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Nashville CARES

HealthyU Peer Associate

Nashville CARES


Job Summary

The HealthyU Peer Associate will assist the HealthyU Program Director in implementing the goals of Healthy University within the broader context of services to HIV+ clients of Nashville CARES. The Peer specifically addresses HIV health management with clients from experiential, knowledge, and skill related contexts. To achieve this goal, the Peer will provide and support the provision of HIV education (including treatment adherence), interpersonal health education/support, HIV medical/social services systems navigation support, and social network assessment. Moreover, the Peer will share personal experiences and perspectives with clients, staff and during external patient education events in the community, to help alleviate HIV stigma related issues and promote client empowerment within the provision of care to positively impact long-term health outcomes.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide support in planning, recruiting, scheduling, and implementing HealthyU activities
  • Provide follow-up contact and program support for the Peer Volunteer Program
  • Provide education, skills training, support and follow-up to clients on issues related to: living successfully with HIV; navigating medical and social services; HIV treatment adherence; sexual risk reduction; and overall health and wellness, through the implementation of IAMSTRONG, various psychosocial peer support groups and education lunch & learn events
  • Assist clients in developing empowerment skills and combating stigma through self-advocacy
  • Serve as a point of contact for HIV+ clients who are newly diagnosed and/or new to CARES’ services
  • Attend and participate in peer volunteer trainings and/or meetings
  • Participate in interdisciplinary support to other services departments, including client eligibility and psychosocial support activities
  • Facilitate or co-facilitate client groups including Healthy Relationships Intervention weekly with supervision of meal preparation or ordering of catered meals or distribution of food vouchers as well as any clean-up
  • Complete all record keeping in ClientTrack database
  • Remain knowledgeable on current issues regarding HIV health and access including attending webinars, trainings and lectures
  • Maintain the organization and cleanliness of the Café including updating resources, creating a safe and appealing environment and managing peer volunteers.


Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledgeable about the lived experience of living with HIV and willingness to mindfully share that experience
  • Minimum 1 year related work experience and knowledge of issues affecting people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Experience working or proven ability to effectively work with and communicate with diverse communities of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, race, ethnicity, and cultures
  • Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to maintain flexible schedule with evenings or weekends as needed
  • Computer literate with Microsoft Office Suite experience and ability to obtain and accurately input client notes into the computer
  • Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Driver’s license, clean DMV record, and automobile liability insurance required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in behavioral sciences field (social work, pubic or community health, psychology)
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating group discussions in person and virtually
  • Professional and/or volunteer experience working with HIV+ clients desired
  • Experience working with computer databases or client tracking systems

Additional Information


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); 11 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: January 15, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services
  • Salary Range: Competitive non-profit compensation