Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) Coordinator

One (1) Full-Time Contract Position (37.5 hours per week)
* Estimated Contract Start Date – ASAP * Contract End Date – October 31, 2024 *

Street Health is a community-based agency providing innovative physical and mental health programs and advocacy to homeless and insecurely housed individuals in downtown Toronto for over 30 years. Street Health, a not-for-profit organization located within the downtown-east neighborhood of Toronto, works to improve the health and wellbeing of people who are homeless and under-housed by addressing the social determinants of health. Our organization provides services in the areas of innovative nursing, mental health, harm reduction, Overdose prevention, Safer Supply, outreach, identification replacement programs, and through advocacy, research, and education.

Since 2018, an Overdose Prevention Service (OPS) has been operating at Street Health to prevent drug overdoses and work in solidarity with people who use drugs. Working from a harm reduction, trauma-informed and anti-oppressive perspective, the OPS Workers are responsible for supporting and assisting the activities of the OPS by responding to overdoses, distributing harm reduction supplies, providing harm reduction education, making referrals to other services as necessary, intervening and de-escalating situations and working collaboratively with other team
members to ensure that safe and respectful services are provided to people who use drugs.

This position is for a contract to support the team during a leave of absence with the possibility of extension; please be aware that the contract end date may be adjusted to an earlier time should the employee on leave return sooner.

Responsibilities of the position include, but may not be limited to:
• Supporting the recruitment, and training process, and ongoing support to OPS Workers and relief staff.
• Ensuring site is organized, inventory is managed, restocked, and reordered as required;
• Working as a back-up when needed in the OPS to prevent, respond to and reverse overdoses and provide authentic and flexible support to clients of the site. Supervising people to administer their own drugs;
• Ensuring necessary data is recorded by staff; entering data into a spreadsheet in order to provide monthly statistical reports to Health Canada;
• Ensuring distributed supplies are entered into NEO360 database;
• Works collaboratively with colleagues by participating in team meetings, debrief meetings and attends and actively participates in training sessions;
• Ensuring all necessary policies, procedures and health and safety practices are in place, adhered to, and modified where necessary;
• Helping to prevent and appropriately handle crisis to help ensure safety of clients and community
• Connecting clients with supports in the community that will help them achieve and maintain stability;
• Coordinating monthly team meetings and incident debrief sessions with the support of management;
• Overseeing and responsibility for social media for the Overdose Prevention Site and participating in outreach
activities, responding to requests from the media and researchers;
• Recruiting and retaining members of the community to serve on the Site’s Community Advisory Committee;
planning and overseeing quarterly meetings of the group;
• Ensuring the OPS complies with all policies and procedures in accordance with requirements and guidelines
are outlined by the Federal Government, other funders & Street Health;
• Ensuring all requirements for Section 56 Exemption for Supervised Consumption Sites from Health Canada are in place and managing the yearly renewal of this exemption;
• Promote the mission, vision and values of Street Health; and
• All other duties as may be assigned within the scope of this position.

Qualifications:
• Degree/diploma in health, social work, or related field, or equivalent experience.
• Minimum 4 years’ working experience or lived experience with substance use and harm reduction. People with lived experience of injection drug use are highly encouraged to apply.
• Experience working in a Supervised Consumption Site, providing prevention and response and training in/experience with naloxone administration.
• Recent experience working in, alignment with, and commitment to harm reduction is required, prefer experience providing trauma-informed care in a community setting with marginalized individuals who use drugs who may be experiencing homelessness and/or complex health and social issues, ideally in a leadership role.
• Physically and professionally able to respond to a drug overdose.
• Experience planning and implementing projects and providing leadership to staff.
• Demonstrated crisis intervention skills and training.
• Experience working with persons of diverse ethnic, cultural, racial backgrounds & sexual orientations.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; strong computer skills including MS Office and experience using database software/web-based data entry.
• Essential characteristics include flexibility within job description, resourcefulness, patience, open mindedness; ability to multitask and participate fully within a team setting.
• Strong professional judgement and boundaries, self-directed, organized, with the ability to carry out duties independently while maintaining accountability to agency and acting as a supportive team member and leader.
• Valid CPR certification or ability to obtain certification within the first 3 months of employment.
• Successful completion of a police services Vulnerable Sector Screening Check.

Don’t meet every single qualification? If you are intrigued and excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in this job posting, we encourage you to apply anyway. You might just be the right candidate we have been searching for to join our team! Research has shown that people of colour, women and members of other equity deserving groups are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. Street Health is committed to building a diverse and authentic organization and we welcome your application.

Position Type: Full-Time, Contract, Bargaining Unit
Salary: $38.39 per hour
Work Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday
Work Location: 338 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON, M5A 2A1
Reports to: Kelly White, Manager, Harm Reduction Programs
Posting Date: Tuesday July 9, 2024
Application Deadline: Wednesday July 17, 2024
Application Method: Please submit a cover letter and resume by 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday July 17, 2024, to employment@streethealth.ca. Please quote “OPSCoord_3424” in the subject line of the email.

Street Health is committed to diversity, equity & inclusion and developing a workforce that is reflective of the communities and clients that we work with. We strongly encourage applications from members of equity deserving groups including but not limited to; people with lived and/or living experience, Black people, Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities, LGBTQ2SIA+ people, people with disabilities, and people with marginalized identities.

Street Health is committed to providing accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). Applicants are asked to make accommodation requests by email to employment@streethealth.ca and include the subject term ‘Accessibility’, or via telephone to 416-921-8668 ext. 228. Street Health will make every effort to ensure that reasonable accommodation requests are available throughout the recruitment process.

All candidates offered a position at Street Health must be fully vaccinated according to Street Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, Nov 2021, and proof of vaccination is required as a condition of employment. Street Health will comply with its Human Rights obligations and accommodate employees who are legally entitled to accommodation.

To apply for this job email your details to info@streethealth.ca