This position will be supervised by the Research Manager and will serve to facilitate the work of The REACH Initiative. The Sr. Community Outreach Specialist will assist in helping to engage other outreach specialists and peer navigators in learning more about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and HIV with the goal of building rapport and guidance towards linking, re-engaging, and retaining individuals interested in PrEP as well as HIV treatment services.
This position will require exceptional time management and project coordination skills. The position will coordinate high level meetings with stakeholders throughout Baltimore to ensure participation and by-in of the work. This will include the development and monitoring of a series of deliverables dedicated to improving linkage, access, engagement, and retention for the MSM / same gender loving community.
The Sr. Community Outreach Specialist works directly with outreach specialists/peers from other agencies to mentor and guide them in assisting persons who are at increased risk of HIV or infected with HIV and STIs, substance abuse, and/or behavioral health conditions and provide them support, advocacy, and navigation through medical and ancillary systems of care. The ideal candidate should have experience serving the MSM / same gender loving community.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordinate meeting and activities with multiple community based organizations.
Develop and coordinate training activities for navigators or outreach workers in case management strategies and other identified topical areas.
Participate in off-site leadership development trainings.
Work with external consultants to meet project goals.
Mentoring and guiding community outreach workers to improve the healthcare and quality of care for persons living with HIV and the prevention of HIV.
Establish rapport with community members.
Provide general information regarding HIV prevention and PrEP to community members.
Respond to inquiries and requests for assistance from clients.
Provide information on providers for HIV treatment or PrEP, schedule required intake and follow-up appointments, and make appointment reminder calls.
Provide information on and complete applications for PrEP assistance programs.
Provide information on health insurance and referrals to Insurance Navigators as needed.
Perform risk assessment and counseling for STIs and HIV.
Work to eliminate social service barriers to care with client, including transportation, childcare, housing, employment, and insurance.
Provide referrals to appropriate staff to assist with barriers, including substance use, mental health, and/or intimate partner violence.
Assist individuals living with HIV and out of care with linkage and engagement in care, including referrals as needed to BCHD Partner Services and Linkage to Care teams.
Accompany and/or transport client to appointments.
Participate in health promotion and health education outreach activities.
Provide information and resources for ongoing JHU research activities for PrEP and HIV Document activities and enter data as appropriate in a timely, accurate, and comprehensive manner per protocol.
File, retrieve, and maintain client records.
Collect and report required data.
Perform all work activities per established protocols and procedures.
Attend meetings and trainings.
Maintain confidentiality of all clients in accordance with employers' procedures.
With appropriate training and as needed by employer, conduct specimen collection in community-based settings.
Any other duties at the discretion of the manager or PI of the project.
Bachelor's degree in related field with experience working with Baltimore MSM / SGL community.
Some related experience.
Additional experience may substitute for education and additional education may substitute for experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
Baltimore City residents preferred.
A person who has worked with and/or is from the same gender loving or men who has sex with other men (MSM) community is strongly preferred.
Strong organizational skills with ability to work independently and prioritize multiple tasks.
Willing to travel throughout the city and state of Maryland and nationally if required.
Ability to work with populations across ages, sexual orientations, socio-economic circumstances.
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