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296 Nonotuck Street
2nd Floor
Florence, MA 01062

Company Description:
Health Care
Salary Range:Location:
Job Type:Category:
Full TimeHealthcare Office
Education Level:Work Experience:
High School or Equivalent
Preference: Required
Up to One Year
Preference: Required
Knowledge of Harm Reduction principles and practices - Preference: Required
Harm Reduction Counselor 40 hours per week Northampton, MA

Under the direction of the Syringe Access Program Manager, the Harm Reduction Counselor will be responsible for working as part of a team to provide outreach and education to injection drug users (28 hours per week) and LBGTQAI+ individuals (12 hours per week) in regards to HIV prevention. Primacy duties will include: developing effective goals and strategies to identify, access, educate and support injection drug users, MSM and LGBTQAI+ individuals in reducing their risk for HIV infection and transmission.
Minimum Required Qualifications:
• High school graduate or equivalent
• Valid Massachusetts Driver's License and Access to Reliable Transportation
• Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and Harm Reduction principles and practices
• Experience with substance use disorder
• Experience and ability to work with diverse communities across Western Mass.
• Awareness and involvement with LGBTGAI+ culture.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
• Willingness to be trained in blood draws
• Ability to provide high quality non-judgmental services
• Strong written and oral communication skill

Experience with social media, dating apps and other online recruitment methods preferred. Blood draws and Bilingual English/Spanish is preferred

Primary Responsibilitiesand Duties:
• Conduct Needle/Syringe exchange according to THS Syringe Exchange Policies and Procedures.
• Identify and access injection drug using population, MSM and LGBTQIA+ individuals through innovative outreach efforts.
• Assess the education and prevention needs of IDUs, MSM and LGBTQIA+ individuals and their sexual partners.
• Maintain cooperative relationships key leaders that include community leaders, agency staff, external agencies, business owners and other within the community.
• Identify clients in need of services and make appropriate referrals.
• Engage in one-to-one interactions, aimed at education and prevention, and referral to health services, PrEP and other needed referrals.
• Develop peer educators in target populations, and support selected educators with on­ going contact.
• Conduct presentations in various community sites, such asbars, clubs, and other gathering sites of targeted population.
• Conduct HIV/STI screening that includes obtaining blood and urine samples, completion of submission of documentation, charting, and laboratory shipping.
• Participate in advisory committees, external meetings, and other educator and outreach worker networking and professional development opportunities.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Boxcar Media, LLC  • North Adams, MA 01247 •  Tel: 413.663.3384 • Fax: 413.664.4251 • Email: info@jobsinthevalley.com