RISK REDUCTION SPECIALIST
Job Details
3353 ELGIN ST - HOUSTON, TX
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$37,000.00 - $45,000.00 Salary/year
Nonprofit - Social Services
Risk Reduction Specialist - HIV Outreach Program

The Risk Reduction Specialist will conduct HIV outreach, counseling, testing, and referral services; document activities, implement behavioral interventions, collect data and provide other HIV prevention services in targeted communities. This is a full-time position that reports to the program coordinator.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Follow CDC Protocol-Based Counseling guidelines
  • Follow testing guidelines set by the Department of State Health and Human Services
  • Conduct HIV prevention and intervention activities with the target population
  • Conduct motivational interview techniques
  • Conduct in-depth risk assessment and risk reduction counseling
  • Perform all HIV outreach services in accordance with Texas Administrative Code
  • Adhere to established procedures for conducting street outreach
  • Provide outreach through social media entities
  • Distribute written materials for educational and health literacy levels of the target population
  • Utilize webpage and Internet to conduct HIV outreach services
  • Participate in targeted recruitment of participants
  • Adhere to quality management policies and procedures
  • Provide HIV½ Advanced Antibody Test using Rapid Test process,
  • Distribute materials to support risk reduction (condoms. Substance abuse reduction tools and other safer sex tools) to the target population
  • Compile and submit cumulative and quarterly program reports
  • Comply with program procedure guidance as outlined by state and federal
  • Attend appropriate community resource meetings, staff meetings, trainings, and telephone conferences
  • Participate in general HIV testing events
  • Follow all agency COVID-19 guidelines and safety protocols.
  • Perform other assigned duties in a timely and efficient matter

PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR

  • Display professional behavior and appearance in accordance with agency policy
  • Handle difficult situations in a discreet manner
  • Maintain attendance within limits of agency guidelines
  • Maintains confidentiality of client information
QUALIFICATIONS

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  • Undergraduate degree in social or behavioral sciences
  • Two years successful experience conducting HIV outreach, testing, counseling, and prevention/intervention activities with the target population
  • Knowledgeable and competent in discussing the clinical aspects of HIV, Hepatitis C, and other communicable diseases associated with substance use/abuse
  • Able to demonstrate ability to address concerns openly and comfortable about sexual and substance abuse risk behaviors to the target population.                                                                                       
  • Thorough knowledge of the target areas, including resources, culture, and overall environment,
  • Two years of experience in the use of motivational interviewing techniques, and harm-reduction models Transtheoretical Model of Stages of Change,
  • Foster and maintain working linkages with community resources
  • Current valid driver’s license and daily access to a vehicle during work hours,
  • Successful completion of required HIV prevention and counseling course as outlined by local, state, and federal government,
  • Outstanding organizational, verbal and written communication skills,
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse community groups,
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Word and Excel
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