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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

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits package.

Position Overview:
The Harm Reduction Coordinator provides intra-agency consultation, training, and support to staff utilizing a harm reduction approach; Maintains regular rotation at various agency sites for scheduled technical assistance sessions with program staff; Serves as an intra-agency trainer and resource in the harm reduction approach for staff during manager meetings, core trainings and other trainings as needed; Develops 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; Serves on the Harm Reduction Committee in a leadership capacity; Develops 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 and technical assistance on Community Access values and practice approach; Serve as Director of agency Opioid Overdose Prevention Program; Coordinate agency-wide safer sex and safer drug use supplies program; Produce and maintain thorough, accurate and timely documentation; Maintain quality service by establishing and reinforcing program/agency standards in all interactions with program participants; Attend and participate in supervision, meetings and training sessions, as required and as scheduled; Participate in hiring committees, Incident Review Committee, and other agency committees, as required and as scheduled; Contributes to Training Department goal setting and project completion.

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; Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work as part of a team ; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Strong time management skills: ability to effectively manage workload so as to simultaneously plan and meet short term and long term deadlines; 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

Interested candidates should apply on

Community Access is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

Women, People of Color and Members of the LGBT community are strongly encouraged to apply.

CA is committed to the hiring of at least 51% consumer staff, in all of its departments and programs, and at all levels of management.


This is a full-time position with excellent benefits package.


Interested candidates should apply on

Posted on 01/10/18; CVMHA ID #11756