According to the overall needs of the organization and under the direction of the Substance Abuse Program Manager, the HIV Prevention and Outreach Specialist I will be responsible for actively recruiting eligible participants into the organization's HOTTER (Healthy Outcomes Through Treatment, Empowerment, and Recovery) Program. HOTTER's target population is 18-29 AA MSM (African American men who have sex with men). The Specialist will also be responsible for conducting HIV and HCV testing, counseling, and referral services in a variety of locations.
Actively recruit individuals from the target population into the program (experience with online geo-social recruitment, and comfort navigating street outreach that is directly relevant to the target population, is essential)
Collaborate with Prevention/Outreach staff to implement outreach strategies and activities that encourage participation in the program
Conduct outreach events and education presentations as appropriate to the goals and objectives of the program
Conduct HIV/HCV testing, counseling, and referral services in a variety of settings
Ensure accurate and timely data collection, entry, and reporting for all program related client-level data
Attend community meetings, events and forums, and agency special events and programs (e.g. workshops, festivals, health fairs, etc.)
Maintain required records, files, and forms in an organized manner and in accordance with HIPAA and other related state, local, and federal guidelines
Participate in staff meetings, clinical meetings and complete necessary trainings
Follow universal safety precautions at all times
Other related duties as assigned by the program manager
High School Diploma or equivalent
Minimum of 2 years working in the field of HIV/AIDS
Minimum of two (2) years experience (paid or volunteer) working in a community based organization
Certified HIV pre-post test counselor
Demonstrated working knowledge of community resource and local referrals for HIV/STI and additional appropriate client-centered referrals
Strong interpersonal, organizational, written, and verbal communication skills
Regular and predictable attendance are required and must be able to work extended hours, including weekends, early mornings, evenings, and holidays according to the demands of the role
Strong computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Word and Excel)
Demonstrated cultural competence in working with people of color and the LGBTQ community as well as experience and knowledge working with those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS
Bachelor's degree in public health or related field of study
Professional certification in substance abuse counseling (e.g. CADC)
TPAN empowers everyone living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS to live open, healthy, and productive lives. TPAN innovates to deliver peer-led support programs and collaborative wellness services and to communicate comprehensive information.
TPAN is Chicago's premier peer-led agency devoted exclusively to HIV/AIDS related services. TPAN began in 1987 when a small group of HIV-positive people ga...thered together with a desire to share experiences, exchange information, and to provide and accept support from one another. Today, TPAN serves thousands of people each year through our HIV prevention and support service programs, and reaches more than 100,000 nationally through Positively Aware, our well-respected HIV treatment education magazine. Although the agency’s growth has been tremendous since we first opened our doors, TPAN has maintained its focus on providing peer-to-peer support while expanding and modifying our programs and services to meet the changing needs of our service population.