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About the Department
The Legacy Project (within the Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination (www.hanc.info) seeks to increase knowledge about HIV clinical prevention and therapeutic research, cure research, scientific literacy, and consideration of participation in HIV/AIDS Clinical Research among the most disparately impacted communities in the United States. The Legacy Project achieves its core mission through ongoing and strategic engagement, collaboration, education, and scientific investigation. With a team of diverse, skilled and devoted staff, the Legacy Project works to cultivate and enhance partnerships and relationships among the National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks and research sites, research and academic institutions, governmental agencies, community-based organizations and affiliates, while ensuring a commitment to capacity building for communities and populations most impacted by the HIV epidemic in the United States. The NIH HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks conduct therapeutic and prevention HIV clinical research globally.
The primary responsibility of HANC Legacy Community Engagement Officer is to support and ensure community engagement and collaborative integration of community engagement activities into the NIH-funded HIV clinical trials networks and related community mobilization efforts.
The Community Engagement Officer is expected to use initiative in carrying out responsibilities as defined by the HANC Legacy Project team in collaboration with representatives of the NIH-funded HIV clinical trials networks. The Community Engagement Officer will work to build relationships based on trust and increase awareness of traditionally underserved domestic populations and those populations most impacted by HIV in NIH-sponsored HIV therapeutic and prevention clinical trials.
The responsibilities of the Community Engagement Officer include, but are not limited to:
1. Participates in the design of a US domestic community engagement strategy and supports its implementation in consultation and collaboration across the NIH HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks and supporting community organizations and representatives.
2. Collaborates on communications plans for individual and shared research projects.
3. Builds and maintains relationships with individuals at appropriate organizations by phone, e-mail, and in-person at conferences and meetings to further the domestic HIV clinical research agenda.
4. Supports educational efforts and improvement strategies for increased community literacy regarding HIV, prevention and treatment knowledge and research through presentations, workshops, posters and other means at national and local meetings and conferences.
5. Engages community constituents in dialogue to learn about community needs and concerns, and to build community trust and support. Provides advice/feedback on community engagement to protocol teams and network leadership as needed.
6. Engages with key leaders and influencers in the House/Ball community.
7. Engages with historical black colleges and universities focused on those with medical and nursing schools to increase awareness and support for HIV research.
8. Coordinates and supports the work of the Legacy Project Working Group.
9. Engages with members of the HPTN Black Caucus.
10. Identifies community constituents who may be roadblocks or advocates for HIV clinical research studies and engages with these constituents to resolve conflicts, build trust and encourage in advocacy.
11. Supports the development of integrated messaging strategies (branding) that promote domestic HIV clinical research efforts in traditionally underserved populations.
12. Provides technical assistance and hands-on community engagement training for US HIV clinical trial sites in collaboration with advocacy organizations and other internal/external systems, partners and other key stakeholders.
13. Other responsibilities and duties as deemed necessary.
- BA/BS degree in community education or related healthcare field, or related college coursework (e.g. in health marketing, health education or community organizing) required. A Masters degree in public health is preferred.
- Minimum two years of experience with HIV/AIDS education; in-depth knowledge of HIV disease, and the motivational factors affecting safer sex practices; experience working with diverse communities such as LGBT communities and communities of color strongly preferred.
- Knowledge of cultural humility and diversity training is preferred.
- Previous experience working with men who have sex with men (MSM) and familiarity with and working in gay community venues is preferred.
- Some knowledge of HIV clinical research also preferred.
- Knowledge of and sensitivity to youth, racial, ethnic, cultural, and sexual diversity is essential.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
- Project management or coordinating experience (especially in community education programs, outreach or with community-based networking) strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to manage projects and meet deadlines within a team environment also required.
- Ability to travel up to 10% of the time and work productively while traveling.
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