compensation: Approximately $38,000 depending on experience employment type: full-time non-profit organization
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JOB OPENING: FULL TIME PEER OUTREACH WORKER
The Chris Atwood Foundation (CAF) is a grassroots, community-based harm reduction and addiction recovery organization in Northern Virginia. We are seeking a full time Peer Outreach Worker who will be responsible for serving people at risk for, or affected by: opioid overdose, substance use disorder, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis in Fairfax County. This position will work with both individuals in active substance use and individuals in recovery.
This position will assist participants to reduce the harms caused by substance use, improve their quality of life, and meet their own individualized positive-change goals. Candidate must be in recovery from substance use disorder and understand how and where to network with people who use drugs and win their trust. Candidates must believe in harm reduction philosophy and be comfortable providing our clients with sterile syringes and other safer use supplies.
The work requires travel however, accommodations are currently being made to maintain safe social distancing practices during the covid pandemic. Locations may include homes, shelters, religious organizations, motels, parking lots, other businesses, and community agencies. A valid driver’s license, personal vehicle, cell phone, and internet access are required. Must have a flexible schedule including day, evening, and weekend availability. This is a remote, field-based position. The position pays approximately $38,000 per year depending on experience.
*People of color/LGBTQ/Trans are encouraged to apply*
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Locate and connect with individuals who use drugs or are in recovery, winning their trust through compassion and non-judgmental support.
• Work with participants to create individualized health goals and coach them on achieving those goals, tracking progress continually.
• Provide overdose reversal training, narcan, sterile syringes, and other safer use supplies to individuals at-risk for overdose, HIV, and HCV.
• Conduct HIV and HCV testing in the field, training provided.
• Provide appropriate referrals for behavioral health care, basic health care, legal support and other services as needed.
• Assist with general navigation of the health care system, including assisting participants to enroll in Medicaid, and taking them to scheduled appointments.
• Provide supportive counselling and crisis intervention.
• Maintain regularly scheduled contact with participants via phone, text, video chat, or in-person
• Complete all necessary documentation and tracking for grant purposes
• Comply with agency policies and procedures and HIPAA regulations
• Other related duties as required
Requirements - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Reliable, disciplined, and self-starting. Must have the ability to manage one’s time effectively to work independently and remotely
• Must be goal-oriented and able to meet the required number of individuals served as set by our grant contracts.
• Experience with drug use and drug using communities.
• Current relationships with individuals in the drug-using community is preferred.
• Ability to work with challenging participants. Confidence in dealing with individuals under the influence, in crisis, distress, and dealing with trauma.
• Ability to work with individuals of varying ethnicities, socio-economic levels, cultures, and sexual orientations.
• Culturally competent and sensitive.
• High ethical standards and professionalism with a demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.
• Ability to analyze and troubleshoot difficult problems.
• Demonstrated ability with computer programs, including but not limited to Microsoft Office products, google drive.
• Certification as a peer support specialist or willingness to complete training at the organization’s expense.
• Knowledge of Harm Reduction and the needs of persons living with substance use disorder, HIV/AIDS, or Hepatitis C.
Please submit your resumes and a cover letter explaining why you believe you are right for this position by July 1, 2020.
The CAF is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, criminal background, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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