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Nashville CARES

Early Intervention Specialist

Nashville CARES


Job Summary

As an Early Intervention Services Specialist, you are responsible for identifying and linking People Living with HIV (PLWH) to primary HIV medical care to effect improved care completion by removing barriers to medical care and services.  You also address issues specific to PLWH regarding health literacy, social, emotional, financial and system access and navigation issues.  Working closely with Case Managers and Testing Specialists, you help to provide high quality, comprehensive support to PLWH.     


Job Responsibilities

Primary Job Responsibilities:


  • Utilize surveys, data monitoring, and relationship building to inform and develop unique systems of care, workflows and processes aimed at increasing medical care and services for PLWH.  
  • Work closely with others to identify and address unique barriers to care completion services and use of those services over time.
  • Provide HIV counseling and testing services at various events and clinical screening sites.
  • Provide links for PLWHA to HIV medical and social services within 30 days of diagnosis or identification.
  • Create and monitor individual client care plans to remove barriers to sustained HIV medical services.
  • Conduct client assessments (including readiness for care), service planning, monitoring, and follow up activities.
  • Complete timely and accurate documentation of client eligibility, services provided and outcome achievement.
  • Work with others in the agency to identify and establish contact with key populations, medical and social services providers to enhance system navigation and build relationships between PLWH and staff.
  • Build relationships with medical and social services providers to increase continuity of care.

Work with others to create a team approach to consistent engagement in medical and support services.



Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor level degree in a health or human services related discipline with equivalent to one year of full time professional/intern and/or relevant volunteer social work/social services in a public service agency, or Bachelor level degree in Social Work with an appropriately supervised BSW internship of one year, or Master level degree in Social Work, a health or human services related discipline.
  • Extensive HIV knowledge along with sensitivity and willingness to work with people of diverse backgrounds, sexual orientations and people with HIV.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to keep sensitive client information confidential and maintain ethical boundaries and professional conduct.
  • Valid Tennessee Driver’s License, vehicle, and automobile liability insurance to facilitate local travel required for client/agency related business.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with HIV/AIDS, medical and public health services, healthcare resources, homelessness, addiction/mental health issues, ACA, TennCare, and/or entitlement programs.
  • Experience working with populations diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, etc.
  • Bilingual language skills.




Additional Information


Salary:  Competitive non-profit compensation 

Competitive Benefits Include: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 403b, generous paid time off policy (27 – 37 days per year based on accruals and length of service); 13 paid holidays and more.

How to Apply


Nashville CARES is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers and clients. We respect equality and inclusivity for all people and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity. We respect, value and celebrate the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this position. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job.



  • Date Posted: October 30, 2020
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk; M-F