The Syringe Exchange Specialist provides syringe exchange services to over 200 clients a day. These services include Hepatitis C and HIV disease testing, as well as education and harm reduction counseling for injection drug users. The Syringe Exchange Specialist will also train clients and community members on using naloxone to prevent overdose. They will direct new or returning clients to appropriate Outside In programs and educate clients on how to access available services and resources in the community. This position will also help ensure a safe, peaceful neighborhood by monitoring agency buildings and public spaces. The Syringe Exchange Specialist will support staff in respectfully enforcing rules and assisting with intervention and de-escalation when there is problematic behavior.
This position is full time and funded for a period of 2 years. The pay is $14/hour with full medical and dental benefits and 27 paid days off in the first year. The position will be open until filled.
- Provide syringe exchange services.
- Provide HIV and Hepatitis C prevention education and testing.
- Conduct overdose prevention and Naloxone trainings.
- Supervise and support volunteer staff.
- Provide Oregon Health Plan support to people who are using injection drugs.
- Engage with clients of Outside In’s Youth Department, Medical Clinics and Syringe Exchange.
- Monitor drug-related behavior, camping, and sleeping in the neighborhoods, passageways and common spaces of Outside In’s buildings.
- Be aware of exclusion and incident reporting procedures. Assist staff in issuing and following up on exclusions and incident reporting paperwork.
- Assume other duties as requested by the Program Coordinator.
- Experience working with people who use injection drugs, are homeless, and/or sexual minority youth and adults.
- Demonstrated ability to maintain current knowledge of medical and social issues and information involved in harm reduction theory, alcohol & drug treatment and HIV and Hepatitis C prevention education theory (through degree or certificate education, trainings, independent study and/or experience).
- Familiarity with issues related to the sex industry.
- Experience with group facilitation and active listening.
- Understanding of issues facing sexual minority homeless youth and adults.
- Experience providing HIV/Hepatitis C prevention education and interventions.
- Good communication skills, both written and oral.
- Strong professional boundaries with clients and staff.
- Good organizational skills.
- Ability to work respectfully with people from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.