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Engagement Lead - Peer Health Educator - Summer 2022 & Fall/Winter 2022-23

POSITION TITLE: Engagement Lead - Peer Health Educator

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


ELIGIBILITY: [eg - Full-time Domestic and Full-time International students. Must be work/study eligible [link to work/study programs page] and must complete the online Student Financial Profile [link to SFP page].]

NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 1 position – Keele Campus 

RATE OF PAY: 16.00

EMPLOYMENT TERM: Summer 2022 and Fall/Winter 2022-23. Position starts May 9th 2022.

HOURS OF WORK: Summer term = 30 hours per week. Fall/Winter term = 10-12 hours per week

LOCATION: The position is intended to work on-campus and those interested should only apply if they can be present on the Keele campus during designated work hours.  In the event the university decides to pivot to a remote work environment again, SCLD will determine how to best utilize staff to continue to run operations.

The Work Study Student program provides on-campus job opportunities for eligible York University undergraduate students. Work Study Student employees are provided opportunities to contribute to support roles while developing valuable, relevant skills and work experience for the workplace. These roles offer a learning and development opportunity for Work Study Student employees to receive experiential on-the-job training, guidance and mentorship. Under the guidance of permanent staff members, Work Study Student employees will provide support to their relevant department/faculty in clerical, administrative and technical capacities. As part of your Work-Study/LEAP experience, you will participate in Becoming YU, a program designed to support students in: 

• creating meaningful goals and objectives;

 • recognizing the value of their personal, academic and professional experiences; 

• identifying their competencies and skills; and

 • articulating their skills and experiences with confidence. Becoming YU includes regular meetings with your student employment supervisor/coach for reflecting on your progress and getting valuable feedback

JOB DESCRIPTION: In addition to the Peer Health Educator (PHE) 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. 

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,
  • 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) on public facing platforms
  • 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. Being able to reflect on previous work experience to support peers in acclimatizing to the culture of Health Ed
  • 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 and barriers to access resources
  • Knowledge of York’s services and resources for students 
  • Current undergraduate York student, affiliated and involved in campus or college life


  • Peer Leadership Training Conference (TBC - May 2022)
  • Peer Health Educator - Live Training: August 22 – August 26 2022.  Training takes place typically 9am-4:30pm (30 hours). Full availability required.
  • Health Promotion Foundational Modules 15 hours (asynchronous), must be completed before August 2022.

*all mandatory training counts as paid work hours


  1. Resume
  2. Brief Cover Letter Statement (max 250 words)
    1. Why do you want this position?
    1. What leadership skills do you hope to gain?
    1. What strengths will you bring and identify gaps in experience/skills you hope to gain 
  3. 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 to build interest, empowerment and rapport). 

The presentation will be evaluated based on :  

  • Clear learning outcomes and deliverables
  • Relevancy of topic chosen
  • Relevancy of skills learned 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: March 28 at 4pm ET. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered for review.  


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

NOTE: York University requires all community members, including employees and visitors who attend our campuses be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to medical and human rights exemptions, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. The University's vaccine policy is integral to our ongoing commitment to health and safety. Offers of employment require that you comply with the COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate by providing proof of vaccination prior to your start date. For information on how York University is responding to COVID-19 please visit the YU Better Together website.

The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including, but not limited to women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities (racialized), Indigenous Peoples and persons of any gender identity and sexual orientation. York University is committed to a positive, supportive and inclusive environment.

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