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 14,000 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. SAS services welcome 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.
The SAS Overdose Prevention and DOPE Project Coordinator/Health Educator is supervised by the SAS Manager of Volunteers and Mobile sites. Responsibilities include: Day to day supervision of overdose prevention activities at SAS sites, staffing and training for SAS Overdose Prevention Services; Provision of all client-based services, including syringe access and disposal, health education, counseling, professional support, outreach, linkage, and other community health improvement services.
Includes the following: (Other duties may be assigned)
  1. Overdose Prevention Services Coordination Works in collaboration with the Drug Overdose and Prevention Education (DOPE) Project to train clients, providers, and family and friends of opiate users to prevent fatal overdose. Management of overdose prevention services includes: scheduling staff and volunteers to provide trainings at syringe access sites; collecting and monitoring the extensive program paperwork at multiple locations; tracking the inventory of prescription naloxone (Naloxone); recruiting, training, scheduling and supervising volunteer Overdose Prevention Educators; training and capacity-building for all staff-level Overdose Prevention Educators; coordinating and conducting provider trainings and volunteer events; establishing and maintaining relationships with community based collaborators; strategic volunteer recruitment activities, planning and evaluation activities; and other duties as needed.
  2. Health Education: Responsibilities include building relationships with program participants, providing syringe access services and hosting the harm reduction lounge, providing overdose prevention trainings, health education and harm reduction counseling, linking participants to SAS’s HCV Wellness Program, HIV and HCV testing, and providing referrals to substance use, health and social services.
  3. Volunteer Recruitment/Management This position will do public speaking and volunteer recruitment through outreach, print and social media, to attract an intentional volunteer base that has education and/or work experience with our target populations of substance users who may also struggle with homeless, mental health concerns, etc. The manager will maintain & strengthen targeted recruitment of methadone counselors, drug treatment providers, mental health providers, medical providers, homeless service providers and other providers in social service focused organizations. 
  4. PWID Outreach, Engagement & Mobile Site Supervision: Street and van based outreach and engagement, providing syringe access service, safe disposal of bio-waste.  Act as an ambassador for SFAF’s harm reduction programming in the community.  Provide cleanup outreach and document improperly discarded syringes collected and engage PWIDs and other community members on the disposal sweep route. Develop outreach materials, educational and resource flyers. Train, supervise, and retain volunteers. Document and enter site data, referral data, volunteer data, Dope Project Data, and community cleanup data.
  5. 6th Street Harm Reduction Center Site Supervision: Responsibilities include staging and breaking down the Harm Reduction Center, build ongoing relationships with PWIDs, provide on-site health education sessions including vein care and drug and sexual risk reduction counseling, provide referrals to health and social services etc.
Other Skills and Abilities:

Extensive knowledge of substance misuse and health concerns of injection drug users in an urban setting. 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 and use sound judgment in making independent decisions.  Ability to work in a fast-paced, and often chaotic environment with people who can be high, low or crashing and/ or who have substantial mental health and/or physical health challenges. Candidate must be well organized, self-motivated, able to read and write articulately in college level English, and able to work with a diverse pool of volunteers and staff.

Supervisory Experience, Inventory Management experience. Three years’ experience working with drug users, highly marginalized, or homeless populations required. Associates Degree with program management, supervision experience, and proven ability to make independent and sound decisions. Proof of valid California driver’s license with excellent driving record and driver’s insurance required. Understanding of disease prevention and treatment – testing and referral: Hep C, HIV, STI preferred. 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.

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. 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 and will also take on-call and acting Director responsibilities as assigned.

Market: This position is primarily located at 1035 Market Street; San Francisco, however may require traveling to other office locations or off-site meetings as required by the job.
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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