AIDS Healthcare Foundation

  • Peer Advocate/ Outreach & Linkage Specialist

    Job Locations US-CA-Oakland
    Req No
    Regular Full-Time



    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 Peer Program Supervisor, 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.).


    Participation in Meetings/Committees

    • Attends meetings as assigned and/or needed.


    Supervisory Responsibilities

    This job has no supervisory responsibilities



    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 effectively communicate with clients, medical professionals, paraprofessionals, and coworkers. Bilingual Spanish/English a plus.


    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.
    • Knowledge of harm reduction, health coping, and steps for networking with providers preferred.


    Certificates, Licenses and Registrations

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


    Application Procedure

    Email resume and cover letter to with the title “Peer Advocate Position” in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please.


    WORLD is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring staff which reflect the diversity of the community we serve.  HIV+ women, and people of color are encouraged to apply. 






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