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Director of Syringe Access CLOSING DATE OCTOBER 6th, 2017

WHCP/NYHRE in New York, NY 10035 USA

Compensation

$65,000 to $80,000 Annually

Benefits Offered

Dental, Medical

Employment Type

Full-Time

Director of Outreach and Advocacy

ORGANIZATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

From its activist beginnings as an underground needle exchange, New York Harm Reduction Educators (NYHRE) is now New York's largest syringe exchange program, serving over 5,000 low-income drug users and street-based sex workers each year in the Bronx and East Harlem using a unique street-side, low-threshold model. Rooted in social and economic justice, NYHRE provides integrated educational, supportive, and substance use services in a non-judgmental manner to meet participants "where they're at" and empower them to improve the quality of their lives and have a positive impact on their communities. All activities are designed to advance NYHRE's service model, which is based on educating and empowering individuals to advocate for themselves and make self-identified changes in their lives.

For a short video about NYHRE’s work please view: https://vimeo.com/207743829

POSITION SUMMARY

NYHRE is looking for a Director of Syringe Access, Outreach and Advocacy to work closely with the organizations leadership team to manage the syringe access program and associated outreach services. This includes both overseeing the related peer training program and street-based harm reduction services, such as overdose prevention and intervention (naloxone) trainings. This position also supports the organizations advocacy and policy initiatives.

As a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT), this position is vital to ensuring that NYHRE consistently demonstrates a commitment to improving the lives of people who use drugs and that the agency culture grows and develops in a way that prioritizes services that provide dignity and respect to human beings who have been subjected to trauma, criminalization, stigma, and shame in many other settings.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage, develop, and expand NYHRE’s syringe access program, including its outreach activities, UPRISE Peer Training Program, and advocacy efforts
  • Provide guidance, supervision, and ongoing training for program participants and staff
  • Develop, implement, and maintain program policies and procedures that meet the needs of program participants, support the agency’s philosophy, and are in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and local government funding agreements
  • Develop a strategy to create a system for Peer Educators to be certified by the NYS Peer Worker Certification Process
  • Manage inventory of all outreach supplies, including injection equipment and safe sex supplies
  • Seek and develop funding opportunities to purchase additional items as needed as well as enhance services for participants, including potential grants and alternative fundraising efforts
  • Coordinate agency outreach activities, including working directly with Washington Heights CORNER Project on a strategic affiliation to expand service delivery in a cooperative manner
  • Coordinate site management to ensure the efficient allocation of resources and staff across sites
  • Manage contract deliverables and monthly reporting requirements
  • Coordinate with the Data and Evaluation team to accurately capture and document outcomes.
  • Continuously monitor and report on outcomes, service deliverables and participant satisfaction
  • Maintain awareness of legislative, budgetary, and regulatory issues at the local, national, and global level that affect people who use drugs, sex workers, and people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Identify and participate in events that will increase NYHRE’s activism profile and connection to the community
  • Educate participants about the role of activism in social justice gains and motivate them to get involved in advocating for themselves and demanding rights for themselves and their communities
  • Produce written reports and presentations as required and on time
  • Represent NYHRE as necessary in the community (i.e., community planning bodies, community boards, police precincts), at conferences, and with other service providers.
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with local, regional, state, and federal representatives, as well as allied organizations, community organizing groups, coalitions, and other community stakeholders.
  • Participate in regular management meetings
  • Monthly report to the Executive Director
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements and Experience:

  • Should have 5-10 years direct service experience with marginalized populations including active drug users, sex workers, and formerly incarcerated individuals. Experience with the delivery of street-based
    services and outreach strongly preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years experience with program management, contract management and supervision. Must have experience managing multiple contracts with overlapping service categories.
  • Significant work or life experience in the areas of substance use, sex work, and HIV and HCV desired.
  • Knowledge of the Bronx and East Harlem IDU/ substance use communities preferred.
  • Must be dedicated to advancing an agenda of equal rights and social justice for marginalized
    individuals, especially through participation in advocacy, and community activism.
  • Must have strong interpersonal and team building skills, excellent communication and presentation skills, and the ability and willingness to be hands-on and creatively solve problems as they arise.
  • High Proficiency with MS Office (including Word, Excel and Outlook), relational databases, and use of the Internet required.
  • Must be willing and able to work outdoors at our street sites, hours may vary.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record and be able to drive a Sprinter van (commercial license not necessary).
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred.

Reports to: Executive Director

Supervises: 6 full-time staff and dedicated peers

Status: Full-time, Exempt

To apply: Click on the "Apply Now" tab below

NYHRE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals who have personal experience with drug use, PLWHA, women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and the formerly incarcerated are strongly encouraged to apply.

About WHCP/NYHRE:

Washington Heights CORNER Project (WHCP):
WHCP’s mission is to significantly improve the health and quality of life of people who
use drugs by creating relevant supports and services including access to; clean syringes
through street-based outreach, advocacy and resources; a broad range of educational,
referral and health services that reduce risks associated with drug use – including HIV,
viral hepatitis and overdose. People who use drugs participate meaningfully in our service model. This is therapeutic in countering rampant stigma and feelings of worthlessness; and restoring social connections and hope. WHCP delivers service without judgment recognizing that individuals have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, have access to health care, and the space to work on their own goals.

New York Harm Reduction Educators (NYHRE):
From its activist beginnings as an underground needle exchange, NYHRE is now New York’s largest syringe exchange program, serving over 4,000 low-income drug users and street-based sex workers each year in the Bronx and East Harlem using a unique street-side, low-threshold model. Rooted in social and economic justice, NYHRE provides integrated educational, supportive and substance use services in a non-coercive, grass roots manner that helps participants empower themselves, improve the quality of their lives and have a positive impact on our communities. All activities are designed to advance NYHRE’s service model, which is based on educating and empowering individuals to advocate for themselves and make self-identified
changes in their lives.

WHCP and NYHRE are two separate organizations that now have a strategic partnership under one Executive Director.

Company address: 104- 106 E 126th St, New York, NY 10007

Posted date: 2 months ago

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