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Career Story: Program Director For An AIDS Relief Agency

Program Director For An AIDS Relief Agency

Job Title: Program Director

Type of Company: I work for a small community hospital.

Education: BA, Human Services

Previous Experience: I started working as a social worker in a medical practice, then moved into a more specialized role. After that I became a coordinator of that program and then I moved here.

Job Tasks: As a program director for a small social service program I help people infected with HIV. I am in charge of and responsible for everything that happens within the program. I also help people who are in need directly.

In my administrative role, I meet with the staff of the program on a regular basis to teach them how to do their job better and to make sure they are doing as well as possible. I am also responsible for finding money to pay for our program. I do this by writing grants. I also make sure that all the money we have is spent appropriately.

Some of the HIV-positive patients I work with are healthy and some are very sick. Everyone I see has different needs. I help them get to their doctor's appointments, make sure they have medical insurance and that take their medications to stay healthy. Many of the people I work with do not have a lot of money, so I help them get food, a place to live, clothes and other things. If they have trouble getting these things on their own I will do it for them or talk to someone who can help them.

There is no typical day for me; I never know what crisis I will be walking into.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is helping people who are in need.

The worst part of my job is when I see someone in need and I can't help them.

Job Tips: I would suggest to anyone thinking about social services that they volunteer first. Make sure it is something you like. To be in this field you have to have a real desire to help people. There are so many different populations to work with, it may take time to find the right fit for you.

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