• Drug Checking Technician

  • Job Description

    Job Title: Drug Checking Technician
    Work Site: Overdose Emergency Response - 601 West Broadway
    Status: Temporary Full Time
    Start Date: As soon as possible until approximately March 31, 2020
    Salary: $24.38 - $26.42 per hour
    Hours: 0900-1700, with Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays off. Some evenings may be required for this position.
    Reference#: 120856-cye


    Within the context of a client and family-centered health care delivery model and the mission, vision, values and objectives and policies of the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), the Drug Checking Technician, under the direction of the Manager, and care staff regarding client care planning, operates a mobile drug checking and harm reduction service which includes implementation and utilization of a range of drug checking technologies, the provision of support to peer staff and the provision of harm reduction education that will assist people who use drugs to understand drug checking results, learn about safer drug use and to connect to community resources. Receives client feedback, and inquiries and responds as appropriate. Completes and maintains accurate and related records and documentation.


    Education & Experience

    • Grade 12.
    • Three (3) years’ recent, related experience in a public health or health services area overseeing a harm reduction program and knowledge of substance use or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

    Knowledge & Abilities

    • Demonstrated knowledge and awareness of harm reduction issues.
    • Demonstrated ability to remain neutral, non-judgmental and professional to support and provide service to marginalized and vulnerable client populations.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of substance use, addiction and stigma and their impact on a community.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous Cultural Safety and trauma informed practice.
    • Demonstrated understanding of the confidentiality and sensitivity of the role and that any breach is cause for termination.
    • Demonstrated ability to operate related equipment and the ability to learn new technologies.
    • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office and current database applications.
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in cooperation with others.
    • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and prioritize.
    • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain rapport with clients.
    • Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems.
    • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.

    The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes. Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.

    Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

    ***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the https://my.vch.ca/working-here/job-postings site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

    Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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