Health Promoter Harm Reduction – Warden Woods

Position Type: Full-Time Contract Position to March 31, 2023
Salary Range: $65,362 - $76,897; Includes HOOPP (Healthcare Of Ontario Pension Plan)


South Riverdale Community Health Centre is a non-profit, multi-service organization that provides primary healthcare, social and community outreach services with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention primarily to people of East Toronto. Our mission is to improve the lives of people that face barriers to physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being. We do so by meaningfully engaging our clients and communities, ensuring equitable access to primary health care and delivering quality care through a range of evidence informed programs, services and approaches. As a leader in community health, our locally and internationally recognized community services include cutting-edge primary health services, health promotion, harm reduction, environmental health, community food centre and population-based community programs for marginalized peoples. We value health equity and inclusion and respect in our work and in the delivery of our services.


This position works as part of the multi-disciplinary SRCHC Harm Reduction Program, working collaboratively with other team members, service providers, clients and community in the identification and resolution of community health issues and integration of services.


This position is expected to work onsite during the COVID-19 pandemic as required.



  • Provides comprehensive harm reduction services within a social determinants of health and human rights focus, utilizing health promotion, community engagement, community development, social justice, trauma-informed and anti-racist/anti-oppressive (ARAO) strategies
  • Develops and implements person-centred, individual, group and drop-in programs/services geared to people who use substances and/or do sex work, in conjunction with the Manager, Harm Reduction & Hep C, the Coordinator, COUNTERfit and program staff
  • Supports and coordinates the work of Harm Reduction and Satellite Workers located in our East Toronto satellite locations including Taylor-Massey and Oakridge neighbourhoods
  • Engages with service users and program participants, providing harm reduction education, materials and counselling related to safer drug use/safer sex supplies, disposal of used equipment, and reducing risks of overdose and transmission of Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS
  • Provides information and referrals to health and social service supports to service users
  • Assesses, responds to and manages overdose events when required
  • Responsible for Harm Reduction stocking and ordering, in communication with other staff positions
  • Coordinates staff scheduling and ensures adequate staff coverage at the respective sites to meet program requirements
  • Participates in onboarding, mentorship and support of staff, volunteers and students, including many with past or current lived experience of illicit drug use
  • Participates in training and knowledge transfer activities for the Harm Reduction Program, including workshops and training materials
  • Follows and supports the maintenance of established protocols across the SU&MH team, ensuring clear, accurate and timely written documentation in accordance with established procedures and policies set by our funders and SRCHC
  • Prepares statistical data, funding reports and other documentation, as required
  • Takes a lead role in the ongoing development of effective organizational processes related to SRCHC harm reduction programs, including scheduling, inventory maintenance, stats gathering, program set-up and harm reduction staff, student and volunteer responsibilities
  • Participates in Harm Reduction and Hep C team planning, in collaboration with staff and management
  • Collaborates with the Substance Use & Mental Health team, and other teams across the organization to identify and provide health education to target groups
  • All other duties as required



  • Post-graduate degree from a recognized university in social work, or a related discipline, or a combination of undergraduate degree and significant experience
  • 3-5 years health promotion and/or harm reduction experience in a community setting, working with homeless and marginalized populations including people who inject illicit drugs
  • Significant experience working with harm reduction program delivery, values and strategies and coordinating programming within trauma-informed, low barrier, harm reduction, social justice and ARAO frameworks
  • Experience working in, coordinating and/or supporting staff
  • Experience with mentorship and support of peer teams and delivering training
  • Advanced skill and experience in crisis response and de-escalation
  • Excellent knowledge of community services and resources
  • Proficiency in the use of computer technology and various software applications
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to actively and accurately listen
  • Open to feedback
  • Ability to appropriately handle conflict
  • Demonstrated display of sensitivity to others
  • Experience in program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation considered an asset
  • Demonstrated experience working across all genders with racialized populations, indigenous peoples, women who engage in sex work, individuals who are/have been incarcerated, people with mental health challenges, and people who have experience trauma, would be an asset
  • Respects and values the diversity of communities and individuals
  • Lived experience of drug use, marginalization and/or oppression considered an asset
  • Police clearance documentation will be required for employment
  • Proof of triple COVID-19 vaccination status will be required for employment


This posting remains open until position is filled.


Please mail in your cover letter and resume in confidence to:

The Hiring Committee

Health Promoter Harm Reduction Warden Woods

South Riverdale Community Health Centre

955 Queen Street East

Toronto, ON  M4M 3P3


Or by email to:


Please enter “Health Promoter Harm Reduction Warden Woods” in the subject line of your email.


No faxes, phone calls, or requests to meet please.


This is a bargaining unit position with CUPE Local 5399.


SRCHC welcomes applications from people with disabilities.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


SRCHC is an equal opportunity employer.  We would like to thank all those that apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


SRCHC encourages applicants who are racialized (IBPOC) and/or applicants who face any barriers as a result of systemic discrimination to apply for this position.


SRCHC encourages a scent-free environment.  Employees, students, volunteers, and visitors are asked to refrain from wearing fragrances and other scented personal care products (i.e. perfumes, deodorants, lotions, hairspray, etc.) while at the Centre.