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Medical Director

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, 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 U.S. opioid crisis.

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

JOB SUMMARY: The Medical Director provides thought leadership for the harm reduction community and serves as the medical expert for a diverse portfolio of organizations seeking to mitigate harms that disproportionately impact people who use drugs. The Medical Director provides clinical guidance on Harm Reduction Coalition’s naloxone distribution and buprenorphine expansion programs and policies and works collaboratively with the Capacity Building and Policy teams to launch innovative solutions that address drug-related harms.


  • Provide technical assistance to primary care providers with opioid-dependent patients and promote naloxone co-prescribing guidelines.
  • Develop curricula for MAT expansion and provide training to staff of syringe access programs, correctional facilities, health care agencies, and NYS drug user health hubs, etc.
  • Develop strategies for community-based organizations and clinical providers to link opioid-dependent patients to HIV and HCV treatment and support.
  • Provide clinical expertise/guidance on Harm Reduction Coalition’s response to national opioid epidemic.
  • Provide medical expertise in support of Harm Reduction Coalition’s policy and advocacy activities, including building support for harm reduction strategies within the medical community and representing Harm Reduction Coalition’s in meetings with key officials, and publishing journal articles.
  • Promote harm reduction policies and practices at local and national conferences, including Harm Reduction Coalition’s biennial conference; working groups; and other events/vehicles as requested for the purposes of visibility and fundraising.
  • Oversee coordination of Buprenorphine Consumer Advisory Committee.
  • Participate in Harm Reduction Coalition’s Opioid Working Group, Policy, and Directors’ team meetings.
  • Oversee preparation and timely submission of reports.

Duties requiring NYS medical license

  • Provide and oversee New York State standing orders for naloxone distribution by trained personnel at community-based programs and pharmacies.
  • Provide clinical expertise to New York OAT expansion working groups, New York State OASAS Medical Advisory Panel, and other professional groups as requested.
  • Supervise Physician Assistant.


  • Current license, or eligibility to practice medicine in New York State and board certification/eligibility.
  • Experience working with people who use drugs, preferably in harm reduction settings.
  • Experience as buprenorphine prescriber.
  • Teaching or training experience with clinical providers.
  • Excellent public speaking and writing skills.
  • A passion for Harm Reduction Coalition’s issues and ability to represent them in the public arena.

People who currently use or have a history of substance use, sex workers, people of color, women, members of the LGBTQIA+ communities, and people living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C, or people who have experienced housing insecurity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary Range: $100,000 – $115,000 (prorated for part-time)

Supervises: Physician Assistant and Opioid Program Manager

Status: Part time, 20+ hours per week

Travel: Position requires heavy travel (more than 21 days per year)

Deadline: February 4th, 2018

How To Apply: Cover letter and resume should be sent to resumes [@] harmreduction.org. Subject line should read: “Medical Director – last name”. The attachments should adhere to the following naming convention: “Lastname, Firstname_Cover Letter”. Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls or visits please.

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