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  • Sexual Health Services Specialist 

    Job Title:           Sexual Health Services Specialist
    Job Type:          Contract, February-July 2018
    Terms:               Hourly position average 25-35 hours/week (flexible range)
    Hourly Rate:     $20-30/hour
    Department:     BPS Health and Wellness
    Reports to:       Health Education Instructional Coach

    Background:

    In a district-wide, strategic effort to address health inequities that interfere with academic success, the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Health and Wellness Department, in collaboration with Health Services, Safe and Welcoming Schools Program and other BPS departments, applied for and received funding from the Center for Disease Control, Promoting Adolescent Health Through School-Based HIV/STD Prevention and School-Based Surveillance Grant. The primary purpose of this funding is to build the capacity of districts and schools to effectively contribute to the reduction of HIV infection and other STDs among adolescents; the reduction of disparities in HIV infection and other STDs experienced by specific adolescent sub-populations; and the conducting of school-based surveillance through Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and Profiles implementation. Program activities are expected to reinforce efforts to reduce teen pregnancy rates, due to the shared risk factors for and intervention activities to address: HIV infection, other STD and teen pregnancy.

    Position Summary & Responsibilities:

    The SHS Specialist will work within the BPS Health and Wellness Department and The Health Services Department on a variety of sexual health initiatives in BPS. This includes the following key strategies:

    1. Development of a web-based sexual health referral guide
      1. Support data collection for Sexual Health Services Website
        1. Conduct phone calls to selected health clinics and providers to determine range of services offered for teens
        2. Enter collected data into tracking document
      2. Coordinate and assist in the development of web-based and in-person trainings on use of website
      3. Assist in disseminating training materials to school nurses and other BPS staff
    2. Support Sexual Health Services Campaigns
      1. Coordinate Condom Accessibility Campaign  
        1. Finalize design for all marketing materials
        2. Host focus groups
        3. Coordinate printing of finalized marketing materials
        4. Disseminate materials to schools along with giving guidance and information on how to promote campaign effectively at the individual school level
        5. Roll out campaign materials and launch campaign throughout BPS, according to established communication plan
      2. Support Condom Accessibility Team (CAT)
        1. Assist with dissemination of new marketing materials
        2. Replenish condom supplies and resources as requested by BPS high school staff
        3. CAT training - travel to schools to provide guidance on updated training materials
        4. Update contact list and resources for pregnant and parenting teen program
      3. Support Get Yourself Tested (GYT) Campaign
        1. Disseminate materials to schools along with giving guidance and information on how to promote campaign effectively at the individual school level.
      4. Promote Sexual Health Medical Provider Videos
        1. Create posters and postcards for in classroom use to go along with each of five videos promoting local access to teen friendly medical providers.

    Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have the following:

    • Required skills and background
      • Bachelor’s degree
      • 1-2 years communications work, such as promotions
      • Experience coordinating and implementing projects
      • Experience planning trainings/events
      • Excellent written and oral communication skills
      • Excellent planning and organizational skills with a strong attention to detail
      • Self-motivated and able to manage time effectively
      • Aptitude for problem solving, excellent listening skills and enjoys working on diverse teams
      • Ability to maintain a flexible schedule to enable participation in school-based events that may occur in evenings, or to meet deadlines
      • Enthusiasm for working in the fast-paced environment and flexibility in performing multiple duties that apply to the success of the program
      • Proficiency with Microsoft programs (Word, PowerPoint and Publisher)
    • Preferred skills and background
      • Experience with digital communications and social media, including website design
      • Experience working in or with schools, especially in an urban setting
      • Knowledge and understanding of brand identify and ability to meet set style guidelines
      • Experience with sexual health education and/ sexual health referral service programs

    Please email cover letter and resume with subject line Sexual Health Services Specialist to:

    Ali Ettis, Project Manager | aettis@bostonpublicschools.org


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