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Testing and Navigation Coordinator

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New York Harm Reduction Educators


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Published 15 days ago

March 15, 2021
March 1, 2021

Background:

Based in East Harlem, two long-standing and well-regarded harm reduction organizations in New York City are seeking a Testing and navigation Coordinator. The non-profits, the process of completing a merger, are innovative organizations serving low-income people who use drugs and other marginalized individuals. The wide range of mobile and center-based services are delivered by upwards of 80 staff and peer workers, and include syringe access, overdose prevention, public health, care coordination, medical care, holistic, peer education, and advocacy services. The organizations have a combined $7 million budget made up of mainly government grants.

The position:

The Testing and Navigation Coordinator is responsible for the strategic implementation of testing and treatment services and is responsible for outreach, partnership development, client intakes, and service delivery focused on HIV-related education, prevention, and treatment. The Testing and Navigation Coordinator is responsible for providing an array of street and office-based harm reduction services to individuals engaging in drug use, sex work, and/or other activities that can increase risk of HIV exposure. These services range from low-threshold risk assessment and risk reduction education to intensive case management.

Reports to: Supportive Services Manager

Essential Functions:

  • The Testing and Navigation Coordinator will conduct and/or oversee educational and support groups designed to supplement the individual level work and help participants solidify harm reduction practices, promote concepts of wellness and develop their support networks.
  • Actively engage participants entering the drop-in center, making them feel welcome and identifying participants’ unique needs.
  • Represent the agency to individuals seeking services at storefront offices and at mobile sites
  • Efficiently identify the needs of participants and provide services or link them with appropriate staff to meet their needs.
  • Recruit potential participants through street outreach, low-threshold risk reduction education, networking, and targeted case finding.
  • Provide substance use and sexual risk assessments and discuss individualized risk reduction strategies, including safer injection practices, safer sex practices, overdose prevention, HIV, HCV, buprenorphine, and other topics relevant to people who use drugs.
  • Provide HIV counseling and testing as well as connection to medical services such as PrEP and HIV treatment as needed.
  • Identify and participate in events that will increase NYHRE’s activism profile and connection to the community. Educate participants about the role of activism in social justice gains and motivate them to get involved in advocating for themselves and demanding rights for themselves and their communities.
  • Collect, compile, and submit data required for program evaluation and grant reporting under identified contract(s).
  • Maintain accurate and detailed participant records and manage a case load by tracking progress and conducting regular follow-up with participants and providers.
  • Engage in program evaluation activities, including ongoing dialogue with participants and other stakeholders to continually improve service delivery.
  • Actively participate in regular case conferencing.
  • Plan and implement HIV testing events and other forms of outreach.
  • Interface with community groups, faith-based organizations, health services, and other non-profit organizations to connect to a wider variety of participants.
  • Assist in street-site/mobile office set-up.
  • Develop thorough understanding of services provided by NYHRE, the roles and availability of agency staff, and the flow of participants through NYHRE’s continuum of care.
  • Promote an environment of accountability, authenticity, and respect for all individuals, colleagues and participants alike.
  • Follow all HIPAA and agency requirements to maintain participant confidentiality and security of data.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor and/or Senior Leadership Team.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and interest in harm reduction, syringe exchange, and social justice as it pertains to individuals who use drugs required.
  • Bachelors’ degree in the health and social sciences or related field or significant work-related or life experience required.
  • 2-4 years case management or advocacy experience preferred, personal experience effectively navigating services (e.g., HIV care, PEP, PrEP, housing, benefits) for active drug users preferred.
  • Work or life experience in the areas of substance use, HIV and HCV prevention and treatment, and/or sex work required, specific knowledge of the Bronx and East Harlem substance use communities and service providers preferred.
  • Organization, interpersonal skills, and self-motivation are required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required.
  • Must be willing and able to work outdoors at street sites at least 20% of the time; hours may vary.
  • Ability to present ideas, concepts, and principles in a manner that motivates and inspires people.
  • Have current knowledge of HIV field and up to date information on current testing and treatment best practices.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel.
  • Ability to conduct outreach, form new partnerships, and maintain ongoing relationships.
  • A desire to work tactically and strategically- possessing a hands-on approach required.
  • Interest in working in a non-judgmental environment, where sex workers and drug users have a voice in the creation of programs and policies designed to serve them and “meet them where they are at.”
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

Background:

Based in East Harlem, two long-standing and well-regarded harm reduction organizations in New York City are seeking a Testing and navigation Coordinator. The non-profits, the process of completing a merger, are innovative…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule

Location

On-site
104 East 126th Street, New York, NY 10035

How to Apply

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter outlining your experience and/or interest in harm reduction, Spanish/English proficiency, and interest in the position in addition to your curriculum vitae/resume. Applicants without a cover letter will not be considered for the position.

Please save your files with your last name and first initial followed by document title (e.g. Smith J Resume, Smith J Cover Letter)

  • Submit Resume and Cover letter to: jobs@nyhre.org
  • Subject: Testing and Navigation Coordinator
  • Attention: Hiring Manager

Washington Heights CORNER Project and the New York Harm Reduction Educators are Equal Opportunity Employers and do not discriminate relative to race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, medical status, or history of incarceration. Individuals who have personal experience with drug use, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), women, people of color, members of the LGBTQI community, disabled individuals, and the formerly incarcerated are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter outlining your experience and/or interest in harm reduction, Spanish/English proficiency, and interest in the position in…

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