Grid Level: Grid 10, $21.94/hour
Hours of Work: 15 hours/week
Work Location: AVI Campbell River, 1371c Cedar St, Campbell River and AVI Courtenay/Comox, 355 6th St, Courtenay
Start Date: August 27, 2018
The Health Promotion Educator (Youth Outreach Program) provides and coordinates community-based education and support for high-risk youth regarding HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, safer sex and substance use, homophobia/heterosexism and sexual decision-making to a variety of audiences in the North Island Health Region as a means of increasing youth-at-risk awareness of HIV, HCV, STIs and peer/ community support, and reducing the further incidence of HIV and related blood-borne illnesses among high-risk youth.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Participates in the design and delivery of youth peer helper training on a variety of topics: HIV/AIDS, HCV, STIs, prevention, testing and treatment, safer sex and substance use, and peer support, to high-risk and other youth participants of the Youth at Risk project
- Assists with the facilitation of presentations and workshops providing HIV/AIDS prevention education information, harm reduction and sexual decision making to general and alternate school and community-based audiences
- In consultation with the manager, orders and/or creates, collates and distributes educational materials and safer sex packs to youth-at-risk and youth partner agencies
- Provides outreach, education and healthcare/social service navigation support to high-risk youth in Courtney region, as well as outreach support to youth-at-risk in the region, and surrounding area
- Communicates with community-based organizations, regarding issues related to HIV, HCV, STIs, safer sex and substance use for youth
- Assists in the coordination of the “Love Shack” youth peer event outreach program and youth team: this includes volunteer recruitment, training and mentorship; coordination and booking of event outreach; order and coordinate food, tents, audio visual equipment on the day of the event, etc.
- Participates in the evaluation and reporting of program activities as needed.
- Performs other related duties as assigned
Education, Training, and Experience:
- University degree in health or social sciences or an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Minimum one (1) year of experience working with youth-at-risk
- Valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License
- Access to own vehicle
- This position requires occasional evening and weekend work.
Skills and Abilities:
- Strong public speaking and group facilitation skills
- Excellent understanding of youth health, HIV/AIDS, STDS and Hepatitis (transmission, prevention, treatment, psycho-social issues, etc.), safer sex and substance use strategies, homophobia/heterosexism/transphobia, population health and health promotion strategies
- Excellent communication, time management and organizational skills
- Strong community development and program management skills
- Experience working with volunteers
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Ability to establish and maintain rapport with clients
- Good computer skills, including use of databases and word-processing software
- Knowledge and experience working with a diverse clientele facing significant structural vulnerability is an asset
- Conflict resolution skills
- Ability to analyze and resolve problems
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.