This position provides an opportunity to work with a mobile outreach program that offers an array of harm reduction interventions including integrated screening for HIV/HCV and STIs. This individual shouuld be comfortable working in the field at mobile sites, and will be doing outreach among priority populations, including YMSM, transgender individuals, individuals who use drugs, homeless individuals, and people of color.
Core duties include targeted outreach, referrals to testing and other appropriate prevention services, working with peer educators in providing outreach services,
This individual needs to be a self-starter and work efficiently in a team environment and independently. This position requires the person to be an LGBTQ advocate, promote sex positive counseling, be comfortable in engaging persons of all gender identities/presentation and expression, sex workers, active drug users, and the diverse community of NYC.
Essential Job Functions
The following duties are mandatory requirements of the job:
- Conduct online outreach via social media using agency-approved platforms and materials to encourage engagement in prevention services and testing.
- Assist in working with peer educators in conducting case-finding outreach activities at venues where individuals in our target populations congregate.
- Assist in the planning, development and implementation of prevention initiatives, including campaigns, promotions, education materials and outreach strategies.
- Collect and compile data gained through outreach activities, including entering data into AIRS and eSHARE as needed.
· Conduct targeted case-findings by conducting event-based outreach in venues - such as piers, parks, drop-in centers, and other locations where individuals in our target populations are known to reside or congregate.
· Provide referrals and linkages to testing, PrEP/PEP services, social support services, and housing services to all clients encountered during outreach.
· Maintain a strong knowledge of HIV/AIDS, PrEP/PEP including treatment information and developments that affect clients’ access to care.
· Maintain appropriate, accurate, and clear documentation of all client interactions using required forms and documentation.
- Develop and maintain working relationships with owners, managers, and staff of commercial establishments and venues within or serving the target populations communities
HIV/HCV/STI Testing Services
The Outreach Specialist will be cross trained to provide testing services as needed in the field and in the Prevention Department.
- Provide testing services to residents of East and Central Harlem and targeted venues throughout NYC, largely focused towards serving LGBTQ individuals. Conduct confirmatory testing of individuals testing preliminary positive.
- Ensure clients receive confirmatory test results by offering to deliver results a convenient place and time of the clients choosing, or coordinate escort services to bring the client to a convenient HU location.
- Counsel all individuals who test positive for HIV/HCV/STIs on partner notification. Refer client to PCRS Counselor/Clinical Supervisor for short-term crisis counseling on issues related to living with HIV, disclosure, care, etc. Provide referral to NYCDOHMH CNAP as required.
- Maintain appropriate, accurate, and clear documentation of all HIV, HCV and STI testing services and service coordination.
- Available to work occasional evenings and weekends for special events.
The following duties are to be performed as assigned by the supervisor:
· Attend data driven and clinical supervision, as well as departmental, divisional and staff meetings.
· Ensure files are up to date and accurate; conduct periodic community surveys to ensure the program is following community trends.
· Perform other duties as assigned.
Education and Certification
Bachelor’s degree with 1 years related work experience or a high school diploma and 3 years experience in outreach to members of the target population work will substitute for the Bachelors Degree. Experience in working with high-risk populations including YMSM or transgender homeless or street youth, women of color and individuals who use drugs. Education can be substituted for work experience. Candidate should have experience facilitating support and risk reduction counseling groups. Bilingual English/Spanish a plus.
Special Skills and Knowledge
In addition to the above-listed job responsibilities and educational requirements, the ideal candidate for this position possesses most or all of the following:
· HIV Testing Certification preferred. If candidate does not have certification, receiving this training and completing certification will be required during probationary period.
· Must be able to perform NYS Domestic Violence Screening (HU will refer to training, as necessary)
· Must be knowledgeable about HIV harm and risk reduction, substance use, and sex-positive counseling.
· Knowledgeable about HIV infection, transmission, and treatment; knowledgeable in local, state, and federal laws regarding HIV and other relevant issues of providing health care, especially the right to privacy and confidentiality.
· Knowledgeable about PrEP and PEP.
· Must possess active listening and good interpersonal skills.
· A Current NYS Driver’s License required (candidates with out-of-state license or no license must obtain within probation period)
Minimum Education Required