Community Engagement Specialist

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Regular Full-Time



Us Helping Us is a rapidly growing and mission-driven nonprofit. For the past 30 years, we have provided innovative programs and services to improve the health and wellbeing of racial, sexual orientation and gender minorities, people living with HIV/AIDS, and persons with substance abuse disorders and mental illness. As it exists today, we currently operate two office locations in the greater Washington, DC area and offer a variety of clinical, behavioral/mental health and social support services in a trusting, compassionate and non-judgmental environment. We are currently hiring for a Medical Assistant and are looking for an energetic, independently motivated and committed person to fill this position.



The Community Engagement Specialists will be responsible for identifying and engaging with Black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and Black cisgender and transgender women in Prince George’s and Montgomery County to educate them about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis and Hepatitis C and to undergo regular health screening. This position will also be responsible for linking Black MSM and Black women to the appropriate essential support services, including clinical treatments, psychosocial support groups and other navigation services. 


Reporting to the Senior Community Health Worker, the Community Engagement Specialists will have the following responsibilities:

  • Build rapport with community members, including Black MSM and Black women, and ensure courteous and efficient interactions during all client engagement activities.

  • Develop, coordinate and support activities designed to promote the recruitment of Black MSM and Black women, including community/venue- and virtual-based strategies appropriate for the recruitment of target population.

  • Develop daily recruitment activities, which includes but not limited to, use of the organization’s social media platforms (e.g., Facebook) and geospatial network apps (Jack’d, Grindr) for recruitment of Black MSM and Black women and schedule Black MSM and Black women for appropriate clinical visits. .

  • Enlist assistance from organizational staff (e.g., Community Health Workers) to identify and engage Black MSM and Black women in HIV/STI prevention activities. 

  • Review engagement reports with other programmatic staff (e.g., Program Managers) to ensure recruitment goals are met and make any mid-course corrections and implement changes to recruitment and retention strategies as necessary and appropriate.

  • Organize and coordinate community outreach programs that promote engagement of Black MSM and Black women.

  • Perform local travel to fulfill position responsibilities, including transporting clients to engage in HIV/STD screening activities and referral agencies for treatment (e.g., HepC).

  • Perform other position-related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):

  • Knowledge about HepC and HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care, especially for Black and Latino MSM (e.g., sexual health).

  • Experience in engaging racial and sexual minorities in health-related services and activities, including research studies.

  • Skills in working within a team structure, while taking initiative and working independently to complete necessary tasks without major supervision. 

  • Skills in multi-tasking, managing time, and meeting critical deadlines. 

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, self-motivated and enthusiastic.

  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment and provide caring and non-judgmental client-centered services.

  • Experience working with LGBTQ individuals and racial minorities and respects cultural and religious practices of patients and work sensitively with young Black gay and bisexual women and transgender women, other minorities / community issues.

  • Proficient in basic computer and software applications.

Experience and Education:

  • High school diploma (or GED equivalency) required.

  • Minimum one (1) year experience doing community outreach and education at non-profit organization preferred or 6 month experience in paid/volunteer work or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Must be able to work evening and weekend hours within high risk environments and communities.

  • Experience and knowledge of HepC, HIV, other sexually transmitted infections (e.g., Syphilis) and chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes, hypertension).



  • Salary range $17.00-21.00 per hour plus a generous benefits package, including tuition reimbursement and an employer-paid contribution to a 401(k) retirement plan.

  • This is a part-time position (20-30 hours per week) and includes regular evenings and weekends. 

  • Driver’s license required.

  • Valid U.S. work permit required.

  • Must submit to and successfully complete a background investigation and drug test.

  • Us Helping Us has a smoke-free environment and non-smokers are preferred. Excellent personal hygiene is a must.



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