Job Description

Payroll Title:
MEDICINE / Global Public Health
Hiring Pay Scale
$19.00-$26.00 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, Variable, Monday-Friday (variable)

#126290 Peer Navigator

Initial Review Date: Wed 11/8/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 10/27/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/08/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Department of Medicine is responsible for fulfilling the teaching, research, and clinical missions of the University of California, San Diego and employs 486+ full-time salaried faculty members and 100+ academic appointees. Staff personnel include 600+ staff in 9 bargaining units, students, and volunteers. There are 250 clinical faculty practicing at multiple sites and hospitals.

The Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health (ID+GPH) within the Department of Medicine at UC San Diego aims to eliminate the burdens of infectious diseases and health disparities by delivering outstanding patient care, conducting world-class multidisciplinary health research, directing the institutional response to antimicrobial resistance, preventable healthcare associated infections, and emerging pathogens, and offering leadership, consultation and training on global public health, gender equity, microbiology, and infectious diseases topics.

Peer Navigator will provide support to women living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) who are enrolled in a web-based intervention to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) among women living with HIV/AIDS. Peer Navigators are defined as "medication-adherent role models living with HIV who share the same experiences and community membership and who are trained to provide effective services that increase the linkage, retention, and medication adherence of the people they serve". Upon training, Peer Navigator will: 1) communicate and engage with assigned clients through the zoom video conference; 2) support clients by providing one-on-one peer education through weekly self-management skills-building sessions and peer support through check-ins, as needed; 3) co-facilitate psychoeducation weekly group sessions with a Licensed Clinical Therapist; and 4) electronically track activities and complete written documentation within a project database system to regularly report on work-related activities.

Peer Navigator is expected to serve as an empathic, trustworthy, knowledgeable, and reliable resource for the client’s HIV care. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to: engaging in client outreach to contact clients who have missed weekly sessions, provide oral and written reports to the study team during regular team meetings; record and track client information securely and confidentially; and build and support clients’ skills in HIV systems navigation, patient-provider communication, and HIV treatment compliance. Other research related tasks to support the study will be required, as needed. Peer Navigator will work under the supervision of the Principal and Co-Investigators (PIs), Licensed Clinical Therapists, and collaboratively with study staff.

Uses professional community educational program concepts to deliver standardized educational and volunteer educational programs. Applies established procedures and programs to address county program educational needs that are limited in scope. Follows standard practices in analyzing program content and delivery needs and determining effectiveness of current programs. Receives detailed instructions on all assignments.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and one (1) year of experience in a health or social service field; or an equivalent combination or education and experience.

  • Must have a valid CA driver's license and acceptable driving record.

  • One (1+) or more years (full-time equivalency) working with culturally diverse environment, including working with racial and ethnic minority women.

  • One (1+) or more years (full-time equivalency) of professional level experience providing technical assistance in-person, by phone, or computer.

  • Knowledge or experience in program content and objectives. Knowledge of how to deliver educational programs in a variety of settings. Experience (volunteer or paid) providing HIV peer navigation (linkage to care), or HIV care and/or prevention services at a community-based organization, HIV clinic, or health department.

  • Experience using business software systems in the completion of work assignments; i.e., Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint. Experience with and ability to comfortably use a computer and technology (including the internet and mobile-phone applications.

  • Basic effective reading, verbal, written communications and presentation skills to interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Written and spoken fluency in English. Excellent interpersonal communication skills to interact tactfully with diverse populations by telephone, in writing and in person. Experience recruiting high-risk populations and street smarts to safely accomplish study objectives. Good in-person communication skills. Must be fluent in English.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $32,100 - $69,300 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $15.37 - $33.19

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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