Hepatitis C Fellowship (6 Months)

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that works to promote the health and dignity of individuals and communities who are affected by drug use. With offices in New York and California and expanding to DC, we advance harm reduction policy and practice through five core programs:

  1. harm reduction policy and advocacy;
  2. national training and capacity building initiatives;
  3. national and regional conferences;
  4. publications and resources; and,
  5. technical assistance on overdose prevention education, hepatitis C prevention and treatment, syringe access expansion, and the US opioid crisis.

Collectively, these core programs work toward our North Star Statement: Harm Reduction Coalition creates spaces for dialogue and action that help heal the harms cause by racialized drug policies.

Job Summary: The Hepatitis C Fellow works with participants in Harm Reduction Coalition’s Hepatitis C Peer Navigator Training Program. This program consists of two hepatitis C peer navigators from each of the 15 syringe access programs that make up the Injection Drug User’s Health Alliance (IDUHA). The Hepatitis C Fellow is responsible for working directly with the peer navigators to support their professional development.

Primary Responsibilities:

Training and Technical Assistance:

  • Work with Harm Reduction Coalition’s Capacity Building Services department to provide training with a focus on hepatitis C and peer navigator related curricula.
  • Provide trainings or other support to IDUHA agencies relating to hepatitis C.
  • Assist with the planning, facilitation, and follow up for the monthly IDUHA Hepatitis C Peer Navigator Meetings.
  • Provide support and trainings for the Peer Network of New York related to hepatitis C.

Support Hep C Peer Navigators Professional Development:

  • Mentor Peers to improve their service delivery.
  • Navigate Peers through Hep C Peer Navigator training completion, send reminders for trainings, support peers to fulfill training requirements.
  • Individualized support for Peer Navigators with professional development activities such as:
    • Building resumes
    • Applying for jobs
    • Writing a cover letter
    • Pursuing educational goals such as Peer Credentialing or GED/college
  • Provide advice and connection to referrals and/or resources for Peers seeking to support their clients more effectively and comprehensively.

Advocacy, Community Development, Community Engagement:

  • Take part in monthly Peer Network of New York meetings.
  • Take part in NYC Hep C Task Force Meetings.
  • Take part in NYC Advocacy Committee Meetings.
  • Work with Peer Navigators to engage in advocacy to support funding and expansion of their programs.

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • 1-2 years of peer navigation work experience in a harm reduction and/or hepatitis C non-profit program, with a peer accreditation qualification in harm reduction and/or hepatitis C. We will also consider candidates currently pursuing accreditation, combined with previous experience.
  • Committed to harm reduction principles as both a way of delivering services and an approach to working with people; believe in the value people who use drugs in developing services and systems.
  • Ideally, we are looking for someone who is detail oriented and possess excellent organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet aggressive deadlines.
  • Comfortable working out in the field doing outreach.
  • Experience talking with a range of audiences including community members, program staff, and legislators.

People with lived experience of substance use, incarceration, homelessness, and/or sex work; people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQIA+ communities; and people living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary Range: $340-$400 stipend per week (20 hours per week)

TO APPLY: Please e-mail a resume to resumes [at] harmreduction.org. Subject line should read: “Hepatitis C Fellowship position – last name”. The attachments should adhere to the following naming convention: “Lastname, Firstname_Resume.” Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls or visits please.

DEADLINE: January 11th, 2019

Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that works to promote the health and dignity of individuals and communities who are impacted by drug use. People who use (or used to use) drugs, current or former sex workers, people of color, women, members from the LGBTQIA+ communities, those who have experienced housing insecurity, people who have received harm reduction services, and people living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C are strongly encouraged to apply.

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