Organizational Summary:
Envision a future where health disparities do not exist, where HIV transmission is extremely rare, and where people living with HIV have access to the medications and social support they need to live healthy, long lives. San Francisco AIDS Foundation has worked to create such a future since 1982 through education, advocacy and direct prevention, substance use health and supportive services. More than 16,000 people every year access free HIV testing and STI screening, harm reduction and syringe access and disposal, community engagement, and health navigation services. We need passionate agents of social change, vanguards of public health, and creative problem-solvers to join our fight.

Position Overview:
The Syringe Access Services (SAS) 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; and improving engagement in care, treatment and adherence. Sites provide syringe access and disposal services, health education, counseling, support, outreach, linkage, and other community and health improvement-focused services. 
The Health Educator (Per Diem) works under the supervision of the Associate Director of our 6th Street Harm Reduction Center Team. Responsibilities include: building relationships with program participants; providing syringe access and 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 counseling; linking participants to the HCV Wellness Program as well as sexual health services; providing referrals and linkage to substance use, health and social services; conducting street and venue-based outreach and neighborhood sweeps; hosting syringe and works kit packing parties; completing all paperwork and data submissions per program protocol.  
This is a per diem position, meaning that there will not be a set schedule; rather, this position cover shifts on an as-needed basis, with little to no notice.  Per diem employees may be required to commit to and/or accept a minimum specified number of hours per month in order to maintain their employment status with the Foundation.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Health Education:  Responsibilities include building ongoing relationships with people who inject drugs and providing referrals to substance and sexual health, social support, and linkage and retention services. Provide overdose prevention and response education to participants. Support clients with de-escalation, conflict resolution, and crisis interventions. Includes street and van-based outreach and engagement as well as the 6th Street Harm Reduction Center.
  2. Facilitation: Develop and facilitate workshops and health improvement, education, and skills building groups. Recruit participant volunteers for low threshold volunteer opportunities.
  3. Site Maintenance and Support: Staging and breaking down/cleaning the 6th Street Harm Reduction Center. Support volunteers. Maintain a sufficient stock of program materials necessary. Maintain an up to date originals binder for all resource sheets, educational flyers, and pamphlets. Keep flyer inventory at the 6th Street harm reduction center stocked, orderly, clearly labeled, and replenish copies as needed. 
  4. Data Coordination & Collection: Document activities with accuracy and timeliness.
Knowledge, 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.
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Physical Requirements and Work Environments:
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.
Education and Experience:
Minimum, one to 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 highly regarded. Proof of valid California driver’s license with excellent driving record required. Understanding of HIV/HCV disease prevention and treatment. 

Work Environment:
This position is headquartered at 1035 Market Street, San Francisco. Duties will be performed at 1035 Market, 117 6th Street, and mobile sites. This position 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.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
The San Francisco AIDS Foundation is an Equal Opportunity employer. We actively seek applications from people living with HIV/AIDS, persons with 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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