SUMMARY:
The HIV Peer Support Educator is responsible for facilitating a monthly Peer Support group as well as providing individual Peer Support. The Peer Support Counselor provides direct client services to provide support and reduce isolation. Services include new member group orientation and facilitation of a monthly group(s) that provides psycho-social support, HIV/AIDS information, psycho-education workshops, and activities to reduce isolation. Additionally, the Peer Educator will provide individual support and referrals to primary care, dental and optical services, substance abuse services, mental health services, and other services to meet other program requirements.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Preference given to peers who have obtained their certification in HIV care, or have documentation of a minimum of 240 hours of combined peer coursework/education and work experience in HIV care service delivery.
  • High School degree/GED plus a minimum of one-year experience providing health education to underserved communities plus two years’ work experience in a community setting preferably at a health center.
  • Experience must include providing peer counseling, support, education, and/or advocacy services to PLWHA. Must be committed to supporting clients toward the goals of active
  • participation in Primary case as well as commitment to services that are strength based and focused on wellness and recovery.
  • Experience with community outreach and engagement methods.
  • Strong group facilitation, presentation, and organizational skills required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written communication skills and computer skills
  • Ability to work as a part of a team. Strong problem solving skills
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and risk reduction methods
  • Bilingual English/ Spanish required