We're Hiring: Health Promotion Peer Educator - Hepatitis C Program

Summary of the Position:

Grid Level: 21, $21.48/hour

Work Location: AVI Victoria, 713 Johnson Street  

Hours of Work: 15 hours per week, specific days and times to be determine with successful candidate

Start Date: ASAP

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

Job Summary:

Under the direct supervision of the Health Promotion Coordinator, Health Promotion Educator, or designate, the Peer Educator assists in implementing the Engage, Educate, Connect Project, including assisting with co-facilitation, education, outreach, and other health promotion/community development work as needed.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Helps develop and implement the Engage, Educate, Connect Project to meet pre-established goals and objectives, including determining best practices within the program and project evaluation.
  2. As directed, assists fellow educators within the Agency with the planning, co-facilitation and evaluation of AVI education initiatives, including:
    1. Community outreach
    2. Testing initiatives
    3. Recruitment and delivery of peer education workshops
    4. Recruitment and delivery of AVI’s Hepatitis C Leadership Training series
    5. Development and involvement with events such as Pride, World AIDS Day, and World Hepatitis Awareness Day
    6. Other miscellaneous educational outreach initiatives
  3. Attends outreach commitments outside of the office.
  4. Offers peer support using active listening skills, maintaining a non-judgmental attitude and keeping professional boundaries.
  5. Keeps records and statistics and makes reports about services provided as requested.
  6. Attends education team meetings and individual supervision meetings as requested.
  7. Co-facilitates and/or facilitates Support Groups.
  8. Assists to recruit new peer educators from those who have completed peer education trainings such as the Leadership Training Series.
  9. Ensures up to date educational materials are being distributed.
  10. Participates in ongoing job training at AVI Health & Community Services and in the community.
  11. Performs other related duties as assigned


  • Have lived experience with Hepatitis C.
  • Good knowledge of current hepatitis C treatments, resources, and issues concerning those who have lived experience of Hepatitis C.
  • Completion of Street College courses and Street College HCV Leadership Curriculum, and familiarity with course content.
  • Experience in delivering peer education and/or health related workshops/trainings.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in a team environment.
  • Comfortable approaching and initiating conversation with others and ability to build good rapport.
  • Good understanding of the importance of confidentiality and professional boundaries.
  • Good working knowledge of local health and social services.
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to harm reduction principles and practices.
  • Experience working with people from a diversity of backgrounds including people who use illicit substances, GBMSM, women, youth at risk, gender diverse individuals and communities, and Indigenous people.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Clear criminal record check for working with vulnerable populations
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends when needed
  • Good communications skills.
  • Ability to follow direction, provide/receive feedback, and engage in proactive problem solving.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate effectively and apply conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to follow direction, provide/receive feedback, and engage in proactive problem solving
  • Ability to keep a ‘cool head’ and to apply conflict resolution and de-escalation skills when tense situations arise.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with volunteers, co-workers and community partners.

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.