Health Educator I

Posting Number: #074-21

Position Title: Health Educator I

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Oakland, CA (Remote)

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Position Summary

Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations is looking to hire a Health Educator. This individual will work for the SAMHSA-CSAT-funded study called the “Flourish Project”. This study aims to reduce substance use and HIV risk behaviors and increase access to HIV/VH testing and treatment and trauma-informed treatment services for transwomen of color (18 years and older) in Alameda and San Francisco counties.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conduct community/online outreaches targeting transwomen.
  • Build collaborative working relationships with community-based organizations and other social groups.
  • Provide Motivational Enhancement Intervention sessions to participants in order to reduce substance abuse and HIV risk behaviors.
  • Refer participants to HIV/Vital Hepatitis testing at Asian Health Services or other collaborating clinics.
  • Enroll and navigate clients to complete the Stable Housing and Employment (SHE) workshop in which they will gain skills and knowledge about the job application process and finding affordable housing in a safe neighborhood.
  • Conduct intake and follow-up risk assessments.
  • Collect and enter assessment and outcome data.
  • Work closely with Asian Health Services and Instituto Familiar de la Raza to implement various Flourish Project activities.
  • Manage materials and facility logistics for outreach events and activities.
  • Work with transwomen for intervention activities to increase community-level awareness through media campaigns and social network platforms.
  • Facilitate support groups targeting transwomen.
  • Process cash payments for participants.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent experience.
  • At least 1 year of relevant work experience.
  • Some working experience in the transgender communities.
  • Strong knowledge of HIV, substance abuse, and health disparity issues in the transgender community.
  • Public speaking and advanced facilitation skills for leading large and small group presentations and activities.
  • Ability to maintain accurate record-keeping.
  • Ability to recognize and resolve problems as they occur.
  • Good attention to detail, self-motivation, ability to work independently as well as part of a team, and good organizational skills.
  • Ability and comfort in engaging in open and nonjudgmental conversations with participants from diverse backgrounds (e.g., ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities) with sensitivity.
  • Prior computer experience (e.g., Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel).
  • Ability to travel locally and work some non-standard hours.

Desired Qualifications

  • Some experience working for social and AIDS service agencies.
  • Some experience in individual counseling or case management.
  • Knowledge of the HIV service system in San Francisco and Alameda counties.

Important Information

  • This is a part-time (20-40 hours per week) position.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the work will be conducted remotely (home) until further notice; however, the Health Educator will perform occasional in-person work (e.g., outreach) by following the PHI’s safety guidelines.

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