Job Posting 59388

STOP HIV Outreach Worker, Supervisor Van Drivers
The Lower Mainland Purpose Society
Vancouver & Lower Mainland, New Westminster
closed 3 days ago (Fri, 17 Jan)
full time  •  $23.00/hour

Position: STOP HIV Outreach Worker, Supervisor Van Drivers

Wage: $23.00/hr.

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

Hours: Varied, some days, afternoons, evenings

 

The Purpose Society is funded to provide mobile harm reduction and supportive social services to New Westminster, Burnaby, Tri-Cities and Maple Ridge area. Services focus on supporting people who are HIV positive, at risk for HIV, at risk of opioid overdose, as well as preventative educational services within the community.

 

Duties:

  • Train and supervise Health Van drivers
  • Drive a Health Van and distribute harm reduction supplies in various communities in the Lower Mainland. The Outreach Worker must be comfortable working with people who are in active addiction, mentally ill, working in the sex trade, homeless, or living in tents/camps
  • Work closely with others to implement opioid OD prevention and response strategies, especially involving mobile outreach services
  • Work directly with peers with lived experience, injection drug users, sex workers and street involved individuals
  • Provide naloxone kits, clean needles, condoms and other personal care items
  • Safely recover used syringes from the community
  • Build and maintain trusting relationships with clients who access the Health Van and support services
  • Increase awareness of OD risk and response, and HIV/AIDS through formal and informal encounters with various groups of people
  • Work with nurses and others to expand the testing by mobile Health Van staff or at other fixed sites; liaise with BBP team and work with clients who they refer
  • Follow up with individuals after they have been tested to connect individuals who are positive to treatment
  • Support individuals in treatment, transport them to their doctor’s appointments if necessary
  • Maintain necessary client and program reports and statistics, ensure that all required documentation is accurate
  • Provide resource and referral information to services such as; violence prevention organizations, shelter and housing groups, addictions services and health care
  • Conduct workshops/presentations on various topics
  • Provide “bad date” information and take reports for the Red Light Alert Sheet
  • Record contacts, incidents and log information when on shift
  • Perform other duties as required

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with people who are active in their addiction, mentally ill, working in the sex trade, homeless, or living in tents/camps
  • Ability to work various shifts when necessary
  • Ability to maintain a non-judgmental and approachable manner 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 and practices, HIV/AIDS, and substance misuse are required
  • An ability to work independently and as part of a team are required
  • Responsible time management, punctuality and attendance at staff meetings are required
  • An established ability to maintain healthy boundaries is necessary
  • Knowledge of local resources an asset
  • Valid BC Class IV driver’s license is essential
  • Clean driver’s abstract and clear criminal records check are essential
  • Car for work use is an asset

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