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Harvard University Part time Comm. Health Worker in Cambridge, Massachusetts

61149BRAuto req ID:61149BRJob Code:403033 Staff Assistant III Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Part time Community Health WorkerSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :053Time Status:Part-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:

  • 3 or more years in a health care or social service position.

  • High school diploma or GED

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Experience working with diverse communities, people with mental illness and/or substance use disorder as well as immigrants and their families, LGBTQ persons, people with limited financial resources, formerly incarcerated persons, and those without health insurance.

  • Commitment to racial equity and advancing the health and well-being of Boston residents who identify as Black and/or African American

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a customer-focused team environment required

  • Basic computer skills (Email, Word, Internet)

It is also strongly preferred to have someone with strong ties to the Roxbury or Dorchester communities and with experience working with residents and community organizations in those communities.

It is also strongly preferred to have someone with a Driver’s License who can drive the 30’ mobile unit (non-CDL) and prepare it for service. The van travels to our regular stops in Dorchester, East Boston, and Roxbury, and to other locations to attend special events. The preference is for someone with a Driver’s License and no major violations or moving violations.

Strong interpersonal skills; ability to juggle multiple tasks with competing priorities; critical-thinking skills; familiarity with Boston-area health and social service resources; experience representing an organization effectively to the public and responding appropriately to e-mail and phone inquiries. Additional language skills are a plus, especially Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, and Arabic.

Excellent communication skills and the ability to build trust and rapport with people of all backgrounds and life experiences required. Ability to manage a specific program and evaluate its effectiveness as well as the ability to work in tight quarters (Mobile Unit). Ability to work productively, both independently and collaboratively, managing multiple responsibilities, projects, and deadlines.Additional Information:Please also note this is a part-time, 28 hours (.8 FTE) per week position.

This is a one-year term position from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding to support the position.

This position is based in Boston and some in-person on-campus work will be required, and flexible/remote work is an option. Any remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA*, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA). Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process. *Note: Harvard employees working in California must be exempt.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements ( . Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, incredibly affordable classes directly at the Harvard Extension School, and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.

  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.

  • Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.

  • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.Department:Family VanPre-Employment Screening:Identity Schedule:Part-time schedule | 28 hrs per week; T-F 9:00 - 5:00Job Function:General Administration Position Description:

Family Van is a mobile clinic that visits Boston’s neighborhoods providing health screening and testing for many health issues including diabetes, hypertension, depression, sexual and reproductive health, HIV, and obesity. Community Health Educator will work with our program to screen, educate and refer individuals to community agencies for additional health services. You will work with our team to provide free health screenings, assist with language and provide outreach to the community participate in trainings of volunteers and deliver workshops with staff, and collaborate with other community organizations.

The Community Health Worker (CHW) will provide screening, education, coaching, referrals, and follow-up for health and social services mostly in the Roxbury and Dorchester community. This work will take place in community settings, including, but not limited to, onboard a mobile health unit. This role will also provide services related to The Family Van’s mental health initiative to raise awareness and reduce stigma associated with mental illness. This person will provide one-on-one support and education to people at risk for anxiety and depression. This person will also perform outreach activities in the community, including leading workshops, representing the organization at special events, and promoting the Van’s services. They will work with collaborators and community agencies, especially those serving immigrants, to increase access to health care and address the social determinants of health. CHW will work closely with students, volunteers, and community members in the role of educator and mentor. This is a part-time position (approximately 28 hours per week) with occasional weekend and evening events.


  • Providing culturally appropriate health and wellness prevention screenings, health education, information, and outreach in community-based settings, on The Family Van, and in other community setting such as housing developments, consulates, schools, shelters, local businesses, and community centers

  • Bridging/culturally mediating between individuals, communities, and health and human services, including actively assisting clients with access and referrals to community resources

  • Assisting clients to engage in wellness activities as well as chronic disease self-management

  • Provides outreach to potential and existing clients in the community and at events

  • Identify community members at risk for depression and anxiety through mental health screening and education.

  • Provide one-on-one support in person, on the phone, and through video conferencing to people experiencing stress and other mental health challenges.

  • Provide preventive health screenings like blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), pregnancy testing, and other health screenings

  • Educate clients and community members about the prevention and management of common chronic conditions.

  • Refer clients to appropriate health and social services. Follow up with clients to ensure they received the services they needed.

  • Continuously expand knowledge and understanding of community resources, services, and programs

  • Actively listen to clients, seek to understand spoken and unspoken needs, and develop rapport for the purpose of empowering clients to take steps to improve their health and the health of their families.

  • Document client encounters using a web-based form on a laptop computer or tablet.

  • Assist with training, orientation, and management of students and volunteers

  • Attend community meetings to stay connected to communities The Family Van serves, and build relationships with other community leaders

  • Participate in weekly staff meetings

  • Work as a team under the supervision of Associate Director on the mobile unit

  • Plan and conduct workshops and other special events

  • Other duties as assigned

School/Unit:Harvard Medical School EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values (