Aboriginal IDU Outreach Coordinator – Toronto (GTA)

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date October 18, 2017
Type Full Time
Company Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy
Location Toronto, ON
Category Medical / Health
Client Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy
Contact Information

Position:  Aboriginal IDU Outreach Coordinator – Toronto (GTA)
Duration:  One-year contract from date of hire
Reports to:  Executive Director
Application Deadline: 5 pm, November 1, 2017


The Aboriginal IDU Outreach Coordinator position is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing the Aboriginal IDU Outreach program in the Greater Toronto Area.  The successful applicant will recruit, train, coordinate and support peer harm reduction volunteers who have lived experience. The Aboriginal IDU Outreach Coordinator will work with vendors to order harm reduction supplies and will work with peers and volunteers to distribute harm reduction supplies to community members in Toronto’s downtown core and GTA.  In addition, the Aboriginal IDU Coordinator will collaborate and work to integrate with other Oahas staff and community partners to provide services for community members affected by and/or at risk for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and substance use, including education, support, harm reduction and prevention strategies and activities including but not limited to providing educational workshops, delivering programs and developing new partnerships.

The successful candidate will have experience working with and for harm reduction philosophies and principles using an Indigenous lens.  The candidate will have demonstrated success in program coordination, street outreach and community development.  In addition, the candidate will demonstrate their experience in working with people who are living with or affected by HIV, HCV, who use drugs and other substances and sex work in a compassionate and non-judgmental manner. Lastly, the successful candidate will have a comprehensive understanding of the social determinants of health of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people.


  • Post-secondary diploma in health, social work, education, counseling or equivalent work experience; lived experience;
  • Demonstrated thorough knowledge of HIV/AIDS and related issues, including GIPA and MEPA;
  • Strong inter-personal, verbal and written communications skills;
  • Strong public speaking abilities and group facilitation skills;
  • Strong conflict de-escalation and crisis management techniques;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Aboriginal social determinants of health;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Aboriginal issues, cultures and traditions;
  • Proven ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality;
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to Harm Reduction;
  • Experience in program development and delivery;
  • Experience of working with people who use drugs and other substances;
  • Strong organizational/administrative and team skills
  • Ability to speak openly and freely about substance use, sexuality in a sex-positive, non-judgmental manner with service users and harm reduction peers and volunteers
  • Strong computer literacy in a Mac environment as well as social media tools;
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evening and weekends;
  • A valid driver’s license and have access to reliable automobile would be an asset;
  • Ability to work in an anti-racism, anti-oppression, and sex-positive team environment.
  • Awareness of overdose prevention and education

Description of Duties:

Coordinate the distribution of harm reduction materials/supplies to community members who use drugs and other substances in Toronto GTA through the coordination of street outreach

Coordinate ordering of supplies and return of used materials to Toronto Public Health as well as maintain adequate stock levels at the Oahas Central office.

Train staff, volunteers, and harm reduction workers (peers) on street outreach protocol.

Maintain working relationships with community partner agencies

Develop partnership opportunities with agencies, groups, committees, and other sources to promote the health of Indigenous people affected by HIV/AIDS and substance use.

Actively participate in relevant networks and committees serving community members affected by HIV/AIDS and substance use.

Coordinate the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of educational and outreach materials and workshops.

Develop and deliver prevention education workshops to drug user populations and service agencies about HIV, harm reduction, Oahas programs and services, safer sexual practices and safer substance use.

Work with office manager to manage IDU budget and purchase promotional and street outreach materials.

Work with service users to help them cope more effectively with issues and concerns related to HIV and/or substance use.

Coordinate information resources on harm reduction and overdose education and prevention

Maintain monthly statistics and data entry into tracking tool.

Harm Reduction Volunteer Peer Support and Coordination

  • Provide support to volunteer peers, through scheduling, mentoring, debriefing, one-on-one or group meetings.
  • Schedule outreach and other activities, and volunteer performance support and setting of expectations for volunteer peers
  • Provide education and support to volunteer peers and drug user populations with regards to health promotion, community resources/referrals, etc.
  • Recruit and train volunteer peers as necessary
  • Oversee the collection of street outreach distribution data


Please send or email a cover letter and resume to:

Lindsay Kretschmer
Executive Director
7 Hayden Street, Suite 201
Toronto, ON  M4Y 2P2
Attn: IDU Outreach Program
Or email: executivedirector@oahas.org

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