Overdose Prevention Worker (Casual)

Phoenix Society Abbotsford, BC
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Do you possess the gift of empathy that allows you to make genuine connections with people? Are you motivated by using your talents to support others in their personal growth? Come work for one of BC’s top not-for-profit societies.

ABOUT US
The Phoenix Society is a not-for-profit society dedicated to providing accessible services and opportunities to people who face barriers related to addiction, mental health, housing, education, criminal justice involvement and/or employment. You can read more about Phoenix here.

JOB SUMMARY

Reporting to the Program Coordinator, the Overdose Prevention Worker is a member of the PARC team, supplying harm reduction supplies and information to people wishing and needing access to these supplies.

You will actively engage clients that come to the drop-in centre and participate in the capacity building of clients to maximize their social and economic potential and support their goals for successful independent living in the community.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides referrals and follow up to high-risk clients
  • Supports and works with volunteers and peer volunteers
  • Distributes harm reduction supplies and Naloxone Kits
  • Provides accurate statistics in a timely manner
  • Records payments to peer volunteers
  • Responds to all overdoses in an appropriate manner which includes rescue breathing, administering injectable Naloxone and calling 911
  • Works as a team to ensure the best possible patient outcome in the event of an overdose
  • Ensures the smooth functioning of the drop in centre and engages clients
  • Prepares and provides daily bagged lunches
  • Ensures cleanliness of the drop-in space and OD prevention room
  • Ensures sharps are disposed of in a safe and correct manner
  • Acts as a back-up to other staff as needed

Competencies

  • Relationship building
  • Client-centred care that empowers and motivates the client
  • Adaptability in ambiguous situations
  • Case management including record keeping, report writing and statistics
  • Teamwork within an integrated addiction services team
  • Medication administration using a Medication Administration System
  • Sensitivity in a culturally diverse environment 

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a diploma in the social/human sciences, addictions or in law/justice.
    • Preference will be given to those who have post-secondary education and training relevant to the social service field. Alternately, pursuit of certification in social work, counseling, criminal justice or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered for this position.
  • Effectively utilize Office suite including Excel, Word, Outlook and central data systems
  • Proven communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills
  • Effectively communicate professionally, verbally and written in English
  • Current Food Safe certificate
  • Current Tuberculosis Screening Certificate
  • Current First Aid/CPR
  • Criminal Records check through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General Criminal Records Review Program Valid Class 5 BC Driver's License and driver's abstract 

Schedule: On-call, as needed. Casual staff must be willing to work at least three shifts per month.

We look forward to your application!

 
 
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