Expired on: Nov 26, 2022

The AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area

Internal/External Posting
Harm Reduction Outreach Worker
Salary: 35 hours weekly (Max), $41,119.63
(Full Time, 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.

Qualifications:

• 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 syringe services, 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.

General Administration

• 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 and Harm Reduction
education, support, care and treatment;
• Maintain and develop professional competence and learning;
• Participate in agency fundraising activities;
• Perform other related duties as assigned.

ASSETS
Facility in both official languages preferred.

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 OR electronic formats (pdf), a letter of
application and interest, resume, contact information for three employment references
to be received no later than 4 PM November 25, 2022 addressed to:

Dr. Stacey Mayhall, Executive Director
The AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area
269 Main St. West, Suite 201
North Bay, Ontario P1B 2T8
acnbaed@gmail.com
Phone: 705-497-3560
Fax: 705-497-7850

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. We value individuals with lived experience with HIV, Hep C or drug use. ACNBA is committed to equity at all levels of the organization and has, as one of its core commitments, the greater and meaningful engagement of people living with HIV and AIDS and HCV. ACNBA specifically encourages members of our priority populations – people living with HIV/AIDS and/or Hep C, cis and trans gay/bi/queer men, cis and trans women, members of diverse ethno-racial communities and members of Indigenous communities (including 2-Spirit people) – to apply and self-identify. While we thank you for your application, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

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