Community Outreach Educator

La Crosse, Wisconsin /
Education - Community Outreach /
Full Time
PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF WISCONSIN, INC.
LA CROSSE , WI
COMMUNITY OUTREACH EDUCATOR
 
At Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc. (PPWI), we work to provide quality, affordable health care services, comprehensive education, and strong advocacy.  We serve over 60,000 patients annually in 22 health centers statewide, making us the largest and most trusted reproductive health care provider in Wisconsin.  Our goal is to help keep Wisconsin safe, healthy and strong! 
 
This is an excellent opportunity for a Community Outreach Educator (40 hours/week, benefit eligible) at our La Crosse Family Planning Health Center!

PURPOSE of POSITION: 
This position is focused on supporting the department’s mission of creating sexually healthy communities with a focus on reducing the rate of teen and unintended pregnancy and STI/HIV/AIDS in targeted communities. The long-term goal of this position is contributing to reductions in health disparities related to sexual and reproductive health outcomes. This position will work closely, and developing new relationships, with external partners who share PPWI goals of implementing comprehensive sexuality education that is medically-accurate, age-appropriate with a goal of increasing knowledge and utilization of sexual and reproductive health services and improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes, especially eliminating disparities in these outcomes. The Community Outreach Educator will also provide some internal and primarily external educational programming. They will also work with youth, parents and caregivers of youth, other adults, community-based organizations, health care providers, educators, other professionals, and public entities on matters related to sexual and reproductive health.  They will also serve as an agency liaison to targeted communities within western Wisconsin and nearby communities, community organizations, and coalitions.  
 
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: 
·         Must be committed to the vision and the values of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc.  
·         Must have excellent customer service skills and be committed to providing the highest level of internal and external customer satisfaction. 
·         Demonstrated success building and maintaining community relationships.  
·         Proven ability to develop meaningful connections with diverse communities, including a wide range of community organizations, community leaders, and community members. Comfortable and experienced in public speaking to a group about sexual health topics. 
·         Working knowledge of sexual and reproductive health, comprehensive sexuality education, adolescent health and development, and/or other issues related to healthy sexuality.   
·         Experience with health promotion program planning and implementation. 
·         Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills and organizational skills. 
·         Ability to collaborate with others to, prioritize tasks and work independently and as a team member within deadlines. 
·         Ability to relay sensitive information regarding sexuality, values formation, and decision making to youth, parents and other caregivers of youth, and other adults.  
·         Strong independent work habits, analytical ability, and self-motivation. 
·         Must be able to maintain confidentiality. 
·         Demonstrated competency using Microsoft Office programs.  
 
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: 
High school diploma or equivalent required and three years’ experience working with youth or adults in a community-based or educational setting.  Experience with providing health education to youth or adults strongly preferred. 
 
Community advocacy and educational/awareness event planning is desired. Organizing events and educational opportunities in a community, outside of a university environment is also preferred.   
 
Demonstrated targeted work in the following communities: youth/young adults of color, with LGBTQ people, immigrant groups and at-risk youth is strongly preferred. 
 
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 
The position is predominantly sedentary requiring the ability to sit, bend, stand and walk.  May require occasional stooping, reaching, stair-climbing and repetitive motions of the hands and wrist related to writing and typing at an electronic keyboard. Rarely requires kneeling, pushing/pulling and repetitive motions of the feet. 
 
Physical demands of the position necessitate hearing, talking, handling and grasping regularly.  May require lifting up to 30 pounds. Specific vision conditions include close vision reading. Requires the ability to operate a computer, telephone, fax, copy machine and adding machine or calculator.   
 
WORKING CONDITIONS: 
The position is generally performed in an office or community environment and may involve frequent interruptions. The noise level is generally low to quiet. The work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations, however, may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform said essential functions.   
 
Occasional evening and/or weekend hours may be necessary. 
 
This position requires traveling primarily in western Wisconsin, with potential for statewide, therefore a valid driver’s license and auto insurance in accordance with agency liability standards is required. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS and RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Work with supervisor to implement and facilitate programming aimed at increasing knowledge and utilization of sexual and reproductive health services, with a focus on marginalized communities in western Wisconsin, including La Crosse, Eau Claire, and surrounding communities.   

    • Connect community members to sexual and reproductive health, education and training, and advocacy services.  

    • Represent PPWI in WI communities with participation in community meetings and trainings, and other groups working to reduce the rates of unintended pregnancy as well as STI/HIV/AIDS, increase access to and utilization of sexual and reproductive health care, and eliminate disparities in sexual and reproductive health outcomes.

    • Provide and expand education and training on various sexual and reproductive health topics to community-based or youth service organizations, schools, and other local organizations and agencies in target communities.    

    • Participate in department work planning, implementing, and evaluating community outreach activities in and around western Wisconsin, prioritizing those communities facing health disparities. Special projects targeting communities in greater need will be a focus. 

    •  Assist with planning, implementing, and evaluating internal and external training opportunities, including the annual Safe Health Strong conference for professionals.   
PPWI is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace.