Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Community Coordinator/Patient Navigator for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the New Jersey Medical School. Under direction, the Community Coordinator, is responsible for the conduct of high quality research in conjunction with faculty in the field of Emergency Medicine.
The Community Coordinator is a member of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Department of Emergency Medicine that builds relationships with individuals with opioid use disorder in order to support the patient's journey towards recovery. The Community Coordinator/Patient Navigator will meet individuals with opioid use disorder at the time of diagnosis and guide linkage to appropriate clinical services including initiation of medication assisted treatment. The Coordinator will provide continuity of care by meeting patients in various clinical care settings as well as perform outreach by meeting the patient in the community.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Meets patients in-person when they are diagnosed with OUD in a clinical setting within the Rutgers University Hospital System.
Addresses pressing early recovery needs by providing educational information, resources and linkage to appropriate clinical and social services. Particular emphasis will be placed on linking individuals diagnosed with OUD to MAT.
Identifies health and wellness needs and strengths (physical health, medical and addiction treatment, social support, occupational and intellectual strengths and goals, financial and housing, etc.)
Gathers information for the determination of health and wellness dimension needs including housing, employment, and education and use this information to identify services that may benefit the individual with OUD.
Collaborates with physicians, social workers, nurses and other members of healthcare team serving patients with OUD in providing services.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, or a high school diploma plus equivalent years of experience, education and/or training may be substituted for the Bachelors' degree requirements.
Applications from individuals with personal experience with recovery from OUD or SUD encouraged.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must be able to work independently and as a member of a team.
Must have good knowledge of public transit system or willingness to learn and teach.
Must be able to use computer to record services or be willing to learn.
Must have valid driver's license.
Must possess own vehicle or alternate means of transportation for use to outreach individuals served within Newark, NJ.
Bilingual skills (English/Spanish) preferred
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Ability to speak clearly and write proficiently.
Hearing is essential.
Must have the ability to focus on the task at hand despite numerous interruptions.
Must be able to sit for extended period of time and document into an electronic medical record.
The employee will spend time driving, walking, standing, bending and talking with individuals throughout the County.
Serves assigned shift which may include one (1) weekend day.
On-call duties as assigned.
Posting Number: 19ST3720
Location: Newark (RBHS)
Internal Number: 98665
About Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.