Women’s HIV/AIDS Community Development Coordinator
Full-time (35 hours weekly)
Salary Range: $41,500 to $47,999
Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) is a volunteer driven, non-profit, community-based organization serving London and the six surrounding counties – Perth, Huron, Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford. We are community- inspired and dedicated to positively impacting the lives of individuals and diverse communities living with, at-risk for or affected by HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. Our philosophy includes adherence to The Ontario Accord/GIPA (Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS), anti-racism/anti-oppression, sex positivity, principles of harm reduction, holistic health and civil society.
PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE POSITION AND ROLE
The Women’s HIV/AIDS Community Development Coordinator reports to the Director of Education. This role works within RHAC’s catchment to build local capacity in response to women’s HIV/AIDS prevention needs and to improve the quality of life for women living with or affected by, or at increased systemic risk for HIV/AIDS. The key areas of focus for this position include community development and community education and training.
- Conduct site-based and events-based outreach among diverse communities of women living with/affected by/at increased systemic risk of HIV acquisition to engage with women with lived experience and identify needs, trends, concerns and directions for services/programming, through a community-development lens
- Collaborate with both internal and external stakeholders to develop effective programming and services and coordinated approaches that reduce/eliminate barriers women face in relation to service access
- Provide workshops and presentations related to HIV/AIDS and other STBBIs, sexual health, harm reduction, sex work, food insecurity, housing status, mental health and gender-based violence, child apprehension, and pregnancy/childbirth/infant feeding, among other themes to build knowledge and capacity among service providers that engage, support and strive to empower women
- Coordinate and participate in relevant community events
- Engage with relevant community committees
- Conduct data collection and analysis related to campaign delivery, events, and outreach activities to fulfil reporting requirements and inform program development/delivery/evaluation
- Other duties, as required
- Intercultural awareness and a nuanced understanding of anti-oppressive and anti-racist practices and philosophies – including feminist and queer perspectives
- Understanding of/experience with harm reduction-based philosophies and practice related to sexual health, substance use and sex work
- Current and extensive knowledge about HIV/AIDS, Hep C, and other STBBIs (sexually transmitted and blood- borne infections) in relation to the social determinants of health
- Ability to apply critical thinking skills to the practical aspects of the job by utilizing community development models/approaches to affect change that are sensitive to issues of diversity
- Strong program development, delivery and evaluation skills, including written and oral communication, ability to build rapport, conflict resolution and crisis intervention
- The ability to engage with and relate to culturally, linguistically, ethnically, spiritually, racially and geographically diverse communities of female-identified persons
- The ability to identify and understand intersectional factors that impact the health and wellbeing of diverse communities of women
- Experience providing one-on-one education, information, referrals and appropriate supports for individuals experiencing challenges related to mental health, housing, poverty, racism, ableism, immigration status/non- status, classism, ageism, homo/bi/transphobia, misogyny, gender-based violence and other factors that impact HIV acquisition
- Minimum 2 years working in HIV/AIDS, Hep C and STBBI prevention, health promotion; thorough understanding of HIV/AIDS, Hep C and other STBBIs, safer sex, sex work and harm reduction principles and practices
- Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities
- Diploma or undergraduate degree in social services or equivalent related experience in social or health services
- Understanding of, and experience working with, diverse communities of women (including, but not limited to: cis women, trans women, women with experiences of transition, 2-Spirit people and queer women).
- Advanced computer skills including, but not limited to, the following: Microsoft Office Suite programs, data management software, digital/social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
- A valid driver’s license and consistent/regular access to a reliable vehicle for work-related duties
- Able to work irregular hours, including occasional evenings and weekends in a variety of social and physical settings
- A satisfactory Vulnerable Positions Screening (Police Vulnerable Sector Check)
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience providing culturally relevant, anti-racist, anti-oppressive, queer and trans-affirming services, preferred
- Lived experience that may be relevant to the position’s focus on sexual health, harm reduction, substance use, sex work and diverse communities of women, preferred
- Excellent communication (verbal, written, and visual) and negotiation skills, preferred
- Familiarity and comfort working in diverse venues where women connect, preferred
- Crisis intervention skills, preferred
Cover letter and resume may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in hard copy to: #30-186 King Street, London, ON, N6A 1C7
Application deadline is December 9, 2019 @ 12:00 noon
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Regional HIV/AIDS Connection in an equal opportunity employer. We strive to build an inclusive workforce that reflects the rich diversity of the community we live in. To this end, we encourage applications from persons living with HIV/HCV, members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, individuals from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities, members of diverse ethno-cultural communities, and persons with dis/abilities.
We appreciate all submissions; however, we will only contact those to be interviewed.
No phone calls please.