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Essential Functions (critical to job function):

The PrEP Navigator will work under the supervision of the HIV/STD Testing & Prevention Director. The PrEP Navigator will provide Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) navigation services which include – conducting intakes, assessments, developing individual action plans, linkage, retention and re-engagement for people vulnerable to HIV acquisition. The PrEP Navigator will provide appropriate, active linkages to providers, address challenges with payment and access to PrEP, provide follow up, and be responsible for fostering a safe and trauma-informed environment. They will develop PrEP treatment and retention plans with participants and follow up with in-person meetings, calls, and appointments. They may accompany participants to appointments and will communicate with providers as necessary. They may provide oversight to other staff participating in PrEP linkage and/or navigation. All client interactions will be documented accurately and completely in client files.

This position requires extensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS/STDs, PrEP, and available, related services. This position requires the ability to work days, weekends, and nights including occasional late nights. Traveling within and outside the city of Chicago is also required and travel costs will be reimbursed.

Nonessential Functions: (non-critical to job function):

•    Other duties as assigned

 Job Description

Duties/Responsibilities:

Service Delivery Duties:

•    Meet with patients to assist them in filling out PrEP medication coverage applications.

•    Assist patients continuing PrEP and looking to reengage in services with medical appointments and additional support.

•    Provide individual- and relationship-based HIV and STI counseling.

•    Provide education about Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and other effective biomedical and prevention interventions; navigate eligible, interested clients to primary care medical services to further discuss PEP and other preventive care with a provider.

•    Provide PrEP navigation for patients returning to services, tracking client charts and ensuring retention to required follow-up medical services.

•    Implement and oversee health education strategies, interventions, and programs that address trauma, racial/ethnic inequities, and other social determinants of health.

•    Maintain highest level of client confidentiality; follow HIPAA regulations.

•    Enter progress notes within 24 hours of service provision.

•    Review participant files to ensure they are complete and meet quality standards.

•    Report on a weekly and monthly basis on the number of sessions, referrals provided, and progress of each participant.

Program Development and Collaborative Duties:

•    Assist in the continued implementation of PrEP services and appointment scheduling for PrEP, while also ensuring that uninsured and under-insured clients receive information about coverage programs.

•    Review and maintain up-to-date and accurate knowledge of emerging scientific research regarding biomedical HIV/STI prevention strategies, including PrEP, PEP and other related interventions.

•    Help identify, develop, improve, and implement client education materials and other tools that encourage and inform healthy decisions.

•    Research and develop relationships with appropriate Providers

•    Assist Center on Halsted staff during meetings and trainings required by funders, including the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health.

Data Duties:

•    Oversee the entry of PrEP navigation activities and data into the required databases, ensuring numbers are entered with a high level of accuracy and updated as needed.

•    Complete any agency, city, and state required forms for each client; maintain the highest level of client confidentiality; accurately collect and record all required and pertinent demographic information regarding each client served.

Organizational Core Competencies: Demonstrated by the candidate.

•    Critical Thinking: Consistently identifies, gathers, and applies relevant information to their work.

•    Equity Mindset:  Understands and is committed to goals of equity; consistently brings an equity mindset to the organization works and workplace.  interpersonally, organizationally and structurally.

•    Collaboration:  Helps colleague’s as needed, views responsibilities as shared

•    Communication:  Uses effective written and oral communication with internal staff, teams, and community served; demonstrates empathy and listening.

•    Adaptability:  The quality of being able to adjust to new conditions. Being able to change in order to fit or work better in some situations or for some purpose.

•    Develops and Motivates Others:  Motivates others and supports their development through strong coaching and mentoring

•    Leads with Vision:  Effectively prepares and communicates vision for the future of the organization and guides team through developing and managing subsequent changes.

•    Continuous Improvement Minded:  Identifies strategies to improve organization’s impact; weighs diverse inputs to inform strategies, sets course and drives implementation.

Education/Experience and Qualifications:

•    Results – proven track record of exceeding goals and bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decision through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgement; the ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget; ability to solve problems, work independently, manage programs; ability to be creatively resourceful is essential.

•    Bachelor’s in social work or health-related field preferred; equivalent relevant experience will also be acceptable; experience working with individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS and STI’s is beneficial; prior experience working in a nonprofit environment is also beneficial.

•    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer competency/sensitivity; Knowledge and experience addressing LGBTQ needs.

•    Excellent oral and written communications skills; bilingual skills (Spanish/English) preferred.

•    A high degree of integrity in dealing with confidential information.

•    Ability to use MS Office programs, including MS Word, Excel and Outlook.

•    Effective problem solving and ability to analyze and use data for decision-making.

•    Effectively interact with people and develop positive relationships while being tactful, respectful, and direct in communication.

•    Ability to work flexible and extended hours including days, nights including late nights, and weekends required.

•    Knowledge of Chicago area public transportation required; ability to be reimbursed for transportation costs; comfortable traveling and working in all areas of Chicagoland.

•    Data entry experience required.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: This is a list of physical demands that is required to perform the essential functions of the position.

Physical Demands and Work Environment    Level

Sitting for long periods of time    Frequent

Standing occasionally    Occasionally

Lifting 15lbs or more

Walking    Constant

Walking up/down stairs    Constant

Bending    Occasion

Machine and Equipment Used:

This is a list of machinery/equipment that is required to perform the essential duties of the position.

Machine and Equipment Used:

Computer

Telephone

Application Process: 

Apply to the following website: https://www.centeronhalsted.org/careers.html  In your cover letter, please address the following questions:

•    Describe your experience assisting people in accessing PrEP or HIV treatment.

•    Describe your knowledge of PrEP and PEP.

•    Describe your experience working with Black and Latino MSM, transgender individuals, and cis- Black, heterosexual women.

•    Describe in detail your experience with Outlook, paperwork accuracy, and data entry.

*CENTER ON HALSTED IS A MANDATED VACCINATION EMPLOYER.  THOSE WHO ARE VACINNATED OR WISH TO BE VACINNATED WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR EMPLOYMENT. 

Equal Opportunity Employer: Center on Halsted hires the most qualified candidates without regard to any person’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, neurodiversity, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, military discharge status, veteran status or source of income and citizenship.

Disclaimer

This job description is not a comprehensive list of all of the possible job-related responsibilities, tasks and duties that are required of this position, and further, Center on Halsted reserves the right to change as it sees fit any and all of the employee’s responsibilities, tasks and duties.

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