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Company Name:
HIV Community Link
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Social Services
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Harm Reduction Outreach Worker

We are seeking multiple Harm Reduction Outreach Workers for our Supervised Consumption Services (SCS). Under the direction of the Clinical Lead, this position is responsible for providing support and care within a harm reduction model. This position provides a wide-range of human services associated with reducing the harm to people who use drugs and/or are involved in sex work. Activities include client centered counseling, HIV and HCV pre-test and post-test counseling, advocacy, health and psycho-social assessments, distribution of harm reduction supplies, education, health promotion, client referrals, and community presentations.

The Harm Reduction Outreach Worker will accompany the mobile SCS unit and be responsible for meeting the harm reduction needs of people who use substances and those at risk or affected by HIV and/or HCV in Calgary. The position will be responsible for liaising with community members, building relationships with residents/businesses in community and individuals who access SCS. The position will assist in the distribution, return and/or safe disposal of consumption equipment and other harm reduction supplies. The Harm Reduction Outreach Worker will be supported in the distribution and training of take-home Naloxone. Working within a harm reduction and rights-based philosophy, this position assists clients to achieve stabilized and sustained health, improve their quality of life and meet their individualized goals while also providing resources and education to community members. A key responsibility of the outreach team is to provide support to the mobile site, particularly during peak hours of operation.

Available positions are a combination of full-time, part-time and casual positions.  A flexible schedule and ability to work evenings and weekends is required. Some inner-city travel may be necessary to support business needs. This position will be based from the Calgary office and report directly to the Clinical Lead. A criminal security check, including vulnerable sectors check, will be requested.

Key Accountabilities

Harm Reduction Education and Support

  • Distribution of safer consumption and safer sex supplies
  • Provide evidence-based health education and promotion of resources related to safer substance use, take home Naloxone, overdose response, and safer sex practices
  • Provide social, emotional and mental supports for supervised consumption clients
  • Assure all interventions, activities and tasks build on the strengths and abilities of clients
  • Client engagement while individuals are waiting for SCS
  • Develop problem-solving skills in conjunction with clients to support them in responding to challenges in their experiences
  • Connect individuals with regards to supports and resources within the community
  • Provide community-based outreach and education services as needed (i.e. distribution of brochures)
  • Behavior management of clients outside SCS unit, addressing client barriers to accessing SCS, harm reduction counselling, including safe disposal of injection supplies
  • Complete all necessary documentation and data tracking
  • When applicable, provide support to the SCS team, including overdose response
  • Required to work within a team in various locations in the community of Calgary with some time spent outdoors to support the needs of clients

Qualifications/Key Competencies

  • Diploma/Degree in Human Services field and/or related experience
  • Diploma/Degree in Social Work considered an asset
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working in harm reduction/addiction/mental health setting
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical thinking abilities
  • Ability to recognize and respond to overdose and/or mental health crisis
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of harm reduction practices, the needs of persons who use drugs and those at risk or affected by HIV or HCV
  • Suicide Intervention (ASIST) and First Aid/CPR training is considered an asset
  • Proven high ethical standards and professionalism with a demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize
  • Confidence in networking and developing community partnerships
  • Valid Alberta Driver’s License and driver’s abstract

Salary and Benefits

HIV Community Link Society offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.   

Application Details

The deadline for applications will be November 28, 2018.  Please send your cover letter, resume, and salary expectation to [email protected] quoting job reference HIVCL-105.

You must be eligible to work in Alberta and available for in-person interviews.   No phone calls please. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.