Job Openings at WORLD

Join the WORLD team and make a difference in the lives of many! WORLD is currently looking for qualified applications for the following positions:

 

Outreach & Linkage Specialist

Peer Advocate

Outreach & Linkage Specialist

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Diseases (WORLD), an affiliate of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), is a diverse organization for, by, and about women living with, and at risk for, HIV/AIDS. WORLD improves the lives and health of women, girls, families and communities affected by HIV through peer-based education, wellness services, advocacy, and leadership development. We envision a world where women, girls, and families affected by HIV and AIDS have the tools, support and knowledge to live healthy and productive lives with dignity. Our vision is rooted in a commitment to human rights and wellness with the understanding that this includes freedom from violence; access to housing; quality healthcare; food security; physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing; education and economic justice.

WORLD, in affiliation with AHF, is seeking a full-time Outreach and Linkage Specialist to join the team at the WORLD office located in Oakland, California.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities [Includes the following. Other duties may be assigned.]

  • Conducts outreach in various settings and to diverse populations in Alameda County and other local areas.
  • Provides transportation to clients.
  • Refers clients to WORLD’s Peer Advocate Program and local health care providers.
  • Helps clients access services by providing referrals, accompanying to appointments, and engaging with providers.
  • Provides non-directive information to clients about HIV, treatments, stress reduction and self-care strategies.
  • Provides non-directive information to clients about substance use and harm reduction.
  • Reminds clients of medical and other supportive appointments, and follow-up after appointments.
  • Provides support and referrals for dealing with difficult issues (disclosure, adherence, parenting, relationships, pregnancy and HIV, substance use).
  • Advocates for clients by bringing concerns to attention of providers.
  • Completes written documentation in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Completes all weekly client contact as per project assignment and document accurately and accordingly.

Participation in Meetings/Committees

  • Attends meetings as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

High school degree or equivalent; strong experience in conducting outreach (street-level, venue-based, direct outreach etc). Experience in working in human service provision at community agencies, healthcare settings, and functional knowledge related to HIV/AIDS is plus. Familiarity with service options available to support and empower women living with HIV/AIDS. Knowledge of harm reduction, healthy coping, and steps for networking with providers preferred. Knowledge of criminal justice systems and community re-entry procedures preferred.

Computer/Software Skills & Abilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to effectively present information to Management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills

Basic Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems collects data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Individual must be self-motivated and able to work independently as well as a team. Ability to successfully clear health screenings and background checks.

Other Skills & Abilities/Qualifications

  • Sensitivity to issues surrounding HIV and AIDS.
  • Ability to work as a team player.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Able to work independently and follow established protocols.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Sensitivity to multi-cultural and lifestyle issues.
  • Strong organizational/prioritizing skills in a rapidly changing environment.

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations

  • Valid California Driver’s License and Vehicle required.
  • Proof of liability insurance required.

Application Procedure

Email resume and cover letter to Kristina Wong at kwong@womenhiv.org with the title “Outreach and Linkage Specialist” in the subject line of your email, or mail to WORLD, 389 30th Street, Oakland, CA 94609. Questions can be emailed to kwong@womenhiv.org. No phone calls please.

WORLD is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring staff which reflect the diversity of the community we serve. HIV+ persons, women, transgender individuals, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

 

Peer Advocate

FLSA Status: Exempt – Full Time

 WORLD peer advocates mentor women living with HIV/AIDS. WORLD peer advocates are a part of the WORLD staff and they work in partnership with health care providers who are a part of the Alameda County Family Care Network. By providing information, practical assistance, and emotional support, peer advocates build allied relationships with clients, promoting an ongoing dialogue about HIV-related issues and living with HIV. In addition, peer advocates support clients’ efforts to reduce stress and increase quality of life. A peer advocate supports clients’ ability to make informed healthcare decisions. Peer Advocates share knowledge about HIV in a non-directive manner, they offer resources and attend appointments with clients to role modeling active communication with physicians. The peer advocate keeps up to date information of current trends to best serve the changing needs of WORLD clients. Under the direct supervision of the Peer Advocate Program Manager, the Peer Advocate will work in cooperation with the peer advocate team and other WORLD staff as needed.

Major Tasks, Duties and Responsibilities

Includes the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Co-facilitates WORLD client support groups as needed.
  • Completes written documentation in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Provides one-on-one peer counseling at WORLD and other designated sites.
  • Helps clients’ access services by providing referrals, accompanying to appointments or arranging for transportation.
  • Provides non-directive information to clients about HIV disease, treatments, clinical trials, stress reduction and self-care strategies.
  • Reminds clients of appointments and follow up after appointments to discuss concerns.
  • Provides support and referrals for dealing with difficult issues (disclosure, parenting issues, relationship problems, pregnancy and HIV, substance use, adherence).
  • Advocates for clients by bringing concerns to attention of their providers.
  • Helps clients identify risk reduction strategies (safer sex, drug treatment, needle exchange, etc.).

Participation in Meetings/Committees

• Attends meetings as assigned and/or needed.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • This job has no supervisory responsibilities

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

High school degree or equivalent; first hand knowledge related to HIV/AIDS issues is a plus. Knowledge of harm reduction, healthy coping, and steps for networking with providers preferred.

Computer/Software Skills & Abilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to effectively present information to Management, public groups, and/or boards of directors. Bilingual Spanish/English; Bicultural preferred.

Other Skills & Abilities/Qualifications

  • Sensitivity to issues surrounding HIV and AIDS.
  • Ability to work as a team player.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Able to work independently and follow established protocols.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Sensitivity to multi-cultural and lifestyle issues.
  • Strong organizational/prioritizing skills in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Knowledge of harm reduction, health coping, and steps for networking with providers preferred.

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations

Valid California Driver’s License and Vehicle mandatory.
• Proof of liability insurance.

Application Procedure

Email resume and cover letter to djones@womenhiv.org with the title “Peer Advocate Position” in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please.

WORLD is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring staff which reflect the diversity of the community we serve. HIV+ women, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

 This position is based in Oakland, CA. WORLD is Equal Opportunity Employers. Women of color, transgender women, and people living with HIV strongly encouraged to apply. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions.

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