Harm Reduction Community Coordinator

Last updated: November 29, 2022

Bureau: Behavioral Health Services / System Training Education and Prevention Services

Position Type: Full-time County Contractual
Date Posted: 9/12/22 | Date Closing: Open until filled
Location: 122 North Langley Road, Suite A & B, Glen Burnie, MD 21060
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., occasional evenings and weekends
Salary: $20.00 per hour
Benefits: Participation in the County’s group health plan including prescription, dental, and optical, paid holidays and sick leave. Optional deferred compensation program at employee’s own expense.

Job Description

Nature of Work: Coordinate and expand community engagement of Anne Arundel Peers Offering Wellness Education and Resources (AA POWER), a harm reduction peer-delivered direct street outreach program, consisting of a network of people with lived experience, related to drug use. AA POWER aims to reduce risks associated with drug use (e.g., overdose and the spread of infectious disease) and improve overall physical, mental and societal health by providing risk reduction strategies through infectious disease testing, overdose prevention training and referrals related to drug use, SUD, treatment and recovery. AA POWER engages people with lived experience and mobilizes community members to distribute harm reduction education and tools.

Plan, implement and promote harm reduction tailored educational messages and trainings, which are driven by community engagement and input from people who use drugs. Will build rapport and relationships with community members and local business owners to distribute promotional items, while also providing relevant harm reduction education in a nonjudgmental way.

Work with the existing AA POWER team to create and maintain an outreach schedule to expand current services to individuals in need of support. Will increase and sustain the capacity of the Volunteer Incentive Program. Assist with development of a Harm Reduction Advisory Council.

Typically performed outside of a traditional office environment. Work environments may include, but are not limited to, outdoors (e.g., during street outreach), at community-based organizations throughout the county and in Department of Health offices. Travel required to locations throughout Anne Arundel County for meetings and other business-related needs.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Associate degree in the human services field from an accredited college or university.
Experience: Two years of working in harm reduction, self-identifies as someone who has first-hand experience with substance use and mental health conditions, have a minimum of 2 years of recovery, be able to use lived experience to work with and advocate for people who use drugs.
Notes: Provide a personal recovery statement describing what skills and abilities he/she has to offer. No current criminal justice involvement.
Desired or Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrate leadership skills and able to work as part of a team. Able to travel to various agency locations throughout Anne Arundel County. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong time management skills and able to effectively manage workload. Experience with community organizing, working with people who use drugs, public speaking.

How to Apply

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications can apply.

Send a completed County application or resume to:
Human Resources, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401

Fax to 410-222-4392 or email hdrecruiter@aacounty.org.

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