Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

HIV Educator / Psychosocial Specialist

Posted over 1 month ago

Job Description


Under general supervision, provides direct covered services and treatment to individual clients, coordinates with community support and stakeholders. Responsible for managing appointment schedules as well as conducting targeted outreach to people with a known HIV disease so they may be enrolled in care and treatment services.


• Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in a field related to case management such as social work, nursing, public health, or other human services related field preferred.

• Or high school diploma and two years of comparable professional knowledge, skills, and abilities that documents experience with working with HIV positive or high-risk individuals.

• Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and skilled at educating clients about HIV/AIDS and other STIs.

• Able to work a flexible schedule weekdays and weekends as needed per program requirements.

• Bilingual: English/Spanish skills. Must be able to communicate to Spanish-speaking clients, considering the importance of knowing & communicating medical terminology in both languages.

• Must successfully complete the agency's orientation and demonstrate competency regarding skills and knowledge of HIV prevention.

• Have good organization, communication, and time management skills.


• Facilitate individual Behavioral Health intervention sessions and peer support groups for Latinx individuals living with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis or at high risk of HIV transmission in Maricopa County in Spanish and English.

• Implementation of evidence-based CDC behavioral health interventions: Healthy Relationships, Choosing Life; Empowerment, Action, Results (CLEAR), Sin Buscar Excusas/No Excuses.

• Educate clients through individual Behavioral Health interventions and or as members of a Behavioral Health support group on the fundamentals of the HIV virus and its effects on the body. (Basic methods of transmission, medication adherence, viral load suppression, U=U undetectable equals untransmutable, opportunistic infections, the effects of HIV inside a host cell (CD4), and different ways to prevent the transmission of HIV to others).

• Discuss how outside oppressors and barriers, such as religion, stigma, HIV diagnosis disclosure, and family dynamics affect the day-to-day life of Latinx individuals living with HIV or at high risk of HIV transmission.

• Collaborate with Arizona Department of Health and Maricopa County to facilitate state and local initiatives.

• Provide, assist, and link clients to community resources.

• Offer encouragement and support to clients, as needed.

• Provide clients with information about agency resources, program rules, policies, and procedures.

• Participate and assist in providing a variety of support services for clients through support groups.

• Accurately documents progress notes and completes monthly Behavioral Health intervention reports.

• Recruit targeted individuals for program participation, workshops, community meetings, surveys, and other activities by developing and distributing outreach materials.

• Oversees all internal and external incoming referrals to behavioral health intervention programs.

• Directly contacts targeted community members to complete enrollment process and linkage to care.

• Provide referrals and linkage to HIV and STI testing, HIV direct services, and PrEP & PEP Navigation.

• Maintain close professional relationships and liaisons with local service organizations in the target area.

• Completes advanced directives, releases of information (ROI's), consent to treatment, program rules, assessments, individual service plans (ISP), and collects client demographics on an ongoing basis as required by contractual standards of care.

• Responsible for client caseload and keeping all medical records updated and satisfactory for program audits.

• Must have knowledge of Rapid Start PrEP, U=U, and attend training opportunities to enhance job skills.

• Experience in interdisciplinary care coordination, monitoring of health outcomes, and social service delivery.

• Knowledge of PrEP and PEP medical terminology, medication adherence, and resources available to patients.

• Capable of providing reports on a weekly and monthly basis.

• Must submit documentation of all services provided to clients within 48 hours of service delivery.

• Capable of completing accurate data collection, and quality management activities, and adhering to program policies and procedures.

• Knowledge of the dynamics of HIV/STI, mental health, and substance use and the ability to refer clients to appropriate resources.

• Possess good written and verbal communication skills.

• Ability to communicate and coordinate services with other treatment providers.

• Ability to attend and actively participate in team staffing.

• Ability to effectively engage client's and in some cases, their family members in treatment.

• Provide non-judgmental, unconditional support to clients.

• Experience working in different settings with clients including but not limited to in-office, community-based, clinic-based and in-home service delivery.

• Must be capable of working with diverse cultural population including LGBTQIA2S+ community.

• Must have knowledge of the Ryan White healthcare system, Maricopa County and ADHS healthcare resources.

• Knowledge of community resources and ability to assist clients in securing resources and services.

• Must have access to safe transportation, valid Arizona driver's license and automobile insurance as required in the State of Arizona. Must be willing to travel throughout Maricopa County and Pinal.

• Conducts follow-up to service commitments, engagement, re-engagement for missed appointments, letters of intent, welfare checks, and appropriate discharge functions completed within required time periods.

• Provides on-call coverage for crisis situations as needed.

• Accurate data collection on Healthvana, MS Excel, MEDSIS, and other systems as required.

• Other duties as assigned.

As of November 21, 2021, all new employees are required to comply with the vaccination requirements outlined in CPLC's Vaccination Policy as soon as practicable and as a condition of employment. Potential candidates for employment will be notified of the requirements of this policy prior to the start of employment and will be required to obtain vaccination within two weeks of their initial start date, or provide an exemption request, and receive approval, prior to their initial start date. If an exemption is approved, new employees must wear masks in the workplace and report weekly COVID-19 testing beginning on their initial start date.