Associate Director of San Francisco Programs

The Position

Do you want to work for a dynamic organization committed to ending overdose, fighting stigma, and advancing the empowerment of individuals and communities who are affected by drug use? Are you committed to promoting leadership and power in communities of color working to eliminate health disparities caused by the war on drugs? Do you have the skill and ability to support the needs of syringe services, supportive housing, and other harm reduction programs (SSPs) in San Francisco? National Harm Reduction Coalition is seeking an energetic self-starter who wants to improve the lives of people who use drugs, people engaged in sex work, and communities of color.

The Associate Director of San Francisco Programs leads initiatives that support both the sustainable expansion and deepening of overdose prevention and harm reduction work in the City and County of San Francisco (SF), consistent with NHRC California’s statewide harm reduction capacity building and community mobilization work. They are focused on ensuring that the DOPE, the SRO Project and the Harm Reduction Training Institute (HRTI) programming remain responsive to community needs, embody best practices in harm reduction and overdose prevention and response, and amplify the local successes and challenges of a large-scale overdose education and naloxone distribution program in San Francisco to a statewide and national audience.  

The ideal candidate is inspired by the National Harm Reduction Coalition’s mission and strategic priorities, is an experienced harm reductionist with expertise in project management, training and technical assistance, including overdose prevention, and experience working in supportive housing and/or single residence occupancy hotel (SRO) settings.  The ideal candidate will have proven skills to enact the vision of National Harm Reduction Coalition’s North Star Statement by ensuring that race, poverty, and other systems of oppression are named as root causes of overdose and that people who use drugs are centered in all the project’s programmatic decisions.

Organization Description

The National Harm Reduction Coalition is an advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities who are affected by drug use and structural violence. As a national organization we advance harm reduction policy and practice through six core programs:

  1. harm reduction policy and advocacy
  2. harm reduction resources including in-person and virtual trainings, self-paced online learning modules, publications, and maps to locate syringe service and naloxone programs
  3. national and regional convenings
  4. grantmaking
  5. fiscal sponsorship
  6. technical assistance on overdose prevention education, hepatitis C prevention and treatment, syringe access expansion, and the US opioid crisis


Our programs center racial equity as guided by our North Star: the National Harm Reduction Coalition creates spaces and dialogue that help heal the harms of racialized drug policies. 


Building & Expanding Programs

  • In collaboration with the Senior Director of Capacity Building and Mobilization, oversee project management and implementation of The Drug Overdose Prevention & Education (DOPE) Project, the Harm Reduction Training Institute (HRTI), and the SRO Project Expansion (SROE), including providing team building and leadership development; supporting capacity building staff; supporting the planning and expansion of new Naloxone distribution sites and supportive housing partners and developing assessment of program needs and projects’ evaluation.
  • Oversee the DOPE Project’s efforts to reduce overdose deaths in the city of San Francisco (SF) by ensuring that people who use drugs and other potential bystanders are equipped with the resources they need to respond effectively to overdose events in the community.
  • In collaboration with DOPE Project Manager, monitor drug overdose trends in San Francisco via data and/or as reported by City officials, harm reduction providers, and community, and support enactment of programmatic changes, as needed.  
  • In collaboration with SRO Project Management, support the SRO Project’s expansion efforts to implement overdose prevention policy, naloxone distribution, and training for both residents and staff in 10 supportive housing sites and single resident occupancy hotels. 
  • Assist SRO Project staff in working with the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) and their funded community-based organizations to ensure consistent and sustainable harm reduction, overdose prevention, naloxone access, and related harm reduction policies are implemented across all their funded sites.
  • Oversee, in collaboration with DOPE Project Manager and the HRTI Capacity Building Coordinator, the Harm Reduction Training Institute, by maintaining relationships with funder and meeting contractual obligations; visioning and implementing training and capacity building work in alignment with NHRC strategic priorities and CA statewide work; and collaborating with NHRC staff and consultant teams to develop new and innovative training resources and online offerings.
  • In collaboration with the Sr Director of Capacity Building and Community Mobilization and Director of Contracts and Grantmaking, collaborate in developing and updating contracts and budgets for submission to funders and responding to audits.
  • Ensure all San Francisco-based work reflects best practices, program implementation guidance, emerging trends, and the intersections between harm reduction, racial and economic justice, and public health.

Building Power

  • Represent NHRC in coalitions and stakeholder spaces to build support for harm reduction and create health and dignity for people who use drugs; including coalition building with other movements in San Francisco and statewide, and develop opportunities to expand the DOPE and SRO Projects as a best practice of overdose education and naloxone distribution project models nationwide.
  • Support the California community mobilization and NHRC policy teams to ensure that overdose and syringe services programs and providers are supported by our mobilization and grassroots advocacy work.  Provide support and expertise for statewide policy initiatives and projects.
  • Cultivate the leadership and meaningful involvement of people who use drugs in SF and California, within a racial justice lens, through co-facilitation and speaking opportunities, communications, training, and professional development opportunities.
  • Maintain relationships and ongoing communications with funders in coordination with the Senior Director of Capacity Building and Community Mobilization. 
  • Analyze relevant data, training evaluations and provide quality assurance on an ongoing basis.
  • Work closely with NHRC’s Director of OD Prevention, Policy and Strategy, using the DOPE Project overdose prevention and response strategies as a best practice model to develop and/or sustain community-level rapid response to OD spikes nationwide. 
  • Apply and expand a racial justice and healing lens to harm reduction and center the voices of people with lived experiences of drug use, HIV, hepatitis C, overdose, homelessness, incarceration, and sex work in all work.  Identify strategies and opportunities to increase leadership and meaningful, dignified involvement of people who use drugs and uplift leadership of color in programs and advocacy initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • A minimum of eight (8) years of experience in project management, training and technical assistance and working with government funders.  Experience in harm reduction, public health, and supportive housing and/or SRO settings required.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience, including working collaboratively and co-creating with staff, coaching and supervising team members and supporting professional skills development.
  • Experience working with/connection to people who use drugs, Black, Indigenous, and people of color, and other underserved populations, such as unhoused communities and people living in SROs.  Bilingual English and Spanish skills are desirable. 
  • Outstanding management and planning skills, including the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent and nuanced writing ability and range.
  • Must be detail-oriented, possess excellent organizational and coordination skills, with the ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet aggressive deadlines.
  • Comfort and proficiency in current technology products including, but not limited to- G Suite, Microsoft Suite, webinar software for training, and project management systems


Position requires minimal travel (less than 7 days per year). Please note, the organization has frozen all non-essential staff travel for the time being, in light of COVID-19. This position is considered essential within the City of San Francisco and will involve in-person services during this time, to be evaluated on an on-going basis based on staff safety.


San Francisco


NHRC offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience in a similar position with the potential for an annual performance-based bonus. The salary range for this position is $70,000-$85,000.  New hires are typically brought into the organization at a salary between the range minimum and the salary range midpoint, depending on qualifications, internal equity, and the budgeted amount for the role.  


Deadline to Apply: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.