The AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area
Harm Reduction Outreach Worker
$39,538.11 (annual, prorated to term)
Salary: 35 hours weekly
(Full-time, Temporary position (Max to April 2022), as funding permits)
Scope of the Position:
The Harm Reduction Outreach Worker will provide low threshold outreach to marginalized community members living with/at risk of acquiring HIV and HCV and those at-risk for opioid overdose. This position will coordinate, design and deliver education and training sessions, provide support services and promote referrals to testing and treatment.
- 2 years of experience working in a community setting;
- Thorough knowledge and experience of HIV, HCV, harm reduction and peer support models;
- Strong knowledge of issues affecting marginalized and HIV/HCV priority populations and communities;
- Experience working with diverse agencies and working successfully in partnership with these agencies;
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of the local health and social service sector, government programs and current legislation that may affect clients;
- Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, to anticipate potential problems/conflicts and take appropriate actions and to meet deadlines;
- Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills;
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member within an evolving role in a multi-disciplinary environment;
- Excellent advocacy and negotiation skills;
- Strong commitment to harm reduction, health promotion, community development and adult education;
- Excellent knowledge of MS Word and excel applications and other office related software;
- Ability to work some evening and/or weekend shifts;
- Must be able to work in a variety of social and physical settings;
- Ability to fundraise effectively and to support existing and future agency fundraisers.
Responsibilities and Related Tasks:
Outreach and Support
- Active outreach in the region/community (including correctional facilities) that are frequented by at risk community members living with/at risk of acquiring HIV/HCV in order to bridge to program and treatment teams;
- Promote and participate in harm reduction services and distribution of harm reduction supplies (i.e. needle exchange, naloxone)
- Deliver group and individual support and HIV/HCV treatment and prevention education;
- Where appropriate, deliver brief counseling (crisis intervention/’just listening’), indigenous traditional services, and harm reduction teaching including training people to administer naloxone;
- Assist clients with needed paperwork such as applications for birth certificates, health cards or medical appointments and provide referrals to other community, social and health care services, including mental health, addictions, primary care;
- Promote HIV/HCV testing and support those who are tested;
- Assist clients to develop their capacities around treatment/medical scheduling and health management planning, taking into consideration the reality of the relevant social determinants of health for each individual;
- Accompany clients to medical appointments, if requested, to provide emotional support.
Peer Support Program Liaison
- Promote and facilitate the utilization of peer support workers within the program;
- Promote the inclusion of peers (people with current or former lived experience of drug use) within local harm reduction outreach programs (e.g., recruit, train, supervise and support peers in their roles);
- Schedule and assign support, education and outreach activities to peer workers;
- Assist in providing training on HIV/HCV prevention, education and addiction issues, with a focus on harm reduction to peer support workers;
- Ensure peer support workers have the information and resources to provide information and referral services.
- Maintain and revise training materials;
- Routinely compile, enter and report confidential data at agency and funder’s request;
- Ensure that all necessary reports are completed and submitted to the appropriate sources, meeting set deadlines;
- Participate in the planning of program evaluation initiatives;
- Participate as a team member in all team functions- program planning, team meetings and case conferences;
- Network with internal and community partners to ensure an optimal continuum of health & social services through all stages of HIV/HCV education, support, care and treatment;
- Maintain and develop professional competence and learning;
- Participate in agency fundraising activities;
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
Facility in both official languages required.
All non-bilingual qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as such applications will be considered in the event a fully qualified bilingual applicant is not selected for the position.
Interested applicants should forward, in print and electronic formats (pdf), a letter of application and interest, resume, contact information for two employment references to be received no later than 3pm October 28, 2021 addressed to:
Dr. Stacey Mayhall, Executive Director
The AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area
147 McIntyre St. W., Unit 102
North Bay, Ontario P1B 2Y5
The AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area is committed to diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from the communities we serve. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. While we thank you for your application, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.