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Capacity Building and Community Mobilization Manager

LOCATION REQUIREMENT: Southern California 

LANGUAGE: Bilingual English & Spanish


Are you committed to building power in communities of color to eliminate health disparities caused by the war on drugs? Are you interested in expanding syringe services programs (SSPs) in under-served areas of Southern California? Harm Reduction Coalition is seeking an energetic self-starter with deep commitment to Spanish-speaking/Latinx/Chicanx, Black and Indigenous communities impacted by overdose and other drug-related harms in Southern California.

SUMMARY: The Capacity Building and Community Mobilization Manager oversees the development and delivery of training, technical assistance, resources, and events related to community mobilization and program development in Southern California. As a member of the Learning and Engagement Team, the Capacity Building and Community Mobilization Manager will extend Harm Reduction Coalition’s work to reduce overdose and other drug related harms in California, specifically in Spanish-speaking/Latinx/Chicanx, Black and Indigenous communities. They will also work on project-specific work, including reviewing and revising materials and curricula, attending community organizing events and conferences, and research-related activities that inform and improve Harm Reduction Coalition’s overall capacity building strategy and linguistic and cultural competency. This position will also participate in the development of fee-for-service training and delivery programs to expand harm reduction training to additional settings, including drug treatment, health care, housing, and other programs who work with people who use drugs and/or are engaged in sex work. 


Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that works to promote the health and dignity of individuals and communities who are affected by drug use. As a national organization with primary offices in New York and California, we advance harm reduction policy and practice through five core programs:

  1. Harm reduction policy and advocacy;
  2. National training and capacity building initiatives;
  3. National and regional conferences;
  4. Publications and resources, and;
  5. Technical assistance on overdose prevention education, hepatitis C prevention and treatment; syringe access expansion; and the US overdose crisis.

Collectively, these core programs work toward our North Star Statement: Harm Reduction Coalition creates spaces for dialogue and action that help heal the harms caused by racialized drug policies.


  • Manage all Southern California initiatives and serve as the organization’s liaison for Southern California based coalitions, tasks forces, and working groups
  • Identify needs and gaps in harm reduction services, materials and community engagement in Southern California and work with the state-wide team to develop and implement initiatives to creatively and effectively meet those needs
  • Oversee and coordinate capacity building and training services for Southern California, including promotion, planning, and delivery of training services (e.g. virtual workshops, regional convening, curricula and resource development, and development of communications) 
  • Provide and/or coordinate technical assistance to SSPs in the 10 southernmost counties in California to build alignment with harm reduction best practices including: organizational development and resources, overdose prevention and naloxone distribution programs, overcoming community opposition, development of strategies for serving under-served communities (particularly Latinx/Chicanx Black and Native populations); and ongoing training needs.
  • Build community support for new and prospective SSPs through community mobilization with stakeholders including elected officials, health department representatives, and other grassroots organizations and community members
  • Participate in statewide and regional policy and advocacy work, including attending lobby days, legislative activities, and collaborating with Harm Reduction Coaliton’s policy team as well as other coalitions on related policy initiatives
  • Cultivate the leadership and meaningful involvement of people who use drugs in California through co-facilitation and speaking opportunities, communications, training, and professional development opportunities
  • Apply a racial equity lens to harm reduction and center the voices of people with lived and living experiences of drug use, HIV, hepatitis C, overdose, homelessness, incarceration, and sex work
  • Participate in relevant staff and department meetings
  • Participate in and support the National Harm Reduction Conference and California specific conferences
  • Build relationships with stakeholders throughout Southern California to deliver increased Fee For Service training in the region and build out more robust initiatives to serve the regional need
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 3-5 years of management-level work experience in non-profit program management, organizational development, and/or community mobilization
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Experience working with/connection to people who use drugs, Spanish-speaking/Latinx/Chicanx, Black and Indigenous communities, and other under-served populations
  • Committed to harm reduction principles and interventions as both a modality of service and approach to working with people; believe in the value of engaging people who use drugs and people with lived experience in developing services and systems
  • Experience and confidence in public speaking, training delivery, and meeting facilitation in community-based settings with a variety of stakeholders 
  • Must be detail-oriented, possess excellent organizational and coordination skills, with the ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet aggressive deadlines
  • Comfort and proficiency in current technology products including, but not limited to- G Suite, Microsoft Suite, webinar software for training, and project management systems
  • Must be comfortable working independently and remotely

STARTING SALARY: $60,000 - $70,000 



TRAVEL: Position requires moderate travel, up to 7 days per month

TO APPLY: Please use the below link to apply online for the Capacity Building and Community Mobilization Manager position. The attachments should adhere to the following naming convention: “Lastname, Firstname_Cover Letter.” Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls or visits please. 

People who currently use or have a history of substance use, sex workers, people of color, women, members of the LGBTQIA+ communities, and people living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C, or people who have experienced housing insecurity are strongly encouraged to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, Harm Reduction Coalition views the experiences associated with these identities as assets in this role and within our organization.

To submit your application, Click HERE [1] (external link).

DEADLINE: Friday, September 18, 2020


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