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Harm Reduction Coordinator

Community Access


Community Access, Inc. (CA), founded in 1974, is a progressive not-for-profit organization that expands opportunities for people living with mental health concerns to recover from trauma and discrimination through affordable housing, training, advocacy and healing-focused services. We are built upon the simple truth that people are experts in their own lives. Our programs are spread across 20 locations and include over 1000 units of supportive housing in three boroughs, the Howie The Harp Advocacy Center, ThriveAtWork, Blueprint Supported Education, East Village Access—a PROS program, and a peer-driven Crisis Respite Center.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of

Position Overview:
The Harm Reduction Coordinator provides intra-agency consultation, training, and support to staff utilizing a harm reduction approach. The Harm Reduction Coordinator provides leadership in forwarding Community Access’ commitment to implementing the harm reduction approach and supports organizational fidelity to the harm reduction approach within policies, practices and advocacy work. In addition, the Harm Reduction Coordinator will maintain regular rotation at various agency sites for scheduled technical assistance sessions with program staff ; serve as an intra-agency trainer and resource in the harm reduction approach for staff during manager meetings, core trainings and other trainings as needed; develop agency curriculum, tools and resources to assist staff in various roles (e.g. service coordinators, managers and housing counselors) to utilize harm reduction principles and skills in their work; serve on the Harm Reduction Committee in a leadership capacity; Develop and maintain relationships between Community Access and other agencies in New York City who are promoting harm reduction in their work; raise agency awareness of current harm reduction policy and advocacy issues; Provide training on Community Access values and practice approach, as needed; Produce and maintain thorough, accurate and timely documentation, including charts and documentation in service records of interactions with program participants, services provided, important information and/or events, and contacts with other agencies and service providers, as required by agency policies, and relevant contracts and regulatory agencies.



Qualified candidates must have an understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access, with particular expertise in harm reduction and recovery oriented services; Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) – Bachelor’s degree, preferred; Minimum 3 years’ experience working within a harm reduction approach (personal experience participating in harm reduction services may substitute for up to 1 year of work experience); Commitment and ability to communicate and engage staff on implementation of CA values and practice approach; Ability to transfer knowledge and skills in areas such as, but not limited to: engagement, developing a therapeutic alliance, harm reduction, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed services, cultural competence, conflict mediation, etc.; Ability to effectively create and deliver training and technical assistance using a variety of instructional techniques such as didactic lecture, role playing, experiential learning, team exercises, group discussions, multi-media, etc.; Ability to travel to various agency locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx.; Ability to maintain confidential information, as related to position; Must be fingerprinted and cleared by the NYS Justice Center; Bilingual Spanish-speaking, preferred. Ability to speak other relevant languages, dependent upon specific needs of program participants


This is a full-time position with excellent benefits package. It pays in the low to mid 50’s


Interested candidates should apply on

Posted on 05/03/17; CVMHA ID #10984