Testing Linkage to Care Navigator

Testing &Linkage to Care Navigator

Project Living Out Loud (Jersey City)

 Under the supervision of the Prevention Manager, the Testing & Linkage to Care Navigator performs duties relating to the counseling of clients regarding HIV infection testing and conducting outreach and referrals activities to high-risk Young Men who have Sex with Men of Color (YMSMC) between the ages of 13-29 throughout Hudson County.

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct HIV/STD testing utilizing universal precautions and conform to all state regulations regarding testing. Ensure proper administration of all lab specimens and results. 

  • Provide counseling and health education on HIV transmission, risk and harm reduction options, PrEP, STDs, testing options and social service referrals.
  • Provide Personalize Cognitive Counseling (PCC) sessions to repeat testers within the target population.
  • Provide HIV testing to couples seeking testing services together utilizing the Couples HIV Testing & Counseling (CHTC) intervention.
  • Assess and screen client’s eligibility for referrals to Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Counseling.
  • Link HIV positive clients to medical care and other necessary supportive services.
  • Refer and track clients in need of internal/external services.
  • Coordinate and perform community outreach and testing services primarily via the mobile unit in high-risk and high HIV prevalence areas throughout Hudson County as well as testing activities in the office drop-in center.
  • Coordinate the monthly mobile unit testing calendar to present to the CTR Manager for approval.
  • Responsible for engaging YMSM in Project LOL’s Social Networking as Prevention (SNAP) social networking strategies (SNS) program.
  • Oversee the implementation of our “Text 2 Test” campaign utilizing text messages to schedule HIV testing
  • Identify at-risk populations within targeted community and develop and implement outreach activities including networking with other community-based organizations, support groups, religious organizations, etc.
  • Serve as the primary driver for Project LOL’s mobile unit, ensuring all maintenance request are submitted to the Prevention Manager as needed
  • Assist other program staff with the supervision of drop-in center services.
  • Establish, maintain and update client case records using approved agency forms and procedures.
  • Efficiently input testing data into web-based data entry system on a timely basis and ensure confidentiality of all records.
  • Prepare monthly reports in accordance with agency policies and procedures and submit them to Program Manager.

Professional Responsibilities:

  • Commitment to Hyacinth philosophy
  • Must be knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS prevention with minority gay and bisexual men or other non identified men who have sex with men.
  • Must be culturally competent and sensitive to the varying socio-cultural factors that contribute to the increase of HIV infections amongst minority MSM.
  • Primary driver for  CTR Mobile unit
  • Work non-traditional hour and days including late nights and weekends in order to reach high risk population.
  • Successful and demonstrated completion of NJDOH-DHSTS HIV Course Series including-HIV Basics, Client Centered Counseling, Risk Reduction Counseling, and HIV Counseling and Testing.
  • Bachelor’s degree plus one year of experience in HIV/AIDS, education or related field.  A candidate who has no degree but seems exceptionally suitable will be considered if he/she can demonstrate additional years of relevant experience in exchange for the educational requirement.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus one year of experience in HIV/AIDS, education or related field.  A candidate who has no degree but seems exceptionally suitable will be considered if he/she can demonstrate additional years of relevant experience in exchange for the educational requirement.
  • Must have a current and valid driver’s license.
  • Phlebotomy experience preferred.
  • Training as an HIV antibody test counselor and/or at least one year of experience providing HIV test counseling.
  • Experience with and dedication to pursuing cultural competence with the populations of clients to be served.
    • Comfort with and knowledgeable about men who have sex with men and with discussing sex frankly using everyday language.
    • Completion of training to learn the Personalized Cognitive Counseling, Couples HIV Testing & Counseling, and Mpowerment intervention.