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Executive Director

NH Harm Reduction Coalition

Who We Are

The New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition (NHHRC) is committed to supporting efforts to reduce the negative consequences of substance use in NH. This includes the training, education and capacity building of all professional and lay people who come into frequent contact with people who use drugs, to reduce stigma and discrimination, improve access to care and support, and other efforts to reduce the negative consequences of substance use throughout the state and beyond. NHHRC sponsors and supports Syringe Service Programs throughout New Hampshire, also working to enhance the application of harm reduction principles in evidence-based practices across all health and social services sectors.


To promote compassionate care for people who use drugs through harm reduction by supporting syringe service programs (SSPs), utilizing best practices, and advocating for human rights.


Transform NH to embrace and empower people who use drugs.

Values and Objectives


• Set up and support for NH SSPs via training, technical assistance, funding opportunities, and data analysis

• Promote and expand harm reduction services, including syringe access


• Advance evidence-based practices and disseminate work

• Build alliances across sectors who serve people who use drugs

• Empower people who use drugs and their communities

Rights and Dignity:

• Advocate for harm reduction in policies that affect the lives of people who use drugs

• Encourage the voices of those with lived experience through self advocacy


NHHRC is searching for our first permanent Executive Director (ED). The ED is the key management leader of NHHRC, responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and implementing the strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, supervision of personnel, and coordination with community organizations. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Board Governance: Works with the Board in order to fulfill the organization’s mission. Responsible for:

• Leading NHHRC in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.

• Communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to make informed decisions.

Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization. Responsible for:

• Fundraising and developing other revenues necessary to support NHHRC’s mission.

• The fiscal integrity of NHHRC, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.

• Fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with the Board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through strategic planning, community outreach and programming. Responsible for:

• Implementation of NHHRC’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.

• Strategic planning to ensure that NHHRC can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.

• The enhancement of NHHRC’s image and brand by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.

• Ensuring that the actions of the organization effectively reflect the spirit of harm reduction and center the rights, voice, and personal autonomy of people who use drugs.

• Following and implementing harm reduction best practices.

Organization Operations: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure the successful operations of the organization. Responsible for:

• The coordination of hiring, supervision and retention of competent, qualified staff and volunteers.

• Effective administration of NHHRC operations.

• Review and execution of all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.


Minimum 1-3 Years of experience in an Executive Director role or demonstrated non-profit

organizational leadership

● Excellent financial and budgetary skills and proficiency with bookkeeping, payroll and accounting software

● Experience with human resources and ability to grow a team

● Valid driver's license and able to use personal vehicle for organization-related travel

● Demonstrated ability in networking and coalition-building

● Basic knowledge of communications and marketing techniques, preferably in a nonprofit setting

● Must be committed to harm reduction philosophy and to working with people and communities impacted by drug use, homelessness and sex work

● Project management skills

● Management of complex grants and proven fundraising and grant writing experience

● Knowledge of New Hampshire’s state social programs financial requirements and government contracts is beneficial

How to Apply:

Send resume and Cover Letter describing interest and qualifications for the position to

Kevin Irwin, Interim Executive Director via e-mail:

Job Location:


Date Added: November 9, 2020

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