Capacity Building and Training Coordinator

The Position

Do you want to end overdose? Do you want to work for a dynamic organization committed to promoting the health and dignity of individuals and communities who are affected by drug use? National Harm Reduction Coalition is seeking just that, an energetic, detail-oriented self-starter to support its Capacity Building team by advancing systems development and project management.


The Harm Reduction Training Institute Coordinator will provide Capacity Building Services (CBS) and training for the Harm Reduction Training Institute in partnership with the Drug Overdose Prevention Education (DOPE) Project and 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. 

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.


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


  • Minimum of 2-3 years "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
  • Knowledge of harm reduction philosophy and application, drug user health, and issues faced by communities most impacted by the racialized war on drugs, homelessness, and overdose, ideally in San Francisco 
    • Ability to manage professional and timely e-mail, phone, and in-person communication with co-workers, supervisors, service providers, and funders
  • Excellent oral, writing, and editing communications skills
  • Ability to prioritize, work independently and in teams, and manage multiple responsibilities
  • Highly detail-oriented, well-organized, and able to meet deadlines
  • Familiarity with current technology, such as Zoom, Gmail and Google Suite and working knowledge of digital communications



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 $56,650 - $66,950. 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.