Health Counselor II
Department: HIV Prevention (PICSR)
Job Type: Per Diem
Job Class: Non-Union
Work Days: Varied weekdays 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, some nights and weekends
Date Posted: 09/04/2019
Requisition Number: hrq-88634
Under the direction of the Coordinator of the Prevention Integrated Counseling Screening and Referral Program (PICSR), and within established Alliance guidelines and departmental policies and procedures, provides targeted outreach, community education and individual counseling for HIV, HCV, and STIs. Provides services from a harm reduction/risk assessment approach in a non-judgmental manner. 1. Identify and reach target population in geographic areas, venues/settings and peak times in the targeted areas that are at high risk for transmission of HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis. 2. Maintain a flexible weekly schedule to include days, nights, and weekends as necessary to deliver services to target population at most risk. 3. Work as part of a team with health educators and community health workers to develop strategies for providing prevention and education to identified populations. 4. Work in teams with designated program staff to provide mobile CTR and STI activities such as community level interventions and large events. 5. Conduct brief and comprehensive HIV/STI/HCV risk assessments. Develop an individualized risk reduction plan. 6. Provides HIV, HCV, and STI Prevention and screening to women at risk and commercial sex workers. 7. Provides HIV, HCV, and STI counseling and screening sessions at CHA and other sites targeting individuals at high risk for HIV infection. 8. Work with the MSM Communities and outreach to them at night clubs, bars and other locations they frequent 9. Remains current on HIV, HCV, and STI information so as to be a resource to the substance abuse community, HIV community & other organizations. 10. Completes paper work in a consistent and timely manner 11. Distribute educational and harm reduction materials including condoms, lube, and printed material. 12. Assess and prioritize need for supported referrals that are culturally and linguistically appropriate. 13. Identify, foster and network with community-based organizations.
To perform this job successfully, candidates must have outstanding knowledge of target populations, organizational skills and have a solid understanding of HIV/AIDS. BA/BS degree in related field of study or equivalent life experience. Minimum 1-2 years of experience in health and human service field preferred. Have a general understanding of HIV, STI and harm reduction services. Staff will be trained and certified as Health Educators/ Community Health Workers on HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis. Knowledge of area resources. Experience in working with vulnerable populations. Sensitivity to IDUs, homeless, those with MH/SA issues. HIV rapid and STI testing technology certification and/or phlebotomy preferred. Good organizational, communication (oral and written) and time management skills required. Computer proficient in Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint. Demonstrated familiarity with the MSM communities Experience conducting outreach and/or organizing events Demonstrated familiarity with HIV-related issues and the HIV community Required: Bilingual/Bicultural English/ Haitian Creole, Spanish and/or Portuguese speakers.