Harm Reduction Jobs in Pittsburgh and New York 4/18/03

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Prevention Point Pittsburgh (PPP) is a small, newly legalized syringe access program with eight years of experience in providing clean injection equipment, education and advocacy for injection drug users. PPP's programs and policies reflect a strong commitment to harm reduction and public health-based models of promoting health and reducing drug-related harm to individuals and communities. PPP is seeking an Executive Director with experience in syringe access, harm reduction interventions and running nonprofit organizations and programs. This person must be able to coordinate the operations of a growing, volunteer-based organization in a stable political environment.

The Executive Director position will include the following areas of responsibility: community organizing and policy work to establish and maintain relationships with community, service providers and governmental entities; collaboration with community agencies and service providers to expand syringe access, harm reduction interventions, and other services to PPP's participants; media and public relations; policy development at the local and state level to further the expansion and legalization of syringe access; fundraising and development, grants management, and fiscal planning; office management; coordination and management of syringe distribution sites, in conjunction with other staff and volunteers; volunteer recruitment, training and retention; and staff supervision.

Competitive Salary with excellent benefits, please contact: Alice Bell, LSW, Coordinator, Prevention Point Pittsburgh, 907 West Street, 5th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15221, phone: (412) 247-3404, fax: (412) 247-1640 (fax), [email protected].

The Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center seeks an experienced leader to direct a dynamic and culturally diverse community-based nonprofit organization with a $1.2 million dollar operating budget. LESHRC's mission is to reduce the spread of HIV infection among injection drug users and their community. LESHRC accomplishes this goal with a harm reduction philosophy that informs all community programming and internal activities. This non-judgmental approach towards drug users creates a unique work environment in which program participants are integral to programmatic and organizational success.

The Executive Director is the chief administrator of the organization with overall responsibilities for planning, administration and management of all programs and internal systems. The Executive Director is responsible to, supervised by, and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Directors for all areas of agency operation and policy implementation.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Governance Support & Compliance:
Ensuring all policies of the board are implemented in a consistent and appropriate manner; providing administrative support services to the board of directors and its committees; serving as liaison between staff and board of directors; assisting the board president and committee chairs in preparing meeting agenda; informing the board of directors of all relevant policy, operational, regulatory and community issues; working in collaboration with the CFO, Treasurer and board committees to propose and manage the budget; ensuring compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and contractual obligations.

Staff Leadership:
Hiring, evaluating and releasing employees within board established policies, job descriptions and budget; providing direct supervision and support to senior management staff; delegating authority as appropriate; maintaining a climate which attracts and motivates top quality people, both professional and volunteer; providing leadership to staff in the achievement of the organization's mission, strategy and annual goals; providing leadership to staff and volunteers in the development, and implementation and evaluation of programming.

Reviewing and enhancing LESHRC's development plan to sustain current budget and broaden funding base; maintaining excellent relations with funders, including public funders, private foundations and individual donors; implementing all fundraising activities on time, including grant writing and reporting, special events, direct mail and major donor development.

Public Relations and Education:
Promoting the philosophy and programs of LESHRC; maintaining and continuing to build relationships with LESHRC's neighbors, community-based organizations, city agencies, coalitions and the harm reduction community; working with staff and board to raise the public awareness about LESHRC's philosophy and programming; developing media, Internet and political education strategies that promote LESHRC's philosophy and programs.

Qualifications include three to five years successful administrative & supervisory experience; three to five years successful fundraising & revenue generating experience; experience working in community-based nonprofit and/or public sector.

LESHRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer; women, people of color and people with HIV are encouraged to apply. Send resume, cover letter & salary history to [email protected] or Elvira Sherifova, LESHRC, 25 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002.

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