Peer Mentor – Living Out Loud

at AIDS Alabama (view profile)
Location Birmingham, Alabama
Date Posted 08/02/2017
Category Programs
Job Type Full-time
Job Function Programs
Start Date 2017/08/03
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Address 3529 7th Avenue South

Description

Overall Mission:
The Peer Mentor – Living Out Loud will provide individual and group-level interventions targeting young people living with HIV/AIDS (ages 13-24).

Minimum/Required Qualifications:
Possess excellent written and oral communication and reporting skills; proven leadership skills and the ability to work as a team member as well as independently; ability to communicate effectively with the target populations, from diverse cultural backgrounds; ability to interact with individuals and organizations; proficient with major office computer software (including Microsoft Office and database management) and ability to mentor staff skills in these areas; high school equivalency and a minimum of two (2) years in the field will be considered.

Strongly Preferred Qualifications:
Knowledge of HIV prevention education and/or public health, office administration and working with diverse populations; Bachelor’s degree; a person living with HIV/AIDS and knowledge of the LGBTQ+ community in Greater Birmingham.

About the Agency:
AIDS Alabama is a community-based organization providing a range of services with a focus on meeting the needs of those impacted by HIV/AIDS. An AIDS Service Organization with nearly three decades of experience, AIDS Alabama provides housing, supportive services, mental health/substance abuse services and financial assistance to hundreds of Alabamians annually. AIDS Alabama has a demonstrated commitment to serving communities that are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS. AIDS Alabama’s prevention education and outreach efforts reach approximately 10,000 people annually, with emphasis placed on the dissemination of accurate HIV/AIDS information and HIV/AIDS testing to these severely impacted communities.

About the Position:
The Peer Mentor - Living Out Loud will provide individual and group-level interventions targeting young people living with HIV/AIDS (ages 13-24). In addition, the Peer Mentor will be tasked with facilitating support groups, workshops and community discussions at the community center. As primary facilitator of group-level interventions, the Peer Mentor will utilize various training platforms, presentations, group activities, handout materials and social media to engage and recruit participants. Interventions will occur in the Greater Birmingham area. Programs will periodically occur evenings and/or weekends.

Job Duties:
1. Be available to work during non-traditional work hours including nights and weekends;
2. Work with UAB Family Clinic staff to increase therapy adherence and care retention;
3. Building rapport with key populations (with a focus on LGBTQ+ communities) to encourage utilization of HIV/AIDS primary and secondary education and HIV testing through AIDS Alabama;
4. Facilitate and lead prescribed interventions and referral services;
5. Set up peer-led group meetings for young people to identify and discuss factors decreasing risks of non-adherence and its consequences, along with other intersecting issues affecting their decision-making;
6. Develop, implement and measure a recruitment strategy to promote health interventions in the community;
7. Gathers requisite data and compile reports;
8. Maintain inventory of educational pamphlets, brochures, condoms and other supplies required for implementation of programs;
9. Plan calendar for interventions and community programs;
10. Understand and maintain appropriate boundaries with clients and colleagues;
11. Attend agency and Educational departmental trainings, workshops, conferences, and staff meetings;
12. Other duties as assigned.

Work Environment:
1. Schedule – Work hours are full-time and may include nights and/or weekends; varies based on the needs of the consumers, the consumer’s family, and the agency;
2. Physical Requirements – May lift up to 50lb, occasionally;
3. Safety/Environmental – Exposure to multi-cultural consumers and/or family members with HIV/AIDS (or other STI’s) as well as impaired cognitive behaviors.

Overall Expectation:
Represent the agency in person, and through all other forms of communication, in a way that reflects the agency’s mission. Must be willing and able to abide by all Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines (including, but not limited to, Human Resources/Personnel, Finance, Operational, and Housing) as presented and adapted. Must be willing and able to complete all required trainings in obligatory timeframes. All employees are expected to perform in a mature, professional, business-like manner. Participation in agency activities and fundraisers is expected as necessary and requested. Establish strong, solid communication with the Director of Prevention, the CEO, other employees, and external partnerships. Be aware that breach of confidentiality is grounds for dismissal. This job description can be modified to reflect additional tasks.

To Apply:
Please send a resume to troy.north@aidsalabama.org. (No phone calls please.)

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