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Alliance for Positive Health Community Health Specialist in Schenectady, New York

Community Health Specialist

Department: Program Services

Location: Schenectady, NY


Community Health Specialist

Are you passionate about improving the health of your community? As a Community Health Specialist you will engage Men of Color, who may be HIV+ or at high risk. Link and retain clients in health care and assist them to maintain medication regimens. Conduct confidential HIV/syphilis/HCV testing and STI screening. Coordinate with Client Support Specialist and other team members. Deliver services throughout our 15 county region.

We are looking:

We are looking for compassionate and engaging individuals who work well on a team and possess a combination of communication skills, computer skills and a knowledge of community resources and services. You should be familiar with and sensitive to the specialized needs of people living with HIV, chemical dependency and mental health issues, people of color, homeless individuals, and gay, lesbian and transgender individuals. This position also requires clear documentation, time management, commitment, and self-motivation.

Successful candidates will be able to build trusting, professional relationships with clients, co-workers and external service providers. If you have strong interpersonal skills and the desire to make a difference, the Alliance for Positive Health would like to talk to you!

Job Duties:

  • Incorporate best practices regarding confidentiality into all job duties and communications in accordance with Article 27-F, HIPAA, Alliance for Positive Health policies and procedures and other applicable regulations.

  • Engage HIV+ and high risk individuals who are not in care or sporadically in care. Employ techniques to actively support clients in activities that improve their health outcomes.

  • Address and remove barriers to enable client access to all necessary components of health care. If applicable, conduct home visits and/or meet clients at designated service providers and community locations to increase accessibility.

  • Conduct confidential HIV/syphilis/HCV testing and STI screening, as applicable, in venues serving targeted communities according to NYS DOH guidelines.

  • Work with Peer Navigators to engage clients into care and treatment and support services.

  • Incorporate the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change, as applicable, into all aspects of programming.

  • Conduct multidisciplinary case conferences. Coordinate services and referrals with service and clinical providers that facilitate clients- engagement and retention in care. Negotiate and advocate on behalf of clients for services that support self-sufficiency and self-management.

  • Maintain accurate records in accordance with New York state regulations and agency protocols. Maintain documentation and statistics on activities to comply with reporting requirements.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor-s Degree in Human Services, Public Health or related field

  • Applicable human service experience preferred.

  • Experience and knowledge of the target populations and services systems preferred.

  • Unrestricted driver-s license and independent means of transportation.

  • Ability to work flexible hours as this position may require evening and weekend hours.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills.

  • Strong community liaison skills.

  • Attention to detail; well organized; good time management skills.

  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries within agency and grant guidelines, as well as with clients and external service providers.

  • Ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds within a climate of mutual respect, inclusion, enrichment, and growth.

Employment Classification: Non-exempt; Full-time 37.5 hours per week