Under the supervision of the Director of Prevention and Education, this position is responsible for the development and coordination of the CORE Center peer program and volunteer program including: supervision of peer educators, scheduling, time keeping and payroll request and oversight of volunteer program, including hiring, orienting, supporting and supervising volunteers. This person will also work with the Director of Prevention and Education and the Consumer Development and Advocacy Coordinator (CDAC) to develop and implement HIV/STI, medication adherence, disclosure issues and other co-morbidities/health related trainings for CORE Center staff, Peer Educators and Consumers. The Health Education Coordinator will implement and chair the CORE Center Education Committee to centralize coordination of educational sessions for patients and staff.
Oversee the overall development and implementation of the Peer Educator and Volunteer Program (s).
Identifies consumers through an application process to participate in the Peer Educator Program training.
Reports Peer Educator and Volunteer activities (internal and external) to CORE Center Director of Prevention and Education, CDAC and other CORE Center staff as appropriate.
Identify and coordinate appropriate external training and education opportunities for Peer Educators such as Community Health Worker (CHW) trainings.
In collaboration with CDAC and other staff, assists with CHW internships.
Supervises Peer Educators
Provides direct supervision to all peers receiving financial remuneration for services rendered (i.e. non-volunteer) including new patient orientation guides, resource center staff and other peers working within the CORE Center.
Provides scheduling, time keeping and payroll request of peer educators’ activities.
Makes rounds several times daily throughout the building to monitor and supervise Peer activities.
Attends CORE Center pre-clinic meetings to manage and supervise Peer activities.
Provides direct supervision to all volunteers of the CORE Center.
Provides scheduling, training and orientation to all volunteers.
Makes rounds several times daily to monitor Volunteer activities.
Implements and chairs CORE Center Education Committee. Assist with the overall development and implementation of HIV/STI, medication adherence, disclosure issues and other co-morbidities/health related trainings for agency staff, peer educators, CORE Center and consumers.
Develops and chairs the CORE Center Education Committee.
Identifies and responds to current educational needs around HIV and STI prevention, care, research, co-morbidities/health related, advocacy, policy etc. for staff, peers and consumers.
In collaboration with CORE Center disciplines included but not limited to nursing, ID, social sciences, mental health and chemical dependency staff, identifies trainings based on educational needs for staff, peer educators and consumers.
Assist with the marketing of the educational sessions and maintains a monthly calendar of all activities.
Reports to the Director of Prevention and Education and the Executive Team members identified the number of trainings per month.
Trains and/or mentors clients to become HIV Peer Educators.
Assists Peer Educator graduates in obtaining community education opportunities.
Develops and submits monthly program reports.
Serves as a member of the CORE Center Community Awareness team to assist with Peer activities at City Colleges of Chicago, Health Fairs and other community venues.
Bachelor's degree in Health Education, Community Health Education and/or human services strongly preferred. Supervisory experience required and experience working with persons living with HIV preferred. Experienced with development and implementation of health specific trainings required. Excellent organizational, written and communication skills required. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint required. Commitment to consumer involvement and community involvement. Proven cultural competency working with racially/ and ethnically diverse workforce and patient populations including impoverished persons and sexual minority groups. Knowledge of HIV treatment/prevention, research policies and the Ryan White CARE Act desirable. Bilingual in English and Spanish desirable. Applicants who are HIV positive and comfortable with disclosing his or her HIV positive status for purposes related to advocacy on behalf of HIV positive patients are encouraged to apply. Disclosure of an applicant's or successful candidate's HIV positive status is not required for this position.