Responsible Person In Charge (RPIC)

Position Summary

We are currently looking for an RPIC to oversee day-to-day operations in our Overdose Prevention Centers. The RPIC works hand in hand with our Drop-In Center Managers to ensure seamless coordination and triage of participants between the programs. The RPIC facilitates connections between the OPC, care coordination and clinical services, respite, bathrooms, showers, and laundry, as well as groups and additional support services. The RPIC works to provide direct linkage for OPC participants to medication assisted therapy, HIV and HCV testing and treatment, overdose prevention and training in addition to urgent care, general health care, and case management services. For this position, OnPoint NYC is looking for an RPIC who is dedicated to harm reduction principles and eager to work in a high paced, high intensity environment.

Reports to: Senior Director of Programs
Pay Rate: Hourly: $27.47 – $32.96
Position Type: Full Time
Hours Per Week: 35

Responsibilities
  • Ensure the safe and effective operation of the OPC in line with OnPoint NYC policies and procedures. Maintains an exemplary standard of service delivery in all facets of OPC operation.
  • Work with Program Directors to develop and uphold policies, standards and protocols and ensures they are up-to-date and relevant.
  • Serves as lead contact and intermediary between the agency and emergency services (EMS, NYPD, FDNY).
  • Develop a network of service providers serving the target population and liaises with other OnPoint NYC departments and program managers, external partners, and health care providers to ensure coordination and a continuum of care that meets the needs of the participant.
  • Work closely with the Program Directors to develop consistent administrative practices and site operational standards, to ensure a coordinated system.
  • Supervise, coordinate scheduling, lead team meetings, coordinate internal communication and decision making among team members.
  • Coordinate staff training, orientation, and ongoing professional development with Program Director.
  • Oversee completion of OPC paperwork to ensure audit-worthy documentation and data collection.
  • Submit data and paperwork in a timely manner as directed by Program Director.
  • Closely monitors stock of overdose intervention supplies and equipment; completes ordering and restocking processes efficiently to support safe and effective operation of the program.
  • Connects individuals to appropriate case management services and warmly hands them off to the appropriate staff person. Supports coordination of external specialist appointments and coordinates escorts from case management when appropriate, and reminds the client of the upcoming appointment.
  • Delivers non-judgmental education around: overdose prevention & reversal with naloxone, safer injection practices, safer sex, vein finding, infectious disease prevention and/or management, buprenorphine initiation/management, HIV prevention with PrEP, HCV treatment and re-infection prevention, hydration/nutritional education and much more.
  • Assists in overdose intervention and monitoring in the OPC and Drop-In Center. Assistance from the RPIC occurs in two ways; a) assists are directive but are “hands-off” to facilitate “hands-on” learning for staff and peers working in the OPC, b) direct interventions when the severity or complexity of the overdose requires additional support. Facilitates overdose briefings at the end of the shift to discuss what went well and what could be improved.
  • Contributes to monthly and quarterly funder reports as assigned by supervisors.
  • Serves as a spokesperson for the OPC in line with OnPoint NYC media policy.
  • Perform other related tasks and responsibilities as assigned.

OPC Specific Responsibilities

  • Greets participants and invites them into OPC by order of arrival.
  • Orients new participants to the OPC routine, layout, supplies, services, etc.
  • Works to ensure participants’ safety by remaining vigilant, making observations and seeking emergency assistance as required, according to established protocols.
  • Monitors participant activities in the OPC.
  • Establishes engagement and develops a rapport with participants – relationship building.
  • De-escalates conflict with or among participants, according to established protocols.
  • Controls flow and numbers of participants into and out of each area on site, in accordance with established staff: participant ratios (1:4).
  • Maintains clean and well-stocked work environment, according to established protocol.
  • Supervises the disposal of used equipment, according to established protocol.
  • Cleans the consumption booths after each use, according to established protocol.
  • Discharges to the Drop-In Center when safe to do so. Communicate any concerns or needs for follow-up/continued monitoring to Drop-In Center staff.
  • Performs exemplary complex overdose intervention when necessary.
  • Proactively completes tasks and works well with the rest of the team.

Qualifications
  • Minimum two years working in a harm reduction environment (e.g., an SSP) in a supervisory role.
  • Experience with complex poly-substance overdose intervention.
  • Experience working in community health with marginalized populations preferred. Including HIV positive individuals, active drug users, unstably housed individuals, sex workers, or formerly incarcerated individuals.
  • Maintains respect and compassion for all clients being served, regardless of their active drug use or treatment compliance.
  • Commitment to harm reduction and social justice as it pertains to individuals who use drugs or engage in sex work in a multi-cultural, multi-racial environment, in a non-judgmental way.
  • Strong phlebotomy skills with patients who have vein-finding difficulty is a plus.
  • Lived experience, current or former PWUD strongly encouraged to apply.
  • 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)

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