AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Peer Advocate

Req No
Regular Full-Time




Does the idea of doing something that really makes a difference in people’s lives while being well-compensated intrigue you? Are you looking to work for an organization that encourages growth and success from each and every one of its employees?


If so, AIDS Healthcare Foundation is the place for you!


Founded in 1987, AIDS Healthcare Foundation is the largest specialized provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the nation. Our mission is to provide cutting edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay. Through our healthcare centers, pharmacies, health plan, research and other activities, AHF provides access to the latest HIV treatments for all who need them.


AHF’s core values are to be:


• Patient-Centered

• Value Employees

• Respect for Diversity

• Nimble

• Fight for What’s Right



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The Peer Advocate is responsible for projecting and integrating the Mission and Core Values of the organization within and outside of the WORLD Department.



WORLD peer advocates mentor women living with HIV/AIDS.  WORLD peer advocates are a part of the WORLD staff and they work in partnership with health care providers who are a part

of the Alameda County Family Care Network. By providing information, practical assistance, and emotional support, peer advocates build allied relationships with clients, promoting an ongoing dialogue about HIV-related issues and living with HIV.  In addition, peer advocates support clients’ efforts to reduce stress and increase quality of life.  A peer advocate supports clients’ ability to make informed healthcare decisions. Peer Advocates share knowledge about HIV in a non-directive manner, they offer resources and attend appointments with clients to role modeling active communication with physicians.  The peer advocate keeps up to date information of current trends to best serve the changing needs of WORLD clients. Under the direct supervision of the Program Coordinator, the Peer Advocate will work in cooperation with the peer advocate team and other WORLD staff as needed.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Includes the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Co-facilitates WORLD client support groups as needed.
  • Completes written documentation in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Provides one-on-one peer counseling at WORLD and other designated sites.
  • Helps clients’ access services by providing referrals, accompanying to appointments or arranging for transportation.
  • Provides non-directive information to clients about HIV disease, treatments, clinical trials, stress reduction and self-care strategies.
  • Reminds clients of appointments and follow up after appointments to discuss concerns.
  • Provides support and referrals for dealing with difficult issues (disclosure, parenting issues, relationship problems, pregnancy and HIV, substance use, adherence).
  • Advocates for clients by bringing concerns to attention of their providers.
  • Helps clients identify risk reduction strategies (safer sex, drug treatment, needle exchange, etc.).



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

High school degree or equivalent; first hand knowledge related to HIV/AIDS issues is a plus. Knowledge of harm reduction, healthy coping, and steps for networking with providers preferred.

Computer/Software Skills & Abilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to effectively present information to Management, public groups, and/or boards of directors. Bilingual Spanish/English.


Mathematical Skills

Basic Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Other Skills & Abilities/Qualifications

  • Sensitivity to issues surrounding HIV and AIDS.
  • Ability to work as a team player.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Able to work independently and follow established protocols.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Sensitivity to multi-cultural and lifestyle issues.
  • Strong organizational/prioritizing skills in a rapidly changing environment.

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations

  • Valid California Driver's License.
  • Proof of liability insurance.


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