Organizational Summary

San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) envisions a future where health justice is achieved for all people living with or at risk for HIV. Ultimately, we strive for a day when race is not a barrier to health and wellness, substance use is not stigmatized, HIV status does not determine quality of life, and HIV transmission is eliminated.

Our mission is to promote health, wellness, and social justice for communities most impacted by HIV through sexual health and substance use services, advocacy, and partnership.

Our strategic plan includes an articulation of its five key values, which are the foundation for its work and its employees:  Justice, Dignity, Courage, Leadership and Excellence. We need passionate agents of social change, vanguards of public health, and practitioners of racial justice to join our fight.

Position Overview:

TransLife is a program within the Black Health Portfolio of SFAF. This is an Independent Contractor position of up to 13 hours per week. Experience working with Transgender, Non-Binary and Gender Expansive people of color is required. Services are provided in-person.

Position is contracted through June 30, 2022.

TransLife seeks a dynamic and experienced Mental Health Provider to provide clinical services for TransLife participants. TransLife is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within the program and to offer services in a culturally sensitive manner that allows participants to feel respected, understood and affirmed.
The Translife Mental Health Provider provides culturally conscious individual evidence-based (short-term) psychotherapy and group counseling using a harm reduction framework. This individual should have the capacity to utilize a range of techniques when providing individual therapy, group counseling, and group facilitation. Training in trauma focused therapy modalities such as Cognitive Processing Therapy or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is preferred.

The ideal candidate has a deep understanding of the lived experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals/communities, harm reduction, sexual, and mental health interventions. Must have a demonstrated commitment to race equity and health justice, and be able to articulate how these principles are woven into their practices and approach to serving SFAF’s prioritized communities including Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQI+ folks, people who use/inject drugs, people experiencing homelessness, and people living with or at risk of HIV and/or Hepatitis C.      

TransLife empowers and supports group members with whatever they are going through.  TransLife is a community program where participants come together and learn from each other’s personal journeys. The community practices redefining realness by focusing on lived experiences, the emotional interiority, and the healing of community engagement. TransLife brings a blend of spirituality, friendship and community to give much needed support.
TransLife is an inclusive group of people looking for support for issues related to gender, identity, sexuality, drugs, sex work, hormone therapy, gender surgery, isolation, stigma, and HIV.  Participants are transgender, non-binary, gender diverse, multiracial, diverse in age, at many stages of transition, and living with HIV/or at risk of HIV transmission.  

  • Individual Counseling: Provide individual evidence-based (short-term) counseling and treatment to TransLife participants. Individual approaches may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for anxiety, depression, substance use disorders and PTSD; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; Motivational Interviewing. Conduct intake, assessment, and treatment planning including mental health, substance use, HIV/HCV and other physical health concerns. Provide provisional DSM diagnosis, and crisis intervention as needed. Provide resource identification, and referral facilitation, for such psychosocial needs as housing, employment, and substance use treatment. Caseload of up to eight 1:1 sessions per week.
  • Group Counseling: Facilitate a wide-variety of counseling, education, social, and process groups, including groups that offer low-threshold walk-in services to participants who may be actively using. Develop, maintain and/or write group curricula for one 1.5-hour group twice monthly focused on building mental health coping skills, symptom management, and mental health wellness practices.
  • Race Equity and Health Justice: In accordance with organization strategic plan and programmatic objectives, work to center prioritized communities, with an emphasis on race equity and health justice in all aspects of service provision and staff capacity building. Will be expected to demonstrate ongoing commitment to these principles in our work to reduce barriers and create and maintain access points to care for prioritized communities, including program development, capacity building, and professional development.
  • Administrative: Maintain all records and paperwork in a timely manner and in compliance with guidelines established by the program and all funding and licensing bodies. Documents timely (within 72 hours) and relevant information in participant electronic medical record database.
In addition to the services and duties listed above, the Mental Health Provider will be expected to meet the below needs:
  • Knowledgeable about transgender and gender non-binary identities and expressions, and the assessment and mental health treatment.
  • Able to recognize and diagnose co-existing mental health concerns
  • Able to deliver psychotherapeutic services to patients utilizing a range of psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual and group therapy modalities
  • Willing to assist with offering internal and external referrals for gender affirming care
  • Willing to assist with outgoing referrals to additional mental health/substance use services when appropriate
  • An active participant in interdisciplinary team meetings and other staff development activities
  • A positive collaborative member of the team, referral sources and key community providers
  • Able to utilize the electronic health record system to ensure proper and timely completion of all required clinical documentation, program statistics, and outcome data
 Essential Qualifications:
  • Strong knowledge of the harm reduction model, motivational interviewing, drug and alcohol counseling, and other therapeutic models and interventions, safer injection techniques, overdose prevention, and de-escalation.
  • Ability to effectively engage diverse populations with cultural humility.
  • Awareness around intersectional identities, and how racial discrimination and white supremacy create and perpetuate inequities in health outcomes, allocation of resources, and access to care.
  • Fluency in issues concerning gender, alcohol and substance use, injection drug use, disability, HIV/HCV risk factors and treatment, trauma, homelessness, sex and sexuality.
  • Computer literacy in Word, Power Point, and Excel
  • Experience working with patients from culturally diverse backgrounds, and the ability to demonstrate cultural competence and sensitivity
  • Knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position
  • Demonstrates resourcefulness, effective written and oral communication, diplomacy, and organizational and analytic skills
  • Self-directed, pragmatic, and creative in problem solving, systems planning and patient care management in a high-volume work environment
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams
  • Demonstrates case management skills and experience in the community health care delivery system
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills relating to functionally impacted adults, their support systems, and teams of health professionals
Physical Requirements and Work Environments:
Skill in operating equipment such as a personal computer, copy machine and telephone system.  Ability to perform routine bending, stooping, twisting, and reaching. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a contractor to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience
  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, or Counseling required.
  • CA State Licensed.
  • 2 to 4 years of experience with substance use, mental health, injection drug use, and/or HIV/HCV counseling preferred.
  • Experience working in low threshold walk-in centers or milieu-based community mental health settings strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of community agencies and resources and the ability to advocate/negotiate systems for/with clients
  • Knowledge of community resources and referral procedures
  • Skills in evidence-based practices including CBT, DBT, mind-body interventions, motivational interviewing
  • Crisis intervention/treatment/management skill
  • Experience working with the transgender/gender diverse community is required
  • Must have excellent administrative skills.
This position will have access to protected health information (PHI) and may only access, use or disclose the minimum information necessary to perform their designated role on behalf of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, regardless of the extent of access provided.

Work Environment:

This position is located primarily at our 1035 Market Street location. Program hours are 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday. Work hours may fluctuate within these hours according to individual and group caseload.

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by contractors assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for personnel so classified.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The San Francisco AIDS Foundation is an Equal Opportunity employer. We actively seek applications from people living with HIV/AIDS, people with disabilities, women, LGBTQ individuals and people of color.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Application Process:

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