Organizational Summary

San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) envisions a future where health justice is achieved for all people living with or at risk for HIV. Ultimately, we strive for a day when race is not a barrier to health and wellness, substance use is not stigmatized, HIV status does not determine quality of life, and HIV transmission is eliminated.

Our mission is to promote health, wellness, and social justice for communities most impacted by HIV through sexual health and substance use services, advocacy, and partnership.

Our strategic plan includes an articulation of its five key values, which are the foundation for its work and its employees:  Justice, Dignity, Courage, Leadership and Excellence. We need passionate agents of social change, vanguards of public health, and practitioners of racial justice to join our fight.

Position Overview:

We are the largest syringe access and disposal program in the State of California and this position is integral to our efforts to remove improperly discarded syringes from circulation, ensure their safe disposal, prevent syringe reuse or sharing, and clean up syringe litter on our city streets. The Pick Up Crew activates staff, volunteers, and community members to improve community health and safety through daily scheduled syringe clean-up activities and street-based overdose prevention education.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Direct Syringe Disposal Activities:
  • Pick-up and dispose of improperly discarded syringes in the community adhering to all safety protocols and procedures of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
  • Document improperly discarded syringes collected.
  • Engage people who inject drugs and other community members on the disposal sweep route with safer disposal health education.
  • Develop relationships that increase and support the proper disposal of syringes from people who inject drugs and unhoused people when engaged in syringe clean-up activities.
  • Respond to dispatched requests for syringe litter removal.
  • Build relationships with people who inject drugs and experience homelessness to support proper syringe disposal.
  • Clearing syringe litter from routes and/or areas around San Francisco as assigned.
  • Distribution and training of IM Narcan
 

Overdose Prevention, Assessment & Response:
The Syringe Disposal/Health Associate provides syringe clean-up activities in the field.  These street-based routes correspond to locations where people experiencing homelessness use substances and this can result in the need for overdose assessments and responses. There are increasing numbers of people experiencing overdoses outdoors in San Francisco. This is due to a variety of factors such as: displacement experienced by unhoused people and increased availability of stronger opiates on the streets. Syringe Disposal Clean Up Teams play a life-saving role in the communities we serve by providing Narcan to community members in need, coaching community members through an overdose reversal, and providing direct overdose reversals and responses.

Overdose Prevention & Response Activities:
  • Create daily pre-sweep overdose assessment and response plans and carry Narcan.
  • Perform wellness assessments to identify possible overdoses when in the field.
  • Following overdose assessment, response, and communication protocols in the event of an overdose.
  • Documenting and debriefing overdose responses and critical incidents.
 
Health Education:
  • Build ongoing relationships with people who inject drugs and people experiencing homelessness.
  • Provide overdose prevention and safer disposal health education in the field.
  • Provide people who inject drugs education and access to safe disposal containers when out on syringe clean-up activities.
  • Provide low barrier access to Narcan and overdose prevention education.
  • Provide safety training and support for Peer Disposal Program at the 6th St. Harm Reduction Center.
  • Provide de-escalation, conflict resolution, and crisis interventions as needed.
  • Refer people to substance use and health improvement services offered at the 6th St. Harm Reduction Center



Essential Qualifications:
 
  • Knowledgeable about Harm Reduction, social determents of health, and drug use.
  • Ability to implement de-escalation techniques, follow safely protocols, and use sound judgment when making independent decisions.
  • Ability to work in street-based settings offering compassionate access to safer disposal, overdose prevention, and response services.
  • Good organizational skills, data entry skills, ability to use Microsoft office programs including Excel.

Supervision:  N/A

Physical Requirements and Work Environments:

This position requires standing and walking for periods of up to five hours and walking distances of up to 7 miles during a shift. Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 20 pounds. This position requires the ability to use tongs to retrieve improperly discarded syringes, wearing a uniform and carrying safer disposal equipment, and safely use syringe disposal containers. Ability to perform 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. The position requires work during evenings, weekends and holidays.


Education and Experience
 
  • High school graduate or equivalent or combination of volunteer or work experience customer service, janitorial, or food service.

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.

Work Environment:

This position is located in outdoor community settings and services are provided rain, shine, heat or cold. Syringe Disposal Health Educator Associates walk or commute to disposal routes in the Syringe Disposal Vehicle or on public transportation. Safely containerized syringe waste is returned to either the Pick Up Crew office or the Turk Street garage and Syringe Disposal Team and supervisory meetings are located at 1035 Market Street, Suite 400 and/or remote, 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The San Francisco AIDS Foundation is an Equal Opportunity employer. We actively seek applications from people living with HIV/AIDS, people with disabilities, women, LGBTQ individuals and people of color.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


Application Process:

Please visit our careers page at:
http://www.sfaf.org/about-us/careers/

POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE
 

Department: Syringe Access Services
This is a full time position

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