CA Bridge Navigator Mentor

Posting Number: #1365

Position Title: CA Bridge Navigator Mentor

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Remote (California)

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The CA Bridge Program is saving lives by making it possible for people who use drugs to get treatment at any emergency room in the state, whenever they need it. While hospitals commonly treat overdoses, most medical providers do not treat the actual addiction. Even though medication for opioid addiction is highly effective, it is not easy to get. In fact, there are so many barriers to getting help with addiction that illicit drugs are more accessible than the treatment to get off them.

CA Bridge is changing the way substance use treatment is provided in California. Through resources and support to clinicians, counselors, and pharmacists, we are making hospitals and emergency rooms access points for the treatment of substance use disorders. Our goal is that all California hospitals will treat opioid addiction by 2023, and all substance use disorders (SUDs) by 2025. We are committed to reducing racial disparities in the negative consequences of substance use.

CA Bridge is a program of the Public Health Institute (PHI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation, and around the world. PHI is at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health and was distinguished as one of the top 50 “Best Non-Profit Organizations to Work For” nationwide by the NonProfit Times.

Position Goal

The CA Bridge Navigator Mentor is responsible for supporting the CA Bridge Navigator program by mentoring, training, and providing technical assistance to navigators. The Navigator Mentor will assist with programmatic activities and the advancement of hospital and community partnerships and promote social justice-oriented approaches to reducing the harms associated with drug use. The Navigator Mentor will report to the Navigator Program Director.

This is a 5% FTE position with additional hours assigned/approved based on program needs and employee availability. Due to the location of the work sites, candidates living in Los Angeles, Alameda, or surrounding counties are preferred.

Pay: $26.17 to $31.74 per hour. The typical hiring range for this position is $26.17 to $31.74 per hour (with an approximate annualized salary of $54,431 to $66,011 based on 100% FTE). The starting wage is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience.

Employment Type: Part Time

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Core duties of the Navigator Mentor performed for two hours each week include:

  • Provide technical assistance by consultation/mentoring with individual navigators.
  • Complete Networking/Slack monthly assignments and postings as needed.
  • Attend required meetings, Mentor check-in, Navigator update, and orientation.

Additional hours will be allocated based on program needs and employee availability for the following functions. The duties below must be pre-approved by the supervisor before the Navigator Mentor performs the duties:

  • Job shadowing (mentor will host a navigator at their hospital site to learn the navigator role): 4 hours per assignment, minimum requirement twice a month.
  • Site visits (mentor will visit a site to provide technical assistance): 2-4 hours per visit based on location and facilities, minimum requirement twice a month.
  • Training presentations: 1-3 hours (based on the amount of preparation required).
  • Represent CA Bridge at external meetings and events -time commitment will vary based on event duration.
  • Additional duties or projects as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma plus six years of related experience or bachelor’s degree plus two years of related experience, including one year of experience as a Substance Use/Behavioral Health Navigator in a hospital Emergency Department.

Other Qualifications

  • Must be employed by a CA Bridge partnered organization’s site and obtain site supervisor approval to host job shadows at their facility.
  • Expertise in the areas of harm reduction, substance use, community outreach, community health workers, behavioral health, and commitment to advancing social and racial justice.
  • Strong training and presentation skills and ability to facilitate and engage small and large groups in dialogue and learning.
  • Experience with training and resource materials to support direct service providers.
  • Willingness to problem-solve, take feedback, and be flexible as situations change.
  • Excellent planning, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Proficiency in Google Suite, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation and ability to work at a site in Los Angeles, Alameda or surrounding counties.



CA Bridge emphasizes low barrier access to medications for treatment of opioid use disorder, employs a harm reduction-centered model, and centers people who use drugs as the experts in their own health and lives. We recognize structural racism as a public health emergency that intersects with the overdose epidemic. We acknowledge that people of color, especially Black communities, experience more harm in the enforcement of drug laws and disparities in access to treatment due to structural violence. We are committed to making treatment universally accessible and advocating for reduced criminalization of people who use drugs.



This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.



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