Health Educator (Youth-at-risk focus) 

POSITION TITLE: Health Educator (Youth-at-risk focus) 

DEPARTMENT: Health Promotion and Community Development 

SUPERVISOR: Manager, HPCD and/or Regional Manager 

BARGAINING UNIT: Health Services & Support Community Subsector Association 

CLASSIFICATION: Group Facilitator– GRID 10 ($21.53) plus 9.6% in lieu of benefits, 30 hours/week 

TEMPORARY LEAVE REPLACEMENT: June 12th to September 30th 2107 

Please apply in writing to by 4pm on June 12th 2017 



Under the direct supervision of the Manager of Health Promotion and Community Development and/or Regional Managers, as part of the Engage, Educate, Connect Project, the Health Educator coordinates programming and provides education relating to: HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, STIs, substance use, sexuality/sexual decision-making, testing, treatment, and prevention strategies as a means of increasing community awareness and wellness, and reducing the further incidence of HIV, HCV, STIs, and other related blood-borne illnesses with a particular focus on the needs of youth on Vancouver Island. 



  • Delivers a variety of educational workshops, projects, and events related to Harm Reduction, Overdose Prevention, HIV, HCV, and other STI’s. 
  • Facilitates presentations and workshops to a diversity of communities. 
  • Where appropriate, provides training, mentorship and supervision for volunteers and/or practicum students to assist in the delivery of education outreach activities in the community. 
  • Provides education, information and referrals via AVI’s “Infoline”, phone, email, internet and/or on a drop-in basis. 
  • Maintains up-to-date and accurate knowledge of Harm reduction, Overdose Preventions and Response, HIV, HCV and STI’s including prevention, transmission, treatment, and emerging trends, in particular in relation to risk groups such as GBMSM, drug users, youth at risk, women, Indigenous people, and people in the criminal justice system. 
  • Assists with the design, production and distribution of promotional materials outlining and advocating AIDS Vancouver Island’s educational services to the community. 
  • Liaises with other community organizations to maximize educational opportunities and services while minimizing unnecessary duplication. 
  • Participates in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational activities as needed. 
  • Maintains files, stats and records related to all areas of the program, electronic and paper, and reports on program work on a monthly basis. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 



 University degree in health or social sciences, or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

  •  A minimum of 2 years experience working with Harm reduction, HIV/AIDS, HCV and/or STI prevention and awareness and/or community development and support. 
  •  Demonstrated experience and knowledge of working with vulnerable youth. 
  •  Demonstrated experience planning, promoting and launching public education and development activities and events, such as conferences, forums and workshops. 
  •  Employment subject to criminal record check for working with vulnerable populations. 
  •  Valid BC Drivers’ License. 



  • Demonstrated experience working with marginalized groups. 
  • Holistic understanding of HIV/AIDS, HCV, and STIs (transmission, prevention, treatment, related psycho-social issues, etc), substance use harm reduction, sexual health issues, homophobia/heterosexism/transphobia, anti-oppression work and intersectionality, Indigenous health, population health and health promotion strategies. 
  • Strong public speaking and group facilitation skills. Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal. 
  • Strong project co-ordination skills, including time management, workload and budget management. 
  • Experience working with and training peer educators and volunteers. Knowledge of community-based education strategies, in particular those designed for PHAs, youth, GBMSM, Indigenous people, women and people who use drugs. 
  • Good computer skills, including databases, word-processing, graphics and social media (ie. Microsoft Publisher, Pagemaker, Ilustrator, Photoshop, Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Agreement in writing of AVI’s confidentiality and code of ethics statements. 
  • Commitment to support the mandate and vision of AIDS Vancouver Island. 
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends when needed. 


Please apply in writing to by 4pm on June 12th 2017