Nashville CARES

HIV Counseling & Testing Specialist

Nashville CARES


Job Summary

The HIV Counseling & Testing Specialist is responsible for HIV counseling, testing and screening activities at designated area hospital emergency departments and key community locations identified through socio-demographic and epidemiological tracking of the regional HIV epidemic.  This position works closely with the Early Intervention and Clinical Site Services Manager to promote/cultivate/encourage community HIV testing and behavioral change, and increased use of bio-medical and structural interventions by community members at extremely high risk for HIV infection.  This position also works to ensure seamless linkage to care for HIV positive people along with the Early Intervention Services team. 

Job Responsibilities

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct HIV testing at an assigned clinical site, St. Thomas Midtown ED / Vanderbilt Hospital ED / Metro General ED / and/or any other designated medical clinic, to achieve a grant goal of 5600 tests annually.
  • Conduct HIV CTS at key outreach locations and utilizes staff and volunteers to assure rapid screening goals are met.
  • Work as a supportive team member in order to ensure completion of 10,000 HIV tests overall.
  • Conduct HIV/HCV testing at targeted outreach events that support Nashville CARES Safety First, Corrections Navigation, or My House.
  • Build and maintain helpful professional relationships with clinical staff, providing education and support.
  • Assist team with coverage of on-site, walk-in HIV/HCV/Syphilis or COVID testing.
  • Design, develop and coordinate a minimum of 2 community CTS screening events per year.
  • Work with groups of certified volunteers to assist program staff in expanding testing services to the community at large.
  • Assist in development of community partnerships to enhance and optimize resources in advancing HIV prevention testing initiatives.
  • Work closely with Early Intervention Services team and other staff outreach workers to ensure standardized continuity of referral and linkage to care, prevention and social services for newly diagnosed or lost to care clients.
  • Documents activities, adheres to intervention and safety protocols, and assists the Associate Director of Prevention and Education, as needed, with output and outcome assessment of activities.
  • Attends departmental, agency and community meetings as directed; complies with agency and department policies and procedures.
  • Maintains needed and appropriate documentation of all services provided consistent with department and team Quality Assurance standards.


Required Qualifications/Skills: 

  • High school diploma required, or GED completed.
  • Associates degree in Health Education, college certificate or equivalent plus 2 years of experience in HIV prevention and/or LGBTQ health or social services.  Two (2) additional years of work related experience can substitute for the AA degree
  • Extensive HIV knowledge, sensitivity and willingness to work with people of diverse backgrounds, sexual orientations, as well as people with HIV/AIDS
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent presentation/facilitation skills
  • Ability to work as part of a multicultural, multi-component education team
  • Ability to keep sensitive client information confidential and maintain ethical boundaries and professional conduct
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and social media sites
  • Ability to maintain flexible schedule; available to work day, evening and weekend hours is essential.
  • Valid Tennessee Driver’s License, vehicle, and automobile liability insurance to facilitate local travel required for client/agency related business.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in health or social services field.
  • Experience working in a hospital emergency department or medical clinic setting.
  • Two years of professional or volunteer experience working with clients in HIV and/or social services setting.  
  • Bilingual skills
  • HIV Rapid Testing experience
  • Knowledge of HIV prevention, harm reduction, HIV/AIDS and STI, and PrEP/PEP

Additional Information


Salary:  Competitive non-profit compensation 

  • Employer-paid medical, dental and vision insurance premiums for individuals with enhanced, buy-up plans available with employee contribution with discounted family coverage available
  • 27 Paid Time Off Days during 1st year of employment with increases annually based on length of service up to 37 days at 10 years of service
  • 12 Paid Holidays Annually
  • Employer paid life and disability insurance  
  • 403b plan
  • 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.

Individuals with lived experience of substance use, incarceration, homelessness, and sex work; people of color; members of the LGBTQIA+ community; and, people living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C are encouraged to apply.

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 6, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk