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Staff Attorney - LASSIF Program

POSITION OPENING 

Position: Staff Attorney

Department: Legal – AIDS Institute’s Legal and Supportive Services for Individuals and Families Program (“LASSIF”).

Reports to: LASSIF Program Coordinator

African Services Committee (“ASC”) was founded in 1981 by a refugee from Ethiopia with the mission of addressing the needs of newcomers affected by war, persecution, poverty, and global health inequalities. Our services currently include civil and immigration legal services; case management; housing assistance; English classes; HIV and other medical testing; food pantry; community outreach, and HIV and immigration reform advocacy.  

The legal program at ASC serves approximately 700 individuals annually, providing immigration representation as well as legal assistance in the areas of housing, family, public benefits, and advance directives.  Many of our clients have fled persecution or unrest in their home countries and must overcome complex legal and social barriers to establish safe and secure new lives in the United States.

The staff attorney works within a team of two attorneys and one BIA-accredited representative/paralegal under the Legal and Supportive Services for Individuals and Families Program (“LASSIF”).  This program provides a wide-range of civil legal services to individuals and families living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS.  The main areas of practice include - immigration, housing, family, and public benefits.  The attorney will also work closely with the ASC legal department, including attorneys, legal fellow, paralegals, volunteer attorneys, and law student interns.  

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Provide legal services within the LASSIF program, which provides representation to HIV-positive individuals and families in the areas of immigration, landlord/tenant, family, public benefits, and advanced directives..
  • Develop and conduct trainings for community based partner organizations and hospitals on issues affecting our primary client base.
  • Collaborate with other departments at ASC to promote holistic services for immigrants living with HIV/AIDS
  • Participate in trainings related to LASSIF’s main practice areas - immigration, family, housing, and benefits 
  • Maintain accurate records in electronic databases 
  • Contribute to reporting requirements for the LASSIF grant and participate in the preparation for audits
  • Peform other duties as directed by the LASSIF Program Coordinator and ASC’s Supervising Attorney 

Desired Qualifications

  • J.D. from an accredited law school and admission to the New York State Bar
  • A minimum of two years experience in immigration, housing, family, and/or public benefits 
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector 
  • Strong writing, analytical, and communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaborativley 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and sensitivity to cultural issues of African, Caribbean, and other refugees and immigrants.
  • Fluency in Spanish or French required 

 

How to apply:

Please send resume plus cover letter to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 9th, 2018.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

 

Part-time Viral Hepatitis Patient Navigator

JOB SUMMARY: Outreaches to African organizations and businesses and organizes Hepatitis B and C, HIV, STI, or other health screening events in high-prevalence immigrant venues,  provides referral to Hepatitis B and C and other screenings at ASC. Hepatitis B and other  pre and post test orientation, testing and   escort to Health center  affiliated to the program. Medical interpretation, and follow up translation and navigation services for Hepatitis B vaccination, linkage to care, treatment, and monitoring for immigrants in need of post-screening follow up.  

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Includes Hepatitis B and C, as well as in-house referral to HIV and other STI screens for all clients seeking general medical care
  • Bilingual questionnaire and consent for HBV screening.  
  • Referral to Hepatitis B/C and other disease screens at ASC.
  • Referral to HBV vaccination or HBV treatment and monitoring  
  • Patient navigation and interpretation for  HBV and HCV monitoring and treatment at Mount Sinai, Bellevue, Montefiore, or other health center.
  • Documentation of client contacts
  • Individual counseling  
  • Completion of daily client records.  
  • Organize permission and preparatory logistics for bi-monthly HBV screenings at ASC or off-site, at taxi garages, African fraternal organizations, or other venues where high HBV/HIV prevalence communities are represented,  
  • Back-up duties in conducting Hepatitis B and C counseling and testing. Participation in/presentation at provider/hospital patient case conferences and meetings is required as needed. 

 

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE 

BA in Community Health or Human Services OR 2 years of counseling/social work experience is acceptable, experience in working in access to health care-related services preferred, demonstration of an understanding of and sensitivity to cultural issues and needs of African refugees and immigrants. 

Must be bilingual in French/English, and at least one other major non-European African language, strong interpersonal skills, good communication skills, both spoken and written, ability to work independently is favorable. Computer literacy and basic data entry skills required.

Training in Hepatitis B/C counseling and testing, in e-RAP data entry and reporting, and in conducting group-level Hepatitis B education shall be provided.       

Position is for 20 hours per week, with benefits.  Annual salary is $18,000. 

Please send resume with cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by September 27, 2017.

SCHEDULING 

On Tuesday mornings, a group Hepatitis B/C, HIV, STI, TB pre-test orientation is given for all new group level intervention clients, prior to their first visit to Montefiore or Bellevue Hospitals. These clients shall be referred to Hepatitis B testing at ASC on the same day, if consent to test is obtained.  

After the group-level interventions, and following HBV and other disease screens, clients will be escorted first to Charles B. Wang or Harlem Family Health Center,  Montefiore or Bellevue Hospital for arrangement of reduced-fee care, referral to clinic, and medical interpretation, referred to vaccination for HBV at if required, and escorted to Mount Sinai HONE project if HBsAg positive. 

On other days, Patient navigators shall organize ASC health screenings, conduct data entry and reporting activities, outreach to African businesses or African organizations, or to health fairs at other organizations, and shall be available as backup for Hepatitis B and C counseling and testing and patient navigation.Patient Navigators shall conduct follow-up with Hepatitis B clients.

Each day, Patient Navigators are expected to return to ASC office following the completion of escort and medical interpretation activities at Mount Sinai, Montefiore, Bellevue Hospital or other FQHC.

Spanish-Speaking Healthy Families Case Manager

 Summary of Duties

  • Performs intakes for 75 individuals who are single or in families and who live or work in Community District 9, each year.
  • Conducts comprehensive psychosocial assessments, identifying current and future needs of all family members in household of index client(s).
  • Develops a comprehensive service plan for a family support system, coordinates with identified community and ASC in-house resources, including primary health care, mental health counseling, housing, adult literacy/ESOL and GED, employment, entitlements, legal services, child care, financial planning.
  • Completes progress notes, treatment goals, family assessments, written assignments or other required documentation of service provision
  • Provides individual and family counseling services for program participants
  • Advocates for family service needs, to ensure appropriate delivery of services.
  • Maintains confidentiality of client records.
  • Provides escort/translation/interpretation services to clients who do not speak English, in order to facilitate implementation of needed services.
  • Identifies gaps in areas of service needs.
  • Facilitates family input from consumer advisory committee.
  • Provides ongoing follow-up to evaluate consumer satisfaction and recommends modifications in comprehensive service plan.
  • Participates in bi-monthly agency- wide case conferences
  • Conducts informational presentations about the Healthy Families Case Management program.
  • Maintains relationship between the different programs: HOPWA, Case Management, Legal, Testing Center, Food and Nutrition.
  • Refers clients to other ASC services as needed and to other off-site services.
  • Assists with any other task as designated by the Supervising Case Manager to meet the needs of the program.

 

List Specific Goals and Objectives

Assists Supervising Case Manager in recruiting and enrolling new clients to meet the minimum monthly requirements for the family case management contract, which are the following:

  • New intakes and assessments;
  • Service plan development and update
  • Care coordination and follow-up encounters;
  • Reassessments;
  • Supportive Individual and Family counseling sessions;
  • Referrals and linkages to benefits and services
  • Case conferences;
  • Participation in relevant training and seminars;
  • Complete monthly DYCD reports.

 

Desired Qualifications

a. Education:

Requires BA or CSW or commensurate experience.

b. Prior Work Experience:

Minimum of two year's experience in family case management or other commensurate disability-related experience, in supportive family counselling. 

c. Language Proficiency:

Must be bilingual English/Spanish.

d. Skills and Abilities:

Demonstrate an understanding of and sensitivity to cultural issues and social problems of African refugees and immigrants.

Excellent communication skills, spoken and written.  Basic computer skills a must.

Please send cover letter and resume to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Testing Center Assistant, HIV programs

 Basic Function of Position

  • Contributes to daily operations of Testing Center through HIV, STD, TB, and hepatitis pre- and post-test counseling, substance use screening, rapid testing, and phlebotomy
  • Up to 25% of time spent on significant data entry of testing center data as well as data entry responsibilities for other programs as well.
  • Referrals to case management of HIV positive clients
  • Follow up of clients who fail to pick up confirmatory test results
  • Baseline and quarterly surveys for all HIV positive clients.
  • Submitting of specimens NYC DOHMH.
  • Referral to HIV, STD, TB, and hepatitis further work-up and primary care of all patients diagnosed positive
  • Patient follow up to ensure engagement in and maintenance in care
  • Assists with Testing Center programming, administration, data entry and reporting.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities include: community outreach, education, and risk assessment, pre- and post-test HIV/STI counseling, rapid testing and phlebotomy for confirmatory testing for preliminary positives, referral of HIV-infected clients to case management, and of STI-infected clients for STI treatment, and conduct partner notification counseling for non-English speaking HIV positive clients and data entry.

Desired Qualifications

Education:

BA or BS required.

Relevant coursework in biology, immunology, virology or other AIDS-related sciences.

Prior Work Experience

Minimum 1 yr. outreach / education experience in clinical setting or research. 

HIV pre/post-test counseling skills or clinical experience desirable, as is phlebotomy certification

Post Entry Training:

Training in HIV Pre-/Post-Test Counseling, names reporting and partner notification law will be provided. Training for certification in phlebotomy.

Language Proficiency:

English fluency, second language (Spanish) desired.  French or African language a plus.

Skills and Abilities:

Excellent usage of word processing, strong writing skills, knowledge of web (web design or graphic design desirable), good presentation skills, multi-tasking.  Good interpersonal skills, sensitive to and comfortable with issues related to displaced people and HIV/AIDS.

Please send cover letter and resume by June 15, 2017, to:

EMAIL: Testing@africanservices.org

 

 

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