Job Opportunity: Community Liaison, PreventionWorks!, Washington, DC 2/24/06

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PreventionWorks is hiring a Community Liaison, to increase awareness of and support for syringe access and other harm reduction issues among local elected leaders, law enforcement, community, and neighborhood groups; and coordinate community advisory panels.

The primary duties and responsibilities of the Community Liaison will include:

ADVISORY PANELS: Coordinating advisory panels, which are made up of supportive community members, service providers in the community, and program participants; identifying and recruiting participants and community residents to join the advisory panels; coordinating orientation of advisory panel members to the mission, history, and programs of PreventionWorks and to the history, philosophies, practices, and science supporting needle exchange; coordinating advisory panel meetings and communication; maintaining and facilitating communication between PreventionWorks and the advisory panels.

SYRINGE ACCESS WORKING GROUP (SAWG): Attending regular meetings and working closely with other members of the SAWG (including representatives of the Washington AIDS Partnership, Whitman-Walker Clinic, The DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, and PreventionWorks); with the Executive Director, leading SAWG initiative to create a comprehensive syringe access implementation plan for the District of Columbia with benchmarks.

COMMUNITY RELATIONS: Increasing awareness and support among elected Advisory Neighborhood Council (ANC) members; representing PreventionWorks at regular ANC meetings throughout the city; meeting with individual ANC Commissioners and constituents; maintaining and facilitating communication between PreventionWorks, ANC Commissioners, and community constituents; educating ANC members about background, mission, and work of PreventionWorks; increasing awareness and support among members of the Metropolitan Police Department Police Service Areas (PSA); representing PreventionWorks at regular Police Service Area (PSA) meetings throughout the city; meeting with PSA members and area residents; maintaining and facilitating communication between PreventionWorks, PSAs, and area residents; educate PSA members about background, mission, and work of PreventionWorks; increasing awareness and support among City Council Members; representing PreventionWorks at appropriate City Council hearings or briefings; coordinating meetings with individual Council Members and staffers; facilitating communication between PreventionWorks, City Council Members, and ward residents; educating Council Members and Council Staffers about background, mission, and work of PreventionWorks; increasing awareness and support among neighborhood associations and other community groups; representing PreventionWorks at neighborhood association meetings around existing and potential exchange sites; facilitating communication between PreventionWorks, community groups, and other residents; educating the community groups and other residents about the background, mission, and work of PreventionWorks; increasing awareness and support among churches and other religious institutions; representing PreventionWorks at meetings with representatives of religious institutions; facilitating communication between PreventionWorks and religious communities; educating religious institutions and their congregations about the background, mission, and work of PreventionWorks; with the Executive Director and other members of the Syringe Access Working Group, identifying and pursuing other venues and strategies for strengthening community awareness and support of PreventionWorks.

MEDIA: With Executive Director and PreventionWorks Public Relations Committee, developing and coordinating media strategy and materials; investigating and pursuing opportunities for educational campaigns, including funds for production of public service announcements; track news articles and other documents, broadcasts, publications, etc., highlighting the work of PreventionWorks and the Syringe Access Working Group; tracking news and research on issues relating to syringe access around the country.

REPORTING: Providing reports after each meeting.

Perform other duties as assigned.

The Community Liaison will work closely with and report to the Executive Director, and will also work with other members of the Syringe Access Working Group and PreventionWorks staff, board, and volunteers.

Required qualifications include background and knowledge of harm reduction theory, philosophy, and practices; ability to effectively and professionally represent PreventionWorks to elected officials, citizens, and PW participants; strong interpersonal skills; ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and evenings; independent, self-motivated worker; team player; able to develop and share network of contacts and resources.

Interested applicants should e-mail resume and a cover letter to: Paola Barahona, Executive Director, [email protected]

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