Health Educator

Job posted by: The Washington Heights CORNER Project

Posted on: August 18, 2014

 Position Description:

  • Oversee the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) Enhanced Condom Distribution program to expand access to free NYC condoms in Northern Manhattan.
  • Identify appropriate non-traditional venues (e.g. barbershops, bodegas, motels) that currently do not participate in the NYC Condom Distribution Initiative; once a location is identified, assess their eligibility to provide condoms, review proper storage procedures, identify a contact for the site, and provide ongoing technical assistance.
  • Oversee and coordinate one part-time Community Liaison and three stipend Peer Educators to strategically engage non-traditional sites, high risk venues, tabling/healthfair events, and street-based outreach for condom distribution; provide ongoing day to day supervision of schedule, documentation, and follow up.
  • Serve as the liaison between the NYCDOHMH Condom Distribution Program staff; provide monthly narrative reports, data entry, audit-worthy documentation of distribution sites (e.g. date, time, photo of storefront, contact name and signature of receipt), ordering of supplies, and organization of NYCDOHMH condoms in the office
  • Participate in weekly CON team meetings; collaborate with the Outreach Program Manager on outreach and engagement strategies, team outreach, health fairs, tabling opportunities and community contacts.
  • Provide health education and training to participants, peer educators and community contacts on various types of condoms, proper condom storage, safer sex practices, risk reduction, HIV/STI prevention, harm reduction, safer injection, and overdose prevention; provide HIV and HCV testing as well as STI testing referrals as appropriate.
  • Identify and coordinate outreach staff and peers to participate in tabling and healthfair events in Northern Manhattan; provide condoms, lubricant, safer sex material, and referrals at events; flexible to work weekend and late night hours depending on events.
  • Identify community-based organizations for potential referral services, follow up on existing linkages, and provide agency information sessions and promotional materials for staff and participants as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with the Program Director and Data Entry Manager to identify areas in need of improvement or communicate changes to direct service staff and peers to ensure audit-worthy documentation
  • Provide direct client services, including but not limited to assessment and intake, syringe exchange, health education, crisis intervention, referral services, and HCV rapid testing onsite and in the field.
  • Oversee the facilitation of groups including but not limited to HCV Support Group and the Transgender Uptown Social.
  • Collaborate with the Program Director and Outreach Program Manager to create, revise, and review new and existing health education literature and promotional materials; responsible for NYCDOH specific health education materials and safer sex kits.
  • Submit monthly reports to Program Director documenting outreach activities, successes and challenges, community linkages, peer program updates, suggestions for improvement and other topics as assigned.
  • Initiate new ideas for improving public relations, marketing, and material development.
  • Administrative duties related to payment requests, supply inventory, and internal program materials.
  • Reports to the Program Director and assists Program Director and Outreach Program Manager in other duties as assigned.

Experience/ Additional Qualifications:

  • Minimum two years of experience providing outreach-based services, including but not limited to health education, group facilitation, counseling, referrals, low-threshold case management, prevention education, risk reduction interventions, and safer substance user strategies and education (NYC experience preferred, familiarity with Northern Manhattan a plus)
  • Management/supervision experience preferred; Ability to communicate to staff and peers the daily tasks they are to complete in an empowering way; Ability to motivate staff to create new service strategies and improve current activities
  • Knowledge of program implementation and evaluation a preferred; bachelor’s degree in a relevant area (Public Health, Public Administration, Health Services Administration, Social Work, Community Organizing) a plus
  • Knowledge of infectious disease transmission and prevention practices (HIV, Hepatitis C), health education, outreach strategies, harm reduction theory and practice
  • Commitment to advocacy and activism in the intersecting crises of HIV/AIDS, homelessness, criminal injustice, drug user health and a harm-reduction based drug policy
  • Organized, detail-oriented, outgoing, creative, motivated, with the ability to implement new ideas
  • Excellent oral, written communication and organizational skills, ability to communicate ideas to supervisor and supervisee
  • Flexible team player, good sense of humor, great attitude and people skills are a must
  • Computer skills, including experience with MS Word and Excel, graphic design skills preferred, familiarity with electronic health records (EHR) and/or AIRS a plus
  • Scheduling flexibility; ability to work afternoon, evening, and weekend shifts
  • Physically able to climb stairs, move and lift boxes and supply packs weighing up to 20 pounds
  • Individuals from the Washington Heights, Hamilton Heights and Inwood areas are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English) required

Individuals from the Washington Heights and Northern Manhattan community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Washington Heights CORNER Project offers a generous benefits package including paid time off, health/dental/vision insurance, and a 403B retirement plan.

Washington Heights CORNER Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is nondiscriminatory relative to race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, medical status, or history of incarceration.

How to apply

Application instructions:

  • Please submit a cover letter outlining your experience and/or interest in harm reduction, management and leadership style, Spanish/English proficiency, and interest in the position in addition to your curriculum vitae/resume. Applicants without a cover letter will not be considered for the position.
  • Please save your files with your last and first name followed by document title (e.g. Smith J Resume, Smith J Cover Letter)
  • E-mail both documents in Word or PDF format to: with the title: Health Educator
  • Submission deadline is August 22nd, 2014

Please address resume and cover letter to:

Shoshana Brown, Program Director
Washington Heights CORNER Project
566 West 181st Street, 2nd Floor, New York NY 10033

*To be considered for this position your resume must explicitly state that you are bilingual and your cover letter must include both (a) your history and/or interest in harm reduction and (b) management experience.


566 West 181st Street, Second Floor, New York, NY, 10033, US


Application deadline: August 22, 2014

Education requirements: 2-year degree , Management Experience

Languages needed: English , Spanish

Employment type: Full time

Professional level: Managerial

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Benefits: Health, Dental/Vision, 403(b)

Job function: Sex Education , Database management , Outreach , Community , Condom Distribution , Health Education , Health and medical

Owner’s areas of focus: Health and medicine , Housing and homelessness , Drug abuse


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