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Engagement Lead - Peer Health Educator - Summer 2021 & Fall/Winter 2021-22

POSITION TITLE: Engagement Lead - Peer Health Educator  

UNIT & DEPARTMENT: Health Education & Promotion, Student Counselling, Health & Well-Being 

ELIGIBILITY: Full-time Domestic and Full-time International students. Must be work/study eligible  and must complete the online Student Financial Profile

NUMBER OF POSITIONS Keele campus 1 position ; Glendon campus 1 position 

RATE OF PAY: 16.00 an hour 

EMPLOYMENT TERM: Summer 2021 & Fall/Winter 2021-22  

HOURS OF WORK: Summer term = 30 hours per week (May 10 start date). Fall/Winter term = 10-15 hours per week. 

BECOMING YU: 
As part of your work study experience, you will be asked to participate in Becoming YU – a new program designed to support students in creating meaningful goals and objectives, recognize the value of your experiences, identify the leadership and career competencies you gain through these experiences and confidently articulate your skills and experiences, whether it’s for a future job or further education opportunity.  Throughout your work/study experience you will have the opportunity to meet regularly with your coach to set goals and objectives, report and reflect on your progress and get valuable feedback. 

JOB DESCRIPTION: In addition to the Peer Health Educator responsibilities, the Engagement Leads will assist the Health Education Training Specialist and the Team Lead in providing various levels of support to bolster the Health Education peer program. This position focuses on project management of various health education portfolios that support the department’s priorities. The focus of this role is to provide coaching and mentoring for peers alongside the Team Lead. The Engagement Leads will serve as a community liaison between student clubs and related organizations across campus to enable updated resources and information and consistent messaging.  

Both Glendon and Keele Engagement Leads will work together to ensure that both campuses are distributed with equitable level of outreach, resources (physical or digital) and programming opportunities. The Glendon Engagement Lead may also support other faculties and areas that require additional Health Education and Promotion.  

The Glendon Engagement Lead must have a basic command of the French language by written form as well orally. 

Summer Duties: 

Planning & Development:  

  • Update training materials (online for the website) and educational tools using the framework of harm-reduction, anti-oppression; and one that priorities health empowerment 
  • Support the Team Lead in creating a 5-day training program for incoming Peer Health Educators 
  • Coordinate onboarding efforts with on-campus and off-campus partners to bolster training
  • Plan for department and wide and campus wide campaigns for the Fall-Winter term on both respective campuses  
  • Create work-back plans and critical paths to support the task management and project delivery of incoming Peer Health Educators.  
  • Determine areas for specific skill-set development for peers, based on program needs and assessments.  
  • Work with York Orientation Directors Association to embed wellness into their colleges Social Orientation Week; 
  • Participate in the content creation of social media channels, prior to the fall term.   

Fall Duties 

Planning & Coordinating:  

  • Update existing resources and partnering with internal and external organizations (eg. Toronto Public Health) 
  • Bolster existing pan-university campaigns on the peer level (eg. Blood drive, Bell Let’s Talk) and work with communications person to ensure messaging is reaching student body  
  • Delegate the management of inventory of physical supplies and resources for internal use ensure community members are kept updated on stock levels (egg. Condom requests) 
  • Ensure operating protocols are followed and create practical steps based on the SOPs and in-person training for all peers and placement students 

Leadership & Delegation: 

  • Provide community-wide training and workshop delivery to help address gaps in student health knowledge, with the support of the Team Lead 
  • Provide monthly training and refreshers on various health topics before outreach to both placement students and peer health educators 
  • Collaborate with health clubs, and organizations at York and create new partnerships or strengthen existing ones 
  • Increase collaboration between Master’s Office, College Council and Residence Life and York International for programming opportunities 

Feedback & Ongoing Support  

  • Provide peers with ongoing coaching based on feedback from supervisor and Team Lead 
  • Use project management tools (MS Teams) to support Peer Health Educators to ensure they are on task with project deadlines, and receive status reports. 
  • Provide peers with project support through weekly-check-ins.  
  • Provide content review and feedback sessions for workshop and presentations both and pre and post workshop.  
  • Participates in self‐assessment and performance review process with their supervisor each term.  

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: [Include complete, detailed position qualifications here.] 

  • Must have some experience working as LEAP/work-study student in the past two years in order to be considered 
  • Experience on the Health Education & Promotion is preferred 
  • Excellent communication skills: public speaking and presentation proficiency  
  • Demonstrates an eagerness to learn and take initiative 
  • Motivating, encouraging and coaching mindset 
  • Provides constructive feedback for both health content and engagement aspects of presentations/workshops 
  • Project managing skills such as demonstrate task planning and communication skills 
  • Ability to work on a team and individually  
  • Knowledge of health issues facing students  
  • Knowledge of York’s services and resources for students  
  • Current undergraduate York student, affiliated and involved in campus or college life 

WHAT STUDENTS WILL GAIN FROM THIS POSITION: A Peer Health Educator will have opportunities to develop and enhance specific skills in the following competencies: 

  • Communication 
  • Interpersonal Connections 
  • Community Engagement 
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving 

MANDATORY TRAINING DATES:   

  • August 23-27 2021.  Training takes place typically 9am-4:30pm (30 hours). Full availability required.  
  • Summer training (at own pace) of 15 hours through online modules.  

*all mandatory training counts as paid hours 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS FOR APPLICATION:  

  • Resume and Cover letter.  
  • Assignment: Train-the-trainer mini workshop 

Details of Assignment:  This position requires the training and onboarding of new peers. Please provide a train-the-trainer workshop by choosing of the many health topics that our department works on. The training should be no more than 15 minutes.  Recommendation is to deliver on specific sub-topic (e.g.  A specific policy or specific skill a peer health educator would need to include in engaging the audience).  

The presentation will be evaluated based on :   

  • Learning outcomes and deliverables 
  • Relevancy of topic chosen 
  • Relevancy of skills shared based on that topic  
  • Verified sources of information 

As you prepare, consider the following:  

  • How do your training consider team performance and promote individual growth?  
  • How does your training consider inclusivity?  
  • How might you develop/deliver/assess important health topics in an engaging way? 
  • How relevant or timely is your training to the role of a peer health educator? 
  • What activities or engagement methods did you use and why?  
  • What other methods would you engage in to develop skills, beyond this training alone 

Successful candidates in obtaining an interview will have the chance to deliver the training and answer questions related to their proposal.  The application portal will give you the opportunity to submit your assignment along with your resume and cover letter.  

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Friday, March 26 at 9:00 am ET. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered for review.   

PLEASE NOTE:  

  • Only those applicants considered for an interview will be contacted. 
  • All applicants must submit their application using a @my.yorku.ca or if unpermitted, a @yorku.ca e-mail domain.