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Employment Opportunities

Gay/MSM Education and Sexual Health Coordinator

Employment Opportunity:
Gay/MSM Education and Sexual Health Coordinator 1.0 FTE

The position is responsible for the following:
• Reporting to the Manager of Programs and Services, the Gay/MSM Education and Sexual Health Coordinator works with diverse individuals and agencies on issues related to gay/MSM and sexual/mental health.
• Provides education and supportive counselling to those who identify as men, in an effort to address: healthy relations with sexual partners; health issues related to gay/MSM; and minimize HIV/HCV/STBBI transmission.
• Develops or works with existing campaigns to increase awareness on issues of HIV/HCV transmission, benefits of treatment; HIV/HCV stigma and discrimination and other health factors specific to gay and/or MSM.

The successful candidate:
• Degree/Diploma with a specialization in Social Work/ Social Services (Indigenous or mainstream).
• Sound knowledge and experience working with issues of sexuality, gender identity, mental health and sexual minorities.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts.
• Creative, self-directed, results focused and team player.
• Able to work evenings and weekends when required in a variety of settings.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience of harm reduction principles and practices.
• Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous communities, cultures, perspectives and organizations as well as an understanding of the effects of intergenerational trauma on Indigenous persons.
• Applicants from Indigenous communities or those with lived experience are considered an asset.
• Fluency in French and English, both oral and written is an asset.

Competitive salary and benefits

The full job description is located on the Réseau ACCESS Network Website at www.reseauaccessnetwork.com. Interested applicants are asked to submit a resume with a cover letter by the closing date of Friday, April 27th, 2018, to the attention of the Manager of Programs and Services @ aaninfo@reseauaccessnetwork.com

Réseau ACCESS Network provides equal opportunity employment and encourages applications from all qualified persons. Réseau ACCESS Network is committed to the Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C and these are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

We regret that only those candidates selected for an interview may be contacted. No phone calls please.

618.00 JOB TITLE GAY/MSM EDUCATION AND SEXUAL HEALTH
COORDINATOR (1.0 fte Staff)

REPORT AND ACCOUNTABLE TO: Manager of Programs and Services

POSITION PURPOSE:

1. Works with designated local communities to build and maintain strong capacity to respond to the HIV/Hepatitis B/C prevention needs of gay and/or Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) (18+) communities and those at risk.
2. Provides education and supportive counselling to gay and/or MSM, those living with or those at risk of HIV/HCV, to advance HIV/HCV prevention initiatives and facilitate access to health and social services.
3. Develops or works with existing campaigns targeting gay and/or MSM, and those at risk to increase awareness on issues of HIV/HCV transmission and benefits of treatment; HIV/HCV stigma and discrimination and other health factors specific to gay and/or MSM.
4. Aims to support and empower those who identify as men, promote healthy relations with sexual partners, address specific health issues related to gay and/or MSM and reduce the possibilities of new HIV/HCV infections and other sexually transmitted infections.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

Community Development

1. Acts as a liaison between Réseau ACCESS Network and local community organizations, committees and other gay/MSM population programs in advancing prevention initiatives for gay/MSM population and building supportive environments.
2. Establishes, facilitates, and maintains collaborative partnership opportunities with local community organizations and groups that provide service to gay/MSM population.
3. Participates in local community planning initiatives related to gay/MSM population and promotes integration of HIV/HCV into programs, services and policies-procedures.
4. Represents Réseau ACCESS Network at public meetings and committees and directs partnership relationship strategies to advance the mission of the organization.

Community Education and Training

1. Works with Réseau ACCESS Network’s multidisciplinary team to develop, promote and execute HIV/HCV testing campaigns geared to gay/MSM population.
2. Coordinate the development and / or provision of educational material (ie., literature, audio visual and promotional), specific to gay/MSM population to decrease HIV rates and increase testing.
3. Develop and implement educational presentations / workshops on issues associated to gay/MSM population, including: safer sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism, internalized homophobia, aging, HIV stigma and discrimination, POZ prevention. etc, specific to needs of gay/MSM individuals/groups, or those who provide services to them.
4. Work with Advisory Committee members and appropriate staff to develop yearly Classroom Closet Conference.
5. Be a resource person in the areas of safer sex, sexual orientation, homophobia, heterosexism, HIV/HCV, stigma and discrimination, to personnel, volunteers, and service users.
6. Develops and maintains Internet communication and Social media platforms (website, twitter, YouTube, Facebook, etc,) on issues of gay/MSM population.

Support and Outreach

1. Provide one on one and/or group supportive counseling on issues of gay/MSM population, including sexual orientation, assist in increasing self-esteem and decreasing internalized homophobia.
2. Work with the Agency’s gay/MSM Sexual Health Clinic’s multidisciplinary team to provide support, education and referrals as needed.
3. Coordinate the Online Outreach Program (ie, Grinder, Scruff, etc)
4. Coordinate Outreach initiatives at local gay establishment and Pride events.

Support Personnel

1. Liaise with agency’s multi-disciplinary team in the training of volunteers and new staff.

Administration

1. Ensure that all necessary reports (i.e. OCASE, OCHART, Program Plans, etc) are completed and submitted to the appropriate sources by the requested due date.
2. Ensure that files are secure, confidential and have all necessary backups.
3. Assist and implement the evaluation of all program activities.
4. Work with the Manager of Programs and Services to develop annual program work plans
5. Meet regularly with the Manager of Programs and Services to keep them fully informed on program developments, problems and activities.
6. Assist with the regular upkeep of Réseau ACCESS Network offices.
7. Participate in networking opportunities with peer GMSH coordinators / workers through the Ontario AIDS Network and/or other peer opportunities.
8. Participate in staff meetings and other staff sharing opportunities.
9. Provide input to organizational reviews.

Other:

1. Assist in fundraising projects and/or other duties as deemed important and appropriate by the Executive Director and mutually agreed upon.

Qualifications

• Degree/Diploma with a specialization in Social Work/Social Services (Indigenous or mainstream).
• Sound knowledge and experience working with issues of sexuality, gender identity, mental health and sexual minorities.
• Experience in developing and implementing educational programs and materials for internal and external distribution.
• Demonstrated excellence in written, presentation, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts.
• Strong leadership and project management skills.
• Sensitive to issues of diversity and a commitment to support the mission and philosophy of Réseau ACCESS Network.
• Creative, self directed, results focused and team player
• Must be able to work evenings and weekends when required in a variety of social and physical settings.
• Experience working with volunteers and/or peers.
• Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous communities, cultures, perspectives and organizations an asset.
• Understanding the effects of intergenerational trauma on Indigenous persons an asset.
• Work with diverse populations and backgrounds in a non-judgmental approach.
• Experience working in a non-profit community based organization.
• Ability to function well under pressure.
• Applicants from Indigenous communities or those with lived experience are considered an asset.
• Fluency in French and English both oral and written would be an asset.

Working Conditions

• Physical requirements include the dexterity to reach, stand, squat, twist, lift light loads, and the ability to do sedentary work.
• Must be flexible to work evenings and weekends.
• Must be able to work in a variety of settings.
• 35 hour work week, overtime compensated by time off in lieu.
• Access to a vehicle and valid driver’s license.

(2) Outreach Worker (0.86fte - 30 hours weekly)

Seeking two (2) Outreach Workers (0.86 fte – 30 hours per week each)

The position is responsible for the following:
1. Provides low threshold “Street Outreach” and “Community Outreach” to marginalized community members living with or at risk of acquiring HIV/HCV/STBBIs.
2. Provides brief counselling, referrals, access to harm reduction materials and teachings as appropriate.
3. Facilitates community development specific to the needs of targeted population – those who use substances.
4. Successful candidates will work evenings – Wednesdays to and including Sundays with Mondays and Tuesdays off (post orientation period).

The successful candidate:
1. Education and work experience within Social Work, Social Services, Addiction, or other related fields.
2. Physically able to handle the rigors of outdoor programming.
3. Strong ability to collect data and transpose to appropriate data collecting tool.
4. Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous communities, cultures, perspectives and organizations as well as an understanding of the effects of intergenerational trauma on Indigenous persons.
5. Valid driver’s license, with clean driver’s abstract and good driving record.

Competitive salary and benefits.

The full job description is located on the Réseau ACCESS Network Website at www.reseauaccessnetwork.com. Interested applicants are asked to submit a resume with a cover letter by the closing date of Monday, April 30th, 2018, to the Manager of Programs and Services @ aaninfo@reseauaccessnetwork.com

Réseau ACCESS Network provides equal opportunity employment and encourages applications from all qualified persons. Réseau ACCESS Network is committed to the Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C and these are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

We regret that only those candidates selected for an interview may be contacted. No phone calls please.

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