Position Description: HIV Rapid Tester/Navigator (Posted December 17, 2018)

Project: CDC

Full-time, Monday-Friday, 40 hours per week (8:30am -4:30pm)

This position exists to prevent HIV among the Indigenous populations by providing pre and post-test counseling, Rapid HIV Testing, and providing navigation services to HIV positive clients to help overcome barriers to linkage to care and promote medical adherence.

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in training for Rapid HIV Testing with our CDC program
  • Work as a team to complete a minimum of 75 test per month/ 900 per year
  • Conduct outreach to promote HIV and HCV testing in the Native American community at various different venues, events, and social networking for High Risk HIV negative and HIV positive clients.
  • Conduct HIV 101 sessions with high-risk and HIV positive individuals
  • Participate in training on HIV/AIDS, STD’s and related epidemiological
  • Conduct Rapid HIV/HCV testing, counseling and prevention
  • Write referrals to other services, such as: Mental, Physical and emotional support programs or clinics.
  • Assist Medical Case Manager in Linking HIV positive Clients to medical care.
  • Create and assist with organizing collaborative HIV testing and education events with neighboring organizations.
  • Responsible for recruitment of high-risk HIV negative clients for testing and programmatic events.
  • Participate in IPTF staff meetings
  • Other duties assigned by Supervisor or Executive Director

Qualifications:

  • Understanding/familiarity with HIV/AIDS infection, modes of transmission, course of the disease, risk factors, prevention and techniques and risk reduction methods
  • Be trained in, or willing to participate in in-depth training to conduct Rapid HIV tests with community members
  • Be able to follow instructions of the HIV test kit protocols
  • Experience working with the Native American community and knowledge of related resources
  • Experience, skills and sensitivity in counseling around risk behaviors such as: unprotected sex with multiple partners and injection drug use.
  • Strong understanding of client confidentiality
  • Must possess a valid Minnesota Driver’s Liscense
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check

Required Education:

High school diploma plus experience in a related field, HIV or addictions counseling and outreach services

Reports to HIV Program Manager

Salary is dependent on qualifications – Health and Dental provided after probation period.

Job posting will remain open until position filled, please email your resume and cover letter to Abielg@indigenouspeoplestf.org or mail a copy to:

Indigenous Peoples Task Force 1335 E 23rd St. Minneapolis, MN 55404, Attention: Abiel Gebrehiwot