California Capacity Building and Training Coordinator

Position Summary

Are you passionate about empowering communities, advancing harm reduction, and promoting education on critical issues related to drug use and public health? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!

We are seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic California Capacity Building and Training Coordinator to provide Capacity Building Services (CBS) and training for the Harm Reduction Training Institute (HRTI) in partnership with the Drug Overdose Prevention Education (DOPE) Project and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The ideal candidate is an individual who deeply enjoys learning, teaching, facilitating group discussions, and providing political education about harm reduction, the war on drugs and state violence, stigma, overdose prevention, and caring for people who use drugs. DOPE prioritizes hiring people with lived experience with drug use, sex work, and/or incarceration, and/or are from the communities we serve.

Company Overview

Founded in 1993, the National Harm Reduction Coalition (NHRC) is a leading advocacy and capacity-building organization dedicated to promoting the health and dignity of individuals and communities affected by drug use and structural violence. Our national organization is committed to advancing harm reduction policy and practice through our comprehensive programs. As a national organization we advance harm reduction policy and practice through six core programs:

  • Harm reduction policy, community mobilization, and advocacy.
  • Harm reduction resources including in-person and virtual training, self-paced online learning modules, publications, and maps to locate syringe service and naloxone programs.
  • National and regional convenings.
  • Grantmaking.
  • Fiscal sponsorship.
  • Technical assistance on overdose prevention education, hepatitis C prevention and treatment, syringe access expansion, linkages to MOUD treatment, and the U.S. opioid crisis.Our programs center racial equity as guided by our North Star: the National Harm Reduction Coalition creates spaces, dialogue, and action that help heal the harms of racialized drug policies.


Essential Functions

  • Develop a training curriculum and materials that stay responsive to the needs of frontline service providers, community-based organizations, and the community they serve in San Francisco.
  • Plan, schedule, conduct, and publicize virtual and in-person harm reduction training and technical assistance.
  • Assist SFDPH-funded substance use, behavioral health services, and other agencies in the development and implementation of harm reduction policies and protocols.
  • Track training and technical assistance delivered weekly upon completion.
  • Support the submission of quarterly reports to SFDPH on contract deliverables in collaboration with the DOPE Project Manager.
  • Create and implement evaluation forms and set up certificates of completion for all SFDPH calendar trainings in collaboration with SFDPH-CHEP.
  • Conduct an annual needs assessment of the Harm Reduction Training Institute by gathering information from SFDPH-funded agencies.
  • Develop partnerships with SFDPH-funded agencies and community-based organizations.
  • In collaboration with DOPE Project Manager and the NHRC CBS department, recruit, and vet facilitators/consultants.
  • Perform other duties as requested by DOPE Project Manager.

Core Competencies and Perspective

  • Advanced understanding of harm reduction.
  • Ability to prioritize coaching, team building, and nurturing staff and community members to become overdose prevention leaders.
  • Understand overall drivers of overdose (poverty, race inequities, houselessness, and lack of appropriate healthcare access).
  • Ability to focus on community outreach, training, and naloxone delivery while collaborating with other city partners implementing overdose prevention work in San Francisco.


Required Education and Experience

  • Minimum of 2-3 years of "hands-on" experience working in capacity building, prevention-oriented public health, and/or harm reduction programs and working with diverse communities and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge and experience in group facilitation, training, curricula development and implementation, and/or technical assistance (in-person and virtual).
  • Knowledge of harm reduction philosophy and application, drug user health, and issues communities most impacted by the racialized war on drugs, homelessness, and overdose face, ideally in San Francisco.
  • Hands-on experience working with people who use drugs and cultural understanding of San Francisco’s Black, Latine/Latinx, Transgender, and sex worker communities.
  • Experience working in a nonprofit grant driven organization.
  • Proficiency in utilizing current software and technology, including Zoom, Asana, Gmail, Google Suite, and a working knowledge of digital communications.

Preferred Education / Experience
Bilingual - English and Spanish.


Heavy local travel is required (at least 2-3 times a week) and designated travel for conferences.


We Value | We Care

Join our team and enjoy flexible work hours, a 403B retirement plan, and comprehensive health benefits including medical, dental, and vision coverage. You'll get 20 days of prorated vacation, 13 bank holidays, and 12 prorated sick days. Achieve work/life balance with summer Fridays, a summer break, and a winter break. Control healthcare expenses with our Flexible Healthcare Spending Account, Dependent Care Flexible Spending, Commuter Mass Transit Flexible Spending, and Commuter Parking Flexible Spending options. We prioritize your health, happiness, and success at NHRC.


San Francisco, California | Onsite


$56,650 - $66,950