Portland VA Research Foundation
  • 05-May-2021 to 03-Jul-2021 (PST)
  • Research- Murphy
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • $35-$45
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Health, Dental, Vision, Employer paid Life & Disability, 401k, generous PTO


The Oregon AETC delivers innovative, evidenced-based, education and training programs to improve both access to care and quality of life for people who are living with or are at-risk for acquiring the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). As a member of the Oregon AETC administrative team, the Practice Transformation Lead is responsible for working with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) across the state to improve health outcomes along the HIV care continuum for Oregonians. This position will involve coaching for practice change, with an emphasis on quality improvement initiatives that address HIV related health disparities among the Black/African American, Indigenous and Latinx community in Oregon from prevention through viral suppression. This effort works in collaboration with Oregon's End HIV initiative. The primary aims of the Oregon's End HIV initiative are: Testing is Easy, Prevention Works, and Treatment Saves Lives.


  • Build relationships with FQHCs in Oregon serving diverse communities.
  • Assist FQHCs in developing and implementing problem-solving approaches to the complex issues experienced by people living with HIV and those at increased risk of acquisition.
  • Collect baseline and ongoing data on key performance measures to track and report practice change.
  • Implement healthcare provider and agency HIV related trainings in Oregon to optimize the clinic's impact on patients living with HIV.
  • Utilize evidence-based practice to inform projects and implement innovative approaches to systems change.


Under the supervision of the Program Manger, the Practice Transformation Lead will build relationships with FQHCs and work with clinics to identify key practice improvements along the HIV care continuum that align with clinic goals.

Key duties include:

  • Build and maintain relationships with FQHCs and collaborating partners to identify quality improvement and training opportunities
  • Coach FQHCs in Oregon along the HIV care continuum with an emphasis on improving health outcomes for patients disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic.
  • Implement quality improvement (QI) projects to improve sexual health history taking; HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening and treatment as well as linkage to care and viral suppression.
  • Assist with program evaluation efforts and quality improvement practices, including data entry and reporting
  • Coordinate logistical activities related to program deliverables.


Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential functions include:

  • Demonstrated advanced proficiency using MS Word, Excel, Publisher, Adobe Acrobat, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent computer, word processing, writing skills, interpersonal and telephone communication skills
  • Experience working with webinar and teleconference software like Adobe Connect, Zoom
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Outlook, complex schedules and meeting planning on multiple calendars
  • Knowledge/understanding of practice transformation and the building blocks of high performing primary care
  • Knowledge of Federally Qualified Health Center metrics, reporting and day to day clinic operations/work flows
  • Knowledge/understanding of HIV/AIDS educational program and priorities, including early intervention activities and disease investigation
  • Solid communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, both verbally and in writing
  • Solid ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes
  • Ability to use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns
  • Superior ability to prioritize assignments, manage several concurrent projects effectively with frequent interruptions under deadlines
  • Working skills to analyze information and synthesize large amounts of data with strong attention to detail

Preferred Experience and Competencies:

  • Strong interest in HIV medicine and community service
  • Self-motivation to remain fluent with all aspects of HIV medicine, practice and policy
  • Experience working with communities experiencing disproportionate health outcomes in Oregon. preference given to experience with Black/African American and Latinx communities.
  • Knowledge of clinical systems and the multifaceted barriers and stigma experienced by people living with HIV.
  • Professional communication and public speaking skills; ability to interact professionally with established networks of health care professionals at the local, regional and national level
  • Experience working with survey and evaluation tools (i.e. SurveyMonkey, REDCap)


Bachelor's degree or higher in a health care related field, e.g. public health, clinical or social services AND a minimum of 2 years of work experience.

  • Masters level preferred, but not required.

Equivalent education/experience may be considered a substitute for any minimum qualification


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Spanish language skills preferred.
  • Comfortable speaking in front of large crowds and facilitating training activities.
  • Ability to speak with diverse audiences in an inter-professional environment.


Ability to understand epidemiologic and survey data to support program efforts. Ability to use excel and databases to track training events and measure program success.


Demonstrated proficiency and comfort with technology; able to use MS Office (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), database management, webinar systems, and HTML email systems (e.g., Constant Contact) effectively and efficiently


  • Perform effectively in a rapid paced environment designed to meet training demands across the state.
  • Prioritize assignments to complete work in a timely manner adhering to set timelines
  • Work independently and identify potentially more effective methods of work operation

Portland VA Research Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status such as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin or age.

Apply online at http://www.pvarf.org and include a CV and cover letter explaining your interest in the position

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