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 Services is the largest syringe access program in the State of California serving over 14,000 participants per year. Our harm reduction program at the 6th street harm reduction center includes health education and harm reduction groups, substance use counseling groups and individual sessions, overdose prevention trainings, health education and vein care counseling, the Hepatitis C Wellness Program, low threshold volunteer opportunities, and a harm reduction lounge. The SAS Health Educator/Mobile Site and Encampment Specialist does street and mobile outreach, engages and builds relationships with program participants, provides syringe access service, overdose prevention trainings, health education and harm reduction counseling, links participants to SAS’s HCV Wellness Program, HIV and HCV testing, and provides referrals to substance use, health and social services.
Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
1. SAS Health Educator/Harm Reduction Specialist/Overdose Prevention Educator Responsibilities include staging and breaking down mobile sites, tents, outreach bags, and van based services, building ongoing relationships with people who inject drugs, providing health education sessions including vein care, substance use and sexual risk harm reduction counseling, providing referrals to substance use, health and social services. Linking participants to HIV/HCV testing, the HCV Wellness Program, and HIV Health Navigation team. Providing DOPE Project overdose prevention and response trainings, recruiting participant volunteers for low threshold volunteer opportunities, and acting as an ambassador for SFAF’s harm reduction programming in the community.  Developing outreach materials, educational and resource flyers. Training, supervising, and retaining volunteers. Mobile Syringe Access and Health Education Services reach diverse groups of people who are active substance users, homeless and/or marginally housed, have untreated mental health concerns, histories that often include trauma, incarceration and violence. Health Education Outreach staff are sensitive to mood and situation, respectful of homeless and street involved people’s privacy, and aware of their “guest status”. Staff provides de-escalation, conflict resolution, and crisis interventions. Document and enter site data, referral data, volunteer data, DOPE Project data, partner services, and community clean-up data.
2.  Mobile Resource and Flyer Librarian Maintain an up to date originals binder for all resource sheets, educational flyers, and pamphlets. Keep flyer inventory at mobile outreaches stocked, orderly, clearly labeled, and replenish copies as needed.
3.  PWID Outreach and Engagement Mobile Site Volunteer and Intern Supervision: Oversee a team of street outreach volunteers.  Train and support their skill development providing syringe access service, safe disposal of biowaste, building ongoing relationships with participants, maintaining healthy professional boundaries, Supervise cleanup outreach and document improperly discarded syringes collected and engage PWIDs and other community members on the disposal sweep route. Document and enter site data, referral data, volunteer data, Dope Project Data, and community cleanup data.
4.  All SAS Team Member schedules may include providing shift coverage for direct services and logistics/inventory activities to cover vacations, sick days, and special events. All department positions require staff to offer flexibility to meet the needs of the team and handle unexpected changes in their workday or workweek. 
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES Knowledge of substance use and health concerns of injection drug users. 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.
Minimum, three years’ experience working with drug users, highly marginalized, or homeless populations required. Associates Degree preferred, experience using motivational interviewing and strong understanding of harm reduction practices and principles, experience doing health education. 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The position requires work during evenings, weekends and holidays.
This position is primarily located at 1035 Market Street, 117 6th street, and at satellite locations and van based services, however may require traveling to other office locations or off-site meetings as required by the job.
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.
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
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