Harm Reduction Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Starting annual salary is 45k, plus an excellent benefits package




New York
New York
United States


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


to work at our housing programs located in Manhattan and the Bronx.

This is a full-time position; starting annual salary is 45k, plus an excellent benefits package.

Position Overview:

The Harm Reduction Specialist provides engagement and support services, particularly to program participants around drug and alcohol use, sexual health, and self-harm, using a harm reduction model. The emphasis is on meeting individuals “where they are at” and providing non-judgmental, non-coercive services and resources to individuals. In addition, the Harm Reduction Specialist provides consultation, training, and support to program staff in their work with program participants engaging in behaviors perceived to be risky. The intention is that the Harm Reduction Specialist will be a leader in forwarding Community Access’ commitment to providing services using a harm reduction model. 


Qualified candidates must have three to five years of experience working with substance use and psychiatric disabilities; possess a thorough understanding of harm reduction; have a commitment to recovery oriented practice; must be fingerprinted and cleared by the NYS Justice Center; have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) – Bachelor’s degree, preferred; ability to climb several flights of stairs and travel via public transportation.

Spanish-speaking candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should apply: www.communityaccess.org/careers.

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.

Visit our website: www.communityaccess.org

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish-speaking candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

High School