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Position: Harm Reduction Outreach Specialist
Location: Charlotte, NC (Mecklenburg County)
Center for Prevention Services (CPS Agency) Description: Our mission is to promote healthy living through integrated approaches in health and wellness that help reduce the impact of substance misuse through prevention programming, harm reduction, and multifaceted support systems.
Queen City Needle Exchange (QCNE program) description: Provides direct services to people who use drugs (PWUD) and other marginalized groups who are at high risk for Hepatitis C, HIV, overdose, and other chronic health conditions. QCNE services help to prevent the spread of infectious disease and overdose fatalities by offering lifesaving supplies to directly impacted people. We work to empower PWUD through connection, education, and linkage to a variety healthcare options and social resources.
Description of Duties:
• Provide syringe access services for people who use drugs in Mecklenburg County.
• Do a mixture of fixed site and mobile exchange.
• Priority will be mobile exchange and applicants will need a valid driver’s license and transportation for this position.
• Provide individualized harm reduction education to participants on overdose prevention, use of naloxone, Hepatitis C Virus, STI and HIV risk reduction and safer drug use.
• Provide program members with community resources and help connect them to local services. Individual will need to maintain up-to-date knowledge of local resources: healthcare, treatment, and social services providers in Mecklenburg County.
• Do regular outreach to individuals and geographic areas within Mecklenburg County affected by drug use and/or sex work to connect them to the SSP. Outreach services may include other boarding counties including Davidson, Stanly, Union, Rowan, and Cabarrus.
• Assist in training and coordination of QCNE volunteers.
• Track data meticulously and report to supervisors all SSP interactions, naloxone distribution data and outreach contacts.
• Complete and submit monthly invoices.
• Participate in monthly staff meetings, training calls, or in-person training sessions on best practices in SSP operations and harm reduction.
• Attend occasional CPS workshops and training seminars for QCNE staff as well as external professional development opportunities.
• Knowledge about drug use, syringe service programs, Hepatitis C, STIs and HIV/AIDS are required.
• Must be able to discuss and share social, sexual, and other personal issues and experiences with individuals and groups.
• Must demonstrate strong communication skills and self-direction.
• Be culturally aware and respectful of people who use drugs, people who do sex work, people living with HIV or HCV, currently and formerly incarcerated people, the LGBTQIA community and individuals from different racial and ethnic backgrounds
• Maintain strict confidentiality and treat all participants non-judgmentally and with warmth and positive regard.
• Must be able to work flexible hours.
• Person must be comfortable with harm reduction framework.
• Have an ability to thrive while working autonomously.
• Ability to establish and maintain ethical relationships with SEP Participants.
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Center for Prevention Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, the LGBTQIA community, and individuals who have lived experience with drug use, sex work, HIV, HCV and incarceration are strongly encouraged to apply.