Risk Reduction Coordinator
JustUs Health, formed through a merger between the Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP) and Rainbow Health Initiative (RHI), envisions a Minnesota where people from diverse gender, sexual, and cultural communities experience health and wellness in powerfully inclusive environments. Founded in 1983, MAP is widely recognized for the impact of its prevention and support services for individuals living with HIV or at risk of HIV infection. RHI, founded in 2001, advances the health of the LGBTQ communities through research, education and advocacy. Together, JustUs Health will lead work to achieve health equity for diverse gender, sexual, and cultural communities.
JustUs Health seeks a FT Risk Reduction Coordinator to coordinate and lead a peer-based, mission-driven team dedicated to stopping HIV and enhancing the well-being of those affected by HIV. Specific responsibilities include: HIV counseling, testing and referral with targeted communities; linking individuals with HIV to medical care and support services; peer education; community outreach; and syringe exchange and harm reduction services to injection drug users. Along with executing the responsibilities above, this position coordinates the efforts and work of other team members through: training and mentoring, scheduling, monitoring of tasks, providing feedback and completing reports. The Risk Reduction Coordinator will be an articulate spokesperson, effective mentor and trainer, and competent peer and team member. This position will focus on those at high risk for HIV including the following communities: injection drug users, gay/bisexual/queer men and other men who have sex with men and transgender individuals who have sex with men. An ability to gain the trust and confidence of HIV-positive individuals and individuals in target communities in outreach venues is essential to success in this position.
- Coordinate logistics for program activities including the scheduling of program staff for HIV testing and syringe exchange shifts and the monitoring and ordering of supplies needed to conduct HIV testing, syringe exchange and prevention outreach including condom distribution.
- Lead efforts across staff to document services and create required reports detailing program efforts.
- Communicate program details and needs of communities served to a variety of public stakeholders.
- Assist in recruitment, selection and orientation of new program staff.
- Deliver HIV counseling, testing and referral to individuals from targeted communities.
- Provide risk reduction and public health education, social networking and marketing using innovative techniques designed to reach the targeted communities.
- Staff syringe exchange services including education efforts to reduce risk of overdose and distribution of opioid overdose reversal medication.
- Conduct outreach to targeted communities in public settings including bars, treatment centers, community agencies and special events.
- Conduct outreach to targeted communities in electronic settings including chat rooms and mobile social networking applications.
- Develop and maintain productive working relationships with staff in other settings who also in engage in HIV testing, outreach and syringe service programing.
- Coordinate efforts of volunteers and interns in office and outreach sessions.
- Capacity to address Gay/Bi/MSM/Queer and Transgender health issues and work with individuals from diverse populations. Individuals with lived experiences in these communities encouraged to apply.
- Demonstrated skill and expertise working with the diverse racial communities who are disproportionately impacted by HIV. Those with lived experiences in 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.
- Comfort in working with people who inject drugs from a nonjudgmental, harm reduction perspective.
- High school diploma required. Bachelor’s degree in public health, social work, human services or other related area or equivalent professional experience is preferred.
- Knowledge and comfort working with topics including: HIV health, chemical health and mental health.
- Comfort delivering HIV testing involving finger pokes and collection of a small amount of blood. Training will be provided.
- Comfort and skill being a peer leader, spokesperson and mentor with community members.
- Knowledge of current innovative HIV health education strategies
- Excellent verbal and written communication, problem solving and organizational skills.
- Valid Minnesota Driver’s license is preferred. Access to reliable transportation and ability to travel throughout the metro area is preferred.