Health Educator - Si a la Vida

AGENCY DESCRIPTION:  

Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Inc. is a multi-service community health and social service agency with an emphasis on serving the Chicano/Latino/Indígena community in San Francisco with a special focus on the diverse needs of the Mission District. Services include a wide range of mental health, HIV-related services, and social services, including health promotion, education, prevention, early intervention, case management, psychological and psychiatric interventions, and cultural/social and spiritual re-enforcement. The agency serves children, youth, adults, and families. It has a rich history of working collaboratively with other agencies to meet the needs of the Chicano/Latino/Indígena community and other cultural/racial communities in San Francisco.

JOB/PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  

Under the direction of the Prevention & Wellness Coordinator and the Program Manager, the Health Educator is responsible for providing individual, group, and community-focused HIV prevention interventions to the Latinx community at large. The Health Educator will work within a multidisciplinary team and collaboratively with community-based partner organizations to increase awareness and access to STI and HIV prevention services. 

Si a la Vida–Integrated HIV Services offers a continuum of HIV services to diverse Latino communities in San Francisco, including HIV prevention and mental health services. Our goals are to support Latinxs in reducing their risk of STI and HIV infection and transmission, to improve the quality of life for those living with and at risk of HIV, and to reduce stigma related to HIV, STI, sexual orientation, and gender identity. We accomplish this through client-centered, nonjudgmental, culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

Essential Job Duties include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Conduct a wide range of community outreach and recruitment activities to promote HIV Prevention  services as well as LGBTQ+ and STI/HIV-related stigma reduction among the Latinx community
  • Assess the needs of clients seeking and accessing services and provide client-centered HIV risk reduction education and counseling services
  • Accompaniment of participants to appointments/services as needed 
  • Conduct routine check-ins with participants, appointment reminders  
  • Plan and facilitate educational groups and workshops that are inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community
  • Provide HIV Counseling and Rapid Testing as well as Hepatitis C and STI testing onsite and at community events: Carnaval, Pride, Up Your Alley, Folsom, Castro Street Fair, etc. 
  • Attend other community events as required by the program 
  • Maintain required documentation and the highest level of client confidentiality; follow HIPAA compliance 
  • Collect service data and enter it into the database accurately and in a timely manner 
  • Flexible schedule with the ability to work some evenings and weekends for community events
  • Develop outreach materials, educational and resource flyers and participate in creating multi-media social  marketing projects 
  • Maintain reliable attendance and participation in team and agency meetings 
  • Attend and actively participate in supervision, training, and team and agency-wide meetings, and represent  the program and agency professionally 
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the direct supervisor

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • Bilingual skills required in English and Spanish 
  • Bicultural competence 
  • High School diploma or GED plus two (2) years of experience in HIV prevention and/or LGBTQ health or  social services 
  • Experience working with people living with HIV and at-risk individuals, substance-using individuals, immigrant communities, and socially and economically disadvantaged Latinx communities
  • Demonstrated competence in creating spaces that affirm diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and  gender expression 
  • Demonstrated skills in the facilitation of groups and workshops 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and take initiative, as well as foster teamwork
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and social media sites (Instagram, Facebook) 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

PREFERRED SKILL BUT NOT REQUIRED:

  • Experience with curriculum development 
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Health, Health Education

CONDITIONS OF CONTINUED EMPLOYMENT

  • Available to work a couple of evenings every week and some weekends for community events
  • Must pass and maintain annual Tuberculosis Test 
  • Must pass Department of Justice Fingerprint screening 
  • Complete annual recurrent online training 
  • Certification in HIV Test Counseling or motivational interviewing 
  • Must provide proof of COVID-19 Vaccination upon hire (reasonable accommodation requests will be considered)

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  

The physical demands described here represent what an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.  

  • General ability to communicate effectively in person or via telephone in a manner that can be understood by those with whom the person is speaking too, including a diverse population  
  • General alertness to address emergency or potentially dangerous situations   
  • Requires physical ability to remain seated at a desk for long periods of time when needed 
  • Basic manual dexterity to operate work processing equipment with skill, speed, and accuracy  
  • Must be able to view computer for long periods of time  
  • Ability to use public and/or private modes of transportation; duties are office-based, but travel to various  offsite venues is required  
  • Activities that occur infrequently are: bending, squatting, crouching, kneeling, twisting, reaching straight, above  or below shoulders  
  • On occasion, must lift up to 35 LBS 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS²  

The salary for this position is $21.93 to $ 27.13 hourly based on experience and qualifications and experience. This is a full-time,non-exempt position at 35 hours a week with full benefits. 

All full-time positions at IFR are 35 hours per week and are eligible to participate in medical health benefit plans including dental, vision, 403(b) plan, earn vacation, sick leave, fourteen paid holidays, two paid days off (birthday and hire date) and ongoing learning opportunities.

TO APPLY:

Interested applicants should send an email to j[email protected] with “Health Educator – Latino Wellness, Si a la Vida” in the subject line and include: 

  • A cover letter indicating why you wish to join the Si a la Vida team and a description of your work experience or affiliation with the LGTBQ+ community 
  • Your Resume.

Please note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission site. Revised: 01/09/24

² Please note that IFR reserves the right to change its benefits and contributions at any time at its sole discretion.


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