Syringe Service Program Specialist  

Vermont CARES

Vermont CARES is a non-profit organization that provides harm reduction services to people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and substance use disorders. The organization’s mission is to provide compassionate services, meeting people where they are to provide low barrier access to harm reduction services.

Job Summary: Vermont CARES is seeking a dedicated and compassionate person to be a part of the organization’s Syringe Service Program (SSP). This position will take part in all aspects of the program, including staffing the SSP and conducting outreach activities, distributing harm reduction supplies, and providing support and resources to individuals who use drugs. The main responsibility of this position is to provide services at our Barre office and support mobile services in the surrounding rural communities. This role is essential in increasing access to lifesaving services and supplies in a multi-county role. You will join a statewide team in this rewarding, much needed field of work.

This job requires significant travel. A driver’s license and reliable transportation is required.

Key Responsibilities:
Organize and conduct outreach activities to engage individuals who use drugs and connect them with the Syringe Service Program.
Distribute harm reduction supplies, including syringes, naloxone, fentanyl test kits and safe injection materials.
Provide support and resources to individuals who use drugs, including referrals to low barrier treatment and social services.
Maintain accurate records and data on program activities, supplies, and service utilization.
Collaborate with community partners and stakeholders to promote harm reduction.
Work with program participants to expand peer outreach work.

Experience working in harm reduction, human services or substance use preferred.
Knowledge of harm reduction principles and practices, including syringe exchange, safer injection, and overdose prevention.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with strong organizational and time management skills.
Experience with data collection and use of technology preferred.

Benefits: Health, dental, vision, generous CTO, mileage reimbursement.
Starting Pay Range: $36K-$38K

To Apply: Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Theresa Vezina at [email protected]  In your letter, please describe your experience working in harm reduction or related fields and your interest in this position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and strive to treat all employees with respect, dignity, and sensitivity. We welcome all qualified applicants regardless of, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sex, criminal justice history, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression or identity, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected class. We encourage those with lived experience with drug use to apply.

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