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Community Outreach Worker, Houston, TX

The CDC Foundation helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) save and improve lives by unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC, philanthropies, corporations, organizations, and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world. The CDC Foundation is the go-to nonprofit authorized by Congress to mobilize philanthropic partners and private-sector resources to support CDC’s critical health protection mission. Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has raised over $1 billion and launched more than 1,000 programs impacting a variety of health threats from chronic disease conditions including cardiovascular disease and cancer, to infectious diseases like rotavirus and HIV, to emergency responses, including COVID-19 and Ebola. The CDC Foundation managed hundreds of CDC-led programs in the United States and in more than 140 countries last year. Learn more at www.cdcfoundation.org.

The CDC Foundation is working with CDC and state and local authorities to provide surge staffing that are crucial to the nation’s COVID-19 response. We are seeking candidates for a Community Outreach Worker role. This position will act as liaison between public health departments and local communities. An essential element to this work is an exceptional ability to communicate with community members and to convey health messages to them. Able to work with partners internal and external to health departments and to build or maintain strong relationships with all stakeholders to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake. 

These positions are available nationwide. #LI-Remote

This position requires the operation of a motor vehicle as a component of the job responsibilities and duties. In adherence with CDC Foundation’s Driver Safety Motor Vehicle Policy (“Policy”), offers for employment for this position require the Applicant to provide authorization to the CDC Foundation to conduct a Motor Vehicle Record (“MVR”) review both pre-employment and also annually post-employment while in this position. Additionally, if an offer of employment is accepted, employees in these positions must possess and maintain a valid driver's license in their state of residence, self-report motor vehicle violations/convictions, and provide proof of acceptable insurance coverage with mandatory minimum coverages as set forth within the Driver Safety Motor Vehicle policy. All offers of employment and continued employment for this position are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications of this Policy.




Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain relationships with community members and organizations, including schools  
  • Engage with community members and organizations in education and community service work. Facilitate listening sessions and summarize findings. 
  • Present information at meetings in a culturally appropriate manner  
  • Identify the needs of community members and resources to meet these needs 
  • Communicate community needs to the health department and other partners 
  • Collect and maintain administrative and community data in a confidential manner consistent with health department policy  
  • Provide input on the cultural aspects of communications products and materials. Work collaboratively with internal and external partners to develop products that meet community needs  
  • Foster stronger partnerships with other departments in government, among community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and community partners and stakeholders 
  • May attend events within the community, including those that occur after hours and on weekends.  

Education

  • High School Diploma 
  • Bachelor's degree in related field preferred (e.g. social work, psychology, public health, behavioral health, public policy). 

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 - 3 years of experience working in community outreach work. e.g. social work, public health, behavioral health, public policy).  Experience in working directly with communities with a Community Based Organization (CBO), Faith-Based Organization, nonprofit or governmental agency. State or local health department experience is a plus. 
  • Excellent listening skills to understand the individual situation of a community member. Able to establish trust when communicating with community members.   
  • Ability to understand the challenges in the communities and differences in attitudes and beliefs towards health issues and solutions.   
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to convey information in an empathetic and positive manner   
  • Follow established procedures including obtaining information from community members and maintaining it in compliance with the standards of the health department 
  • Ability to identify and engage partners and stakeholders, and foster new or current partnerships (e.g. with CBOs, national organizations and state and federal agencies), and conduct outreach and community engagement activities 

Preferred Skills and Experiences

  • Knowledge of public health programs  
  • Previous work with community or faith-based organizations with outreach to priority audiences 
  • Verbal and written communication skills in both English and Spanish or other languages of priority audiences 
  • Previous work with COVID-19 mitigation or vaccination efforts 
  • Previous experience working in multicultural workplaces and settings 
  • Flexible and adaptable. Able to work as part of a team.   
  • Experience in data entry  

Job Highlights

  • Salary Range: $39,000 - $44,757 Annually 
  • Position End Date: 7/31/2022 
  • Position Type: Limited Term Position
  • Full Suite of Benefits Offered 
  • Remote/Hybrid/Onsite: Hybrid or Onsite 
Notice to Applicants:
 
The CDC Foundation requires all employees to be fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 as a condition of employment effective November 22, 2021. All offers of employment after that date are contingent upon proof of full-vaccination status as a part of the pre-employment process.
 
*Fully vaccinated is defined as follows: At least two weeks have passed since receipt of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, or the second dose of the either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech two-dose vaccines.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disabilities, veteran status, and all other characteristics protected by law.

We comply with all applicable laws including E.O. 11246 and the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 governing employment practices and do not discriminate on the basis of any unlawful criteria in accordance with 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-300.5(a)(12) and 60-741.5(a)(7). As a federal government contractor, we take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.

The CDC Foundation is a smoke-free environment.
 
Relocation expenses are not included.