We're Hiring: Health Promotion Educator (Youth Program) - Victoria

To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@avi.org by 5pm on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. 

Summary of the Position:

Grid Level: Grid 31, $23.33/hour

Work Location: AVI Victoria, 713 Johnson Street  

Hours of Work: 30 hours per week, specific days and times to be determine with successful candidate

Start Date: December 9, 2019

Job Summary:

The Youth Program Health Promotion Educator provides programming, education, and support relating to: HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, STIs, substance use, harm reduction, sexual and gender diversity, sexual decision-making, testing, treatment, and prevention strategies as a means of increasing community awareness and wellness, and reducing the further incidence of STBBIs with a focus on the needs of youth (ages 13 – 25) on Vancouver Island.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

1. In consultation with the Health Promotion Coordinator, peer educators, and program participants, the Health Promotion Educator facilitates the design, implementation, and delivery of educational workshops, projects, and events related to HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, STIs, substance use, harm reduction, sexual and gender diversity, and sexual decision-making

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 STIs including prevention, transmission, treatment, and emerging trends in relation to risk groups such as GBMSM, youth who use drugs, women, Indigenous people, and people who have been incarcerated

7. Assists with the design, production, and distribution of promotional materials outlining and advocating AVI’s educational services to the 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. Provides overdose recognition and response training

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 youth 

14. Performs other related duties as assigned


Education, Training, and Experience:

• University degree in health or social sciences, or equivalent combination of education and experience

• Relevant current experience, skills, and knowledge related to issues impacting youth on Vancouver Island 

• A minimum of 2 years’ experience working within HIV/AIDS, HCV and/or STI prevention and awareness and/or community development and support for youth

• Demonstrated understanding and commitment to harm reduction principles and practices

• Demonstrated experience facilitating workshops and education initiatives with and for youth

• Demonstrated experience and knowledge of drug use amongst youth

• Demonstrated experience planning, promoting and launching public education and development activities and events, such as conferences, forums, and workshops for youth

• Experience working with and providing education to diverse populations of youth including street involved communities; Indigenous people; queer communities; trans people; GB2SMSM; people who use criminalized substances; sex trade workers; multicultural and disability communities

• Employment subject to criminal record check for working with vulnerable populations

• Valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License, an asset 

Skills and Abilities:

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required to work effectively with co-workers, clients, community, and other service providers 

• Solid experience working with structurally vulnerable youth 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

• 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

• 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

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.