Position Description—Community Health Worker, HIPS

Salary: $15/hr for up to 28 hours a week.  HIPS is an equal opportunity employer

Reports to: Enhanced Harm Reduction Services Manager

Updated: March 2015


The Community Health Worker will identify at least 25 HIV + persons per year who are newly diagnosed or not fully engaged in HIV medical care and facilitate enrollment, support and engage those persons to HIPS’ partnering Medical Home for Ryan White Early Intervention Services for HIV medical care. The Community Health Worker will pursue a variety of short-term activities, typically lasting 3-6 months, until new or disengaged consumers are fully engaged in HIV care.

Core activities of the HIPS Community Health Worker position include:

  • Keep confidential files and thorough, complete case notes on clients

  • Identify people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/A) who know their positive status but are not in care by soliciting referrals from HIV Testing programs housed at HIPS and other community organizations, tapping social networks, and conducting outreach in traditional and non-traditional settings;

  • Re-engaging clients who dropped out of care or are at high risk of dropping out based on risk factor assessments, missed appointment data, by following up with these individuals by phone or in person at their homes or “hang-outs”.

  • Build peer-based trust with identified HIV+ individuals and informing them about living with HIV, the benefits and challenges of HIV care, and available services and access procedures;

  • Provide personalized assistance to clients to help them (re)enter and navigate systems of medical care, in collaboration with case managers and clinical staff.

  • Support clients throughout the early part of their care so they become fully engaged and educated about care and self-advocacy, and develop treatment self-efficacy; and better health outcomes.

  • Assist clients in accessing other community resources to address aspects of their health and life that affect health outcomes, such as mental health and substance abuse treatment, domestic violence services, housing programs, and education and employment services.

  • Participate in all required training, administrative and record-keeping, reporting, evaluation, as required by HIPS policies and protocols.


  • Attend weekly staff meetings to share information and plan program work in team environment

  • As part of a team, share in other organizational responsibilities as required including serving as a member of the crisis intervention team, general administrative work, and volunteer training and coordination.

  • Attend appropriate local, regional and national meetings to seek out current information about HIV prevention, treatment and care, and peer education and to disseminate information about HIPS programs to others


The position requires a valid drivers license, knowledge of local community resources and strong counseling and case management skills.  Experience working with sex workers, drug users, lgbtq populations, harm-reduction philosophy, anti-discrimination strategies, and community organizing preferred.  Individuals with industry experience and who are HIV+ are encouraged to apply.  Individuals with their own vehicle are strongly preferred.


This is a part time 28 hour a week position with no benefits.  Position is for one year, with likelihood of renewal based on funding.  This position generally is 3 days off –site “on the streets” and 1 day on site.

How to apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to debbie@hips.org with your name and “community health worker” in the subject line.