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

Summary of the Position:

Grid Level:  31, $24.29/hour

Work Location: AVI Health Centre, 102-55 Victoria Road, Nanaimo

Hours of Work: 28 hours per week, Monday through Thursday

Start Date: July 20, 2020

End Date: March 31, 2022

To Apply: please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@avi.org by 5:00pm on Sunday, July 5, 2020. 

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 Nanaimo Health Centre Manager, peer educators, and program participants, the Health Promotion Educator facilitates the design, implementation, and delivery and evaluation 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, with particular focus on how it impacts the GBMSM community
  7. Assists with the design, production, and distribution of promotional materials
  8. Advocating AVI’s educational services to the community including use of social media: Grinder, Squirt, and other social media sites relevant to the GBMSM community
  9. Liaises with other community organizations to maximize educational opportunities and services
  10. Coordinates testing events with community partners when needed
  11. Participates in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational activities as needed
  12. Maintains files, stats and records related to all areas of the program, electronic and paper, and reports on program work
  13. Promotes services including use of social media and other sites relevant to the GBMSM community
  14. 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 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
  • Experience developing, delivering, promoting and evaluating educational workshops
  • 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:

  • 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 and training with peer educators and volunteers
  • Good computer skills, including databases, word-processing, graphics and social media
  • 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 self-identified Gay, Bisexual, Two-spirit, Transgender and/or Queer men. Men of colour, Indigenous men, and men with disabilities including those living with HIV are strongly encouraged to apply.