AIDS Services of Austin
  • 05-Oct-2018 to 31-Dec-2018 (CST)
  • Prevention
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Full Time

Ideal Candidate Profile:

Outgoing and Engaging: You enjoy building relationships externally and internally. You are excited to work with individuals and groups of varied cultures, ethnicities, income levels, sexual orientations, and gender identities. You enjoy acting as an external representative and ambassador for AIDS Services of Austin.

Collaborative Approach: You love teamwork. You collaborate with other members to make sure we are working toward common goals that impact the work of ASA.

You're mission driven: You're looking for a job that makes a difference. You will work tirelessly to find solutions for individuals who face systemic barriers. You'll be a knowledgeable resource to clients and offer problem solving and practical support. Your work will directly help clients to build healthier futures.

You are a professional juggler: You are experienced with multi-tasking and juggle priorities well. You can switch between tasks without getting derailed or overwhelmed. You greet everyone with a smile and respect no matter how much is on your plate.

 

With the guidance of the Testing and Linkage to Care Manager, the Early Intervention Services (EIS) Specialist will assist newly diagnosed and out-of-care individuals in accessing primary HIV medical care, conduct outreach and case finding activities with high-risk focus populations, and facilitate HIV education to individual clients and in group settings. In addition, this position will coordinate with the Health Promotions department on Expanded Testing activities, and promote HIV testing at community health activities designed to reach targeted populations.

 

A successful EIS & Testing Specialist must be able and willing to:

  • Perform street outreach at least once per week
  • Conduct street outreach with specific intentions to connect with hard to reach populations, including but not limited to, individuals experiencing homelessness and/or who were recently released from incarceration.
  • Assist newly diagnosed and out-of-care individuals with linkage to medical care and referral to case management services.
  • Provide transportation and attend medical appointments with clients
  • Advocate on behalf of clients and provide referrals for other services in the community, such as mental health support, substance use treatment, housing assistance, and SOAR.
  • Coordinate with area hospitals, stand-alone urgent care centers, and community facilities to ensure that a partnership is in place for client referrals into services.
  • Maintain documentation and reporting requirements, including case notes, in the client record according to departmental standards by utilizing a computerized information system.
  • Provide education and risk reduction to both HIV positive and negative individuals.
  • Participate in community events to refer targeted individuals into HIV testing.
  • Work with HIV positive individuals to schedule appointments and accompany clients to medical, substance abuse, and other social service intake appointments.
  • Facilitate HIV 101 classes.
  • Have access to a reliable vehicle.

 

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Valid driver's license required
  • At least one year of experience working in an outreach capacity
  • At least one year of experience with mental health, substance use, or HIV disease/prevention
  • Experience working with individuals and communities of diverse cultures, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities and/or expressions preferred
  • Ability to demonstrate good judgment, maintain strict confidentiality standards, and adhere to professional standards
  • Ability to make sound decisions in accordance with organization's policies, procedures, and guidelines
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Must have and maintain valid driver's license, liability insurance and safe driving record
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) skills strongly preferred

 

Schedule: Standard schedule between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, but including evening, night and weekend hours when necessary. 40 hours per week

ASA is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace.

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