Health Educator

The Door | New York, New York

Background

The Door is an unparalleled model for youth development, offering a comprehensive range of integrated services within a single site for nearly 11,000 New York City youth each year. Our mission is to empower young adults to reach their full potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. At The Door, youth can access health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, college preparation services, career development, housing supports, arts, sports and recreational activities, and nutritious meals – all for free and under one roof. By providing participants with our suite of integrated services, we seek to provide any motivated young person with the tools, resources, and opportunities needed to successfully transition to adulthood.

Job Summary

At The Door, youth can access health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, college preparation services, career development, housing supports, arts, sports and recreational activities, and nutritious meals – all for free and under one roof. By providing participants with our suite of integrated services, we seek to provide any motivated young person with the tools, resources, and opportunities needed to successfully transition to adulthood.

The Health Educator is a professional counselor/educator who provides individual and group counseling to adolescents around issues of birth control methods, pregnancy options, STD testing, HIV testing and referrals.

Responsibilities

  • Provides individual and group education/counseling with adolescents around birth control, pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention, and making healthy choices.
  • Participates in health care delivery and case management, in collaboration with other health center staff, including the clinician, social worker, lab staff and medical assistants. 
  • Provides HIV education, and pre- and post-test counseling and referrals to adolescents.
  • Represents The Door and the mission at schools, health care agencies, community-based organizations, health fairs and community meetings.
  • Provides counseling prior to and following a pregnancy test, and provides appropriate pregnancy options referrals.
  • Participates in case management
  • Maintains appropriate logs, i.e. HIV & Pregnancy, etc
  • Responsible for community-based assignments, conducting classroom presentations and small group sessions, and providing counseling and referrals other services and programs at The Door.
  • In conjunction with a NYSDOE/NYCDOE certified teacher, teaches health education sessions with an emphasis on age appropriate sexual health topics in schools.  
  • Maintains accurate records and logs of education sessions and outreach activities.
  • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Health Education, Public Health, Public Administration or related field.  Relevant work experience and some college credits will be considered in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.    
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in family planning, reproductive health care, adolescent health services or counseling.
  • Knowledgeable of and ability to apply positive youth development principles to working with young people
  • Proficiency in Spanish required
  • Strong organizational and communication skills a must.
  • Training in youth empowerment philosophy and harm reduction 

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