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Prevention Specialist – Syringe Exchange

DEPARTMENT: Prevention

REPORTS TO: Prevention Manager

JOB LOCATION: Eugene, Oregon

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS

 

  • Current FTE: 0.5 FTE or 20 hours/week
  • Salary range: $15/hour
  • Vacation time and discretionary leave prorated to FTE
  • 403 (b) retirement benefits after 6 months; Employeee Assistance Program
  • This position is hourly and non-exempt, i.e. subject to state and federal wage and overtime requirements

 

THE POSITION

The Prevention Outreach Worker will work closely with the Prevention Manager in the management and supervision of Syringe Exchange services and Naloxone distribution.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collect and maintain relevant data related to syringe exchange services
  • Manage syringe exchange and Naloxone data entry
  • Assist in developing grant proposals and grant reports
  • Participate in community syringe clean-ups
  • Ensuring that syringe exchange is a safe and welcoming environment
  • Provide exchance service at HIV Alliance and mobile exchange sites
  • Provide training and supervision for volunteers providing exchange services
  • Track, maintain, manage, and order supplies related to syringe exchange services, including Naloxone
  • Coordinate the safe disposal of used syringes
  • Provide referrals to HIV/HCV testing and other agency services
  • Provide referrals to addiction treatment and other community services
  • Support the wound care providers in set up, client referral, and issues as they arise
  • Provide Naloxone training and kit distribution to syringe exchange clients and other community groups
  • Present to community groups about HIV, HCV, and Naloxone, including HIV 101 presentations
  • Provide HIV/HCV testing and counseling services to at-risk populations
  • Ensure that all policies and procedures are followed during syringe exchange services
  • Attend workshops and trainings that are relevant to job responsibilities and which will encourage professional development and program growth
  • Help foster community involvement, support and effective collaboration
  • Participate in agency collaborative processes and committees

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including some weekends
  • Ability to regulary work  evenings Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 5-8 and Friday 12-5
  • Comfortable discussing sex, drug use, and HIV/AIDS
  • Ability to de-escalate stressful or confrontational situations at syringe exchange
  • Ability to represent the agency and syringe exchange to community members, law enforcement and others who have questions about syringe exchange in an informative and non-confrontational manner
  • Ability to make sound decisions during offsite syringe exchanges
  • Experience working with and supervising volunteers
  • Knowledge of local and statewide treatment and social service providers
  • Knowledge of the unique issues affecting high-risk communities and willingness to learn about culturally relevant interventions for gay and bisexual men, people who inject drugs and people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Willingness to work with:
    • marginalized, underserved populations
    • people who inject drugs
    • people who exchange sex goods/services
    • gay/bisexual men and other men who have sex with men
    • individuals engaging in behavior considered to be high-risk for HIV
    • gay/bisexual young men and young people who inject drugs.
  • Support of harm reduction philosophy and client-centered approach in prevention
  • Comfortable handling safer injection and safer sex supplies
  • Valid Oregon Driver’s license, driving record sufficient to be covered by agency auto insurance policy
  • Ability to transport self to job-related events and locations
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and written with client, staff, and partners
  • Excellent problem solving and organizational skills
  • Computer skills, including  Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, and Powerpoint
  • Good follow through and task management skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to work in busy and dynamic environment
  • TB test (provided by agency)
  • Ability to pass criminal background check and drug screen

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • One year experience working with marginalized, underserved populations
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) ability; Knowledge of culturally-relevant interventions for Spanish speaking high risk populations
  • Degree in family and human services, public health or other related fields

 

TO APPLY: Please download application. Then, send PDF application, cover letter and resume to Dane Zahner at dzahner@hivalliance.org

Only complete applications including employment application, resume and cover letter will be considered.

This position is open until filled.

Thank you!

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