We're Hiring: Health Promotion Educator - North Island

Summary Position

Grid Level:  31, $24.29/hour

Work Locations: AVI Courtenay, 355 6th Street

Hours of Work: 22.5 hours/week

Schedule: To be determined with the successful candidate

Start Date: ASAP

To Apply: please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@avi.org by 5pm on November 23, 2020.

Job Summary:
The Health Promotion 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.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. In consultation with the manager, peer educators, and program participants, coordinates 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 diverse communities
  3. Provides supervision, support, training, and mentorship to project peer educators
  4. Where appropriate, provides training, mentorship and supervision for volunteers and/or practicum students to assist in the delivery of educational outreach activities in the community
  5. Provides education, information and referrals via AVI’s “Infoline”, AVI’s live chat function phone, email, the internet and/or on a drop-in basis
  6. Plans, develops and collaborates hepatitis C community education events and curriculum
  7. 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
  8. Plans, develops and collaborates education events and curriculum with outreach educators, managers, and Positive Wellness Support Workers.
  9. Assists with the design, production and distribution of promotional materials outlining an advocating AVI’s educational services to the community
  10. Orders and creates educational resources
  11. Liaises with other community organizations to maximize educational opportunities and services while minimizing unnecessary duplication
  12. Participates in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational activities as needed
  13. Maintains files, stats and records related to all areas of the program, electronic and paper, and adheres to agency reporting requirements
  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
  • Experience working with and training peer educators and volunteers
  • Demonstrated experience planning, promoting and launching public education and development activities and events, such as conferences, forums and workshops
  • Demonstrated experience in curriculum design and development, group process, facilitation and evaluation techniques
  • Commitment to developing culturally safe and trauma informed programming and services
  • Experience working with structurally vulnerable populations
  • Employment subject to criminal record check for working with vulnerable populations
  • Valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License and access to vehicle

Skills and Abilities:

  • 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 coordination skills, including time management, workload and budget management
  • Strong community development and program management skills
  • Knowledge of community-based education strategies, in particular those designed for people living with HIV, 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, Illustrator, Photoshop, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to analyze and resolve problems
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends when needed

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.