We're Hiring: Health Promotion Educator (Men's Wellness Program)

Summary of the Position:

Grid Level: 10, $21.94/hour

Hours of Work: 22.5 hours/ week, 3 days a week: exact days and times to be determined

Work Location: 713 Johnson Street, Victoria

Start Date:  November 19, 2018

To Apply: Please submit your Resume and Cover Letter to jobs@avi.org by 5:00pm on Wednesday October 31, 2018

Job Summary: The Men’s Wellness Program Health Promotion Educator provides programming, education, and support 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 focus on the needs of the GBMSM community on Vancouver Island.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. In consultation with the HPCD Manager and/or Regional Manager, peer educators, and program participants, the Health Promotion Educator facilitates the design, implementation, and delivery of educational workshops, projects, and events related to HIV, HCV, and other STI’s
  2. Facilitates presentations and workshops to a diversity of communities
  3. Provides supervision, support, training, and mentorship to peer educators
  4. 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
  5. Provides education, information, support, and referrals via email, Facebook, drop-ins, and AVI’s “Infoline”.
  6. Maintains up-to-date and accurate knowledge of HIV, HCV and STI’s including prevention, transmission, treatment, and emerging trends, in relation to risk groups such as GBMSM, drug users, youth at risk, women, Indigenous people, and people in the criminal justice system
  7. Assists with the design, production, and distribution of promotional materials outlining and advocating AIDS Vancouver Island’s educational services to the community including use of social media: Grinder, Squirt, and other social media sites relevant to the GBMSM community
  8. Liaises with other community organizations to maximize educational opportunities and services while minimizing unnecessary duplication
  9. Coordinates testing events with community partners when needed
  10. Participates in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational activities as needed
  11. Maintains files, stats and records related to all areas of the program, electronic and paper, and reports on program work
  12. Promotes services including use of social media and other sites relevant to the GBMSM community
  13. Performs other related duties as assigned


Education, Training, and Experience:

  • University degree in health or social sciences, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience working with HIV/AIDS, HCV and/or STI prevention and awareness and/or community development and support
  • Valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of the GBMSM community
  • 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

Skills and Abilities:

  • Solid experience working with structurally vulnerable groups
  • Holistic understanding of HIV/AIDS, HCV, and STIs (transmission, prevention, treatment, related psycho-social issues, etc), substance use, harm reduction, sexual health, 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 coordination skills, including time management, workload, and budget management
  • Experience working with and training peer educators and volunteers
  • Knowledge of community-based education strategies, 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 (i.e., Microsoft Publisher, PageMaker, Illustrator, Photoshop, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends when needed

AVI is an equal opportunity employer. This is a Bona fide position open to male-identified applicants who identify as Gay, Bisexual, Two-spirit, Transgender and/or Queer. Men of colour, Indigenous men, and men with disabilities including those living with HIV are strongly encouraged to apply.