Overdose Prevention Worker
Sources Community Resources Society
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closed 13 days ago (Tue, 28 Nov) on-call / relief / casual
October 30, 2023| EXTERNAL/INTERNAL JOB POSTING
COMPETITION NO. 23-145
Position: Casual Overdose Prevention Worker
Location: Peace Point Overdose Prevention Site (White Rock, BC, PAH, Russell Annex Building)
Hours: On Call Mon, Tues, Thurs 5:15-11:15pm and Sat, Sun 9:45-4:45pm
We are looking for a Casual Overdose Prevention Worker to join our Sources Peace Point Overdose Prevention team! This individual must be compassionate, empathetic, and flexible.
SOURCES is a community-based non-profit organization that has been providing support, encouragement, and hope for individuals and families in White Rock, Surrey, Delta, Langley, Prince George, and Parksville for 40 years. We serve 40,000 individuals yearly and that is all owing to our dedicated team. We welcome people of all genders, races, cultures, ethnicities and abilities. We strive to create more vibrant and resilient communities by offering support to children, youth, families, persons with disabilities, seniors, LGBTQ2S+ individuals, and others who are coping with isolation, addiction, mental illness, poverty, disability and conflict. We also support our communities through leadership, education and volunteerism.
SOURCES is also committed to learning about, celebrating and incorporating Indigenous knowledge into our practices as we continue our work in truth, reconciliation and resurgence.
We value diversity, respect and collaboration as we are all striving to promote the same mission—social wellness for our community.
Sources Overdose Prevention and Peer Support Services
Reporting to the Manager of Overdose Prevention and Peer Support Services, the Overdose Prevention Worker is a permanent employee of Sources Community Resources, providing witnessing of consumption of substances, overdose response, harm reduction supports, supplies and information to people who use substances. Overdose Prevention Services will be provided 3 weekday evenings and both weekend days within the Fraser Health Mental Health and Substance Use Services building on the campus of Peace Arch Hospital.
Provide an environment of acceptance, compassion and cultural safety to people who use substances.
Set up and take down consumption stations at the beginning and end of each shift
Being present while people use substances via injection and inhalation
Provide overdose response, including the SAVE ME steps which may involve administering Naloxone
Provide safer use and harm reduction supplies and resource information when desired by program participants
Work with service partners and other external service providers to ensure the programs are coordinated and integrated with the larger continuums of care, including integration between the OPS and the Peer Support Network
Promote the interest of substance users and the program with systems of care, external service partners, and community resources.
Provide program utilization data
Casual employees must be available for all shifts (Monday, Tuesday, Friday 5:15-11:15pm and Saturday and Sunday 9:45am to 4:45pm, though there are no guaranteed shifts).
Ability to work efficiently and with minimal supervision
Client-centred care that empowers and motivates the client
Ability to work with a team
Ability to network and interact with other service providers and allied colleagues
Sensitivity in a culturally diverse environment
Understanding and compassionate spirit in supporting people who use substances
Destigmatizing language and practices
Trauma and Resilience Informed Practice
Cultural Safety and Humility awareness
Many forms of education and experience are valued, including volunteering and lived experience of mental health challenges / substance use/ homelessness;
Preferred: Diploma in community social services, the social/human sciences, addictions or in law/justice.
Preference will be given to those who have post-secondary education and training relevant to the social service field. Alternately, pursuit of certification in social work, counseling, criminal justice or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered for this position.
1 year of related experience with emphasis on mental health, substance use, homelessness and/or social services
Effectively utilize Office suite including Excel, Word, Outlook and central data systems
Demonstrated knowledge of social justice, health promotion and public health approaches and models of social support and health care
Effectively communicate professionally, verbally and written in English
Demonstrated ability to establish rapport with diverse range of cliental including individuals who use substances and living with significant health and behavioral challenges
Demonstrated understanding of the spirit of harm reduction and safer use practices
Overdose Prevention, Recognition and Response Training, including Naloxone Administration (Training accessed through Sources)
Non-violent Crisis Intervention Training (Training may be accessed through Sources)
Standard First Aid and CPR (Required prior to start date)
Criminal Records check through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General Criminal Records Review Program
Full COVID Vaccination (Required prior to start date)
Must be available for 2 shifts/month
Start Date: Ongoing
Employee & Family Assistance plan
Closing Date: Ongoing
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