Harm Reduction Specialist

If you want to work in an organization that makes a difference in people’s lives, come join us at the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod (ASGCC) as a Harm Reduction Specialist.

ASGCC’s mission is to save lives through prevention, education, and life sustaining services that address public health crises to build healthy communities across the Cape and the Islands. The Harm Reduction Specialist, reporting directly to the Program Manager: Prevention & Screening, plays a key role in delivering on our mission.

ASGCC is seeking a motivated and energetic person to fill the position of Harm Reduction Specialist. This is a full-time, 37.5 hours per week position working both traditional and non-traditional hours (e.g., weekend hours during summer testing events) with frequent travel. required between Hyannis, Falmouth, and other ASGCC locations. Primary job responsibilities include conducting direct harm reduction counseling and HIV/HCV/STI screening sessions (including phlebotomy), providing referrals to services, and connecting participants to care. Other duties include: Narcan training, syringe access programming, data collection and administrative duties as assigned.

Job Responsibilities:

The Harm Reduction Specialist’s job responsibilities include:

  • Direct Services: Provide direct services using the harm reduction approach to clients/participants at multiple Cape Cod locations, including:
    • Harm reduction education
    • HIV/HCV/STI screening and education, including health and sexual health education
    • PrEP and PEP assessments/referrals
    • Opioid overdose prevention and education and NARCAN training and distribution
    • Syringe access and disposal, including community retrieval and distribution of syringes and access to safe supplies for vein and wound care
    • Risk reduction counseling
    • Referrals to interim and extended health care, behavioral health care, recovery resources, social services, etc.
    • Initial intake and assessment
  • Lab Technician Services: Provide lab technician services including:
    • Phlebotomy based blood specimen collection
    • Oropharyngeal swab collection
    • Blood, urine, and extra-genital specimen processing, packaging, and shipping
    • Accurate and timely completion and processing of related documentation (including spreadsheets) and requisition submission
    • Deliver results in a timely manner and follow up and work with state epidemiologist
  • Crisis Intervention: May work with clients/participants in crisis or experiencing trauma requiring deescalating the situation, making appropriate referrals, and if applicable, completing an incident report.
  • Professional Relationships: Ensures effective delivery of services by building trusting, professional relationships with clients/participants, team members, and external service providers. Under the guidance of the direct manager, works with community partners for delivery of services and programs for clients/participants.
  • Data Collection and Reporting: Collects data for ASGCC’s Prevention and Screening Program and assists in reporting by entering data into applicable applications, including data required by ASGCC for internal purposes and data required by the state and grants. This includes accurately completing and submitting required DPH and internal forms to the Program Manager, Prevention & Screening Services, and meeting deadlines for same.
  • Prevention and Screening Kits and Other Materials:  Creates prevention and screening kits and organize supplies, including assisting the Program Manager, Prevention & Screening, with tracking and maintaining inventory of same. Regularly checks expiration dates to ensure all materials up to date.
  • Community Outreach: Performs outreach activities, including posting and handing out agency fliers in the communities served, inform the community of services available and, when applicable, triage connecting community members to the agency’s services.
  • MA DPH and Other Trainings:  Attend required MA DPH trainings. Attend other trainings, including trainings provided as part of on-boarding and other trainings to remain up to date on best practices related to prevention, screening, and harm reduction.
  • Provides services under the HEALing Communities Study (HCS)/CHART (Community Harm Reduction and Treatment Team)
    • Represents ASGCC on the CHART Van; specifically represents ASGCC and its’ harm reduction principles while working on the van
    • Participates and represents ASGCC in monthly coalition meetings, CHART intervention meetings, and any other HCS meetings or events that may arise
    • Collaborates with other agencies through HCS and facilitates relationships with other community partners through work on CHART team
    • Communicates effectively between direct supervisor and ASGCC and participating agencies
    • Maintains CHART data spreadsheets, maintains ASGCC specific data entry i.e., Narcan distribution and affiliated data entry in REDCap
    • Participates and tracks CHART-specific outreach efforts to other agencies and in the communities served as well as to potential clients
    • Keeps track of van maintenance, supplies, and maintains CHART Van logs (per CHART manual)

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent of education and relate job and/or personal experience. Experience with or knowledge of the populations served who are disproportionately impacted by HIV and/or substance use required.
  • Must be certified in phlebotomy or obtain certification within first 90 days of employment.
  • CPR/First Aid training strongly preferred.
  • Basic understanding of, and belief in, the principles and practices of harm reduction.
  • Must possess. a valid driver’s license, including CDL or ability to obtain CDL within 30 days of employment.

Other Requirements:

  • Must be able to establish and maintain interpersonal relationships while maintaining professional boundaries and develop constructive and collaborative working relationships with others and maintain them over time. Must be able to connect with individuals and be nonjudgmental.
  • When in communities served (Cape Cod), must maintain confidentiality, and both professional and ethical boundaries.
  • Sound ability to work with the LGBTQ community and people who inject drugs in an empathetic, comfortable, and non-judgmental manner
  • Fundamental demonstrated ability to work within an organizational structure
  • Strong affinity for teamwork and ability to take direction
  • Sound demonstrated ability to be well-organized
  • Fundamental communication skills
  • Fundamental computer skills, including MS office, Google Drive, web searches, and e-mail

Helpful Experience:

  • Experience working in health or human services
  • Experience in training or teaching and mentoring
  • Knowledge of HIV/HCV/STIs and related issues
  • Knowledge of the concepts of addiction and recovery

What We Offer:

  • Competitive pay and benefits, including 401(k) retirement savings plan, medical and dental insurance, life insurance, and paid time off
  • An opportunity to work in an organization that makes a difference in the lives of the people we serve
  • An opportunity to work with colleagues who are dedicated to the mission of our organization

ASGCC is an equal opportunity employer. A core value of our organization is our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We welcome all qualified individuals inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation & identity, socio-economic status, and other factors that define who you are. 

 

To apply to this open position, please forward a resume along with a cover letter indicating the position that you are applying to and why you would like to work at the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod to hr@asgcc.org.