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Regional PrEP Navigator

Recruitment #22-002818-0022




Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD 21045

Main Purpose of Job

The Regional Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Navigator will contribute to the Maryland Department of Health’s Statewide PrEP Program by working in Prince Georges, Anne Arundel, and Howard counties. Through recruitment, collaboration with community partners, navigation processes, data collection, and targeted public awareness, the position will increase knowledge, screening for eligibility, and uptake of PrEP. The Navigator will conduct community outreach within targeted settings and community events and will plan and implement community workshops and events to increase awareness and actively recruit for PrEP navigation services among those most impacted by HIV in Maryland: communities of color, people with substance use disorders, and Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Intersex individuals. As part of the Statewide PrEP Navigation Team, this individual will help inform the development of culturally appropriate marketing materials that target vulnerable populations who might benefit from PrEP navigation services. The PrEP Navigator will provide PrEP navigation services including HIV/STD testing, behavioral and harm reduction counseling, PrEP financing and insurance navigation, and appropriate physician referrals to individuals vulnerable to HIV. The Navigator will keep client records and contribute to meeting programmatic reporting requirements. The position demands a high level of cultural humility, understanding and experience with the unique needs of vulnerable populations, particularly: people of color; people who inject drugs; and people who identify as gay, bisexual, same-gender-loving, transgender, gender expansive, and/or queer. Strong community relationships and knowledge of the assigned Maryland region is a plus. The ability to work with a team, be self-motivated, and operate in a fast-moving environment is mandatory.

Sexual and gender minorities, particularly people of color and those who are Bilingual-English/Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply. Position reports to the Program Supervisor of HIV/STI/PrEP at Howard County Health Department.

May require response after business hours, includes administrative on-call duties on a rotating basis. Staff will need to rotate hours among two other assigned health departments.

This position is eligible for hybrid telework.


20% - Assessment & Counseling, Testing, and Referral (CTR)
  • Provide confidential assessment to determine the HIV prevention needs of the clients, regardless of whether test results are positive or negative; this includes the planning and referral of prevention services. Coordinate with regional Disease Intervention Specialists, as needed, to provide services to clients from Partner Services, and make referrals for Partner Services.
  • Provide HIV testing and STD screening on-site and through outreach in the community, including community settings where the target populations socialize and/or congregate as needed. Maintain active Maryland HIV Testing and Linkage to Care Certification.

35% - PrEP Case Management
  • Provide an introduction to biomedical prevention services (PrEP/PEP/TasP) ensuring access, follow up, and adherence to PrEP/PEP, including supportive services that can enhance harm reduction, behavior change, adoption, and maintenance.
  • Assist PrEP clients as needed with services such as, but not limited to, enrollment in Patient Assistance Programs, appointment scheduling, education on the benefits of PrEP and ongoing maintenance and adherence.
  • Collect and report data on program activities.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding patient and/or family in accordance with professional and Departmental standards.
  • Demonstrate cultural humility as well as an understanding, awareness, and respect for diversity among colleagues and clients.

20% - Agency Representation
  • Develop and maintain relationships and resources that can serve as a culturally appropriate network of PrEP and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) providers and providers of other services needed by encountered clients (behavioral health, social and human services, etc). Identify and recommend community resources that are culturally sensitive to the target communities.
  • Build and maintain a positive rapport with staff at health departments in the assigned counties, community organizations and partners.
  • Promote and practice Howard County Health Department and Maryland Department of Health’s values and mission, and adhere to all policies and procedures. Adhere to ethical and legal standards of practice.
  • Collaborate with project and agency staff in advertising and media promotion of the HIV testing and PrEP program, including the use of geo-social networking and platforms as appropriate. Review HIV health education materials for content, layout, cultural-sensitivity and linguistic appropriateness.
20% - Staff Development and Training
  • Attend regular supervision sessions with immediate supervisor, required agency meetings, external meetings with other local providers, and Statewide PrEP Navigator meetings. Attend and complete required trainings for Regional PrEP Navigators, including: PrEP Navigation 101, Johns Hopkins REACH Initiative PrEP Skills Building Workshop, Introduction to Harm Reduction, How to Teach HIV, Annual Maryland PrEP Summit, and Annual Statewide Outreach & Sexual Health Training (JHU/BCHD), Suspending Sexual Judgment, as well as other relevant trainings as appropriate and available.
  • Stay informed about current HIV/AIDS trends, prevention efforts and strategies.

5% - Perform other duties as assigned
  • Willing to work nights and weekends, as required for community events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in nursing, social work, psychology, education, counseling or a related field.

Experience: Two years of professional experience in health services, one year must have been in the Health Services option.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a health or human service field for one year of the required general experience.

2. Experience in the Health Services option must be as follows: professional clinical or administrative work in health or medical services in areas other than Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities or Addictions.

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in another field plus one additional year of professional experience in health services for the required education.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Health Care Administration classifications or Civil Affairs Specialist specialty codes in the health related field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


Desired qualifications:
- Experience with public speaking in a public health setting.
- Experience with outreach/engagement to diverse populations.
- Experience navigating individuals through the system of care (including community providers and private insurance referrals).
- Experience developing innovative approaches to community engagement.
- Experience with case management.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.              
- Well-organized.       
- Ability to work some evenings/weekend. 
- Ability to travel to Howard County, Prince George's County and Anne Arundel County.


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment.  No postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to 410-333-5689. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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