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.
- 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 [email protected] no later than midnight on Wednesday, May 15th 2013.