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Overdose Prevention Services Weekend Coordinator for PREP Society (PREP)


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Position:Overdose Prevention Services Weekend Coordinator
Employer:PREP Society (PREP)
Sector:Social Assistance
Closing Date:2019-Sep-18
Salary or Wage:$20.00 per hour
Full or Part Time:Part Time
Location:Powell River, BC
Start Date:ASAP


- Responsible for the effective and efficient functioning of OPS, and to effectively address the health issues of injection drug users, and increase capacity of the local community to meet local needs and expectations
- Ensures the availability of adequate staff within the context of operational demand, and environmental and resource constraints
- Ensures coverage for any shortages, and provide on-call duties
- Fosters collaborative working relationships and cultivates an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect
- Leads and supervises staff, and works with local harm reduction services to foster ongoing training, creating an environment that fosters growth, development, knowledge sharing and recognition
- Ensures adherence to accreditation, regulatory, and safety standards are met always (Health Canada, WorkSafeBC, WCB etc.) per best practices
- Maintains statistical data, participant lists for CAT/Prep reporting to Vancouver Coastal Health
- Fosters partnerships, establishes networks with other service providers serving the targeted population group
- Liaises with community partners to create opportunities for community involvement- focusing efforts on maintaining order to the exterior areas of service sites, as well as nearby neighbourhoods, and maintaining ‘good neighbour’ agreements
- Uses analytical abilities to review current processes, identify areas for improvement, formulate policies and procedures as needed to maintain respectful service provision within a supportive committee environ and adoption by consensus with Peers

Duties and Responsibilities

- Extensive experience working with persons coping with co-occurring disorders, specifically substance use disorder
- Related experience, including direct supervisory experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
- Direct working experience in vulnerable and/or marginalized populations, including diverse experience in housing, clinical and co-managed projects
- Self-motivated, responsible, willing to think and act creatively in order to effectively deliver services
- Demonstrated non-violent crisis intervention skills
Must be able to demonstrate core competencies of the biopsychosocial model of care, including harm reduction
- Strong leadership & communication skills; ability to supervise and mentor staff, peers & liaise with other outside agencies (including first responders or law enforcement) or community members as needed.
- Excellent conflict de-escalation skills that consider a variety of factors including racial triggers, mental health and addiction issues. NVCI certification is an asset
- Familiarity with a variety of drug overdose symptoms and appropriate protocols and procedures – Naloxone and Overdose Management training is an asset, but specific training will be available for the right candidate
- Current CPR, First Aid is a must. Airway management is an asset
Critical debrief skills are an asset, recognizing need for critical debrief and arranging this service is a must.
Knowledge of Worksafe BC / OHS programs & procedures and critical incident reporting.
Active learner; Keeps informed about legislation, regulations, industry trends, technology and protocols, and shares knowledge and supports staff to integrate evidence-based practice in the delivery of quality care/services.
Knowledge of the continuum of care and broader relevant services in the community and beyond.
Applies superior judgment: Solutions focused individual with excellent problem solving skills.
Organizational & multi tasking skills with ability to track and pay out cash.
Use of a personal vehicle is an asset.
Knowledge of stigma, marginalization, peer work and human rights for substance users.

Additional Details

Questions? Contact Kathryn at

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