Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers Project TEACH Peer Education Coordinator

Opportunity Type: Job

FIGHT Program: Education

Reports to: Winner Bell, Project TEACH Program Director

Philadelphia FIGHT is an AIDS Service Organization that recently became a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Our goal is to end the AIDS epidemic within the lifetime of people living with HIV now. This position is in FIGHT’s Education Department, which offers a wide range of educational, psychosocial, and risk-reduction programming for youth and adults living with HIV and those at high risk.

The Project TEACH Peer Education Coordinator will be chiefly responsible for supervising FIGHT’s peer education program team of 8-10 Peer Educators.  This includes but is not limited to coordinating community education activities, providing and referring trainings, executing disciplinary actions, developing and recruiting professionals to mentor participants, and researching certification programs and other professional development opportunities within the broad scope of community health to support each peer’s professional development goals for the program. Additionally, this position will work closely with the other TEACH Coordinators to identify and develop potential candidates for the Peer Education program who may need additional support to succeed.

The Project TEACH Peer Education Coordinator will also share responsibility for the facilitation of Philadelphia FIGHT’s signature education program for people living with HIV, Project TEACH. This will include teaching lessons in each of the TEACH classes as well as providing support to participants throughout the duration of their involvement in the program.

Project TEACH is an 8 week class that is taught 4 times per year, and covers a wide range of treatment, advocacy, and psychosocial topics.

The Project TEACH Peer Education Coordinator, will play a supportive role in the coordination of TEACH alumni programming for graduates of Project TEACH, which meets monthly and the Community Cookout during AIDS Education Month.

The Project TEACH Peer Education Coordinator represents Philadelphia FIGHT both on site and in the community, in a courteous, efficient manner that reflects the high level of integrity and customer service mandated by Philadelphia FIGHT.

This position works closely with the Project TEACH staff team, and will coordinate with other staff at FIGHT to recruit program participants.

Hours

M-F 9:00 to 5:00, may require occasional evenings, weekends, and late nights.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Coordination of the Peer Education Program

  1. Create and update education content for Peer Education presentations; including but not limited to, HIV 101, Sexually Transmitted Infections, General Health and Advocacy, Side Effect Management, and Hepatitis C
  2. Develop a 1-2 year plan that will guide and support each Peer’s pursuit towards gaining experience, training and/ or certification in a field related to community health
  3. Coordinate and the training and professional development activities of Peers including the recruitment of  professional mentors for each participant
  4. Develop community presentation schedules and facilitate weekly team training, group supervision and scheduling meetings
  5. Continue existing and develop new relationships with community partners who serve populations in need of Peer Education including health fairs, homeless shelters, recovery facilities and community centers
  6. Develop and conduct Peer Educator performance and overall program evaluations bi annually and report performance to the TEACH team
  7. Interview and select applicants for Peer Education positions
  8. Oversee the distribution of transportation stipends and stipends for program activities
  9. Work with the TEACH team to develop new and updated materials for community presentations and outreach for other services at FIGHT
  10. Ensure that program participants abide by the agreed to regulations and rules of the program and conduct appropriate actions if any participant is not compliant

Instruction of Project TEACH and other TEACH Programs

  1. Assist in reviewing and updating curriculum to meet the needs of the community served and to reflect emerging research in HIV/AIDS
  2. Act as an guest instructor in each of our 4 day or evening classes of Project TEACH each year
  3. Support recruitment of students from referral sources, including local AIDS Service Organizations, hospital outpatient clinics, drug and alcohol treatment programs and others
  4. Assist with all student interviews and the enrollment process
  5. Work with the TEACH team to develop new and updated Project TEACH curriculum
  6. Actively research and disseminate information about the latest best practices around HIV treatment and care as well as the latest HIV activism locally, nationally, and internationally
  7. Support the planning and coordination of program graduations
  8. Provide ongoing one on one supportive services to program participants on an as-needed basis, including but not limited to, writing letters of reference, being a legal or other advocate, and communicating with parole officers, case managers, housing managers, or mental health providers
  9. Support engagement of graduates in ongoing activities and educational opportunities
  10. Support retention activities, including bi-weekly phone calls, and service referrals as needed

Record Keeping

  1. Maintain files & database of all Peer Education activities.
  2. Maintain files for applications submitted.
  3. Maintain database of all graduates, current students, and applicants.

Support of Project TEACH Alumni Programming

  1. Support the development and implementation of new programming to engage active alumni and re-engage inactive alumni

Support of Aids Education Month Community Cookout

  1. Support the Lead Project TEACH instructor’s coordination and execution of the Community Cookout during AIDS Education Month
  2. Help organize volunteers
  3. Support the management and tracking of registration
  4. Support planning and event activities

Other Duties

  1. Contact and schedule 15-30 additional sites for community presentations in May and June to promote AIDS Education Month
  2. Attend and support monthly TEACH Alumni group meetings and quarterly special events
  3. Assist with communication with TEACH alumni through social media, and email
  4. Attend TEACH department, and other FIGHT program meetings as appropriate
  5. Attend all required AACO trainings
  6. Other administrative tasks assigned by the Project TEACH Program Director that are consistent with the responsibilities of this position

Qualifications

  1. Bachelors in related field (social work, psychology, sociology, behavioral health, etc.) required.  Master’s degree preferred.
  2. 1 – 3 years working with populations in substance or mental health recovery
  3. 2 – 3 years regularly delivering presentations or engaging in public speaking
  4. 3 – 5 years working in the field of HIV treatment, prevention, and outreach
  5. A minimum of 3 years working with low-income, high-risk populations
  6. Experience coordinating  volunteers and/or staff
  7. Deep knowledge of sexual health topics and current research
  8. Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word
  9. Excellent writing and deductive reasoning skills
  10. Excellent communications, interpersonal skills and collaborative skills
  11. Flexible, self-motivated, organized, able to work well under pressure
  12. Demonstrate flexibility in working conditions and work hours, including evenings and weekends
  13. Knowledge of Spanish desirable

Physical Demands:

  1. Ability to continuously stand or walk.
  2. Ability to bend, climb stairs and lift frequently.
  3. Ability to lift up to 10 pounds frequently.
  4. Ability to squat occasionally.

Work Environment:

  1. Works in an office environment.
  2. Occasional travel to locations around the city.
  3. Evening, and weekend hours may be required at times in a variety of locations.

Compensation

Competitive, benefits included.

Other

Initial probationary period is three months. This is a one year contract position with no guarantee of continued employment.

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