Harris CountyHouston 77027
Full Time

Work with the Cohort Manager, Community/Hospital Violence Interrupters, Community Health Coordinators, and other necessary department personnel to develop, review, and the ability to identify what current programs fit families, single parents, mental health clients, and other individuals in need.

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Access Community Specialist

Harris County
Full Time 2223 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77027, United States Apply before 10/21/2023 11:59


Harris County Public Health has earned the 2023 Best Place for Working Parents Business Designation.
About Harris County Public Health:
Harris County Public Health (HCPH) includes a network of more than 700 public health professionals working together to improve health outcomes for the third most populous county in the United States. HCPH provides a multitude of services such as medical and dental services, community programming, and health education for the approximately 2.3 million people in unincorporated Harris County. Through its core values of innovation, engagement, and health equity, HCPH strives to bring meaningful solutions to public health issues while keeping Harris County healthy and vibrant.

Position Overview:
Under the supervision of the ACCESS Harris IMDT Manager, the ACCESS Community Specialist (CS) is responsible for educating and enrolling community participants in ACCESS Harris. The CS will assist by locating community resources for participants and making referrals to ACCESS Harris. The CS will provide conflict mediation services and serve as a liaison to other Public Health divisions. The CS will participate in weekly Interdepartmental Multi-Disciplinary Team (IMDT) meetings with other county departments participating in the Access Harris program and serve as content experts for matters about the participants in the community. In addition, the CS will identify potential participants and assist them in connecting them to services through ACCESS Harris. The CS will form relationships with potential participants who are the most vulnerable and high-need residents. In addition, the CS will conduct outreach to the community (individually and as a team member) to build strong relationships with youth, residents, businesses, and community groups. The ACCESS Community Specialist will oversee, coordinate, and provide quality assurance of the social services ACCESS Harris provides.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Cohort Manager, Community/Hospital Violence Interrupters, Community Health Coordinators, and other necessary department personnel to develop, review, and the ability to identify what current programs fit families, single parents, mental health clients, and other individuals in need
  • Provide direct referrals to the ACCESS Harris for community members who are victims or perpetrators of violence but not limited to domestic violence and intimate partner violence
  • Participate in community events and meetings to recruit clients, identify resources, and build relationships with partner organizations; Distribute public education materials to a targeted audience; Distribute information about community events and important resources
  • Become familiar with the ACCESS Harris IBM Portals (Provider Portal, Client Portal, and Watson Care Manager) and enroll potential participants and their family members; Follow up with community members regarding appointments, community activities, and forms to ensure they’re adequately completed
  • Work individually and as a team with other divisions to prevent and identify youth and/or adults at risk for being involved in high-risk activities and assist them
  • Form relationships with participants with shared critical social and community needs
  • Facilitate workshops and make presentations at schools and secure detention centers as needed
  • Document all contacts with all participants
  • Attend, participate, and complete all program training; attend weekly staff meetings and other team meetings, as required; attend and participate in training, workshops, and conferences as needed and assigned by supervisors.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email

This position is subject to a criminal history check. Only relevant convictions will be considered and, even when considered, may not automatically disqualify the candidate. 


  • High school Diploma or equivalent
  • One (1) year working with at-risk youth, adults, and/or street organization members (knowledge of the street sets, crews, street organizations, and or groups)
  • Valid Driver’s License (TX upon hire) and good driving record. 
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Committed to working toward positive community change
  • The ability to use a computer and Microsoft Office. 
Core Competencies:
  • Organizational Leadership
    • Understands the organizational mission
    • Understands ethics and public good; is concerned with public trust
    • Demonstrates respect for the opinions and beliefs of others
  • Collaboration
    • Contributes to an inclusive workplace where equity, diversity, inclusion, and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission
    • Demonstrates a sense of responsibility for the success of the group
    • Collaborates with others to improve quality and address needs
  • Innovation
    • Ability to adapt to change
  • Interpersonal Abilities/Personal Characteristics
    • Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect
    • Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner
    • Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses
    • Uses sound judgment
    • Self-motivated
    • Organizes and maintains work environment to allow for maximum productivity
  • Communication
    • Communicates clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing 

NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge, and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.