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Hep C Peer Educator / Navigator

New York Harm Reduction EducatorsFrom its activist beginnings as an underground needle exchange, New York Harm Reduction Educators (NYHRE) is now New York’s largest syringe exchange program (SEP), serving over 5,000 low-income drug users and street-based sex workers each year in the Bronx and East Harlem using a unique street-side, low-threshold model.  Services are also offered at a storefront office in East Harlem.NYHRE encourages a collaborative environment where staff are expected to be proactive in their work and encouraged to actively participate in the improvement of service delivery and the development of programs.

Position Summary:

This position is a member of the harm reduction counseling team and is responsible for providing an array of office and street-based harm reduction services to active substance users, injection drug users (IDUs), sex workers, and people living with HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C (HCV). The Peer Educator will be primarily responsible for conducting outreach; HIV and HCV testing, counseling, and linkage to medical care; and providing assistance with educational interventions. All activities are designed to be consistent with NYHRE’s service model, which is based on educating and empowering individuals to advocate for themselves and make self-identified changes in their lives.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform outreach activities and prevention education, and recruit high-risk, hard to reach injection drug users, other drug users, and sex workers. Model proper participant engagement for UPRISE peers and volunteers.
  • Conduct HIV and HCV testing, counseling, and linkage to follow up medical care. Provide basic HIV and HCV education.
  • In accordance with NYHRE policies and procedures (and public health regulations), distribute syringes and other health-related resources and tools (and collect used syringes). Adhere to needle stick prevention guidelines.
  • In a manner consistent with Harm Reduction principles, provide substance use and sexual risk assessments and discuss individualized risk reduction and harm reduction strategies (incl. safer injection practices, HIV/AIDS, HCV, sexually transmitted infections, safer sex practices, over-dose prevention, buprenorphine and other topics relevant to people who use drugs).
  • Maintain a friendly, welcoming atmosphere at all sites, including crisis intervention and conflict resolution between participants
  • Solicit and track feedback from participants to ensure that the agencies to which we refer are effective and treat participants with respect and in a manner appropriate to harm reduction programs.
  • Connect participants to HCV primary medical care and supportive services to facilitate the treatment and cure of HCV.
  • Keep accurate, consistent, complete and intelligible records and data on all program activities and/ or participants; provide program director with reports in a timely manner.
  • Maintain a professional working relationship with the health care providers and community agencies providing services to participants
  • Assist the Director of Supportive Services with the completion of progress report to our community partners and funders
  • Engage in dialogue with participants and other stakeholders to continually improve our services and ensure that NYHRE is providing the high quality, culturally aware service at all times.
  • Conduct community outreach to foster good community relations, educate about program services and assess need.
  • Advocate for NYHRE participants and our communities and empower participants to advocate for themselves.
  • Assist the Lexington team is general office duties such as front desk coverage, group facilitation, and harm reduction counseling
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements and Experience:

  • We are specifically looking for candidates with an active interest in harm reduction, syringe exchange, and/ or social justice as it pertains to individuals who use drugs.
  • Significant life experience in the areas of substance use, sex work, and HIV and HCV prevention preferred. Extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of safer injection techniques and overdose prevention, HIV and HCV prevention and treatment a must.  Knowledge of the Bronx and East Harlem IDU/ substance use communities preferred.
  • Completion of UPRISE Peer Program or comparable peer training program.
  • Must be dedicated to advancing an agenda of equal rights and social justice for low-income people who use drugs, especially through activism and political participation.
  • Must be committed to advancing an anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic agenda.
  • Must be an organized, self-motivated team-player, with strong interpersonal and communication skills, basic computer skills and the ability and willingness to be hands-on and solve problems as they arise.
  • Must be committed to the principles of Harm Reduction and to working with low-income people who use drugs and sex workers.
  • Must be willing to work outdoors at our street sites (sometimes in inclement weather) and conduct intensive outreach. Hours may vary and include nights (Friday and/or Saturday).
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred.

Details

Report to:  Director of Supportive Services

Status: Stipend worker (10-20 hours per week)

To apply: Send a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Katrina Balovlenkov at jobs@nyhre.org.  Subject line should read, “Peer Educator position – last name”. The attachments should be entitled “Lastname, Firstname CoverLetter”, and “Lastname, Firstname Resume”. No calls please.

NYHRE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals who have personal experience with drug use, PLWHA, women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and the formerly incarcerated are strongly encouraged to apply.

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