Minnesota AIDS Project (www.mnaidsproject.org) seeks a full-time Community Educator. The Community Educator works with the AIDSLine, Minnesota’s information and referral center for HIV prevention and services. The Community Educator has comprehensive knowledge of HIV prevention, resources, services and community activities and applies this knowledge in work with the public. The Community Educator will help update education regarding the intersection of HIV and Chemical Health and deliver this to professional audiences. This role also will deliver and support community level HIV education presentations on various topics for multiple populations and support a volunteer speaker’s bureau to assist in this work. Presentations are delivered in settings throughout the metro area and periodically in Greater Minnesota thus the Community Educator must have access to reliable transportation. The Community Educator also provides short term individualized assistance to people living with HIV to help link them to care services such as insurance, medical care and case management.
- Staffing the AIDSLine hotline and delivering trainings while providing excellent client service in each interaction.
- Assessing needs of community members and providing appropriate information and referrals.
- Conducting and modeling direct and honest discussions with clients or training participants regarding sensitive topics such as sexual activity and drug use behavior.
- Maintaining a thorough understanding of HIV resources, HIV disease, and the intersection of HIV with chemical health issues and applying this information to individual interactions and in training curriculums.
- Assisting with training and coaching of volunteer speakers and department interns.
- Preparing training materials and coordinating training site needs for community and professional level presentations.
- Assisting in maintaining education tracking systems and compile data for evaluation reports.
- Assisting with face-to-face support to individuals living with HIV which provides basic information on HIV treatment and transmission, linkage to medical care, HIV Case Management, chemical health supports and other core services.
- High school diploma required. Bachelor’s degree in public health, social work, human services or other related area (including LADC’s) or equivalent professional (2-4 years) experience is preferred.
- Knowledge of HIV prevention, care and related issues.
- Knowledge and comfort working with topics including: HIV health, chemical health, mental health and sexual health and conducting this work from a client-centered, harm-reduction perspective.
- Demonstrated skill and expertise working with African American and multi-racial communities who are disproportionately impacted by HIV. Those with lived experiences in these communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Demonstrated comfort and skill in addressing Gay/Bi/MSM/Queer and Transgender health issues. Individuals from these communities are encouraged to apply.
- Demonstrated capacity to work with HIV-positive people, and those engaged in risk behaviors for HIV in individual and group settings. Individuals from this target population encouraged to apply.
- Valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation is required.
- Ability to travel throughout the state of Minnesota to deliver educational programming including periodic overnight stays.
- Excellent verbal and written communication, problem solving and organizational skills.
- Skill with researching topics independently and developing interactive training curriculums with minimal oversight.