Job Posting 62262

HIV Outreach Worker, Van Driver
The Lower Mainland Purpose Society
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closed 6 days ago (Fri, 29 May)
full time

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

 

Position:  HIV Outreach Worker, Van Driver

 

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:       35 hours per week, 5:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

 

Start Date: ASAP

 

The Purpose Society is funded by the Fraser Heath Authority 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 Program Coordinator to implement opioid overdose 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 various communities

 

Build and maintain trusting relationships with clients who access services

 

Transport individuals to health appointments or substance use treatment facilities

 

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, STDs, substance misuse, mental health 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

 

 

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