About The Unit: The Pediatric HIV/AIDS Team in the section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases works under the direction of the Principal Investigator and Clinical Director to provide patient care, case management, prevention and outreach programs.
Unit Job Summary: Health Outreach Specialist: Works to implement HIV testing, linkage, and retention programs for the Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Works with the Manager of Community Programs and Outreach/Prevention Lead to execute outreach scopes of service for HIV-positive and at-risk adolescents and young adults. Establishes connections with members of high-risk networks and attempts to test, link, and engage these members in care. Implements alternative venue, network, and partnership notification testing strategies. Links newly or previously diagnosed persons into clinical care. Develops and implements risk reduction counseling strategies with HIV- infected or affected persons in clinical and non-clinical locations. Coordinates and implements engagement in care programming for HIV-positive persons. Coordinates and implements health and sexual wellness programming for persons who are at risk of acquiring HIV. Provides HIV and STI risk reduction education and advocacy in the community through relevant community-based organizations, schools, and religious communities. Works with Outreach/Prevention Lead to coordinate and execute targeted wellness events in which testing and linkage take place.
Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required.
Unit Experience: A minimum of three years of HIV outreach/prevention experience required.
A minimum of three years experience working with LGBTQ persons and HIV+ adolescents and young adults required.
Experience working in an HIV outreach program preferred.
Experience working with HIV testing, linkage to care, and retention in care programming preferred.
Unit Job Function Competencies: Ability to develop programs, curricula and lesson plans required.
Analytical skills required.
Problem-solving skills required
Decision-making skills required.
Attention to detail required.
Organizational skills required.
Verbal and written communication skills required. Interpersonal skills required.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Ability to manage stressful situations required.
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.
Sensitivity to issues concerning HIV/AIDS and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender communities required.
Must be comfortable working with HIV/AIDS infected or affected persons required.
Ability to maintain confidentiality required.
Strong ability to handle emotionally charged situations required.