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Prevention and Education Specialist
Requisition Number:2021-HLTH-005
Department:Health Services
Employee Type:Regular
Hours Per Week:35
  

Overview:

Action for Boston Community Development is a nonprofit human services organization that each year provides more than 100,000 low income residents in the Greater Boston region with the tools and resources needed to transition from poverty to stability and from stability to success. 

The Health Services Department is committed to maintaining the optimal health of low-income residents of Boston and surrounding communities through the ABCD Family Planning Partnership and several cutting-edge, community-based disease prevention and health promotion programs. Health Services fosters community partnerships to strengthen and broaden the array of services available and to address the health of the whole individual. 

Duties Include: 

  • Responsible for provide prevention and risk reduction education for female and male youth of color aged 15-25 years old in Boston to reduce their risk for HIV, HCV, and STIs
  • Conduct group and individual level interventions, provide referrals, support social media outreach, and perform other program activities as needed
  • Conduct evidenced-based individual and group level health education in the areas of adolescent sexuality, HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections, substance use, and Hepatitis C infection
  • Support the development and implementation of community-level health education events
  • Conduct program data collection for reporting purposes and according to program procedures and funder guidelines
  • Provide referrals and assure smooth access to reproductive/family planning and sexual health care services, HIV C&T, and substance use services, and other support services that support retention of program participants
  • Manage and track incentives for program participants and complete related administrative tasks
  • Manage inventory of safer sex program supplies
  • Support, develop and maintain close collaborations with all ABCD programs, health and community based social service agencies, and non-traditional partners
  • Perform other related duties as assigned from time to time.

Job Qualifications:
  • Minimum of one to three years of experience in outreach and/or health education and a high school diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Experience providing community-based outreach and prevention education with a variety of target populations that include adolescents, young adult women of color and LGBTQ+ strongly preferred.
  • Must have familiarity with greater Boston area community and social service agencies and non-traditional public health partners
  • Excellent knowledge of reproductive/family planning and sexual health education that includes HIV/STI, HIV Testing, Hepatitis C substance use
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and facilitate group education/workshops and community events
  • Ability to work sensitively and effectively with individuals of diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds, particularly in communities of color
  • Must be willing to travel and work extensively in diverse neighborhoods
  • Flexibility to work early morning, evening and weekend hours
  • Knowledge and skills using electronic databases and spreadsheets; including Excel, Microsoft Access and Microsoft Word.
  • Experience with social media platforms and content creation
  • Bilingual with the ability to read, write and speak proficiently in Spanish, or at least one other language other than English, preferred.

Why ABCD?

  • Make an impact on the community
  • Free professional development opportunities and trainings
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Long-term and Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • 403B Retirement Plan with employer match and vesting after 6 months
  • Paid Time Off
  • 13 Observed Holidays