Job Title: Incarceration/Reentry Outreach Worker

Employer: Texas Harm Reduction Alliance

Location: Austin, TX

Status: Full-time, time-limited (1 year)

Organization Description:

The Texas Harm Reduction Alliance (THRA) emerged in early 2019 in response to unprecedented opioid overdose rates and the apparent statewide need for harm reduction policy advocacy, education, and capacity building for direct services with people impacted by substance use, overdose, HIV, hepatitis, and sex work. THRA is a resource for all community sectors and organizations seeking evidence-informed pathways to the improvement of conditions and outcomes related
to drug use and related activity. We operate a direct services program in the Austin area that provides overdose prevention education, naloxone, and linkage to same-day medicine-based treatment for opioid use disorders.

Texas Harm Reduction Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employing staff, or selection of volunteers, on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, justice involvement or conviction, veteran status, financial status or HIV status.

General Instructions to Apply:

Please send an email to awhite@harmreductiontx.org with Incarceration/Reentry Outreach Worker in the subject line, in (.doc) or (.pdf) format:

● Letter of introduction including a commitment to core harm reduction values listed above (this part is important!)
● Current resume
● Contact information for three professional references

Job Role and Purpose:

Texas Harm Reduction Alliance (THRA) seeks an Incarceration/Reentry Outreach Worker to join our team. Applicants should align with the organization’s core values, including racial justice, anti-racism, and an understanding and commitment to the principles of harm reduction.

This job is a time-limited (1 year) position meant to focus on overdose education outreach for justice-involved persons who use drugs. The Incarceration/Reentry Outreach Worker will connect with currently incarcerated individuals and people leaving jail and prison to offer peer support and education on the risks associated with various drug use, including hepatitis, HIV, and overdose. They will also provide justice-involved individuals with peer support and resource navigation, including linkage to healthcare, case management, and basic needs.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

● Assist in the development of completely new programming connecting with people who use drugs and have been incarcerated
● Build relationships with and pathways through the public defender’s office, jail, transitional centers, halfway houses, and reentry services/advocacy groups around Austin as sites for harm reduction and overdose education outreach
● Participate in community organizing around justice-involved individuals, taking care to prioritize people who use drugs and/or are in recovery
● Distribute harm reduction supplies and education materials
● Provide preventive health education around substance use and safer sex practices
● Perform manual duties such as preparing educational materials, and stocking vehicles and supplies as needed
● Perform data upkeep of supplies given out and of participants’ needs
● Attend staff meetings, trainings, and conferences as assigned

Required Qualifications:

● A minimum of two (2) years of professional or volunteer experience in HIV prevention, harm reduction, outreach, or community organizing
● Must have the ability to actively and compassionately seek out and engage people affected by drug use in informational, non-judgmental discussions about overdose, HIV, hepatitis, and related health issues
● Knowledge or experience with drug use or extensive knowledge of issues facing drug users
● Knowledge of experience with incarceration or extensive knowledge of issues facing justice-involved persons
● Must be passionate about changing policies and laws, and have an understanding of the systems of oppression that contribute to drug use and overdose, houselessness, arrest, and incarceration.
● Excellent verbal and written communication and listening skills including the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences
● Must maintain strong confidentiality and appropriate boundaries
● Ability to work in a stressful, fast-paced environment as part of a team
● Must be able to complete data entry in a timely manner
● Must be streetwise and be able to solve practical problems
● Must have an active driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications:

● Bilingual: Spanish/English
● Experience or training in community organizing for system-level change
● Recovery Support Peer Specialist (RSPS) certificate, Reentry Peer Specialist certificate, or equivalent

Supervisor: This position reports to the Director of Services.

Salary and Benefits:

This full-time, salaried position will be located in our Austin, Texas, office. The salary range for this position is $45,000 – $50,000 per year, based on experience, with benefits including health, dental, vision, vacation, sick leave, and holidays.

Deadline for Application: Until filled

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