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Outreach Driver

Company: WHCP/NYHRE
Location: New York
Posted on: December 6, 2017

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Job DescriptionJOB SUMMARYThe Washington Heights CORNER Project is seeking a committed, driven, and compassionate Outreach Driver to work with our agency. The Outreach Driver will conduct mobile outreach activities for our Syringe Access Program, Condom, and Naloxone distribution, and haz waste collection activities across north Manhattan, Harlem and the Bronx and will be responsible for managing the outreach vehicles. This position is based at WHCP’s main office but involves significant time out in the field. Some evenings and weekends will be requiredDETAILED DESCRIPTION This position reports to the Field Services Manager and Directors of Overdose Prevention Services and Harm Reduction Services. Areas served include Northern Manhattan, Harlem, and the Bronx.• Support WHCP and our sister agency NYHRE’s outreach, public safety and hazardous waste collection activities by driving agency vans and buses safely within NYC, especially in Harlem, the Bronx and North Manhattan.• Conduct outreach and hazardous waste collection activities whenever possible when the van/bus is parked at a location• Complete and submit outreach and other paperwork according to agency protocols, on time and to a high standard.• Assume responsibility for van/bus permits. Adhere to permit parameters when driving.• Pick up and drop off vans/buses at their respective garages on time. Liaise with parking garage staff in a courteous and professional manner on all issues pertaining to agency vans/buses• Maintain the vans/buses in the following ways: • Ensure vans/buses are re-fueled as necessary and pin advance of a planned outing • Ensure all fluids are topped up in the vans/buses including oil, windshield washer fluid, coolant etc. • Maintain the cleanliness of the vans/buses, both inside and out • Complete van/bus usage logs according to agency protocol • Communicate all issues related to van operation and functioning to supervisor in a timely manner • Conduct a walk-through inspection of the van/bus before each outing checking all fluids, lights, brakes, tires, mirrors and inspecting for dents, scratches and other damage. Log and report according to agency protocols.• Collaborate with Field Services Manager to devise outreach routes and in collaboration with WHCP’s sister agency, NYHRE, to ensure maximum reach and effectiveness of service delivery to the community.• Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to: • Pick up and drop off donations, supplies for special events as directed • Supporting staff at Health Fairs and other events as directed • Participate in training and cross-training as directedKNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS • Must have a valid NYS Driver’s License – commercial license as asset but not required• Must have a clean driver’s abstract (please include with application)• Previous experience driving delivery vans, moving trucks, general transport an asset• Familiarity with the Washington Heights and Inwood, Harlem and the Bronx an asset• Experience working in service provision, for example providing referrals or administering HIV/HCV testing, an asset but not required• Experience working with people who use drugs, an asset but not required• Must be outgoing, organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and committed to working in a diverse environment• Must be a team player and able to work effectively with a large variety of personalities and abilities, pragmatic with excellent problem solving and conflict resolution skills• Must be familiar with and believe in a harm reduction philosophy• Great attitude and people skills are a must• Individuals from the Washington Heights, Hamilton Heights, and Inwood areas are strongly encouraged to apply• Spanish fluency preferred Company DescriptionWashington Heights CORNER Project (WHCP):WHCP’s mission is to significantly improve the health and quality of life of people whouse drugs by creating relevant supports and services including access to; clean syringesthrough street-based outreach, advocacy and resources; a broad range of educational,referral and health services that reduce risks associated with drug use – including HIV,viral hepatitis and overdose. People who use drugs participate meaningfully in our service model. This is therapeutic in countering rampant stigma and feelings of worthlessness; and restoring social connections and hope. WHCP delivers service without judgment recognizing that individuals have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, have access to health care, and the space to work on their own goals.New York Harm Reduction Educators (NYHRE):From its activist beginnings as an underground needle exchange, NYHRE is now New York’s largest syringe exchange program, serving over 4,000 low-income drug users and street-based sex workers each year in the Bronx and East Harlem using a unique street-side, low-threshold model. Rooted in social and economic justice, NYHRE provides integrated educational, supportive and substance use services in a non-coercive, grass roots manner that helps participants empower themselves, improve the quality of their lives and have a positive impact on our communities. All activities are designed to advance NYHRE’s service model, which is based on educating and empowering individuals to advocate for themselves and make self-identifiedchanges in their lives.WHCP and NYHRE are two separate organizations that now have a strategic partnership under one Executive Director.

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