Outreach Coordinator
McHenry County Opioid Overdose Prevention Program

The McHenry County Opioid Overdose Prevention Program (OOPP) is an outreach-based model offering opioid overdose prevention services to laypersons who might witness an overdose, including persons who use drugs, their families and friends, service providers, schools, and other agencies working with the public. The training will educate participants on overdose risk awareness, information about the 911 Overdose Good Samaritan Law and additional pertinent legal information, signs and symptoms of opioid misuse, dependency or addiction, the effects of opioids in the body, overdose emergency management, and naloxone administration. This program will provide laypersons with kits containing the opioid antagonist naloxone hydrochloride (naloxone) to reverse the potentially fatal respiratory depression caused by heroin and other opioids. Participants will also be engaged in a conversation about additional harm reduction measures, and local resources available to assist with treatment, housing, recovery, and continuum of care services. The primary goal of this program is to reduce opioid overdose death in McHenry County by implementing harm reduction strategies and expanding access to the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone.

The Outreach Coordinator will manage the program three days per week within the communities of Harvard, Woodstock, Crystal Lake, and McHenry. The Outreach Coordinator will also take calls from community members and arrange for training for individuals without transportation if needed. Public group training will be held in the evenings.

Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager or designate, the Outreach Coordinator will be part of the Live4Lali team, engaged in the following activities:

  • Identify areas of greatest need within the towns of Crystal Lake, Harvard, McHenry, and Woodstock, and distribute Naloxone both on the street and within existing services;
  • Provide on the spot training in overdose response;
  • Provide education on overdose prevention and harm reduction techniques;
  • Identify rehabs, shelters, supportive housing, sober living and other facilities and educate on the need to scale up access to naloxone and other safety practices, providing training where needed;
  • Provide increased and enhanced training to impacted persons, and the general public on first aid practices, naloxone distribution, and harm reduction practices;
  • Identify and develop safety plans with peers who are at increased risk of overdose;
  • Maintain supply inventory, and replenish as needed;
  • Collect data and coordinate data recording and analysis with Live4Lali’s Data Manager;
  • Must have an understanding of, and ability to maintain, HIPAA compliance at all times.

The Outreach Coordinator will preferably be a person with at least 2 years in recovery/remission from substance use disorder. Bilingual in Spanish a plus. He/she will also have a minimum of two years’ relevant work or lived experience in substance use disorder, mental health, public health or social work, and will demonstrate the following minimum requirements:

  • Direct service delivery experience in the community social services sector with a demonstrated working knowledge of community-based programs and community support systems;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish rapport with a diverse range of clientele including individuals who are actively using substances and living with significant health challenges;
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of safer drug use, addictions, safer sex, sex work, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, mental health, etc.;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of social justice, health promotion and public health approaches and models of social support and health care;
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to harm reduction principles and practices;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish rapport with a diverse range of clientele including individuals who are actively using substances and living with significant health challenges;
  • Experience managing hostile interactions, utilizing non-violent communication and diffusing techniques;
  • Ability to problem solve with creativity, flexibility, and assertiveness in dealing with complex issues;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance and role of people who use drugs in the development, delivery, and evaluation of services intended to benefit them;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required to work effectively with co-workers, clients, community, and other service providers;
  • Strong working knowledge of local health and social services;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of group process and facilitation techniques;
  • Must have valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance;
  • Must comply with all Live4Lali policies and procedures, including, but not limited to the Risk Management Guidelines.

The Outreach Coordinator position (part-time) is based in McHenry County at a TBD location. This role will require a commitment of 20 hours per week, at a rate of $15 per hour. Start date commences on November 15, 2017.

Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply, as are those of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Live4Lali is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate by race, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability in its procedures and policies.

Applicants should email a (1) cover letter and (2) resume with (3) two references to Danielle Franzese, Outreach Coordinator, at [email protected]. Please use the subject line “Outreach Coordinator.” Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Communications Intern


The Communications Intern will work as part of a Communications team that uses the web, email, social media and traditional media outlets to promote the organization’s advocacy and thought leadership, extend its reach and cultivate supporters, build awareness of its programs and services, and complement ongoing fundraising activities. Specifically, we are looking for someone with experience creating social media graphics and content who can help execute and analyze campaigns, and adhere to the following responsibilities:

  • Working collaboratively with the Communications team
  • Creating infographics and other visual content
  • Creating print marketing materials
  • Managing Live4Lali’s social media channels
  • Create original content for digital and print marketing campaigns with a point of view on substance use disorder, overdose, and harm reduction strategies
  • Generate press releases for ad hoc events and news
  • Spot trends in the news and/or popular buzz and turn them into successful content pieces
  • Interview, write and tell the stories of the real people behind and benefitting from Live4Lali, with a keen eye on how to empower others along the way, and develop strategies on how these stories can be distributed—video, podcast, or written form
  • Other tasks as required


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program or recent university graduate
  • Excellent writing, editing, research, and analytics skills
  • Previous experience with content writing through various multimedia platforms
  • Strong handle on current news and trends, and ability to evolve them into relevant content for Live4Lali
  • Familiarity and experience with graphic design principles and tools, including Photoshop and Canva
  • Demonstrated interest in social justice and public health issues
  • Previous experience with social media management and multimedia creation
  • Detail-oriented, self-motivated, and creative
  • A passion for Live4Lali’s mission
  • An engaging and approachable demeanor
  • Proficiency with Associated Press style
  • Demonstrated interest in social justice and public health issues
  • Able to work both independently and as a team member


Applicants should email a (1) resume, and (2) two references to Chelsea Laliberte at [email protected] Please use the subject line “Communications Intern.” Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Recovery Programs Intern


The Recovery Programs Intern will work alongside the Director of Operations to support the day-to-day functionality and management of the following services:

  • Overdose Education & Naloxone Distribution (OEND) training
  • SMART Recovery group host
  • SMART Recovery Family & Friends host
  • Community Resource Center (CRC) services
  • Naloxone, Needles & Nice People (NNNP) harm reduction outreach program
  • Case management and treatment navigation


  • Respond to inquiries regarding programs and services
  • Providing screenings and assessments for individuals and families seeking assistance or support for substance use disorder and/or dual diagnoses
  • Facilitate recovery support group meetings
  • Train a variety of audiences on overdose prevention and response
  • Perform administrative tasks as required


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate social work, counseling, or public health program or recent university graduate
  • Preference will be given to candidate with experience in providing counseling services, including support groups and family counseling
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Excellent documentation and organizational skills
  • Positive attitude and pro-active approach to problem-solving a must
  • Bilingual (written and oral fluency) in English/Spanish not required, but welcomed
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently, as well as with a team
  • Flexibility to work some evening hours
  • Completion of harm reduction, overdose prevention, and SMART Recovery host training, which will be provided by Live4Lali


Applicants should email a (1) resume, and (2) two references to Danielle Franzese at [email protected]. Please use the subject line “Recovery Programs Intern.” Only electronic submissions will be accepted.