Harm Reduction Outreach Coordinator

Harm Reduction Outreach Coordinator 

Substance use disorder has become a devastating epidemic with more than 290 Americans dying every day from an accidental drug overdose. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, in 2022, 3,773 people in Illinois died from overdoses. Overdose death is currently the number one cause of accidental death, surpassing car accidents, gun violence, and suicide for the 5th year in a row.

Live4Lali has been serving suburban Chicago for over ten years providing critical prevention, education, treatment access, support programs, community solutions-building initiatives, harm reduction, and overdose prevention services to decrease the devastating toll of the opioid epidemic.

Mission: Live4Lali works to reduce stigma and prevent substance use disorder among individuals, families, and communities, and minimize the overall health, legal and social harms associated with substance use.


The Harm Reduction Outreach Coordinator will co-coordinate the Harm Reduction Outreach and Overdose Prevention Program alongside the Cook County Program Manager. The Harm Reduction Outreach Coordinator will also take calls from community members and arrange for training for individuals without transportation if needed.

This position is funded under the Cook County Department of Public Health’s Building Healthy Initiatives Behavioral Health grant, and continuing employment is subject to grant renewal. Under the direct supervision of the Cook County Program Manager, the Full-Time (40 hours) Harm Reduction Outreach Coordinator will be part of the Live4Lali team, partnered with the Housing Forward team and engaged in the following activities:

  • Attend two shifts weekly at Housing Forward (HF) drop-in locations to provide full range of Live4Lali services to mutual participants of HF; 
  • Identify areas of greatest need within the HF service territory and distribute Naloxone both on the street and within existing services;
  • Engage in weekly shifts on our Mobile Outreach Project;
  • Assist with stocking, ordering and maintaining harm reduction inventory;
  • Accurately log and report data collected during outreach;
  • Provide on the spot training in harm reduction and overdose response and distribute naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal medication across the service territory;
  • 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 transportation for individuals requiring treatment, recovery, or wrap-around services;
  • Drive the mobile outreach unit to pre-determined sites to provide outreach services to participants;
  • 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;
  • Collect, input, and coordinate data;
  • Must have an understanding of, and ability to maintain, HIPAA compliance and participant confidentiality at all times.


The Harm Reduction Outreach Coordinator will preferably be a person from Cook County with at least two years in recovery/remission from substance use disorder. Bilingual in Spanish a plus. They 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;
  • Proficiency in technology, including but not limited to Google Drive, Zoom, Microsoft Office Suite and GoToMeeting;
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and strong organizational skills;
  • 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 (including syringe exchange);
  • 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;
  • Ability to work as part of a team, to prioritize and handle multiple tasks, and to work independently in a high-pressure environment. CPR and Basic first aid certified preferred.
  • 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;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and reliable inter-suburban transportation;
  • Feel comfortable driving 30-60 miles per day to serve the population, reimbursement possible pending grant status;
  • Must comply with all Live4Lali policies and procedures, including, but not limited to the Risk Management Guidelines.

The Harm Reduction Outreach Coordinator position (full-time) is based in multiple locations. This role will require a commitment of 40 hours per week and an annual salary of $40,000 per year. The exact hours for this role are still changing as our programs expand, but as it revolves around street and mobile outreach, the hours are not a standard 9 to 5. Days and times are open to some negotiation for the right candidate. Involvement in the criminal justice system is not an automatic disqualifier.

Women, trans, gender non-conforming and queer folks, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 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.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $40,000.00 per year


  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid time off
  • Subsidized health insurance


  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability


  • Driver’s License (Required)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Maywood, IL 60153

Please forward cover letter and resume to Leslie Flores, Staff Coordinator at [email protected].