Health Educator at Public Health Institute

The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally and internationally. PHI was distinguished as one of the top 50 “Best Non-profit Organizations to Work For” by the Non-Profit Times in a national search.

PHI seeks a full-time Health Educator I for the Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations (HIPUP). This position is based in Oakland, CA.

The Health Educator (100%) will work for the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse)-funded project for transwomen/men in San Francisco Bay Area. The study aims to investigate substance use, non-prescribed hormone use, and psychological well-being among transwomen/men based on qualitative and quantitative methods.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Conduct community outreach, targeting transwomen/men
  • Recruit project participants
  • Conduct intake and follow-up assessments
  • Facilitate weekly support groups
  • Maintain regular contact with community-based organizations serving the transwomen/men and build linkages
  • Maintain and enter data
  • Plan and conduct project activities
  • Manage materials and facility logistics for outreach events and activities
  • Process cash payments to participants
  • Other duties as assigned


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • At least 1 year of relevant work experience required
  • Working experience in the transgender communities
  • Strong knowledge of HIV, substance abuse, and health disparity issues in transgender community
  • Some experience in working with transgender young adults
  • Ability to maintain accurate record keeping
  • Ability to recognize and resolve problems as they occur
  • Good attention to detail, self-motivation, ability to work independently as well as part of a team, and good organizational skills
  • Ability and comfort in engaging in open and nonjudgmental conversations with participants from diverse backgrounds (e.g., ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities) with sensitivity
  • Prior computer experience (e.g., Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel)
  • Travel locally and able to work some non-standard hours


  • Some experience working for social and AIDS service agencies
  • Some experience I individual counseling or case management
  • Knowledge of the HIV service system in San Francisco and Alameda counties
  • Public speaking and advanced facilitation skills for leading large and small group presentations and activities


  • Required: High school diploma, GED, or equivalent experience
  • Preferred: BA in social/health sciences or equivalent experience


This is a non-exempt position and the hourly wage is commensurate with experience. PHI offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, short/long term disability insurance, life insurance, 403b (group retirement annuity) and partial subsidy of public transportation cost. For more information about PHI’s benefits, visit our benefits page at

How to apply:

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