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Placement Organization: HIPS
Placement Location: Washington D.C.
Eligible Citizenship: Non-American

 

About: HIPS (formerly named Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive) was founded in 1993 by a coalition of service providers, advocates, and law enforcement officials as an outreach and referral service. HIPS’ mission is to assist female, male, and transgender sex workers, drug users, and people at the margins of access to care in Washington, DC in leading healthy lives.

Utilizing a harm reduction model, HIPS’ programs strive to address the impact that HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, discrimination, poverty, violence and drug use have on the lives of individuals engaging in sex work.

HIPS is a nationally recognized program that meets the needs of sex workers, drug users and people at the margins of access to care and assist them in their efforts to eliminate the transmission of HIV, increase sexual health, and reduce violence and harm associated with sex work and drug use.

HIPS’ programs serve an estimated 2,000 sex workers a year on the streets and in our drop-in center, providing a full spectrum of programs to address basic & immediate needs, long-term goal setting and life skills development.

Position Overview: HIPS’ Mobile Services is a mobile and fixed site outreach program that provides health and risk reduction counseling, syringe exchange, information, materials and referrals to individuals who engage in street based sex work and drug use in Washington D.C. The program is responsible for exchanging 100,000 syringes, delivering 300,000 condoms, and making 8,000 contacts on the streets with drug users and sex workers. The Mobile Services Program Coordinator will help in all aspects of mobile outreach, including the direct service element, as well as aiding with the management of HIPS’ 80+ volunteer base through initial and ongoing trainings, scheduling and support.

 

Responsibilities:
Direct Service Responsibilities

  • Serve as a Team Leader on the outreach van during 2-3 overnight shifts per month (Thursday, Friday, or Saturday from 11pm-5am). Team Leaders are responsible for supervising all components of outreach and driving our van. Team Leading includes managing volunteers, ensuring van safety, linking to the Crisis Response Team when necessary, and collaborating with other Team Leaders to improve the program. The Outreach and Crisis Services Manager is always on call if Team Leaders have any questions or are in need of any support during or after their shift
  • Answer hotline phone calls during assigned shifts in the evening and early mornings and provide one-on-one counseling and options mapping with callers
  • Participate on the Crisis Response Team (CRT), which responds to situations where a sex worker has been the victim of a crime. CRT participation requires week-long shifts of being on-call in case of a crisis. If there is a situation we decide we can respond to, the CRT mobilizes in pairs and always meets clients at safe, well-lit, public locations
  • Be available during hours of operation, to offer harm reduction counseling and distribution of safer sex and/or safer injection materials for drop-ins

External Education Responsibilities

  • Create literature to be distributed from the outreach van, such as informational fliers about HIPS programs, HIPS Health Tips, and comprehensive referral guides.
  • Perform HIV Counseling during mobile needle exchange, mobile overnight outreach, and community events
  • Work in collaboration with the Mobile Program Manager to recruit program participants from Latin@ communities in Washington, DC and to enhance our cultural competency and volunteer training when working with people from Latin@, Spanish-speaking, and immigrant communities
  • Disseminate information about the HIPS Bad Date Sheet to partnering organizations

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Establish, plan, and facilitate Client Advisory Board Meetings for both needle exchange and overnight outreach clients quarterly (8 total per year) to invite client input and suggestions for improvement to HIPS services. Create process and tracking tool to report back to both staff and community about the recommendations resulting from these meetings.
  • Develop a monitoring and evaluation system for both the needle exchange program and overnight outreach programs. Produce reports for effectiveness of each program.
  • Create and lead harm reduction- or public health- related workshops to be delivered at partnering organizations. Develop and implement more intensive service projects such as mobile case management, Hepatitis C initiatives, and community resource and service linkage.
  • Help manage HIPS’ 80+ volunteer base, including facilitating initial and ongoing trainings and development.

Additional Responsibilities

  • 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

 

Required Skills and Experience:

  • N/A

 

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and professional standards in the field of social work and harm reduction
  • Skills in individual and/or group counseling, caseload management, motivational interviewing, HIV testing and delivery of direct social services
  • Be able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Possess strong leadership, management, coaching, and organizational skills
  • Capacity to work both independently and part of a team
  • Must be available some nights and weekends
  • Spanish language abilities a plus

 

Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $750/month. Fellows will also receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included.