Community Health Educator / Early Intervention Specialist
Desert AIDS Project - Palm Springs, CA

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COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATOR/EARLY INTERVENTION COUNSELOR

Reports To: Director of Social Services
Rate of Pay: DOE
Status: Full-time; Hourly; Non-exempt

POSITION PURPOSE

Provide HIV/AIDS prevention education to the general public and special populations. Keep abreast of issues pertaining to HIV/AIDS concerns, including medical, social, and current affairs. Provide educational services to the community for prevention purposes and provide a variety of education and training programs as assigned. As an Early Intervention Counselor work to identify HIV positive /unaware individuals and link them to care, as well as identifying clients who have fallen out of medical care and assist them in returning to care.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

* Assist in the planning, coordination and implementation of HIV/AIDS activities as defined in scope of work and instructed by the Director of Education;
* Provide HIV 101; STD, and other health related presentations to targeted risk populations; community at-large when needed, and sites such as schools and alternative school programs;
* Assist in the Anonymous Test Site, performing pre and post counseling and working alongside volunteer staff.
* Coordinate programs / presentations on HIV / AIDS prevention education to new and existing contacts;
* Assist/take a lead in community health educational events, outreach, and other related assignments to meet the requirements of the department’s deliverables mentioned in the scope of work;
* Maintain pre-post test counseling certification as required by the state;
* Ensure all goals and objectives are met, as required by the Director of Social Services, including program statistics, and periodic reports;
* Communicate information in a manner consistent with agency training standards;
* Review and document all client complaints and/or grievances;
* All other relevant duties as assigned.
* Work with Early Intervention Program, assisting clients who have fallen out of care to return to identify barriers to care and return to medical care.
* Work with Early Intervention Program to link the newly diagnosed to medical care.
* Work with Early Intervention Program in identifying the HIV positive/unaware and
linking them to medical care.

TRAINING, EXPERIENCE, ABILITIES

* Experience in medical or health-related fields including: social work, counseling, nursing, health education;
* Two years experience in the field of AIDS education preferred;
* Experience in working with the substance abuse community, minority groups, health care workers and youth;
* Experience working under grant funding, implementing same and reporting;
* Professional demeanor in presentations;
* Previous public speaking/presentation experience required;
* Strong writing and verbal skills preferred;
* Bilingual/bicultural preferred.

Ability to:
* Establish positive community relations;
* Work independently.

Essential Job Functions:
* Ability to transport self within the community;
* Ability to communicate clearly with all levels of individuals, both internally and externally.

Desert AIDS Project is an EOE and a Drug Free Workplace. We encourage women and minorities to apply for open positions. We value diversity.

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