Harm Reduction Associate

The Position

Do you want to end overdose and hepatitis C? Interested in the expansion of syringe service programming in the Appalachian region? 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 (NHRC) is seeking a Harm Reduction Associate who can support our HepConnect regional initiative to reduce hepatitis C through expanded services, community education, and convenings. 

 

The HepConnect Team provides technical assistance and support for the National Harm Reduction Coalition’s HepConnect initiative that aims to reduce hepatitis C by expanding harm reduction services, hepatitis C treatment, medication-assisted treatment, and the build-out of a regional coalition to support this work. The HepConnect initiative is a project funded through 2024. The goal is to provide sustainable support, training, capacity building, advocacy, and policy assistance to HepConnect grantees in the Appalachian region. 

 

The ideal candidate is a dynamic individual who is a networker capable of supporting multiple complex projects and relationships simultaneously. The Harm Reduction Associate will be a part of a multi-state initiative that includes technical assistance and grantmaking to strengthen harm reduction and hepatitis C prevention. In addition, this position will work to build community support for harm reduction, including training, capacity building, technical assistance, community organizing, advocacy, and supporting local convenings. 

Organization Description

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.

Responsibilities

  • Apply a racial justice 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.
  • Represent NHRC and the HepConnect team in relevant coalitions, with potential stakeholders including allied movements, and as a regional representative as necessary. 
  • Serve as the primary contact in the project region for HepConnect related initiatives and work collaboratively with NHRC team to manage aspects related to grantee support and capacity building through technical assistance
  • Collaborate on developing, planning, promoting, facilitating, and evaluating in-person training sessions, convenings, regional summits, and a pre-conference session with providers in the Appalachian region.
  • Coordinate with the national capacity building services team to triage and respond to training and technical assistance requests in states in the adjacent area.
  • Coordinate with the national policy team to support regional legislative and policy advocacy, coalition building, and community mobilizing.
  • Collaborate on project-specific and region-specific communications to external partners and organizations to highlight upcoming events, program features, funding opportunities, and resources.
  • Support the conference team on aspects of conceptualizing, planning, and coordinating our biannual National Harm Reduction Conference.
  • And other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • 1-2 years of work experience with training delivery or technical assistance, coalition-building, community mobilization, or direct delivery of services to people who use drugs, LGBTQIA+ people, and similar communities.
  • Passionate about using harm reduction principles and approaches to address the intersection of health disparities among vulnerable communities.
  • Strong knowledge of harm reduction services and resources (e.g., syringe access, overdose prevention, and naloxone, medication-assisted treatment, hepatitis C testing, and treatment) preferred.
  • Must be detail-oriented, possess excellent organizational and communication skills, with the ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet aggressive deadlines.
  • Ability and comfort to speak to a wide range of audiences - from health departments to community members to elected officials - on issues related to harm reduction, hepatitis C and HIV, overdose, drug treatment, stigma, racial justice, marginalized communities, and other related topics.
  • Ability to manage professional and timely e-mail, phone, and in-person communication with co-workers, supervisors, community members, and service providers.
  • Ability to network and connect providers to coalitions and networks; community organizing experience required.
  • Experience in the assessment of organizational development through technical assistance to increase the capacity of non-profit and volunteer-run groups to build infrastructure for sustainability.
  • Ability to think strategically about systems and structures that impact access to services (e.g., state policies, health department regulations, health insurance) and to support HepConnect grantees to navigate projects successfully.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently and on a team.
  • Comfort and proficiency in current technology products including, but not limited to, G Suite, Microsoft Suite, webinar software for training, and project management systems.

 

Travel

Position requires light 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. 

Location

Remote Position (Based in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, West Virginia, or North Carolina)

Salary

 $46,000-$61,000