DOPE Project Manager

Position Summary

We are currently seeking a passionate and dedicated DOPE Project Manager to join our team and make a significant impact on addressing drug-related harms in San Francisco communities. As the DOPE Project Manager, you will play a crucial role in ensuring low-barrier access to naloxone for individuals most affected by overdose and those in hard-to-reach populations. Additionally, you will lead efforts to train frontline service workers, community-based organizations, grassroots groups, and individuals likely to witness and respond to overdose emergencies.

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:

  1. Harm reduction policy, community mobilization, and advocacy.
  2. Harm reduction resources including in-person and virtual training, 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, 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.

Key Responsibilities

Essential Functions

  • Provide outreach and coordinate technical assistance and resources to San Francisco SSPs (syringe services programs), service providers, and community organizations and individuals to build alignment with overdose prevention efforts and harm reduction best practices, including access to naloxone and training, organizational development and resources, overcoming community opposition to harm reduction practice, development of strategies for serving communities most impacted by overdose, the War on Drugs, and state violence (particularly Black, Latino/x [including immigrants and Spanish speakers], Indigenous, and other people of color), and other ongoing training needs throughout the city.
  • Plan, implement, and manage training on overdose prevention, harm reduction and its intersection with social justice issues, train-the-trainer sessions, and other offerings through a healing justice lens for San Francisco syringe access programs, service providers, and community leaders and organizers in English and Spanish. Incorporate feedback from participants and collaborate with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and NHRC staff to assess needs, plan topics, and design curricula and/or coordinate with external trainers as needed. 
  • Coach and supervise DOPE Project Capacity Building and Logistics Coordinator in the submission and coordination of data, naloxone ordering and distribution, and inventory management, and supervise DOPE Delivery Associate to assure naloxone delivery to partner sites and other collaborators. Supervise and coach the SF Capacity Building & Training Institute Coordinator in all HRTI and DOPE training offerings, facilitation, and curriculum development.
  • 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.
  • Participate in and support virtual convenings and future in-person events such as National Harm Reduction Conference and California-specific conferences as requested.
  • Create, review, and revise materials and curricula.
  • Attend events and conferences, and other research-related activities that inform and improve NHRC’s overall capacity building.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Capacity Building and Community Mobilization.

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

  • 3-5 years of experience in management and/or coordination of programs or projects within nonprofits, harm reduction programs, and/or capacity-building organizations.
  • Written and verbal fluency in English 
  • Experience supervising, coaching, and developing staff and multicultural/multiracial teams.
  • Harm reduction and direct overdose prevention and response work-related experience
  • Experience providing harm reduction technical assistance and training to include but not limited to community partners, health officials, and people who use drugs.
  • Deep 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.
  • Experience working with/connection to people who use drugs, Black, Indigenous, Latine/Latinx (including immigrants and Spanish speakers), other people of color, and underserved populations, such as unhoused communities and people living in SROs.

Preferred education and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, such as public health, social work, or nonprofit management.
  • Bilingual- 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 | Onsite