Outreach Intern

The Outreach Intern is an Iowa City, IA based position with the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition (IHRC). This position involves a combination of street-based, fixed-site, and mobile outreach to people who use drugs in Eastern Iowa communities, and coordination of IHRC’s outreach program and volunteer program.

  • Co-facilitate quarterly volunteer trainings.
  • Maintain and track outreach supplies and provide weekly supply update to Executive Director.
  • Coordinate volunteer participation in outreach shifts.
  • Participate in a mix of street and fixed site based harm reduction outreach and provide access to safer injection materials, overdose prevention materials + naloxone.
  • Identify new outreach sites and work with community members to advertise outreach activities to directly impacted people.
  • Provide safer drug use and safer sexual health education.
  • Provide referrals to medication assisted treatment, detox, other substance use treatment services, housing programs, and health care services.
  • Document all client interactions and enter all participant data into reporting system.
  • Administer HIV / HCV counseling and testing, and provide referrals to treatment.
  • Engage, mobilize, and organize community members and IHRC clients to participate in syringe access and harm reduction advocacy activities.
  • Participate in staff meetings and board meetings in person or by phone / web and participate in monthly in-person staff meetings.
  • Compile naloxone and safer injection kits.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality and treat all clients and participants non-judgmentally and with warmth and positive regard.
  • Current student in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional program.
  • We are specifically looking for candidates with an active interest in harm reduction, and social justice as it pertains to individuals who use drugs, do sex work and/or are at risk for HIV, hepatitis, overdose or incarceration.
  • Must be able to work independently. IHRC employees often work remotely and employees must be organized, self-motivated team-players, with strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability and willingness to be hands-on and solve problems as they arise.
  • Must demonstrate commitment to harm reduction principles and to working with people who use drugs in a multi-cultural, multi-racial environment in a non-judgmental manner.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and auto insurance.

This position does not provide financial compensation but will work to satisfy requirements for undergraduate or graduate course credit.

Start Date
January 15, 2018

To Apply
Send resume and cover letter to Sarah Ziegenhorn, Executive Director, at
hello@iowaharmreductioncoalition.org.

Advocacy and Communications Coordinator

The Advocacy and Communications Coordinator is an Iowa-based position with the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition (IHRC) that will facilitate and manage all IHRC projects and programming related to syringe access advocacy and syringe exchange legalization. The position will involve a combination of educating and working directly with state legislators, mobilizing community members across Iowa to advocate for syringe access, building partnerships and coalitions with relevant stakeholders, providing leadership and coordination for events, including the annual summit, and producing communications materials.

  • Engage, mobilize, and organize community members from around the state to
    participate in syringe access and harm reduction advocacy activities.
  • Work with legislators to gain support for syringe exchange legalization, provide education to law makers about syringe access legislation, track progress of relevant bills and facilitate movement of bills through the Iowa legislature.
  • Research, write, and develop harm reduction communications materials for diverse audiences.
  • Work closely with partner organizations and other stakeholder organizations, including advocates from public health, health care, and law enforcement communities.
  • Plan and coordinate large-scale state-wide advocacy events and community-level events.
  • Develop and implement digital media advocacy strategies, and manage all
    communications activities, including social media platforms, e-mail campaigns, and traditional media outreach.
  • Conduct harm reduction trainings with stakeholder organizations and respond to public speaking and media requests.
  • Participate in staff meetings and board meetings in person or by phone / web and participate in monthly in-person staff meetings.
  • Advance professional knowledge of drug policy and public health policy through participation in webinars, attending national and regional harm reduction conferences, maintaining relationships with national-level organizations.
  • Provide grant writing support to the executive director.
  • Assist with quarterly volunteer trainings.
  • Participate in a minimum of two outreach shifts per month.
  • Assist in organizing harm reduction conferences with partner organizations.
  • Complete monitoring and evaluation requirements for position and provide monthly update to Executive Director.
  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum one-year experience working in substance use, harm reduction, public health, advocacy, or public policy required. Master’s in Public Health or educational equivalent preferred.
  • We are specifically looking for candidates with an active interest in harm reduction, and social justice as it pertains to individuals who use drugs, do sex work and/or are at risk for HIV, hepatitis, overdose or incarceration.
  • Past experience in community organizing or demonstrated ability to mobilize large groups preferred.
  • Must be able to work independently, IHRC employees often work remotely and
    employees must be organized, self-motivated team-players, with strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability and willingness to be hands-on and solve problems as they arise.
  • Must demonstrate commitment to harm reduction principles and to working with people who use drugs in a multi-cultural, multi-racial environment in a non-judgmental manner.
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Must have current driver’s license and auto insurance.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours.
  • People who are HIV/hepatitis positive, have a history of drug use, sex work, or incarceration are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • 0.50 FTE, plus health insurance.
  • Position is based in Iowa City; this is a primarily work-from-home position that requires some fieldwork in surrounding communities.
  • Transportation and ability to travel regularly to Des Moines and neighboring Eastern Iowa communities required

Start Date
February 1, 2018 – February 15, 2018

To Apply
Send resume or CV, cover letter, and a writing sample to Sarah Ziegenhorn, Executive Director, at hello@iowaharmreductioncoalition.org.

Harm Reduction Outreach Specialist

The Harm Reduction Outreach Specialist is a Cedar Rapids, IA based position with the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition (IHRC). This position involves a combination of street-based, fixed-site, and mobile outreach to people who use drugs in Eastern Iowa communities, and coordination of advocacy initiative within drug user communities.

  • Participate in a mix of street and fixed site based harm reduction outreach
  • Provide access to safer injection materials
  • Provide access to overdose prevention materials + naloxone
  • Identify new outreach sites and work with community members to advertise outreach activities to directly impacted people.
  • Be culturally aware of people who use drugs and respect their decisions
  • Provide community based STI/HIV/hepatitis prevention education to MSM, drug users,sex workers, and those at high risk of getting sexually transmitted infections
  • Provide safer drug use and safer sexual health education
  • Provide referrals to medication assisted treatment, detox, other substance use treatment services, housing programs, and health care services.
  • Distribute STI/HIV/HCV prevention materials
  • Provide information about HIV/HCV/STI care and treatment services
  • Conduct Medicaid enrollment, rapid re-housing screening, and buprenorphine treatment eligibility assessment.
  • Document all client interactions and enter all participant data into reporting system.
  • Administer HIV / HCV counselling and testing, and provide referrals to treatment.
  • Attend local coalitions, town halls, city council meetings, etc. to build relationships and present on IHRC community outreach work.
  • Engage, mobilize, and organize community members and IHRC clients to participate in syringe access and harm reduction advocacy activities.
  • Participate in staff meetings and board meetings in person or by phone / web and participate in monthly in-person staff meetings.
  • Advance professional knowledge of drug policy and public health policy through participation in webinars, attending national and regional harm reduction conferences, maintaining relationships with national-level organizations.
  • Assist with quarterly volunteer trainings.
  • Compile naloxone and safer injection kits.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality and treat all clients and participants non-judgmentally and with warmth and positive regard.
  • We are specifically looking for candidates with an active interest in harm reduction, and social justice as it pertains to individuals who use drugs, do sex work and/or are at risk for HIV, hepatitis, overdose or incarceration.
  • Must be able to work independently. IHRC employees often work remotely and
    employees must be organized, self-motivated team-players, with strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability and willingness to be hands-on and solve problems as they arise.
  • Must demonstrate commitment to harm reduction principles and to working with people who use drugs in a multi-cultural, multi-racial environment in a non-judgmental manner.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and auto insurance.
  • People who are HIV/hepatitis positive, have a history of drug use, sex work, or incarceration are strongly encouraged to apply.

This position does not provide financial compensation but will work to satisfy requirements for undergraduate or graduate course credit.

Start Date
January 15, 2018

To Apply
Send resume and cover letter to Sarah Ziegenhorn, Executive Director, at hello@iowaharmreductioncoalition.org.