STOP HIV Outreach Worker

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Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Children and Youth

Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families has the following position available:

Position: STOP HIV Outreach Worker

Wage: Dependent on Experience

Location: Based out of Main Office at 40 Begbie Street, New Westminster.  Requires extensive outreach from Burnaby to Maple Ridge

Hours: Friday, Saturday, Late Night

Start Date: ASAP

The Purpose Society is funded by Fraser Heath to provide mobile harm reduction and supportive social services to the New Westminster, Burnaby, Tri-Cities and Maple Ridge area. Services focus on supporting people who are living with HIV, at risk for HIV, at risk of opioid overdose, or who use other substances.

Duties:

  • The primary duty of the Outreach Worker is to drive a Health Van and distribute harm reduction supplies in various communities in the Lower Mainland. The Outreach Worker must be comfortable working with marginalized and street-involved individuals who are actively using substances, experiencing mental health issues, working in the sex trade, are homeless, and/or live in tents/camps
  • Work closely with the Team Leader to implement opioid OD prevention and response strategies, especially involving mobile outreach services
  • Work to support and engage our network of Peer Workers in the community
  • Upon request, provide naloxone kits, safer injection/smoking supplies, condoms and other personal care items
  • Provide education and facilitate trainings on safer substance use and other harm reduction practices
  • Safely recover used syringes from the community
  • Build and maintain trusting relationships with clients who access services
  • Liaise with the STOP nursing team to expand testing opportunities
  • Transport individuals to appointments in support of HIV and/or substance use treatment adherence
  • Maintain necessary client and program reports and statistics, ensure that all required documentation is accurate
  • Provide resources and referral information to services such as violence prevention organizations, shelter and housing, substance use services and health care
  • Perform other duties as required

 

Qualifications:

  • 2 year diploma in a relevant field, such as social work, community health, mental health and addictions studies or equivalent. Extensive experience may be considered in lieu of formal training.
  • Experience working with marginalized people who are actively using substances, have mental health challenges, work in the sex trade, are homeless, and/or live in tents/camps
  • Ability to maintain a non-judgmental and non-stigmatizing approach is required
  • Ability to function effectively in difficult and/or crisis situations is required
  • Strong communication skills are required
  • Strong understanding of harm reduction principles, HIV/AIDS, substance misuse, and social determinants of health
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team is required
  • Established ability to maintain healthy boundaries is necessary
  • Knowledge of local resources an asset
  • Valid BC Class 5 driver’s license
  • Clean driver’s abstract and clear criminal records check

Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to Logan Ansell (mail@purposesociety.org). Posting will remain open until position is filled.

To apply for this job email your details to mail@purposesociety.org