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, prevention, substance use health and supportive services. More than 25,000 people every year access free HIV testing and STI screening, harm reduction and syringe access and disposal, social support, education, 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:
SFAFs Syringe Access and 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.

The SAS Overdose Prevention Coordinator is supervised by the SAS Manager of Peer and Volunteer Programs. Responsibilities include: Day to day supervision of overdose prevention activities at SAS sites, staffing, scheduling, 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.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
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. Coordination 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) of Fentanyl Test Strips.
  • 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
  • Staging and breaking down/cleaning the 6th Street Harm Reduction Center and mobile sites, building ongoing relationships with people who inject drugs, providing on site referral and linkage to substance use, health, and social services.
  • Provide on-site health education and referral
  • Provide health coaching focused on self-care, heath improvement activities, disease prevention etc.
  • Provide individual and group motivational interviewing sessions
  • Develop and facilitate workshops on health improvement, educations, and skills building groups
  • Link participants to HIV/HCV testing, the HCV Wellness Program, and HIV Health Navigation Team.
  • Provide DOPE Project overdose prevention and response trainings, recruit participant volunteers for low threshold volunteer opportunities, and acting as an ambassador for SFAF’s harm reduction programming in the 6th Street Harm Reduction Center and the community.
  • Develop outreach materials, educational and resource flyers.
  • Train, supervise, and retain volunteers.
  • The 6th Street Harm Reduction Center and Syringe Access and Disposal Services welcomes 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. SAS staff provide de-escalation, conflict resolution, and crisis intervention.
  • Document and enter site data, referral data, volunteer data, DOPE Project data, partner services, and community cleanup data.

3.  Shift Coverage: 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. While we have scheduled hours and assigned tasks and roles in our department- sometimes duty calls when volunteer power is short, a co-worker calls in sick or is on vacation, a SAS staff member needs a hand with an aspect of their job, or a participant is in crisis.  All department positions require staff to offer flexibility to meet the needs of the team and handle unexpected changes in their workday or workweek. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of substance use and health concerns of people who inject (PWID). 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 safety protocols, and use sound judgment. Ability to work in a fast-paced and sometimes chaotic environment with people who can be high, low or crashing and/or might have untreated mental and/or physical health challenges. Good organizational skills, data entry skills, ability to use Microsoft Office programs including Excel.

Overdose prevention trainers comprised of SAS staff, Peers, and volunteers.

Physical Requirements and Work Environments:
Skill in operating office equipment such as a personal computer, copy machine, and telephone system.  Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds, perform routine bending, stooping, twisting, lifting, standing, 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. The full time position requires work during evenings, weekends and limited holidays.

This position is located at 1035 Market Street, 117 6th street, Turk Street storeroom, and the position requires work at eight satellite locations, and driving.  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.

Education and 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. Inventory management experience. Data collection and reporting experience. Experience using motivational interviewing and strong understanding of harm reduction practices and principles, experience doing public speaking, training, and health education. Proof of valid California driver’s license with excellent driving record required.

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, and other disabilities, women, LGBTQ people, 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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