Link Health Education Specialist

Scope of Work

The Link Health Education Specialist works under the supervision of the Epidemiology and Programs Manager to support day-to-day organization and presentation of program activities including comprehensive sexual violence prevention and education. The focus of the project is to prevent and/or reduce sexual violence among youth and young adults, including youth of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer and more (LGBTQ+) youth, and straight allied youth in Pima County. This position will frequently work off site at public and charter schools along with other locations throughout the Tucson area. The Link Health Education Specialist is a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 40 hrs. /wk., non-exempt position. The individual hired must be able to work very flexible hours, including evenings, weekends and some holidays. The position is housed at the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th (TLC4). Duties include but are not limited to:

Functional Responsibilities


  • Keeps current on sexual violence and intimate partner violence prevention, harm reduction/risk reduction models, sexual health, substance abuse, and other health-related issues and serves as a resource to other agency and program staff on these topics.
  • Supports planning of program activities along with clear and professional communication with the LGBTQ+ Program Services Department Team, collaborators, and service sites.
  • Co-facilitates a multi-session prevention curriculum for youth and young adults.
  • Effectively educates youth and young adults on sexual violence and fosters an environment supportive of sexual violence prevention.
  • Provides sexual violence training to professionals and community members who work with persons at risk of sexual violence.
  • Provides education on consent and comprehensive sexual health education to youth in classroom and community settings to youth ages 13 – 24.
  • Conducts outreach, material distribution, and recruitment for project activities in the community at venues frequented by the target population.
  • Serves as a representative from SAAF for community events and committees as needed.
  • Designs, executes the planning, and implements skill enhancing programs and training for staff, volunteers, and interns.
  • Occasionally staffs the Eon Youth Lounge for LGBTQ+ and allied youth ages 13-24, which includes preparing, cleaning, and arranging the TLC4 Lounge spaces before each structured program and workshop. In addition to providing support and guidance to other staff who are using the Lounge space for activities outside of Eon Youth Lounge.
  • Provides referrals and support linkages to services when youth are seeking support or are in crisis.
  • Provides timely and thorough customer service to the youth, community, and potential partners by returning voicemail, email, and in-person inquiries to the services offered by the Link program.
  • Supports the Epidemiology and Programs Manager with the scheduling, development of quarterly program delivery, and the creation and printing of program materials for the Link program.
  • Oversight of program development, such as workshops, curriculum, identifying outside speakers, and manages the coordination, implementation, and evaluation of various youth services and programs associated with the Link program.
  • Maintains efficient program monitoring systems for youth programs by updating and inputting weekly data.
  • Provides health education, workshops, and one-on-one support and referrals to target population. This includes planning and facilitating programming.
  • Maintains and creates a safe and healthy culture/community in the Link program.
  • Organizes activities that will engage the target population.
  • Supports participants in crisis, including survivors of violence, those with suicidal ideation, and who may be homeless/near-homelessness.
  • Provides support to any guest presenters and/or volunteers for programming set-up, including tasks like, cleaning the program space beforehand, setting up and configuring lounge furniture for program needs, consistent check-ins, and communication with guests/volunteers, etc.


  • Responsible for completing and gathering accurate documentation of all activities and events using proper forms, files, and databases.
  • Maintains all paperwork and databases related to client services and presentations.
  • Ensures contract compliance and coordinates and prepares contract reports for public and private grant sources, including coordination with program, finance, development, and information systems staff in obtaining program information and data.
  • Prepares the data and success stories required for reports to funders, collaborators, and the Board of Directors.
  • Co-facilitates new participant and new volunteer orientations with other program staff, youth, and/or volunteers.
  • Assists with compiling and drafting program reports.
  • With the guidance of the Epidemiology and Programs Manager, provide monthly input for budget and grant spending.
  • Manages the ongoing youth programs survey collection including timely data collection and input to databases.
  • Attends SAAF finance trainings to gain knowledge in check requests, mileage reimbursement, supply requests, and other internal required finance operations.
  • Assists in the development, delivery and tracking of targeted risk reduction social marketing and/or social media posts/campaigns.
  • Attends all program, department and agency meetings and training courses as assigned.
  • Travels for grant-related meetings and conferences.


  • Serves as a liaison with collaborating agencies, programs, and conduct referrals for participants when necessary.
  • Serves as an advocate in public and private arenas for youth services.
  • Conducts outreach and recruitment at venues frequented by the target population, including but not limited to Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) clubs, youth and community centers, businesses frequented by youth, etc.
  • Partners with the Epidemiology and Programs Manager and the Associate Director of LGBTQ+ Program Services to support finding new partnerships and generating ideas for program improvements.
  • Participates in community outreach to other agencies or services that serve high risk, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized communities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience working with LGBTQ+ and allied youth and programming.
  • Knowledge of and comfort with needs of marginalized youth.
  • Can speak to building partnerships, relationships, or other collaborative efforts.
  • Has comfort with direct service delivery and being in the community often.
  • Good interpersonal skills; demonstrated sensitivity to cultural and personal diversity.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills.
  • Appropriate fingerprint clearance through the Arizona Department of Public Safety (paid for by SAAF if not current).
  • Access to a reliable vehicle, a valid AZ Driver’s License, current insurance, and a driving record that will be supported by our liability insurance provider.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1-2 years of direct service delivery experience in the areas of sexual violence prevention, sexual health, behavioral health, or other social services health-related field.
  • Experience implementing curricula, designing/conducting educational presentations/workshops.
  • Knowledge and experience in development and implementation of collaborative community prevention projects.
  • Previous work experience with youth and/ or previous experience with group facilitation and curriculum delivery.
  • Experience in reporting and contract administration.
  • Bilingual/bicultural (English/Spanish).
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals, including volunteers, staff, clients, and general public.


Non-exempt salary ranges from $18.30 – $22.42/hr DOE


Eleven (11) paid holidays, two (2) half day paid holidays, one (1) paid floating holiday, twenty (20) days of paid vacation per year to start, in addition to 40 hours of sick leave. Health, dental, vision, and life insurance; 401(k) with matching, long-term and short-term disability insurance. Additional optional plans include Life Insurance, Pet Services Discount Plan, Equitable plans (Accident Insurance, Critical Illness Insurance and Hospital Confinement Insurance). Access to SAAF Health Clinic on-site for primary care needs.

To Apply

Submit a letter of interest and resume with dates of employment to:
Yvette Bass, Recruiting and Retention
Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
375 S. Euclid Ave.
Tucson, AZ, 85719
or email, or fill out the form below.

Affirmative Action

The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability.

People who have used drugs, have performed sex work, people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ+ communities, those who have experienced housing insecurity, people who have received harm reduction services, and people living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C are strongly encouraged to apply.

Physical Requirements

This job is a light work job, as defined by the Social Security Administration, CFR.CFR § 404.1567. Physical exertion requirements:
(b) Light work. Light work involves lifting no more than 20 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds. Even though the weight lifted may be very little, a job is in this category when it requires a good deal of walking or standing, or when it involves sitting most of the time with some pushing and pulling of arm or leg controls. To be considered capable of performing a full or wide range of light work, you must have the ability to do substantially all of these activities. If someone can do light work, we determine that he or she can also do sedentary work, unless there are additional limiting factors such as loss of fine dexterity or inability to sit for long periods of time.


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management as required. Management reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment. Management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, functions, and requirements.

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