DEPARTMENT: Matrix Community Health, MAC Health Program
REPORTS TO: Prevention Supervisor & Lab Director
The Prevention Counselor plans and assists with HIV testing & counseling and other sexually transmitted infections such as screening for Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Hepatitis C screenings. Conducts patient intakes, assesses patients’ risk, takes patients samples, provide testing results, and assists patients with developing risk reduction plans. HIV Test Counselors provide referrals, linkage to medical care, and supportive services. Provides counseling to high-risk individuals. Locates patients who are unaware of being infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections such as Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and Hepatitis C. Provides information on community services and provides health education.
- Bachelors in Human Services Degree preferred, with a minimum of high school diploma or GED required. Three years of HIV experience preferred with a minimum of one year required.
- Minimum of one (1) or more years of HIV experience required with (5) five years of experience preferred. Direct knowledge of community programs and resources providing health education and risk reduction, treatment of sexually transmitted disease, and support to HIV patients preferred.
- Phlebotomist certified preferred, phlebotomist trained required within twelve months of hire.
- Current licensure/certification to practice in the State of Michigan, if applicable.
- PC literacy and comfort with various forms of case management software.
- Interpersonal skills and the ability to see, hear, speak and write English to communicate effectively with the public and staff. Good verbal and written skills.
- Analytical ability is sufficient to resolve problems requiring the integration of data from diverse sources.
- Ability to travel throughout the services area including the city of Detroit and counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Monroe, and Lapeer. Evening and weekend hours required, as needed.
- Demonstrates competency in all facets of client-centered clinical interaction including recruitment, rapport building, intake, assessment, health education, risk reduction treatment planning, referrals, and linkage.
- Locate individuals who are not aware of their status, assists them in becoming aware of their status, and assist individuals in developing risk reduction strategies along with a diverse group of individuals comprised from different socio-economic, racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, religious, etc. backgrounds.
- Provides HIV Prevention Counseling, HIV health education, and risk reduction in accordance with the standards, guidelines, contractual obligations, and protocols established by the Center for Disease Prevention and Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.
- All administration documentation (grant data statistic submission, reports, etc.) is completed fully and within the time frames designated.
- Educates and builds referral relationships with other providers of service including physicians, clinics, and the public. Markets MHS services to the community through active participation in such events as AIDS walks World AIDS Day and other miscellaneous community events/activities/fundraisers. Maintains awareness of community changes that could impact service delivery.
- Maintains professional conduct with colleagues and facilitates effective interaction in one on one situation and in meetings. Ability to be a team player. Maintains professional conduct with clients including being on time for visits, retiring phone calls, and maintaining professional boundaries.
- Participate in ongoing training to increase skill level as both a presenter and an active audience member. Conducts community outreach and networks with other service providers developing new venues for the program to participate in.
- Maintain and enhances professional expertise through educational/organizational activities.
- Develops and demonstrates proficiency in the use of computers.
- Maintains knowledge of requirements of regulatory, licensing, and accreditation agencies including Standards of Care for Early Intervention Services.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
WORKING AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
Because of multiple testing sites to conduct HIV testing at and the need to meet with others within the community, it is common to drive to multiple locations, sometimes in inclement weather. Many of these locations are at non-traditional business locations, such as at nightclubs, bathhouses, parks, etc. It is common to work non-business hours, such as on weekends, evenings, and very late evening early morning hours.
CONTINUOUS QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND ETHICAL CONDUCT:
All personnel of Matrix must adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics and incorporate Continuous Quality Improvement efforts into their everyday performance. All employees of Matrix Community Health must adhere to the federal regulations and requirements of the respective grant funding their position as well as the Performance Standards, Licensing rules, and be of Good Moral Character as stated in the Code of Ethics.
Demonstrate and actively promote an understanding and commitment to the mission and values of Matrix Human Services
To apply for this job please visit www.matrixhumanservices.org.