No city experienced epidemic levels of HIV faster than San Francisco. At San Francisco AIDS Foundation, we work to end the epidemic where it first took hold, and eventually everywhere. Established in 1982, our mission is the radical reduction of new infections in San Francisco. Through education, advocacy, and direct services for prevention and care, we are confronting HIV in communities most vulnerable to the disease. We refuse to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable. For more information, visit



SFAF’s Syringe Access & Disposal Services (SAS Program) is the largest syringe access and disposal health engagement program in the State of California serving over 14000 participants per year. Our program provides evidence-based interventions to improve health outcomes for people who inject drugs (PWID) including decreasing accidental death due to overdose; reducing HIV, STI and HCV infection and transmission rates; improving engagement in care, treatment & adherence. Our mobile and stationary sites provide syringe access & disposal services, health education, counseling, professional & peer support, outreach, linkage, and other community and health improvement-focused services.  Our program at the 6th Street Harm Reduction Center includes health education and harm reduction groups, substance use counseling, groups and individual sessions, overdose prevention & education, workshops, health coaching, linkage to social services, etc.


The Health Educator – Inventory Associate works under the management of the DOPE & Inventory Manager and serves as a member of the SAS Health Education Team. Responsibilities include: building relationships with program participants; providing syringe access & safe disposal services;  hosting the harm reduction lounge; providing overdose prevention trainings and Naloxone distribution; providing health education and harm reduction groups; facilitating groups, workshops and 1 on 1 counseling; linking participants to SAS’s HCV Wellness Program, HIV and HCV testing; providing referrals and linkage to substance use, health and social services; conducting street and venue-based outreach and neighborhood sweeps; receiving inventory at all SAS locations; hosting syringe and works kit packing parties; making supply deliveries to all SAS & Syringe Access Collaboration (SAC) program subcontractors; managing SAS warehouse in a safe and responsible manner and in compliance with program guidelines; completing all paperwork and data submissions per program protocol.   



Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  1. Health Education: Build ongoing relationships with people who inject drugs (PWID) and other substance users. Provide on-site health education, counseling, education, and referral. Provide health coaching focused on self-care, health improvement activities, disease prevention, etc. Provide individual and one on and group motivational interviewing sessions.  Refer and link participants to health care, substance use treatment, case management and other social services. Develop and facilitate workshops and health improvement, education, and skills building groups. Work includes de-escalation and managing crisis situations within program guidelines.
  2. Outreach: Conduct street outreach and venue based outreach. Engage target populations and communities and provide information, education and referral – including inviting target populations to mobile or stationary SAS sites. Develop relationships with community agencies and providers to improve outcome and linkage to services.
  3. Administrative: Maintain up to date resource binder and educational flyers and pamphlets for use at all mobile and stationary sites. Keep flyer inventory at Turk street storeroom and in vans well-stocked. Complete all paperwork, including tabulating site data per program protocol. Develop and assist in the development of a resource guide for appropriate referral of participants.
  4. SAS Inventory Coordination:  Complete a weekly work plan to meet the supply needs of SAS and SAC partner agencies. Responsible for receiving and managing inventory and stock at all sites and mobile locations including with program subcontractors, and for waste disposal.  Manage cleanliness and maintenance of program vans. Ensure safety protocols at warehouse are maintained at all times. Pack mobile sites and mobile outreach bags, loading outreach vans, unloading outreach vans, maintaining van back stock, keeping vans clean, fueled, and alerting supervisor and SAS management about needed vehicle maintenance.



Other Skills and Abilities:  Knowledge of health and social services throughout the city of San Francisco. Awareness and sensitivity to diverse and marginalized populations. Ability to speak candidly and knowledgeably about drug use and sexual risk. Ability to implement de-escalation techniques, follow safely protocols, and use sound judgment in making independent decisions.  Ability to work in a fast-paced and sometimes chaotic environment with people who can be high, low or crashing and/ or who may have untreated mental and/or physical health challenges. Good organizational skills, data entry skills, ability to use Microsoft office programs including Excel.




Proven ability to multi-task and problem solve, strong organizational and record keeping skills, good communication skills, ability to effectively engage volunteers and participants. Skill in operating office equipment such as a personal computer and Microsoft office programs, copy machine and telephone systems.  Experience using a pallet jack, hand truck, and carts and understanding of safe lifting techniques and injury prevention.

One to three years’ experience working with drug users, highly marginalized, or homeless populations required. Associates Degree preferred, experience using motivational interviewing strong understanding of harm reduction practices and principles, and experience doing health education preferred. Proof of valid California driver’s license with excellent driving record required. Understanding of HIV/HCV disease prevention and treatment.



Skill in operating office equipment such as a personal computer, copy machine and telephone system. Ability to perform routine bending, stooping, twisting, and reaching. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds. The position requires work during evenings, weekends and holidays.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Ability to lift a minimum of 75 pounds. The position requires work during evenings, weekends and limited holidays. 



This position is primarily located at 1035 Market Street, 117 6th Street, Turk Street storeroom, satellite locations and van based services, The job requires daily driving. 


This position will have access to protected health information (PHI) and may only access, use or disclose the minimum information necessary to perform their designated role on behalf of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, regardless of the extent of access provided.


The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for personnel so classified.



The San Francisco AIDS Foundation is an Equal Opportunity employer. We actively seek applications from people living with HIV/AIDS, and other disabilities, women, gay men, lesbians, transgender, queer and people of color.




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