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PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) Coordinator

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY

Us Helping Us is a mission-driven nonprofit known for its work at the intersection of service delivery, community education and mobilization, advocacy and research. For the past 30 years, Us Helping Us has provided innovative services, programs and activities to improve the health and wellbeing of racial, sexual and gender minorities, especially Black gay and bisexual men, people with HIV (PWH), and persons with substance use and mental health disorders. As it exists today, we currently operate two office locations in the greater Washington, DC area and offer a variety of clinical, behavioral health and social services in a trusting, compassionate and non-judgmental environment. We are currently hiring for a PrEP Coordinator and are looking for an outgoing, compassionate, and independently motivated professional to join our healthcare team.

POSITION SUMMARY

The PrEP Coordinator, in collaboration with the medical team, will facilitate the organization’s PrEP services and information dissemination of PrEP as an effective HIV biomedical intervention, particularly for Black gay, bisexual and other sexual minority men, Black cisgender and transgender women and other racial/ethnic, sexual and gender minority populations. The PrEP Coordinator will provide direct linkage to care for people seeking access to PrEP, oversee the implementation of the organization’s PrEP services, including its rapid PrEP initiation model, and PrEP-related resources.

 

Reporting to the Licensed Practical Nurse, the PrEP Coordinator will have the following primary responsibilities:

 

  • Increase PrEP awareness and knowledge and assist community members initiate PrEP.

  • Work to build the trust and confidence of clients to overcome fears or anxiety related to their health condition(s) or with navigating the healthcare system.

  • Utilize motivational interviewing techniques to assist clients understand their vulnerabilities for acquiring HIV and the use of PrEP as a practical HIV prevention tool.

  • Provide patient and insurance navigation services and PrEP services (e.g., collection of blood and urine specimens) to persons interested in starting PrEP.

  • Working closely with medical providers, contract pharmacies, and patient assistance programs to ensure clients prescriptions are filled in a timely manner.

  • Work with individuals initiating PrEP to assess needs/barriers, assist in the development of care plans and coordinate PrEP-related services through advocacy, support, and empowerment.

  • Provide follow-up services with clients to assess possible side effects, ensure adherence to the prescribed therapy, and remain engaged in PrEP care (e.g., scheduling quarterly visits).

  • Meet regularly with an interdisciplinary team to discuss successes, challenges, and innovative approaches to address clients’ needs and to improve PrEP services.

  • Perform required entry of client-level data and documentation of services, including HIV/STD results and referrals to behavioral and social services, in electronic health record/data systems.

  • Conduct community-based education and mobilization activities, including integrated HIV/STD testing and rapid PrEP initiation, as needed.

  • Partner with research studies to assist with participant recruitment and implementation of proposed interventions.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal, team building and problem solving and decision-making skills. Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to put theory in practice, provide clarity during chaos; and ability to find innovative ways to resolve problems.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills as well as organizational and stress management skills.

  • Commitment: Passion for the mission of the organization, including a strong commitment to working to improve the health and quality of life of LGBTQ+ youth and adults, and improving the health and well-being of racial, sexual and gender minorities.

  • Knowledge: Demonstrated knowledge of the DMV and issues that TGNC youth with histories of homelessness face; effective advocacy efforts to improve quality of life and local housing and employment resources. Intermediate computer skills, including use of Microsoft Office and electronic health record (e.g., eClinicalWorks) and data systems.

  • Skills: Demonstrated ability to conduct sensitive, empathetic interviews and conversations that respect the dignity and diversity of our clients. Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to put theory in practice. Ability to help manage conflict. Ability to maintain client records and information in an accurate, timely and confidential manner.

  • Personal qualities: Sound judgment, ability to work independently (with limited supervision), but cohesively, with medical and social service providers and ability to work effectively in a busy and ever-changing environment. Excellent customer service is key.

Experience and Education:

  • A high school diploma or GED is required. Community Health Worker and Phlebotomy certifications are preferred.

  • Two (2) years of experience in facilitating HIV prevention and PrEP care services.

  • Have a valid driver's license with no DUI or major moving violation in the past 5 years. Regular travel within the greater Washington, DC area is required for this position.

  • Experience working with racial minorities and LGBTQ+ youth and adults.

  • Bilingual English/Spanish and/or other languages strongly preferred.

Specifications:

  • The annual salary is $57,500 - $70,000 (based on experience) plus a generous benefits package, including 80/20 employer/employee-paid health insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, life insurance, short-term disability and federally observed holidays.

  • This is a full-time position (working a minimum of 40 hours per week) and requires evening and weekend commitments.

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. with a valid work permit required.

  • Must submit to 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.

To apply, send cover letter and resume with PrEP Coordinator – Last Name in the subject line to: communications@uhupil.org or click here.

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