Harm Reduction Coordination

Harm Reduction Coordination

Internal Employment OpportunitiesHarm Reduction Coordination

Harm Reduction Coordination

Permanent Part Time

September 26, 2021

North Vancouver


Job Summary:

Working within the context of the client-centered, family focused vision and goals of the

Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s Health Department, the Harm Reduction Coordinator will provide individual and group substance use and harm reduction peer counselling opportunities and ensure preventative program supports and activities to clients, male and female, across all ages, using a variety of harm reduction approaches. The Harm Reduction Coordinator will excel at mental wellness and addictions system navigation, act as a broader team resource on harm reduction strategies and interventions through the respectful observation of TWN cultural protocols and traditional practices.

 Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Conduct intake, assessments and develop client service / care plans involving individual and group interventions including but not limited to client’s individual substance use needs.
  • Provide coordinated, short term case management in collaboration with internal and external service providers from intake to referral and discharge.
  • Support clients in meeting identified goals through systems navigation, care coordination, and through the development of referral and follow-up plans.
  • In collaboration with the larger team, identify needs within community and develop and lead group programs and activities on topics relevant to clients.
  • Employ harm reduction practices and approaches in the provision of one to one and group-based interventions to support clients.
  • Support activities geared toward establishing and maintaining healthy lifestyles with a particular emphasis on harm reduction, substance use management, community engagement and life skills.
  • Develop & implement outreach strategies to identify and engage people living with HIV and substance use who are currently unable or unwilling to access services of the TWN Mental Wellness and Addictions Program.
  • Facilitate client participation in program initiatives.
  • Provide information and assistance or referral to other agencies and/or co-ordinate service delivery with other agencies.
  • Facilitate community linkages and partnerships specific to mental wellness and substance use needs of clients.
  • Participate in community-based networks and education initiatives related to issues affecting clients.
  • Maintain case notes and statistics, centralized files and electronic health records and assist in the preparation of statistical and written reports, and other documentation as required.


  • Undergraduate degree in Social work or equivalent.
  • Current, or willingness to pursue, membership in your professional college is preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working with clients complex medical and co-morbid conditions with associated mental health and substance use issues within a First Nations context
  • Experience working with clients with HIV/AIDS preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in working within a harm reduction, trauma informed and anti-oppression framework.
  • Must successfully pass criminal record check.

 Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrable skill and experience in client assessment, case management, individual counselling, service planning and co-ordination, individual and systemic advocacy, crisis intervention and conflict resolution with adults who are socially isolated, low income and homeless.
  • Proven ability to plan, lead and facilitate group and individual work with emphasis on substance use issues, trauma and care engagement.
  • Possesses effective verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of First Nations communities, health and social issues.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the population health approach and the social determinants of health.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of harm reduction, health promotion and community-based care.
  • Extensive knowledge of the issues arising from deteriorating mental/physical health, disabilities and of the conditions which contribute to social isolation, discrimination and racism.
  • Knowledge of strategies for health promotion, disease and injury prevention, determinants of health and illness, and health protection.
  • Extensive knowledge and skill in harm reduction modalities with commitment to harm reduction practices and policies.
  • Comprehensive understanding of community-based services and supports which address issues of poverty, homelessness, marginalization, mental health, and substance use.
  • Knowledge of local community resources and agencies.

 Work Conditions:

a) Physical Demands

  • Intermittent physical activity including walking, standing, sitting, lifting and supporting clients.
  • May be exposed to occupational hazards such as infectious waste, diseases and chemicals and may be susceptible to back injuries and muscle strains from lifting/moving clients.
  • Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals.

 b) Mental Focus

  • May deal with individuals who can, from time to time, be demanding and challenging. Must be able to remain patient and calm, and may have to engage in conflict resolution.

 c) Environmental Conditions

  • Consists of three main components of office, community member homes and/or community buildings and in the car. The noise level in all areas is generally quiet, but at times noise could escalate.
  • Must be able to work relatively independently and deal with issues of personal safety because this position is outside the controlled environment of a hospital.
  • Occasional meetings/conferences outside normal office hours.

If this role interests you, please click the link below to directly apply.

Harm Reduction Coordinator

Or send your Resume and Cover Letter to jobapplications@twnation.ca

We appreciate everyone’s interest in the role, however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.