Senior Community Outreach Specialist

Maryland, United States
26 May 2019
End of advertisement period
26 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

General summary/purpose:

Works as a team member on the PUSH Study, an HIV prevention and treatment adherence/care retention research protocol sponsored by the National Institutes of Drug Abuse (NIDA). Provide research and program support for Black and Latino gay, bisexual and transgender adolescent and young adult populations while implementing components of the PUSH study. This position will work as part of an interdisciplinary team.  Research activities conducted through this position are highly structured to ensure close adherence to intervention core components. Standard services offered through this position focus on ensuring that clients have access to HIV resources, in addition to general community resources. Additional training in motivational interviewing will be provided as necessary.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Assist with daily tasks associated with the PUSH study:
  • Recruit and screen potentially eligible Black and Latino gay, bisexual and transgender adolescents and young adults in different settings including community outreach, web-based, etc.
  • Describe research goals, procedures and informed consent process to interested individuals
  • Obtain informed consent to be randomized to one of the two intervention study arms
  • Has study participant complete online assessment, that includes information about:
    • Access to healthcare and the client’s ability to self-manage and actively participate in healthcare.
    • Adherence medication and medical treatment.
    • Short term and long term housing needs.
    • Income stability including employment needs and eligibility for public benefits (SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.).
    • Substance use and/or abuse needs using intervention specified assessment tools.
    • Mental health needs using intervention specified assessment tools.
    • Food and nutrition needs.
    • HIV secondary prevention issues.
  • Orient randomized participants to the Mobile-Enhanced Engagement Intervention with close adherence to the intervention protocol.
  • Utilizing report generated by online assessment, formulates communication strategies with participants including frequency, timing and type (e.g. text, calls etc.).
  • Implement intervention service checklist with study participants at each 3-month follow-up time point.
  • Develop strategies and goals through Individual Wellness Plans, in conjunction with clients, to meet identified needs regarding sexual health as well as substance use.
  • Maintains timely Individual Wellness Plans according to program policies.
  • Manage a caseload of participants based on activities associated with PUSH.
  • Maintain quality and timely session and research documentation on all client interactions.
  • Collect service eligibility documentation in a timely manner according to program policies.
  • Collaborates and coordinates services with other HIV/AIDS service providers and community agencies for 5%-10% depending on the study participant needs. 
  • Attends bi-weekly Case Conference calls with main study leadership/research team.
  • Assist in the research and development process related to the collection on on-going focus groups, in-depth interviews, survey data review.
  • Review and code qualitative research data, enter into system, and craft data dissemination reports.
  • Assist in grant submission process by utilizing the related grant submission tools and guidelines as necessary.
  • Assist in the data collection process by gathering survey data and qualitative data.
  • Assist in paper data analysis and paper development and dissemination.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in social work, women’s studies, LGBT studies, or other related field. 
  • Some related experience working with Human Subjects research with adolescents and young adults; Substance Use Counseling; Client Advocacy; Sexual Health Education, Community Outreach.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Commitment to improve health outcomes among sexual, gender and racial minority adolescents and young adults.
  • Knowledge of comprehensive sexual health models.
  • Knowledge of motivational interviewing technique.
  • Non-judgmental attitude.
  • Commitment to fighting homophobia, sexism, and transphobia.
  • Excellent customer service orientation.
  • Sensitivity to high-risk populations of youth and young adults.
  • Enthusiasm, dedication and excellent organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with Baltimore City and available youth, sexual minority and HIV/AIDS resources.
  • Ability to work independently. 

Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:

  • Computer skills, including word processing and data entry required. 
  • Must be sensitive and knowledgeable of HIV related issues, resources and competent of cultural/community issues. 
  • Possess general knowledge of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, and the Marketplace to purchase insurance.

 Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CD 
Starting Salary Range: $16.10 - $22.12 (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Mon-Frid/8-5pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 10003079-SOM Ped Gen Pediatrics Adoles Medicine 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

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