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

Summary of the Position:

Grid: 31, $23.33/hour

Work Location: AVI Victoria, 713 Johnson Street

Hours of Work: 37.5 hours

Start Date: ASAP

End Date: August 31, 2020

To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@avi.org by 5pm on February, 19, 2020

Job Summary:

The Men’s Wellness Health Promotion Educator and Volunteer Coordinator facilitates programming, education, and support relating to: HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, STIs, substance use and harm reduction, sexuality/sexual decision-making, testing, treatment, and prevention strategies as a means of increasing community awareness and wellness. With a focus on the needs of the GBMSM community on Vancouver Island, the person in this role works to reduce the further incidence of HIV, HCV, STIs, and other related blood-borne illnesses. Through the volunteer coordination aspect of this role, this position provides organization and management of volunteers, including recruitment, intake, placement, recognition, scheduling, communication, training and support.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Men’s Wellness Program

  1. In consultation with other Men’s Wellness Program staff, managers, peer educators, and program participants, the Health Promotion Educator facilitates the design, implementation, delivery and evaluation of educational workshops, projects, and events related to HIV, HCV, and other STIs.
  2. Provides supervision, support, training, and mentorship to peer educators.
  3. Provides education, information, support, and referrals via email, Facebook, drop-ins, and AVI’s “Infoline”.
  4. Maintains up-to-date and accurate knowledge of HIV, HCV and STIs including prevention, transmission, treatment, and emerging trends, with particular focus on how it impacts the GBMSM community.
  5. Assists with the design, production, and distribution of promotional materials.
  6. Liaises with other community organizations to maximize educational opportunities and services.
  7. Coordinates testing events with community partners.
  8. Maintains files, stats and records related to all areas of the program, electronic and paper, and reports on program work.
  9. Promotes services including use of social media and other sites relevant to the GBMSM community.

Volunteer Coordination

  1. Performs administration duties related to volunteers: maintains files and records related to individual volunteer training, placement, and service including database management.
  2. Performs program coordination duties: recruits potential volunteers, completes placement interviews and organizes and delivers training.
  3. Schedules and communicates with volunteers on an ongoing basis.
  4. Evaluates programs using information obtained by observation and volunteer feedback on issues such as group session effectiveness, and material presented. Reports feedback to supervisor.
  5. Works collaboratively with staff to monitor and update volunteer roles, placements, policies, trainings and practices. 
  6. Communicates respectfully and effectively with volunteers to provide constructive feedback/feedforward.
  7. Contributes towards the ongoing organization and execution of AVI’s harm reduction pack making station, systems and events.
  8. Plans volunteer programs by determining content and structure, and consults with volunteers and program supervisors/managers as appropriate.
  9. Provides group facilitation and education through delivery of volunteer orientation and other training modules. 
  10. 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
  • One to two years’ recent experience with volunteer coordination and supervision, preferably within a non-profit setting
  • Strong public speaking and group facilitation skills
  • Experience providing constructive feedback to individuals
  • Demonstrated knowledge of harm reduction principles and practices
  • Demonstrated experience planning, promoting, delivering and evaluating  workshops and/or development activities and events
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of the GBMSM community
  • Office administration experience and computer skills including use of Word, Excel, database systems, internet, e-mail, PowerPoint, MailChimp
  • Experience working with structurally vulnerable groups
  • Employment subject to criminal record check for working with vulnerable populations
  • Valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License
  • Previous supervisory experience of volunteers or staff would be an asset

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to contribute to, and to support volunteers in contributing to environments that adhere to a harm reduction ethos
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport with volunteers
  • Strong project management and organization skills, including time management, workload, and budget management
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with volunteers and community partners
  • Ability to communicate effectively, through written emails and newsletters, as well as through presentations and verbal meetings in person and through phone
  • 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
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

We encourage applications from, but not limited to, Indigenous Persons, persons of colour, persons living with disabilities, persons who use/d illicit drugs, persons with experience of sex work, and persons representing diverse genders and sexualities.