Community Outreach Worker
Columbia University - New York, NY

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8215- SMS Sociomedical Science


Medical Center

Job Type

Support Staff Full-Time Regular

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Hours Per Week


Job Family

Research Support (Laboratory and Non-Laboratory)

Salary Grade


Salary Range

commensurate with experience

Advertised Summary Job Description

Grant Funded. The Community Outreach Worker will work under the direction of the Project Director on the federally funded project: "Project RETAIN: Providing Integrated Care for HIV-infected Crack Cocaine Users." This position is based 100% in Miami, Florida Principle Duties/Functions will include: Facilitate and/or provide transportation for participants to get them to HIV care and substance use treatment appointments; Conduct outreach to service agencies and care facilities in an effort to maintain contact with participants; Establish and maintain working relationships with local area clinic personnel (admissions coordinator, clinical services coordinator, emergency services coordinator) that interface with study staff and participants of this study; Conduct follow-up activities (phone calls, mailings, in-person reminders and administration of follow-up assessments, as needed) to ensure that participants return for follow-up visits Conduct street outreach (visit participants' residences, homeless shelters, free kitchens and hangouts) to locate participants who have been lost to follow-up; Maintain accurate data on forms (including electronic case report forms) used to chart participants' involvement in the study; Perform rapid HIV tests; assist with recruitment, screening, and consent procedures, and assist with medical record abstractions, as needed; and perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications for Grade Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

High School graduate or equivalency certificate required. Current, valid Florida driver's license required. Experience working in research setting along with demonstrated experience in providing services to clients with multiple social, psychological, substance abuse and/or HIV related problems required; Must possess interviewing skills and knowledge of recruitment skills and be willing to undergo required trainings, and possess ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with recruitment venues and the communities in which participants are located.

Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

The candidate selected for this position is required to undergo a drug screening test and a background check prior to a final offer being made.

Preferred Qualifications

Minimum of five years of public outreach experience and knowledge of HIV prevention preferred.

Special Instructions

Special Indications This position works with:
Bloodborne pathogens Contact with patients and/or research subjects

HIPAA Compliance training required


Participation in Medical Surveillance required


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