State-Based Policy Associate - Texas

The Position

Do you have a passion for organizing and advocacy for harm reduction services and policies  to end overdose, fight stigma, and advance the empowerment of individuals and communities who are affected by drug use? National Harm Reduction Coalition is seeking an energetic, networked community organizer and policy advocate to work in Texas and beyond to support our Department of Overdose Prevention Policy & Strategy. 

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated history of advocacy and community organizing in the harm reduction or related social justice movements and be well-networked in Texas, including among BIPOC communities, to conduct statewide organizing to advance harm reduction policies at the city and county level.

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. 


  • Design and execute a state and local advocacy strategy to increase access to harm reduction tools, including supporting efforts to pass local and state syringe access laws as possible, with an explicit plan to  outreach to BIPOC communities.
  • Organize and facilitate workshops and trainings on harm reduction advocacy including the evidence base of syringe access, overdose prevention services, and related topics.
  • Guide and cultivate the development of state and local coalitions and campaigns.
  • Identify and mentor new advocacy leaders, including people who use drugs and people with other relevant lived experience.
  • Build relationships with advocacy leaders and partners in allied movements. 
  • Build partnerships with diverse stakeholders and represent NHRC in meetings, working groups, advocacy coalitions, and conferences.
  • Track and report to team relevant state legislation, regulation, funding, and policy developments.
  • Draft policy documents, including fact sheets, backgrounders, press releases, op-eds and other advocacy materials.
  • Contribute to NHRC communications activities, including through social media, blog posts, emails, website curation, and media statements and interviews.
  • Contribute to NHRC national conference planning and other relevant events as needed.
  • Participate in Policy Team meetings, all-staff meetings, and other internal meetings and work groups as appropriate or requested.
  • Proficiency in Google Suite, MS Office, Asana, Salesforce
  • Additional duties as necessary.


  • Three to five years of relevant experience, including community organizing, coalition building, or grassroots campaigns.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work with diverse stakeholders and advocate for evidence-based policies in challenging political environments.
  • Familiarity with harm reduction principles and commitment to drug policy reform.
  • Experience with and knowledge of related issue areas (e.g. criminal justice, racial and economic justice, housing, health care, sex work, reproductive justice, LGBTQ equality, etc.).
  • Experience working in racially diverse settings and with marginalized populations.
  • Solid project management abilities and capability to work effectively in team and coalition settings.
  • Strong public speaking and group facilitation skills, and excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented, well-organized, and able to meet deadlines.
  • Reside in or near Austin, Texas or willing to relocate (relocation expenses not covered). 


Position requires moderate travel (more than 21  days per year) with state and to other states and for organizational meetings and conferences.


Austin, TX (remote)


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 $46,350 - $61,800. 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: July 1, 2022