This position will oversee day-to-day field operations for the annual National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) survey in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area.
NHBS involves an anonymous survey and HIV testing among populations at increased risk for HIV: men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and heterosexuals at increased risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funds NHBS in more than 20 U.S. areas, including the Portland metropolitan area. The project collects data on sexual and drug use risk behaviors, use of prevention services, and the prevalence of diagnosed and undiagnosed HIV infection. NHBS data help public health agencies better understand and address the HIV epidemic.
In addition, up to 30% of this position's time will be devoted to tasks related to public health monitoring and disease control activities conducted by Oregon Health Authority, HIV/STD/TB Section.
This position will receive direction from the NHBS project manager and co-principal investigators. This position is temporarily remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic; ordinarily it will be housed at the Oregon Health Authority, Portland State Office Building (800 NE Oregon St., Portland).
Daily tasks will include: - Leading and coordinating a team of field interviewers. This is the biggest part of the job, and includes training, scheduling, managing cash and/or gift card participant incentives, maintaining interview and testing supplies, managing storage and shipment of blood specimens when necessary, providing HIV tests and pre- and post-test counseling, and deescalating and resolving conflicts and incidents in the field. - Data coordination and survey planning. Assist with data quality management, entry, and uploads; help plan and coordinate advisory group meetings, focus groups, and key informant interviews. - Information sharing. Help build community support for NHBS by attending community events, talking with stakeholders, and creating informational material.
A Bachelor's Degree in Public Health, Behavioral or Social Sciences, or another related degree that typically involves health-related or program administration coursework and one years of experience coordinating or administering a health-related program OR Any combination of experience or education totaling three or more years that typically supports the knowledge and skill requirements necessary to lead a large public health survey and manage a team of field workers.
Ability to strictly adhere to detailed survey protocols;
Ability to comply with strict protocols for confidentiality;
Strong attention to details;
Ability to manage, schedule, and supervise a small staff;
Ability to lead a team and provide constructive feedback;
Ability to work independently and take initiative on tasks associated with field operations, participant recruitment, and staff retention;
Ability to take direction and collaborate on other project tasks;
Basic knowledge of HIV epidemiology and prevention;
Ability to establish rapport with diverse racial/ethnic and socioeconomic groups;
Ability to balance priorities and problem solve in real time;
Ability to respond in a calm and diplomatic manner to unprovoked or erratic behavior patterns;
Strong oral and written communication skills;
Certified to perform HIV counseling and testing or willingness to attend training; and
Ability to learn NHBS-specific computer applications.
Proficient in both English and Spanish;
Experience conducting standardized surveys;
Experience working with populations at increased risk for HIV (e.g., people who are homeless, people who use drugs, LGBTQIA2+ individuals);
Experience providing HIV counseling and testing;
Experience working with social networking apps or online social platforms; and
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