Human Services & Neighborhood Centers

COMMUNITY SPECIALIST

PROGRAM: MBAP

CLASSIFICATIONS: Full-Time, 35 HOURS/WEEK

Founded in 1981, Diaspora Community Services (DCS) is a Brooklyn-based multi-service and multi-cultural 501 (c) 3 nonprofit providing comprehensive supports to low income residents, immigrants, and the chronically ill. DCS serves some 10,000 annually through three programmatic sites in New York City. Staffed by seasoned professionals in the health and social service sectors and supported by a dedicated Board of Directors as diverse as the vibrant communities we serve, DCS provides robust programming that targets the most vulnerable of our communities.

​DCS’s programs address the very root causes of the challenges our clients face, empowering low income families and individuals to overcome obstacles to their well-being and self-sufficiency. Since obtaining non- profit status in 1991, DCS (formerly known as the Haitian Women’s Program) has continued to focus on the challenges and inequities that impact women and girls and the youth of our communities. From resettling Haitian refugees in the late 1980s to addressing the onset of the HIV crisis in 1990, DCS has focused on ensuring clients have access to much needed benefits, counseling, education, housing placement and referrals to our many qualified organizational partners.

Medical Benefits Assistance Program:

The Medical Benefits Assistance Program (MBAP) helps people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) enroll into free healthcare programs that pay for their medical, mental health and dental visits, medications, lab tests, health insurance premiums, Medicare costs, Medicaid spenddown, etc. MBAP works exclusively with New York State residents, who are uninsured, have partial insurance, are currently working, recently laid off, undocumented, homeless or unstably housed and are in need of affordable health insurance.

Job Summary:

The MBAP Community Specialist will be responsible for conducting targeted community outreach and educational activities, as a means to connect with and enroll persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) into

free federally-funded programs, like the Aids Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), ADAP Plus, HIV Home Care Program and the ADAP Plus Insurance Continuation Program (APIC) with a special focus on the uninsured, underinsured and undocumented populations.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Participating in community-based outreach events and education activities which promote the program
Conducting intake and assessment appointments for persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA)
Enrolling (PLWHA) into free healthcare programs, as well as health insurance plans through the NY State of Health (NYSOH) marketplace portal
Linking (PLWHA) to community-based provider services and resources that support their most immediate and daily living needs
Assisting clients in completing/submitting documentation needed for the acquisition of various support and healthcare services
Participating in meetings with clients, the program funder and MBAP team members, as well as required professional development trainings
Creating and maintaining client files, AIRs statistical data information and all program documentation
Assisting MBAP Program Manager in building and maintaining linkages with service providers
Conducting assigned administrative duties (chart work, mail, program research, special projects, etc.)
Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidate must have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. An Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree is preferred. Must have good communication and oral presentation skills. Must understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality and be able to meet HIPAA confidentiality standards. Knowledge of the functions and resources of public social welfare agencies and experience working with vulnerable populations of people, including immigrants, the mentally challenged and persons living with HIV/AIDS is preferred. A NY State Assistor certification preferred. Will need schedule flexibility – as some evening/weekend work will be required. Must be computer literate and have a valid driver license, as this position will require driving when needed. Bilingual (English/Creole-speaking) is required.

Compensation:

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Diaspora Community Services does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion (creed), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities, hiring practices or operations.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: Up to $50,000.00 per year

COVID-19 considerations:
All clients and employees are required to complete a safety assessment form, take their temperature, wear a mask, common surfaces are sanitized regularly, vaccination required, etc.

TO APPLY: Submit your resume to [email protected], enter in the subject line “COMMUNITY SPECIALIST” and answer the following questions in the body of the email:

Do you have a valid Driver’s License?

How many years of Relevant experience do you have?

Are you authorized to work in the United States?

Do you speak Haitian Creole?

 

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