- Plan and conduct ongoing evaluation of how the intervention is meeting established goals and fidelity.
- Provide client centered HIV test counseling services (CTR).
- Represent the community at local and state HIV prevention planning and/or community groups.
- Build and maintain a positive and professional relationship with funders and other community organizations.
- Collect, analyze, and report data on program activities, including ensuring data is entered timely and accurately into the necessary data system.
- Provide input and support to the prevention and education department.
- Stay informed about current HIV/STI trends, developments, as well as state-of-the-art prevention efforts and strategies.
- Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and other Qualifications:
- Associates’ degree or equivalent years’ experience in a community based setting.
- Experience in phlebotomy preferred.
- Basic understanding of how HIV is transmitted, prevented and treated.
- Knowledge about the latest research finding on HIV prevention efforts.
- Ability to document and assess client’s linguistic needs and identify resources needed to enhance communication.
- Ensure participant confidentiality.
- Familiarity with the local and national epidemiological distribution of HIV disease.
- Group facilitation and presentation skills.
- Experience with teaching or giving presentations and program evaluation preferred.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills a must.
- Knowledge and experience with the diversity of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/queer community required.
- Must have sensitivity to, interest in and competence in cultural differences, HIV/AIDS, minority health, sexual practices, and a demonstrated competence in working with persons of color, and gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/queer community.
- Must have or must acquire within 3 months of employment an HIV Prevention Test Counselor Training, training in implementing HIV testing technology, and certification in one or more of the following interventions as assigned, Healthy Relationships, Personalized Cognitive Counseling, Couples HIV Testing and Counseling, and Mpowerment.
- Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications and other computer applications required.
- Reliable transportation, driver’s license and proof of auto insurance required.
Background and reference checks will be conducted. Hours will vary, including working evenings and weekends based on social outreach activities being conducted outside of regular working hours. Individuals are not considered applicants until they have been asked to visit for an interview and at that time complete an application for employment. Completing the application does not guarantee employment. In accordance with Equitas Health’s Drug-Free Workplace Policy, pre-employment drug testing will be administered. EOE/AA
It is the policy of Equitas Health that no employee or applicant will be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, gender-identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, HIV status, genetic information, political affiliation, marital status, union activity, military, veteran, and economic status, or any other characteristic protected in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. This policy applies to all phases of its personnel activity including recruitment, hiring, placement, upgrading, training, promotion, transfer, separation, recall, compensation, benefits, education, recreation, and all other conditions or privileges of employment.
Equitas Health values diversity and welcomes applicants from a broad array of backgrounds.