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Sexual Health Tester (PT-Hilo)

Job Details

$18 - $20 an hour

Part-time

Benefits

Health insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Paid time off
401(k) matching
Life insurance
Disability insurance
Mileage reimbursement
Free parking

Job Summary:

Kumukahi Health + Wellness (KHW) is seeking to hire a part-time Sexual Health Testing Specialist in the East Hawai'i area to join our dynamic team of health advocates. This position entails testing people for HIV, STI's, and viral hepatitis (training provided). This position is responsible for creating community awareness on topics of HIV and other infectious diseases; educating the community about KHW services, and forming partnerships with our Hawai’i Island community. This position partially involves face-to-face and online outreach to people living with HIV, gay and bisexual men, transgender individuals, and people who inject drugs. Peers of this community are highly encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Schedules and performs in office and field testing for HIV, viral hepatitis and other STIs with the utmost attention to maintaining confidentiality and a non-judgemental approach to all patients.

  • Collects specimens, including blood, and directs patients to submit urine and self-collected swabs.

  • Ensures properly labeling and integrity of specimens.

  • Submits specimens to their respective laboratories.

  • Conducts guided sexual health assessments and provides education, counseling and referrals as appropriate.

  • Documents all interactions with patients in the patient’s chart and appropriate databases.

  • For patients who test positive, link them to appropriate providers in house and in the community for treatment follow through.

  • Conducts partner elicitation in partnership with the State of Hawaii Health department.

  • Refers patients to PrEP services, syringe exchange, narcan training and public health insurance as appropriate.

  • Follows all instructions and guidelines set forth by the Testing Lead, Director of Harm Reduction Services and the agency.

  • Distribute harm reduction materials, including condoms, clean syringes, and educational resources

  • Understands HIV, STD and hepatitis prevention and education, to assist with the promotion of safer sex and safer injection practices based on Harm Reduction principles.

  • Participates in workshops and in-service trainings at Kumukahi, other agencies, prisons, and other facilities.

  • Stay informed about the latest research, trends, and best practices in HIV/STI prevention and harm reduction.

  • Advocate for policies and practices that support harm reduction and the rights of individuals affected by HIV, STIs.

Abilities & Experience:

  • Basic understanding of HIV/STI/viral Hepatitis transmission, prevention, and treatment.

  • Ability to connect with members of the target population, including sex workers, persons at risk of STIs, people who identify as LGBQ+, transgender people, unsheltered people, people who use substances, people who are non-binary or gender non-conforming, and those who are justice involved.

  • Commitment to promoting health equity and reducing stigma associated with HIV/STIs and substance use.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to connect with diverse populations.

  • Cultural sensitivity with a willingness to work with people of diverse ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, as well as people with HIV

  • Proficiency in data management and reporting.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

  • Promptness to staff and team meetings

  • Flexibility with schedule and willing to work at events, as needed

  • Valid HI driver’s license

  • High School Diploma or two years of experience serving individuals of the target population as listed above.

  • Minimum of 1 year of experience or education in harm reduction, public health, or related fields.

Schedule:

  • 14-19 hours per week

  • Flexible scheduling may be available, with occasional evenings and weekends required.

Work Location:

In office, with some events in the field.

Competencies

  • Problem Solving:

    • Identifies, analyzes, and resolves issues promptly and effectively.

  • Self-Development:

    • Actively pursues skill enhancement and shares expertise.

  • Customer Service:

    • Manages difficult situations, responds promptly, and solicits feedback.

  • Interpersonal Communication:

    • Handles conflict, listens actively, and remains open to new ideas.

  • Communication Skills:

    • Communicates effectively both orally and in writing.

  • Teamwork:

    • Balances responsibilities, welcomes feedback, and supports team success.

  • Diversity and Ethics:

    • Demonstrates respect for diversity and upholds ethical standards.

  • Organizational Support:

    • Follows policies, completes tasks accurately, and supportsorganizational goals.

  • Judgment:

    • Makes sound decisions and involves appropriate stakeholders.

  • Motivation:

    • Sets and achieves goals with persistence and adaptability.

  • Planning/Organizing:

    • Prioritizes tasks, plans efficiently, and sets realistic goals.

  • Professionalism:

    • Reacts well under pressure, treats others with respect, and follows through on commitments.

  • Quality and Quantity:

    • Demonstrates accuracy, strives for productivity, and seeks improvement.

  • Adaptability:

    • Manages changes and unexpected events effectively.

  • Attendance and Dependability:

    • Consistently punctual and reliable, takes responsibility for tasks.

  • Initiative:

    • Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.

  • Innovation:

    • Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

  • Language Skills:

    • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.Ability to speak effectively before groups of clients, families, or employees of an organization.

  • Reasoning Ability:

    • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

  • Computer Skills:

    • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of the Google suite of office tools: Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, etc as well as Microsoft Office, and Internet software as well as some Social Media knowledge.

Physical Demands: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance and taste or smell. There will be frequent requirements to drive and/or walk on unpaved roads. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. In the course of performing the duties of the Sexual Health Tester it is not unusual to see, engage or be confronted with the following: violence and threats of violence; profane, racists and/or sexist language; bodily fluids; conflict; interactions with First Responders; alcohol and other street drugs; cigarette smoke; death of service participants; nudity of service participants; people involved with sex work; people involve in the drug trade; persons used against their consent, will or knowledge; people in conflict with the law; and/or other situations that may be unsettling. Measures are taken to train staff to appropriately deal with these situations, but those in the position should reasonably expect these types of things to occur and your supervisor must provide appropriate direction and support to these situations.

Application Process

Submit resume and cover letter via email to cindy@kumukahihealth.org and adam@kumukahihealth.org or mail to:

Mika Mulkey

Director of Harm Reduction Services

101 Aupuni Street, PH 1014C

Hilo, HI 96720

DEADLINE: Ongoing

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