Statewide Syringe Services Program Monitor

OFFICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH ACAD CARES   New Orleans, LA   Full-time     Social Service
Posted on April 29, 2022

The Louisiana Office of Public Health STD/HIV/Hepatitis Program (OPH SHHP), in conjunction with Acadiana CARES) are hiring a highly motivated and innovative Statewide Syringe Services Program Monitor. This position will oversee and monitor the efforts and activities of SHHP-funded Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) throughout the state and serve as a key contributor to the state’s HCV elimination strategy and Ending the HIV and Opioid Epidemics. This position will also serve as an SSP subject matter expert.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Development of a Comprehensive Statewide Health Department Syringe Services Program (SSP) protocol and policy and procedure manual which includes (but not limited to) relevant regulations, including emergency/safety procedures, general operating procedures, reporting requirements, etc.
  • Development and/or contribution to a training portfolio which includes, but not limited to: o Harm reduction 101
    o Legal and law enforcement issues and policies
    o Syringe disposal and safety, including needle stick procedures
    o HIV and Hepatitis basics and prevention
    o Safer injection and overdose prevention
    o Referral networks and procedures, including drug treatment, and medical care
    o Cultural competency, including sensitivity to the needs of youth, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered
    individuals, people of color, women, sex workers and other participant populations
  • Serve as an intra-agency trainer and resource in the Harm Reduction model for staff during manager meetings, core trainings, and other trainings as needed.
  • Oversee the expansion of SSPs throughout the state and provide capacity building assistance, technical support to new and existing SSPs.
  • Provide technical assistance to staff, community partners and stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain relationships in the Harm Reduction Community.
  • Develop a Community Advisory Group for People Who Inject Drugs (PWID).
  • Develop a comprehensive model to test and treat PWID for HCV, HIV, syphilis and other STIs.
  • Collaborate with other Capacity Building staff to develop program material, tools and quality indicators on various topics relating to the health of LGBTQIA+ who use drugs.
  • Collaborate across all departments and teams to align strategies, messaging, and priorities.
  • Apply a social justice lens to harm reduction and center the voices of people with lived experiences of drug use, HIV, hepatitis C, overdoes, homelessness, incarceration, and sex work in all work.

Other Functions

Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent: Preferred: Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working with a harm reduction approach; ability to effectively create and deliver training and technical assistance using a variety of instructional techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience in HIV prevention, harm reduction outreach or similar work with diverse populations. The ability to engage diverse populations in informational non-judgmental discussions about HIV, syphilis, hepatitis and related health issues.
  • Regional, statewide and some national travel.


To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: SHP_Resumes@la.gov

Please reference SSP in subject line. Applications accepted until filled. EOE/AA Employer