Community Engagement Specialist

Full-time:  37.5 hours/week                                                      

Reports to: Community Program Manager

Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for the oversight of YTG persons of color (POC) employment program comprised of three YTG persons of color. This includes recruitment, providing weekly supervision, professional development, ongoing feedback and skill assessment, and maintaining employee records.
  2. Establish and maintain YTG POC community advisory board which will meet once per week. Collaborative activities must focus on the development and execution of events, regional Discord channel, and addressing social determinants of health.
  3. Conduct HIV/STI/PrEP/PEP testing and screening services within an HIV status-neutral model of care. This includes conducting behavioral risk screenings, social determinants of health screening, providing personalized cognitive counseling, and linking clients into case management to promote ongoing care engagement regardless of HIV status.
  4. Assist with the identification of key YTG POC influencers to promote testing services within their social networks
  5. Identify new medical and essential support service providers who have a history of proving services to YTG community.  This includes attending initial meetings, assisting with the formalization of working agreements, and tracking agreement renewals.
  6. Develop and execute new internal date-to-care program in collaboration with data team and PFY Director with the goal of re-engaging out-of-care persons living with HIV/AIDS into care.
  7. Provide linkage support to HNS for all out-of-care person to promote engagement in essential and/or medical support services (ex: food pantry, housing assistance, insurance navigation, name change)
  8. Promote the initiation of, retention in and adherence to, client centered sexual health based medical interventions.
  9. Maintain all required electronic and written records of testing, community advisory board meetings/activities, linkages and outreach activities, in addition to maintaining monthly statistics of clients served.
  10. Additional activities as assigned by the Community Program Manager.

Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree or some college in related field required. Professional or lived experience working with or being a trans person of color is desirable. Knowledge of sexual health prevention services and/or public health knowledge a plus. Candidate must be comfortable being outgoing and speaking to individuals from various backgrounds/experiences.  Ideal candidate will be self-motivated, have strong organizational skills, exhibit a high level of trustworthiness, and have strong interpersonal skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Work schedule requires both late evening and weekend scheduling. Travel throughout Nassau, Queens and Suffolk Counties is required – must have own transportation (car and driver’s license). Bilingual English/Spanish is a strongly preferred. Trans people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

All interested candidates should email their cover letter and resume to: Devon Zappasodi, PFY Director, [email protected]

HIV Services Navigator II

Full-time:  37.5 hours/week                                                      

Reports to: Prevention Services Coordinator

Responsibilities:

  1. Provide community and social media-based outreach to young transgender YTG) persons of color  (ages 13-34) throughout Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties. Outreach will focus on engaging YTG persons of color in HIV/STI testing, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) services. Community outreach venues will include local bars, nightclubs, street/neighborhood locations where YTG persons of color gather. Social media outreach will include Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and dating apps such as Grindr. Outreach will include giving out safer sex packets, providing education on PEP/PrEP, and the director provision of HIV/STI testing services.
  2. Conduct HIV/STI/PrEP/PEP testing and screening services within an HIV status-neutral model of care. This includes conducting behavioral risk screenings, social determinants of health screening, providing personalized cognitive counseling, and linking clients into case management to promote ongoing care engagement regardless of HIV status.
  3. Provide confidential HIV/STI testing and counseling for at-risk individuals during event programming, via mobile testing, and by appointment. Must maintain all HIV testing logs, equipment and records.
  4. Coordinate, promote, and ensure linkage to ongoing medical services for clients demonstrating need for anti-retroviral medication, PrEP, or PEP.
  5. Provide support and assistance to link all clients who are newly diagnosed with HIV to Partner Notification services.
  6. Provide linkage support to all testing clients to promote engagement in essential support services (ex: food pantry, housing assistance, insurance navigation, name change)
  7. Promote the initiation of, retention in and adherence to, client centered sexual health based medical interventions.
  8. Maintain all required electronic and written records of testing, linkages and outreach activities, in addition to maintaining monthly statistics of clients served.
  9. Responsible for adhering to all state/federal laws and regulations surrounding HIV/AIDS Confidentiality and HIPAA.
  10. Additional activities as assigned by the Prevention Services Coordinator.

Requirements:

Associate’s degree or some college in related field preferred but not required. High school diploma or GED required. Professional or lived experience working with or being a trans person of color required. Knowledge of HIV testing and prevention work a plus. Must have familiarity and be comfortable conducting outreach on apps such as Grindr and having working knowledge of Facebook, Instagram, and Tiktok. Candidate must have strong written/oral communication skills and be able to manage time well and handle multiple tasks. Work schedule requires both late evening and weekend scheduling. Travel throughout Nassau, Queens and Suffolk Counties is required – must have own transportation (car and driver’s license). Bilingual English/Spanish is a strongly preferred. Trans people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

All interested candidates should email their cover letter and resume to: Dervis Pulgar, Prevention Services Coordinator, at [email protected]