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Community Engagement Coordinator
Job Code:2020-PREVENTION-002
Location:Dallas, TX
Employment Type:Non-Exempt (Hourly)

Job Responsibilities:
 General Description:

The Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC) organizes events focusing on HIV/STI prevention activities and strategies. The CEC will also facilitate the geographic and demographic expansion of prevention activities, including but not limited to, engaging and collaborating with organizations and individuals outside of Dallas County as well as organizations and events that serve identified priority populations.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates assigned Project Connect community engagement activities.
  • Develops, identifies and negotiates appropriate agreements to use various sites/venues for testing, condom distribution, and other prevention activities.
  • Schedules Project Connect core prevention staff to coordinate community engagement, outreach testing, linkage to care, and condom distribution activities.
  • Conducts HIV and STI testing in accordance with agency/program protocols.
  • Completes an assessment of patients as related to readiness to engage in medical care.
  • Works with patients to develop and implement short-term care plans to identify and address needs and barriers; provides referrals as needed.
  • Provides strength-based counseling based on the adapted Antiretroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) intervention to promote linkage to medical care.
  • Provides risk/harm reduction counseling and education to patients in accordance with agency/program protocols.
  • Assesses needs and makes appropriate referrals for behavioral health, testing, medical treatment, case management, PrEP, and/or risk reduction counseling.
  • Follows up to ensure patients attend medical appointments.
  • Manages social media content in coordination with HIV prevention events and activities.
  • Provides requisite data and completes necessary reports.
  • Provides risk reduction counseling and testing for HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis C.
  • Utilizes tangible reinforcements judiciously to decrease barriers to accessing care, attendance at appointments, and follows appropriate protocols regarding inventory control.
  • Maintains flexibility with regard to meeting patients where they are most accessible.
  • Follows protocols regarding timely documentation of each patient encounter and necessary reporting.
  • Links patients who test positive for HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and/or HCV to treatment and/or follow-up services.
  • Coordinates care with treatment providers and other internal/external support services. .
  • Coordinates planning with other teams to ensure effective and seamless service delivery, prevent duplication of efforts and present a coordinated process to the community and clients.
  • Serves on assigned external/internal committees or groups.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by program manager or program director.

Job Qualifications:

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

  • Skilled in the implementation of current HIV testing and risk reduction counseling strategies and technologies, including strength-based counseling based on the adapted Antiretroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS)
  • Working knowledge of hepatitis, tuberculosis, STI’s and HIV/AIDS.
  • Knowledge of HIV risk factors and HIV behavior change strategies
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS prevention and intervention resources as they relate to specific priority populations including MSM, transgender persons,and communities of color
  • Cultural awareness and humility, and demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations including the LGBT community.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Skilled in outreach and assessment techniques
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated computer skills and proficiency in Windows and Microsoft Word software applications including Excel
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, set objectives and meet critical deadlines.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including early mornings, evenings, and weekend hours.
  • Dependable transportation and current Texas Driver’s License and active auto liability insurance.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in related social service field and supervisor experience. Relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of educational requirements.
  • Specialized training required to implement intervention funded by DSHS must be completed within six months of hire.