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April 11, 2022

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Harm Reduction Worker will provide driver staffing on the Van Syringe Distribution Program in Hamilton, Ontario. The Harm Reduction Worker will assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of the Van Syringe Distribution Program through providing needle exchange services, counselling, education, referrals and other harm reduction strategies to service users who use drugs or at risk of contracting blood borne or sexually transmitted infections. The Harm Reduction Worker will also coordinate program support for the Community Points program and Hamilton Public Health Services (HPHS) Van syringe distribution program.

The position is full time at 35 hours per week and includes a rotating schedule of evening van shifts on weekdays and some weekends.  In addition, the Harm Reduction Worker will attend regular monthly staff team meetings for The AIDS Network, provide inventory stocking support, and participate in regular supervision meetings. The Harm Reduction Worker is a frontline position which reports directly to the Harm Reduction Program Supervisor at The AIDS Network.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

To provide staff coverage as per operational requirements for the Van Syringe Distribution Program in partnership with HPHS through providing needle exchange services, counselling, education, referrals and other harm reduction strategies to service users who use drugs at risk of contracting blood borne or sexually transmitted infections

To coordinate and provide staff coverage as per operational requirements for the Community Points program in consultation and partnership with HPHS;

To assist in training needs for new program staff, volunteers and placement students.

To coordinate and provide support for regular Van vehicle inspections and repairs, and inventory stocking as needed for Van, TAN syringe distribution program, and other community partner syringe distribution sites as required;

To attend the HPHS Van Syringe Distribution Program and TAN staff meetings; 

To liaise and maintain good working relationships with community, social service and addictions social service agencies and groups in the Greater Hamilton Area;

·To provide harm reduction related education training to community groups, agencies and members as required;

To comply with requirements of HPHS, Health Protection and Promotion Act, Mental Health Act and other relevant legislation;

To maintain records, reports, and statistics necessary for program functioning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting;

To provide staffing as needed for Van and TAN syringe distribution programs and harm reduction education and resource referrals to service users; 

To comply with requirements of HPHS, Health Protection and Promotion Act, Mental Health Act and other relevant legislation;

To maintain records, reports, and statistics necessary for program functioning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting;

To accept responsibility for professional competency as appropriate to designated discipline or registered association standing;

Other areas as approved by Executive Director or designate.

QUALIFICATIONS:

3+ years of experience in harm reduction/syringe distribution program, addictions, community outreach services and/or HIV/Hep C prevention in a frontline capacity;

Ability to communicate effectively with the general public regarding harm reduction strategies and approaches;

Post-secondary education in related field, with university or college education and experience in addictions and social services preferred; 

Demonstrated ability to effectively engage people who use drugs and/or provide outreach and support services to marginalized communities;

In-depth knowledge of issues facing people who use drugs and community resources and services in Hamilton area;

Demonstrate excellence in communication and interpersonal skills, including public speaking, presentations, and conflict resolution and mediation;

Must have valid Ontario G Class driver’s license and clear driving record with no demerit points; preferred access to and regular use of own vehicle.

Flexible to work schedule outside regular daytime office hours, including evenings and some weekends;

Able to work autonomously and as part of a team; and able to take initiative and independently organize to achieve work plan objectives;

Demonstrate effective decision making and problem solving in emergent and non-emergent situations and exercise tact, diplomacy and discretion under pressure;

Able to work proficiently in computer and online databases including Microsoft Office, Windows, and complete regular data entry, monitoring, and reporting using web based data collection and other required agency level operational and funding reports.

Current First AID certification

Demonstrated knowledge of risk and signs of overdose and the ability to respond to overdoses as needed.

WORKING CONDITIONS:  This position includes repetitive bending and lifting supplies up to 10lbs for loading/offloading during shifts as well as sitting for significant lengths of time while driving.

WHAT WE OFFER: This is a full-time, permanent (35 hours/week) position with The AIDS Network.  We offer a competitive compensation package, including comprehensive benefit package.

HOW TO APPLY: Please forward your electronic resume and covering letter by email only no later than 9:00am on Monday, May 2nd to  recruitment@aidsnetwork.ca

The AIDS Network values inclusion and diversity and promotes access and equity using an anti racism, anti oppression framework. Persons living with HIV are encouraged to apply.