Project Vida is searching for individuals who are passionate about being a part of the fight in eliminating HIV, working within the LGBTQ and other high-risk populations. Under the supervision of the Prevention Coordinator, the outreach specialist/health navigator will conduct strategic engagement and recruitment of individuals identified at elevated risk for HIV/STI infection. The outreach specialist/health navigator will also provide HIV/STI testing and counseling services, individualized health education, and risk reduction planning as well as referrals to PrEP and supportive services. Additionally, the position will ensure the proper linkage to care and effective navigation of the health care system for individuals testing positive for HIV and/or sexually transmitted infections.
We are seeking highly motivated candidates who are responsible, reliable and have an excellent work ethic. Candidates for this position must be passionate about working in the trenches of the community to improve the quality of health and access to services for the LatinX and African American LGBTQ community. This position requires late night and weekend shifts providing HIV/STI testing, outreach and engagement in some of the most challenging areas of the Chicago Metro area.
Conduct outreach (street, club, online, etc.) with program target population.
Conduct HIV/STI counseling and testing for individuals and couples.
Collaborate and facilitate services within the Better Together Network Partnership between Project VIDA Inc., Howard Brown Health Center and the University of Chicago.
Facilitate group level sessions providing focused sessions on risk counseling, health education and healthy relationships.
Provide referrals and document outcomes of applicable program participants for PrEP and needed supportive services.
Conduct risk reduction planning and individual-level interventions with program participants.
Provide linkage to care and health navigation to individuals testing positive for HIV and/or sexually transmitted infections.
Submit required reports to supervisor and to funding sources within the scheduled time frame.
Ensure that the program goals, work plan, and scopes are met consistently and effectively.
Ensure the completeness and accuracy of all required program documentation and outcome measures.
Network with other community-based organizations, community members, health care facilities and city and state entities.
Attend required internal and external meetings, trainings, and conferences.
Ensure that services are conducted in conjunction with funding source standards and requirements.
Adhere to agency, program and funding source policies and regulations.
Assist in generating additional resources and funds for Project VIDA programs including fundraising.
Perform other related duties as assigned by Supervisor
AA or High School Diploma/GED with over two (2) years of relevant experience required. BA/BS Degree with at least one (1) year of experience in social services field preferred.
Bilingual in English and Spanish (Strongly Preferred)
Must be open to working late nights (ex. until 3 am or 4 am), weekends and a varying schedule.
Previous experience in health education, public health, HIV prevention, or related field preferred
Experience working with interventions with gay/bisexual young African American and/or Latino men strongly desired.
HIV prevention certified and/or able to be certified in HIV prevention
Certified in HIV Counseling, Testing, and Referral Services or the ability to be certified
Culturally competent with LGBT, African American, and Latino populations required
Word processing/computer skills required
Effective written and oral communication skills required
Organizational and time management skills required
Project VIDA was founded in 1992 to address the urgent needs of racial and ethnic minorities. Initially, the organization provided HIV education through street outreach services to area youth. Now Project VIDA has expanded its community scope by initiating a variety of programs: direct services for people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and various prevention and health education programs.
Roughly half of our Direct Services clients are between the ages of twenty-five and forty-four (46%), live at or below the federal poverty level (57%), and are receiving some form of public aid (43%) or are uninsured (42%). Nearly four fifths of our Direct Services clients are Latino (78%), and roughly half of these speak only Spanish. One-fifth (20%) of these clients are African American. Most are male (80%), followed by female (18%), and transgender (2%).