Job Opportunity: Prevention Point Philadelphia Hiring Syringe Exchange Site Worker 3/19/04

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Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP) is a multi-service public health organization working to reduce harm associated with drug use by providing safe and humane alternatives to the war on drugs. Through education, outreach, advocacy and direct service, PPP offers culturally sensitive, non-judgmental programs to address the health and social service needs of drug users and sex workers in Philadelphia.

Prevention Point Philadelphia is hiring a Syringe Exchange Site Worker for a full-time, Tuesday through Saturday position reporting to PPP's Syringe Exchange Coordinator. The SEP Site Worker helps operate and manage six weekly SEP sites where PPP provides the following free services: anonymous syringe exchange, HIV counseling and testing, primary medical care, family planning counseling, harm reduction counseling, and referrals to health care and social services.

Responsibilities include logistical tasks related to operating the SEP including stocking, driving and maintaining the mobile SEP vehicles, conducting a weekly inventory of SEP supplies, collecting data, coordinating and supervising SEP site volunteers, facilitating service delivery at the SEP sites (e.g., syringe exchange, case management, harm reduction counseling, general health education, primary medical care, etc.); and helping to facilitate harm reduction education groups.

Minimum acceptable candidate requirements include: valid driver's license and insurable driving record; professional written and oral communication skills; demonstrable understanding of and commitment to harm reduction service delivery; and commitment to work and interact with drug users and sex workers professionally, respectfully, and non-judgmentally. Fluency in both Spanish and English is preferred.

Qualified candidates will also possess good organizational and leadership skills, some general knowledge of drugs and drug use, and an understanding of the issues and concerns that PPP consumers face. They will be patient and able to prioritize tasks for completion and issues for discussion. They will pay close attention to detail, advocate for PPP consumers as they seek services, and convey information about PPP's programs and services and harm reduction theory and practice to consumers, community members, and volunteers.

The SEP Site Worker must be able to see and read 10pt type, work both inside and outside in various weather, climb stairs, stand for at least three hours at a time, walk on uneven ground, lift and carry containers up to forty pounds, bend, squat, stock shelves above his/her head, and have good manual dexterity handling small items.

Address resumes and questions to: Jes Maaswinkel, Syringe Exchange Coordinator, 333 W. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19123, phone: (215) 787-0116, fax: (215) 787-0113, e-mail: [email protected].

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