Health Educator- LGBTQ+ Community

Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
Statement of Purpose:
Health Educators serve as community resources regarding HIV prevention education and sexual health, with the goal of assisting individuals, groups and communities in the acquisition of skills and competencies related to making healthy life choices and reducing risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV. Under the supervision of the Lead Prevention Specialist, the Health Educator will deliver HIV/AIDS, STI, and Hepatitis C (HCV) prevention interventions, testing, and referrals to MSM (men who have sex with men), Transgender persons, and other members of the LGBTQ Community that are at highest risk for HIV/HCV in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.

Primary Tasks/Responsibilities:
  • Assist with client recruitment into programs and groups offered through the HIV Prevention department
  • Provide Outreach and Recruitment activities including but not limited to representing the program and the agency at community and committee meetings, health fairs, providing educational workshops and social marketing activities.
  • Provide specialized HIV prevention education, including individualized sessions, group interventions and education workshops.
  • Conduct HIV and HCV testing and pre/post-test counseling/education.
  • Accurate and complete documentation of client activity through case notes, assessments and other forms as required.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community partners to further the porgrams’ activities.
  • Work collaboratively with case managers, medical providers, mental health and substance abuse counselors, and other agency personnel and partnering agencies.
  • Maintain required records, files, and forms in an organized manner and in accordance with HIPAA and other state, local, and federal guidelines
  • Attend and complete specialized training specific to HIV prevention programs’ design, implementation, and behavior change theory application.
  • Remain current and informed regarding issues of HIV/AIDS, STI, Viral Hepatitis, LGBTQ issues, substance abuse, and options counseling, and other communicable diseases.
  • Refer and link clients to internal and external supportive services
  • Participate in all required quality assurance activities, necessary trainings, and staff meetings
  • Operate company vehicles and mobile units to community outreach events and/or work related business.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Education/Professional:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in the human services field with a minimum of one year work experience within a social service setting, or equivalent, preferred.
  • Experience working with HIV infected individuals, substance abuse populations, and social, ethnic economically diverse and other high risk populations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
  • Must be able to speak, read, and write proficiently in English. Bilingual (Spanish speaking) is an asset.
  • General knowledge and understanding of HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis prevention strategies.
  • Phlebotomy certification/experience preferred (if not certified, will train)
  • Facilitate HIV prevention education groups to those at higher risk of acquiring HIV, as well as to individuals living with HIV.
  • Prepare and develop all approved program curriculum and all other printed materials required by the program.
  • Cultural competence in working with minorities and the LGBTQ+ community as well as in working with those affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • Must have good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Word and Excel).
  • Working knowledge of community resources and local referrals for HIV/HCV/STI and additional appropriate client-centered referrals preferred.
  • Ability to recognize and adhere to professional boundaries and standards.
  • Skilled in use of de-escalation techniques.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a fast paced and changing environment.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to recognize and adhere to professional boundaries and standards.

Requirements:
  • Must possess and maintain valid Florida driver’s license and proof of insurance
  • Must have reliable and accessible auto vehicle.
  • Must pass necessary fingerprinting, Level II background checks and employment eligibility verification through the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify system, https://everify.uscis.gov/emp.
April A. Estes
Senior Recruiter
720-439-2609 Direct
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