Health & Sexuality Specialist

$48,000 - $52,000 yearly
  • Girls Inc. of Alameda County
  • 510 16th Avenue, Oakland, CA, USA
  • May 10, 2018
Full time

Job Description

Through Girls Inc. of Alameda County Health and Sexuality Programs, the Health and Sexuality Specialist provides adolescent females gender-specific programming with the opportunity to be trained as peer educators and leaders, receive comprehensive reproductive health and sexuality education, STI prevention and early intervention services aimed at positive female development.

The health and sexuality specialist must be a dynamic person who has experience in implementing trauma-informed and culturally responsive programs with a passion for working with adolescent African American and Latinx girls and preparing them to be strong, smart and bold future leaders. To be effective in this position, the ideal candidate will be a skilled youth group facilitator, experience providing reproductive health and sexuality education with youth, particularly adolescent females of color, has demonstrated the capacity to effectively coordinate, implement and facilitate multiple projects while providing some direct services and building collaborative partnerships in the community.

Topics include sexual health education, birth control, sexual decision-making, the emotional consequences of sex, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS transmission and methods for prevention of HIV transmission, human sexuality, cultural and sexual identity, healthy relationships, body image/body positive, communication and leadership skills. STI education, prevention and risk-reduction strategies.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBLITIES:

  • Act as program coordinator for Health and Sexuality programs within the Community Programs Department which include middle and high school programs.
  • Train and supervise 2 program leaders as co-facilitators and work with them to create and maintain a cohesive team.
  • Facilitate peer education trainings with high-school aged females of color at multiple sites. (Oakland, San Leandro)
  • Develop innovative and engaging curriculum and facilitate weekly sexual and reproductive health education group workshops for adolescent females of color at multiple sites (Oakland, San Leandro).
  • Implement and adapt the SIHLE curriculum when appropriate to encourage STI and HIV prevention.
  • Train and supervise 20+ high school-aged peer educators and mentors from multiple sites (Oakland and San Leandro).
  • Oversee or conduct the review of individual contacts made by peer educators and provide feedback and follow-up.
  • Develop and conduct recruitment and outreach strategies such as presentations, workshops at schools, PTAs, health fairs, community events, etc.
  • Plan, coordinate and co-facilitate gender-based trauma-informed culturally competent STI prevention and early intervention services to Black and Latinx adolescent females, ages 14-18 through group sessions.
  • Identify, develop and implement plan and strategies for meeting the goals of health and sexuality programs in a timely manner and for effective program management and development.
  • Ensure that effective administrative systems are in place to support the smooth and effective operation of all health and sexuality programs.
  • Implement peer retreats and other special events that build sisterhood among the girls
  • Attend monthly and quarterly collaborative meetings representing Girls Inc. in the community with partner agencies, providers and networks.
  • Participate in STI prevention and early intervention advocacy and sexual health policy meetings, events and activities with the aim of reducing racial disparities among Black and Latinx females.
  • Track, monitor and report the monthly progress of the health and sexuality programs
  • Submit timely effectively written end-of-the-month reports on Health and Sexuality Programs
  • Collect and report on all needed program/project-specific documentation, including demographic information.
  • Collect and report on necessary data for grant monitoring and evaluation and assist with grant reporting.
  • Provide timely entry of all necessary data into the database
  • Administer, collect and assist in the analysis of evaluation tools.
  • Participate in special projects such as researching information, summarizing data and preparing narrative reports for grants.
  • Create and foster a safe, respectful, inclusive and collaborative learning environment with the girls and co-workers
  • Work as a member of the Community Programs team and attend all staff, team and program meetings and trainings.
  • Work collaboratively with other community programs (middle and high school programs), Girls Inc. departments and volunteers in addition to community, school and agency partners.
  • Provide technical and training support to colleagues and other Girls Inc programs regarding health and sexuality education, STI prevention and early intervention services
  • Serve as Mandated Reporter in cases of disclosed child abuse.
  • Perform other duties as need or assigned.

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor or master’s degree with a sexual/reproductive health education, human sexuality, public health or social services background preferred
  • At least 2-3 years of sexual health education experience including workshop planning and group facilitation for youth from culturally diverse communities.
  • At least 2-3 years of experience in sexual health training/education/outreach with schools, community services or health agency
  • At least 2-3 years of experience working with youth, particularly Black and Latinx girls, ages 14-18 years and their parents/guardians.
  • Strong leadership and group facilitation skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel to and visit schools, agencies, and community meetings.
  • Ability to get to weekly meetings and/or sessions in Oakland and San Leandro, availability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively use MS Office suite.
  • Ability to bend, lift, move up to 20 lbs.
  • Background clearance from the Department of Justice.
  • A valid California driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle and proof of automobile liability insurance with minimum policy requirements as established by Girls Inc.
  • Knowledge of effective practice in STI prevention, HIV prevention, pregnancy prevention, sexual and reproductive health and youth development.
  • Demonstrated ability to be creative, innovative and to inspire and encourage others to do the same.
  • Ability to adapt and develop curriculum.
  • Possess a nonjudgmental attitude toward youth who may engage in risky sexual behaviors.
  • Be comfortable with discussing sensitive issues.
  • Ability to create and maintain a culturally sensitive, trauma-informed and safe space.
  • Ability to train, develop and supervise co-facilitators.
  • Ability to work cross-culturally with co-workers, interns, girls, and partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to empower youth and spark interest to build their knowledge and learn skills regarding sexual and reproductive health and sexuality.
  • Commitment to working with youth in a respectful and empowering way and communicating successfully with youth and their parents/caregivers.
  • Responsive to new ideas and situations and possess a nuanced understanding of gender expectations and potential impact on sexual health outcomes.
  • Capability to represent Girls Inc. in the community by maintaining relationships with schools, community-based organizations and on community partnerships, as needed.
  • Ability to facilitate sexuality education through group interactive activities and trainings with teens and adults.
  • Ability and interest in working with adolescent females on issues addressing sexuality, sexual health and STI prevention education

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Girls Incorporated is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Deadline to Apply

Until position is filled