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Harm Reduction Counselor

Job Title
Harm Reduction Counselor
Chicago,  IL 60606
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Harm Reduction Counselor

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV or chronic conditions. We envision a world in which people living with HIV or chronic conditions will thrive, and there will be no new HIV cases. Our work focuses on advancing health equity, preventing new cases of HIV, serving as a collaboration and knowledge center, being a bold voice for change and strengthening our organizational excellence.

AFC is seeking an individual who is passionate about supporting people who use drugs through a harm reduction philosophy.  Candidates should believe in the importance of building a therapeutic client relationship by consistently demonstrating dignity and respect to those we serve.  An understanding of the harms done by the War on Drugs and its profound impact on our population is important to understand.

The Harm Reduction Counselor will work with the Center for Housing & Health (CHH) collaborative to address the substance use treatment needs of chronically homeless households living in permanent supportive housing. The CHH collaborative brings together 26 housing providers to ensure that medically vulnerable homeless households in Chicago receive housing and support services to help them achieve optimal health outcomes. This position will serve as a liaison between the members of the CHH collaborative who provide permanent supportive housing and intensive case management, as well as substance use providers. The Harm Reduction Counselor will work with housing providers to screen, assess, determine level of need, provide referrals and linkage services to the appropriate substance use providers if/when applicable.

The Harm Reduction Counselor will provide harm reduction education, safer using supplies and/or provide in-home counseling if desired. CHH is a supporting organization of the AIDS Foundation Chicago.

Principal functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:


Minimum qualifications
High School Diploma and 2 or more years in substance use or harm reduction advocacy/counseling or equivalent lived experience

PLUS Valid driver's license and acceptable vehicle insurance PLUS Reliable vehicle transportation

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree

2 or more years substance use/harm reduction case management and/or counseling experience

LSW, LPC, Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) and, or Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) credential

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills with solid interpersonal skills along with the ability and willingness to respect and value the differences and perceptions of different groups/individuals.

Strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects, establish workload priorities, and meet deadlines and the ability to follow up with clients in a timely manner.

The ability to develop and maintain professional, trusting, positive working relationships with supervisors, staff, department managers, customers/clients, and partner agencies.

Knowledge of the causes of homelessness, who it affects, and the factors (e.g., racial inequities, Socio Economic Status) that can contribute to an individual being homeless.

Please reference position code CHH HRC 400

Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees at AIDS Foundation of Chicago are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.


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