Job Posting: Mpowerment Coordinator

We are looking for an energetic and committed individual for a creative, fun, empowering, and peer-run HIV prevention/community-building program designed for young gay, bisexual and trans men ages 16-29 in Vancouver. 

 

Position: Coordinator, Mpowerment Project (Gay Youth Program)

Hours: Part-Time, 30 hours a week

Entering its 20th year, YouthCO reduces the impact of HIV and Hep C on the youth of British Columbia through peer support, education and meaningful community engagement. We strive to foster inclusive communities where youth empower youth to make informed decision about their own well-being and work to end the stigma surrounding HIV and Hep C.

We are looking for an energetic and committed individual for a creative, fun, empowering, and peer-run HIV prevention/community-building program designed for young gay, bisexual and trans men ages 16-29 in Vancouver. The Coordinator will:

-          Provide leadership for the Project team, facilitate skills-building workshops, help conduct community-strengthening events, and be involved with community outreach.

-          Recruit participants and facilitate small discussion groups for young gay and bisexual men.

-          Recruit volunteers to help design & coordinate fun, creative events and campaigns to educate and encourage guys about safer sex.

Experience:

-          2 years’ experience working/volunteering in a small team environment; experience working at community organizations is considered an asset

-          Significant experience in event planning/coordination is required

-          Experience in theatre, group facilitation and/or public speaking is an asset

-          Experience working with at-risk youth and/or sexual health education is an asset

-          Demonstrated interest in social media, with an understanding of its role in community-building

-          Experience with film editing and/or graphic design is an asset

-          Demonstrated commitment to volunteerism and community involvement

Skills & Characteristics:

-          Outgoing, confident, energetic and comfortable talking to strangers and groups

-          Warmth, humour, self-awareness, assertiveness, accessibility, and sex-positivity

-          Extremely responsible and organized with a high degree of maturity and leadership

-          Passionate and committed to delivering HIV prevention and other gay health information to young gay/bisexual men

-          Knowledge of HIV prevention and testing, as well as gay/bisexual male health in general

-          Positive attitude towards HIV prevention as well as the gay community in general

-          Knowledgeable about the young MSM community in Vancouver (popular hangout spots, culture, cliques, etc.)

-          Identify as a peer of young gay/bisexual men, and socially active in some type of young queer/trans/gay/bisexual social network

-          Prepared to work outside of regular business hours (evenings and weekends) in order to reach the target population

-          Reflective/analytical (able to observe your own working style and your relationships with others, able to recognize what elements are missing or need more attention)

-          Work effectively and comfortably with others in a nonhierarchical group as well as independently

-          This is a part-time position with 30 hours per week (negotiable). The successful candidate must be willing to work evening and weekend shifts.

Compensation includes competitive vacation and holiday time and eligibility to participate in a comprehensive benefits package. The successful candidate will be required to complete a criminal record check.

We strongly encourage youth under age 29, youth living with HIV or Hep C, youth from First Nations/Aboriginal communities; youth from newcomer and immigrant communities; youth of colour, LGB, Queer, and Transgender youth; youth living with disabilities and members of other underrepresented communities to apply.

Application Deadline: Please email applications, including resume and cover letter, preferably in PDF format to: Michael Reid at michaelr@youthco.org no later than midnight on Wednesday, May 15th 2013.

 

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YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!