01 Nov Navigation Specialist
The Navigation Specialist is a member of the OnPoint NYC’s medical clinic team and is responsible for providing an array of office and street-based linkage and navigation for HCV and buprenorphine access to injection drug users (IDU’s), sex workers, and people living with HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C. The Hub Peer will be primarily responsible for conducting outreach and supporting the HCV Navigator to provide safer drug use and safer sex harm reduction education, HIV and HCV testing and counseling, linkage to appropriate medical follow up, education around buprenorphine access and treatment, and support facilitation of access to buprenorphine. All activities are designed to be consistent with OnPoint NYC’s service model, which is based on educating and empowering individuals to advocate for themselves and make self-identified changes in their lives.
Reports to: HUB Manager
Pay Rate: Hourly: $21.97 – $24.47
Position Type: Full Time
Hours Per Week: 35
- Perform outreach activities including HCV prevention education and testing, provide information on buprenorphine access and treatment while recruiting hard to reach injection drug users, other drug users, sex workers and other community members experiencing barriers to services.
- Support the HCV Navigator in performing outreach activities to engage individuals around HCV prevention and treatment.
- Conduct HIV and HCV rapid testing and counseling and facilitate linkage to preventative services, treatment, and follow up care.
- Connect OnPoint NYC participants and community members to HCV treatment and supportive services through the OnPoint NYC Health HUB Clinic. Assist participants in achieving HCV cure by encouraging medication adherence and providing other support as needed.
- Educate OnPoint NYC participants and community members around buprenorphine treatment and accessibility.
- Facilitate access to buprenorphine treatment with OnPoint NYC providers.
- Follow up with participants through buprenorphine induction, providing support and motivation on adherence.
- Assist with health insurance enrollment, changes and support.
- Follow all documentation standards to keep accurate, consistent, and complete records on all participants served.
- Collect updated contact information and conduct participant tracking efforts.
- Work with the team to set up and pack up site for outreach events.
- Perform other related tasks and responsibilities as assigned.
- Must be an organized, self-motivated, team-player, with strong interpersonal and communication skills, basic computer skills and the ability and willingness to engage in hands-on work and solve problems as they arise.
- Must be a compassionate individual with an active interest in harm reduction, HCV prevention and treatment, Buprenorphine treatment and education.
- Familiarity with HCV and HIV testing and providing linkages to HCV and HIV prevention and care services preferred.
- Familiarity with buprenorphine treatment for opioid addiction and dependency.
- Significant life experience in the areas of drug use, sex work, HIV and STI prevention preferred.
- Strong ability to promote navigation services and connect participants to other services, including mental health, substance use treatment, and other supportive services.
- Familiarity with the full array of supportive services available to individuals in the priority populations, especially Black and Latinx/Hispanic women.
- Must be familiar with and believe in harm reduction philosophy.
- Must be willing to work outdoors and at street sites (sometimes in inclement weather). Hours may include nights and weekends.
- Bilingual (English and Spanish) is highly preferred.
Equal Opportunity Employer
OnPoint NYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate relative to race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, medical status, or history of incarceration. Individuals who have personal experience with drug use, women, people of color, members of the LGBTQI+ community, disabled individuals, and the formerly incarcerated are strongly encouraged to apply.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter outlining your experience and/or interest in harm reduction, Spanish/English proficiency, and interest in the position in addition to your curriculum vitae/resume. Applicants without a cover letter will not be considered for the position.
Please save your files with your last and first name followed by document title (e.g. Smith J Resume, Smith J Cover Letter)