Bilingual CHW, Outreach Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response

Rhode Island Parent Information Network
Part-time, 20 hours per week
Bilingual Spanish or Portuguese preferred
CHW Certification preferred or within 18 months

Job Summary: The Bilingual Community Outreach Worker is a non-exempt position located at the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response (CEPR). This is a part time position scheduled for 20 hours per week. The Community Outreach Worker will work alongside staff from CEPR to promote the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry (RISNER) and conduct community outreach activities targeted to assist vulnerable populations in preparing for disasters. At this time, program activities are being held both in-person and virtually.

Essential Functions:

  • Conduct targeted outreach to explain and promote the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry (RISNER)
  • Facilitate RISNER presentations and personal preparedness training to partners and the general public
  • Understand current RISNER utilization and support program strategies for improvement
  • Independently identify outreach opportunities to increase RISNER enrollment
  • Attend meetings and trainings as assigned and/or requested by the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island Parent Information Network
  • Data entry and basic analysis
  • Order, stock, and track program materials
  • Accepts other duties and responsibilities as assigned


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of emergency preparedness, public health and/or populations with access and functional needs
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Experience speaking/presenting to large groups of people and the ability to facilitate group conversation
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, etc.) is required
  • Proficiency in computer and internet navigation (program management tools, online documents, search engine, government websites, etc.)
  • Fluency (speaking, reading, and writing) in English (required) and Spanish/Portuguese preferred

 Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or combination of education and equivalent work experience to meet the needs of the position
  • Community Health Worker certification preferred; non-certified incumbents are expected to earn certification within 18 months of hire date
  • Experience that may have been gained through employment in the healthcare or social services fields
  • Past employment or volunteer experience working in the community
  • Or, any combination of education and experience that shall be substantially equivalent to the above education and experience

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee regularly is required to stand, walk, sit, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to climb stairs, reach, stretch, stand, and bend. The employee frequently lifts and/or moves up to 25 pounds.

Working Conditions/ Work Environment:

  • May need to work in a variety of uncontrolled venues/environments
  • Flexible schedule including night/weekend hours required to meet the needs of the program
  • Travel to any and all cities and towns in Rhode Island as assigned
  • Must be able to sit for long periods and work most of the day on the road
  • Provide own reliable transportation with proof of RI minimum requirements of auto insurance

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

About RIPIN:RIPIN deploys a peer model to support people with special healthcare and education needs across the whole lifespan.  Founded in 1991 by a group of parents of children with access and functional needs, RIPIN continues to be peer-led: a majority of our board and more than three-fourths of our staff are parents or caretakers of loved ones with access and functional needs.  RIPIN’s peer professionals now help more than 45,000 Rhode Islanders every year navigate healthcare, schools, and other support systems.