Central Alberta AIDS Network Society - Red Deer, AB

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The Central Alberta AIDS Network Society is the local charity that offers support to individuals who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and provides prevention and education throughout Central Alberta. CAANS is looking for Outreach Workers for our NightReach Program.
Position Title: Part time NightReach Staff (multiple positions)
Reports to: Program Manager
Hours of Work: Part Time (approximately 17.5 hours/week) Varying evenings and weekends
Job Purpose: To provide evening and weekend harm reduction outreach services to high-risk, street involved individuals.

Play a key role in the provision of harm reduction outreach services, including:

  • Develop/maintain trusting, caring, non-judgmental and supportive relationships with people who are street-involved and access NightReach services
  • Provide support to target populations including:
  • Psycho-social support
  • Harm reduction materials and information (e.g. safer injection, inhalation and safer sex)
  • Advocacy
  • Social service and health referrals
  • Respond to needle debris clean up and/or support as needed in the community.


  • Support the participation of individuals affected by addictions and related issues in all aspects of CAANS
  • Promote and facilitate the participation of target populations in regional and provincial activities
  • Create awareness about harm reduction and related issues in the community
  • Teach interested people about and share accomplishments of CAANS
  • Participate in regional and provincial meetings and consultations
  • Collaborate on common activities as identified

General Duties

  • Contribute to the work of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Participate in Staff Meetings
  • Adhere to established goals and objectives
  • Maintain current knowledge and skills
  • Attend agency functions as required
  • Other duties as necessary

Program Development, Evaluation and Reporting

  • Maintain program delivery records
  • Motivate programming and policy change to be inclusive of our target populations
  • Meet regularly with supervisor for consultation and activity updates


  • A diploma in social sciences, health or related field and/or combination of education and work experience is preferable
  • Knowledge, experience or willingness to learn about addictions, drug practice and culture, communicable diseases, sexual health, vulnerable populations, affected populations, mental health, and concurrent disorders
  • Flexibility, creativity, motivation, enthusiasm and non-judgmental attitude.
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team setting.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.
  • Fluency in English and written communication skills.
  • People with personal addictions and/or homelessness experience and people who have been clean for at least one year are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please submit resume, cover letter and scenario response to Ashley Fleming, Program Manager by 5:00 pm on Friday May 3rd, 2013.
Please note: Interviews will be scheduled for the week of May 13th through 17th and mandatory training for the successful candidates will be held on May 29th and 30th.

On a separate piece of paper, please describe how you would respond to this situation:

As you and your coworker are walking downtown you are approached by a woman. During a conversation regarding other issues, she confides in you that she has recently learned she is pregnant. A few minutes later she asks you to give her a safe injection kit, but before you are able to give her the kit, a car pulls up and she talks to the person inside. As she is getting into the car, she asks you to meet her in the same spot in half an hour and then leaves.

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The Central Alberta AIDS Network Society (CAANS) is the local charity responsible for all of the HIV prevention and support in the Alberta...