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Important Numbers

National HIV/AIDS Hotline:
(800) CDC-INFO (800) 232-4636

National HIV/AIDS Hotline TTY:
(888) 232-6348

National HIV/AIDS Email:
cdcinfo@cdc.gov

Hepatitis C Association Support Line:
877-HELP-4-HEP (877-435-7443)

Employment Opportunities

Harm Reduction Specialist

Full-time, hourly, non-exempt

Direct Supervisor: SEP Coordinator

Description: The duties of the Harm Reduction Specialist (HRS) include, but are not limited to:

  • Completing intakes on syringe exchange program (SEP) participants, and orienting them to all services available at WNCAP;
  • Educating SEP participants on laws relating to SEPs in NC;
  • Dispensing harm reduction supplies to all WNCAP syringe exchange program (SEP)participants; these supplies include, but are not limited to: sterile syringes, cookers, tourniquets, and naloxone/overdose reversal kits, etc.
  • Providing individualized education to SEP participants on harm reduction practices including, but not limited to: safe injection skills, overdose reversal, STI prevention,safe syringe disposal;
  • Offering HIV, HCV, & syphilis tests to participants, and providing testing, post-test counseling, and referrals, as appropriate;
  • Referring SEP participants to community resources upon request, including, but not limited to: substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, HIV & HCV treatment, PrEP,housing supports/shelters, pharmacy services, counseling & medical care;
  • Creating rapport with SEP participants while maintaining healthy boundaries;
  • Tracking dispensed supplies by maintaining a database & sign out sheets, and assisting in preparation of all necessary reports to NCDHHS;
  • Receiving/documenting inventory shipments;
  • Safely disposing of collected syringes, tracking syringe return rate, and help develop strategies to improve return rate;
  • Various other administrative tasks as requested by Harm Reduction Coordinator;

The HRS should prioritize participant autonomy without judgement, and should only engage in discussion of SUD treatment options if the participants themselves request this.

Ideal candidates include: Certified Peer Support Specialists (CPSS) with experience using substances intravenously, and a minimum of 24 months of active substance use recovery; or,non-CPSS with previous experience in harm reduction work; or, non-CPSS individuals with a minimum 1 year of experience in the helping professions, and a willingness to learn harm reduction principles and practices. All candidates must be comfortable around people who are actively using substances, and must be comfortable around injection equipment.

Communication and Organization:

  • Use accessible realistic language to convey complex pertinent information
  • Develop relationships with a variety of partners in the community
  • De-escalate contentious interactions;
  • Use time efficiently while maintaining some flexibility, working at times weekends oroutside traditional office hours, up to 40 hours a week
  • Ability to deliver when sense of urgency Professionalism:
  • Honor clients' rights and confidentiality
  • Handle sensitive information appropriately and confidentially;
  • Provide friendly, judgement-free customer service;
  • Embrace diversity and differences
  • Adhere to philosophy of harm reduction
  • Take responsibility for own professional growth and enjoy learning
  • Travel as needed for trainings and workshops
  • Maintain professional/comfortable appearance
  • Have minimal absences
  • Communicate with Harm Reduction Coordinator for schedule changes
  • Work well independently and in team setting
  • Ask for help as needed

Physical Requirements and Skills:

  • Ability to speak and write English, bi-lingual ability is a plus
  • Have no significant restrictions in bending, stooping or lifting
  • Have hand/eye coordination and finger dexterity
  • Have intact or corrected visual acuity and hearing
  • Handle hazardous waste with extreme caution
  • Be able to drive and supply own transportation

Education and Job Knowledge:

  • Eligibility to be certified by the State of North Carolina’s Peer Support Specialisttraining program, if applicable
  • Upon hire, complete Whetstone Counseling and Linkage to Care training
  • Upon hire, complete training in use of Ora-sure, Trinity Biotech, and any other brandof rapid testing needed
  • Google suite; Microsoft Office, especially Excel

Job Type: Full-time

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to employment@wncap.org with "Harm Reduction Specialist" in the subject line.

Prevention Education

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