Language switcher

Social Icons

Text Resize

Harm Reduction Worker – Coordinator Street Outreach and Education

Application Deadline: 
Posting Date: 
Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre

Harm Reduction Worker – Coordinator Street Outreach and Education formerly HIV/AIDS Outreach Educator
Regular Full Time 1.0 FTE (35 hours/week) Bargaining Unit – UFCW Local 175

Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre (Parkdale Queen West CHC) is a dynamic, community-based health care organization serving mid-west downtown Toronto. Offering a broad range of services, including primary health care, dental care, harm reduction, health promotion, counselling, and community development programming, we are also committed to serving people who face barriers to health care and we strive to reduce these barriers.

A collaborative health educator and/or community development leader with substantial experience in drug use harm reduction, particularly as it relates to injection drug users (IDUs), you share our passion for making a difference, and see this role as an opportunity to take the next step in your successful career while contributing to a vision of Inclusive Communities. Responsive Healthcare. Healthier Lives.

Reporting to the Manager, Urban Health - Harm Reduction Services, and using a harm reduction approach, you’ll respond to the needs of the IDU community through outreach programs, resource development and distribution, crisis intervention, community education, and recruitment, training and supervision of peer health workers. This highly interactive role that will see you developing professional and social networks, and liaising with other agencies regarding the needs of injection drug users, with a special focus on educating service providers, expanding services, enhancing access to treatment, and advocating on issues affecting IDUs.

As a Harm Reduction Worker, you’ll act as a resource to individuals, groups and communities, establish and maintain community links and partnerships, identify needs and gaps in care, and develop, implement and monitor health education strategies and programs to meet said needs. Overall IDU program execution, evaluation and quality assurance will be your responsibility, from developing, implementing, maintaining and evaluating goals and objectives, to developing and following appropriate protocols and policies, to maintaining timely, accurate written and electronic client records, reports and correspondence.


  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline from a recognized university, or a combination of some post-secondary education and experience in relevant field.
  • 3 to 5 years’ relevant experience in a community setting, and expertise in workshop design and facilitation, and program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience working with marginalized communities such as homeless and under-housed people, street-involved youth, psychiatric consumer/survivors, sex trade workers, and injection drug users.
  • Proficiency in one or more languages other than English, and personal/lived experience of drug use, homelessness, and/or street involvement would be considered assets.

Wage Rate Range: $49,066 - $57,779 per annum

How to Apply

If you are interested in joining with a creative and dedicated team to make things better, we want to hear from you. Please send your resume and cover letter in a single document (MS Word or PDF format, only) to, by August 13, 2019, quoting “Harm Reduction Worker – Coordinator Fixed Sites Outreach and Education” in the subject line.

We truly appreciate your interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Please also note that the successful candidate will be required to provide a criminal reference check as a condition of employment.