Exciting New Job Opportunities at ARCHES!! Now Hiring Harm Reduction Specialists!!

Exciting New Job Opportunities at ARCHES!! Now Hiring Harm Reduction Specialists!!

Oct 12, 2017

ARCHES is now hiring full-time, part-time, and casual Harm Reduction Specialists for Supervised Consumption Services. This is an exciting opportunity at ARCHES. The agency provides Harm Reduction programming to Southwestern Alberta as well as support services to people living with HIV/AIDS and/or HCV.

Harm Reduction Specialist

Reporting to the Clinical Coordinator, the Harm Reduction Specialist will have a good understanding of substance use, mental health, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, harm reduction, and population health principles. The Harm Reduction Specialist is a member of an interdisciplinary team providing Supervised Consumption Services.

The Harm Reduction Specialist provides support in admitting and controlling the flow and numbers of clients in the Supervised Consumption Services. The Harm Reduction Specialist orients clients to the Supervised Consumption Services and works to build rapport and engage clients in meaningful activity within the site. This position supports the nurse in the supervision of clients who are administering their own substances. Should conflict arise with or among clients, this position will have the skill and knowledge to deescalate situations according to established protocols. The Harm Reduction Specialist facilitates access to counselling, treatment, and rehabilitation services for clients accessing the harm reduction programmes. The Harm Reduction Specialist will work at strengthening the provision of comprehensive, non-judgmental harm reduction services for individuals at risk of contracting blood-borne pathogens, especially those affected by substance use/abuse.


Preference will be given to applicants who hold a degree/diploma in Social Sciences, Health or a related human service field; however, individuals currently working towards a degree/diploma and/or who have lived experience will be considered. The applicant will have a minimum of one years’ experience in a related field. The applicant will be required to work well independently and as a team member. Experience in working with Indigenous Groups and Communities is an asset. The Harm Reduction Specialist must hold a valid driver’s licence and have access to an insured reliable vehicle. A Criminal Background Check including vulnerable sector, current and clear Youth Intervention Check, and valid First Aid Certificates are required. Criminal Record Checks and Youth Intervention Checks will be renewed every three (3) years.

Start date: TBD

We offer competitive salaries and benefits

Resumés listing three professional references must be submitted via email or fax by 4:30 p.m. on Friday October 20, 2017 to:

Executive Director, ARCHES
Fax: (403) 328-8564; e-mail: [email protected]

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those applicants short listed will be contacted.

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