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BABES Peer Advocate
Job Code:21-10032
Reports to:BABES Program Manager II
Position Status:Regular Full Time
Home Site:Seneca
Location:1118 5th Ave Seattle, WA 98101

The YWCA BABES Network is a peer-based program, a sisterhood of women facing HIV together. BABES reduces isolation, promotes self-empowerment, enhances quality of life and serves the needs of women facing HIV and their families through peer support, advocacy, education and outreach.

Operating on the concept that HIV positive women are uniquely qualified to understand and support one another, the BABES Peer Case Manager provides non-medical case management, psychosocial support, peer mentorship and education to other HIV positive women.  Peer Advocates may also perform community outreach and prevention as well as education at schools, treatment centers, shelters, justice centers, churches, businesses, and other groups. 

This position has a social justice component that requires critical thinking through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principles of antiracism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.

In accordance with COVID-19 safety practices, YWCA has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, and all new hires need to be fully vaccinated prior to their first day of employment.  YWCA considers a new hire “fully vaccinated” when at least two weeks have passed after the date the employee received: 

A second dose in a two-dose vaccine series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; or  
A single-dose vaccine, such as the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.

  • Engage HIV+ members in conversations about treatment adherence, medical care, and support
  • Support healthy behaviors and attitudes among BABES’ multi-cultural membership with active listening, strength-based counsel, education, and modeling
  • Achieve monthly/quarterly/annual contact goals for one-on-one peer counseling via phone, written communication and in person
  • Keep accurate and timely records of services provided by entering all communications, data entry and updated information in Provide database
  • Respond to provider referrals and self-referred women to provide welcoming service entry point for newly diagnosed or those re-entering the care system
  • Facilitate weekly support groups, quarterly events, and day retreats
  • Visit members in community, hospital or at home
  • Work with co-workers to develop an effective team to fulfill BABES mission
  • Provide resources and referrals to women living with HIV/AIDS including food, housing and transportation assistance, medical care, immigration and case management
  • Maintain relationships within HIV and social service providers; Stay up-to-date on medical developments related to HIV and changes to HIV services
  • Assist other staff members with community outreach, volunteer management, and newsletter production
  • Attend trainings to maintain proficiency in case management, peer advocacy, medical treatment, trauma informed care, de-escalation, and race and social justice issues
  • Meet regularly with Program Manager to assess performance and adjust workload
  • Help keep the kitchen and other common spaces clean and orderly

Qualifications & Core Competencies:
  • Knowledge of, sensitivity, and lived experience with and towards women living with HIV/AIDS
  • Ability and comfort in discussing medical information including sexual history and sexual practices and other information that may be graphic in nature
  • Must be able to navigate transportation through King, Snohomish, Island and Pierce counties independently via public transportation, personal vehicle or occasional ride sharing.
  • Ability to understand and maintain strict confidentiality
  • Ability to set healthy boundaries
  • Women of color strongly encouraged to apply
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Spanish or other language proficiency a plus
  • One year or more experience providing referrals to medical and/or support services for HIV positive people in Washington State
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills of basic computer competencies such as emailing, calendaring, and familiarity with Microsoft Office products, especially Outlook, Excel and Word
  • One year or more experience with data entry preferred
  • Willingness to speak publicly about lived experience around HIV to a variety of audiences including youth, incarcerated women, church groups and shelters
  • Ability to represent the program to health care providers, multicultural community groups, media outlets and women who are at-risk for HIV infection, newly diagnosed and/or previously underserved
  • Flexibility and ability to multi-task
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racist principles 
  • Experience working with communities of color and people from different cultures than your own
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Core competencies expected: Achievement, Continuous learning, Customer service, Flexibility, Fostering Diversity, Interpersonal Skills, Leading and Developing others, Professionalism, Reliability, Race & Social Justice Advocacy, Specialized Knowledge and Stress Management

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  In performing this position, the employee:

  • Occasionally moves items up to 20 pounds
  • Frequently stands, walks, moves, bends and stretches
  • Frequently uses speech, hearing, and sight abilities in exchanging information with clients, agency staff, employers, representatives of community organizations and other individuals in the community
  • Continuously uses hands and wrists, fingering, handing, grasping and reaching in using telephones, computers, and other office equipment and supplies
  • Frequently sits for extended periods while performing desktop activities                       
  • Occasionally stands and walks in performing duties in the office and in traveling to off-site meetings
  • Indoor office environment
  • Occasional local travel to multiple locations for off-site meetings
  • All positions at YWCA of Seattle | King | Snohomish are exposed to clients who have experienced or are experiencing trauma in various forms including but not limited to: domestic violence, sexual violence, homelessness, unemployment, financial hardship, etc.  As a result, staff are at risk of secondary trauma. Employees are encouraged to seek external support and maintain self-care when working indirectly or directly with clients

*Continuously = Over 80% of the time * Frequently = 20-80% * Occasionally = Under 20% 


Hours, Rate & Benefits:
• Hourly rate: $23/hr
• Hours per week: Regular Part-Time, 20 hours per week
• FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
• Excellent benefits package including medical insurance, retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick leave plans.
• At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan. Typically after two years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund.