Job posting: ICM Harm Reduction Support Worker, Victoria

AIDS Vancouver Island (Victoria) is hiring  for full time and casual positions

Job Summary:

The ICM Harm Reduction Support Worker will work on a multidisciplinary team to provide a broad range of psychosocial and health-related supports to individuals in accordance with the Team’s goals and objectives.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Actively engages with people who use substances and individuals who are living with, or at risk
for, HIV/Hepatitis C, using a collaborative, person-centered approach grounded in harm
2. Uses brief assessment, active listening and crisis response skills to help meet immediate, basic
needs and make appropriate referrals to other health and support services
3. Establishes client care plan in collaboration with the client, and the team
4. Provides outreach-based supports in the community including accompaniment to appointments,
home visits, eviction prevention, and advocacy in accordance with the established client care
5. Distributes and recovers harm reduction supplies, and provides education and support on safer
drug use, safer sex, HIV, hepatitis C, and STIs
6. Works in collaboration with partner agencies to provide a continuum of services within AIDS
Vancouver Island and the Island Health Authority
7. Maintains confidential paper and electronic case notes and communicates clearly to coworkers
in the communication log
8. Fosters safety by following protocols related to violence prevention and critical incidents (such
as overdose and other medical emergencies), including the ability to use a cell phone
9. Engages in planning, evaluation, reporting, and program development as directed
10. Performs other duties as assigned



Education, Training, and Experience:
University degree in health or social services (Social Work, Psychology, Mental Health & Addictions
Support Worker, etc.), or equivalent combination of education and experience

Support Workers will have a minimum of two years relevant work experience and will demonstrate the
following minimum requirements:
• Valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License and use of own vehicle for work purposes
• Demonstrated skills, experience, and knowledge in the areas of harm reduction principles and
• Demonstrated ability to establish rapport, provide support and advocate for a diverse range of
clientele including individuals who are actively using substances and living with significant health
• Direct service delivery and advocacy experience with community-based and provincial support
services and systems (financial aid, housing, healthcare, justice system, etc.)
• Demonstrated skills, experience, and knowledge in the areas of safer drug use, addictions, safer
sex, sex work, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, mental health, etc.
• Demonstrated knowledge of social justice, health promotion and public health approaches and
models of social support and health care
• Experience managing hostile interactions, utilizing non-violent communication and diffusing
• Ability to problem solve with creativity, flexibility, assertiveness and a cool head in dealing with
complex issues
• Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, and demonstrated
commitment to working within a collaborative team approach;
• Demonstrated time management and personal organization skills to effectively support a full
caseload within a case management model

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Application deadline is 5 PM on Friday, April 20, 2018