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Peer Health Educator - Fall/Winter 2021-22

POSITION TITLE: 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 8 positions ; Glendon campus 1 position  

RATE OF PAY: $14.25 

EMPLOYMENT TERM: Fall/Winter 2021-22. Position starts August 23 2021.  

HOURS OF WORK: 10-12 hours a 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: Peer Health Educators are part of the LEAP work/study program. They are responsible for advocating and educating York University students on a variety of health topics. Peer Health Educators are expected to work as a team to identify the needs of peer leaders, York University students and other stakeholders as it pertains to health and wellness. Peer Health Educators are tasked with establishing and maintaining positive relationships with on-campus partners to coordinate a variety of engaging programs and workshops across various campus populations as well as residences. 

Peer Health Educators are expected to create and maintain an accessible and safe environment for conversations around health and well-being topics. They also support the development and attainment of personal health goals through a health-empowerment lens.  

Peer Health Educators will be trained in a number of health topics including Alcohol and Other Drugs, Mental Health, Resilience & Stress Reduction, Nutrition, Sexual Health & Healthy Relationships, Physical Health and Sleep. Peer Health Educators will use a harm-reduction, anti-oppressive framework to support and educate their peers. They will disseminate health information to students through engaging programming and workshops. They will provide students with custom resources and use health promotion tools to engage in topics. 

Peer Health Educators are responsible in utilizing their excellent research skills on a variety of health topics to create presentations, engagement tools and workshops to address student health needs. They will also provide wellness consultations and individual supports through an empathetic tone and none-judgmental attitude.  

Other responsibilities include collaborating with other peer groups as well both on and off-campus organizations and agencies . Peer Health Educators work closely with the Health Educator & Training Specialist to ensure that all disseminated health information is accurate, up-to-date, diverse and accessible. It is expected that the Peer Health Educators will set a positive example by conducting themselves in a manner that aligns with Health Education Guidelines and the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities. 

Note: Both Glendon and Keele positions will be working closely together. However ,those applying for the Glendon position must have basic knowledge of the French language both orally and written.   

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  

University Contribution:  

  • Assess  and adapt health education to the needs of York University students 
  • Provide harm reduction programming to students on campus 
  • Provide health resources and support to the community 
  • Provide health education through delivering programming, trainings, and workshops 
  • Increase awareness of current and trending health-related topics to the community 
  • Deliver a variety of projects on a multitude of health topics to advance the strategic priorities of the university

Collaboration Opportunities:  

  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with on and off campus groups to create and deliver programming that addresses the gaps in student health knowledge 
  • Connect with other Peer Health Educators through attending conferences and events 
  • Collaborate with other student groups/organizations on campus to further engagement of health and well-being within student life 
  • Work with other student leaders within the Student Community & Leadership Development to support transition and well-being through a health perspective 

Feedback & Ongoing Support  

  • Attend weekly team meetings to discuss ongoing projects, provide feedback and reflection, and discuss team goals 
  • Receive constructive feedback from peers during weekly Team meetings. 
  • Leverage health concerns that arise from interactions with members of student communities and create opportunities for new programming to meet the needs of specific student groups 
  • Participate in self‐assessment and performance review processes with supervisor each term. 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Knowledge of health issues and barriers facing students 
  • Knowledge of York’s services and resources for students 
  • Excellent research abilities and discernment of validity of research 
  • Excellent communication skills: public speaking and presentation proficiency 
  • Current undergraduate York student, affiliated and involved in campus or college life 
  • Strong organizational skills and time management skills 
  • Demonstrates an eagerness to learn and take initiative 
  • Ability to work on a team and individually  

An asset for this role includes : project management skills, experience with work-back plans or critical-paths, event planning, marketing and promotions 

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 
  • Cover letter (1 page max) 
  • Assignment : Student Nutrition Workshop 

Assignment Details 

There is a strong connection between nutrition, academic success and mental health. Whether students are living at home or on campus, the type of food availability, dietary needs and affordability of food all play into factors around accessing nutritious food.  How can students navigate healthier choices both on campus and off-campus?  

Please prepare a 10 to15 minute presentation/workshop on the topic of student nutrition. The goal of this workshop is to help students learn about the connection between nutrition, well-being and the practical steps needed to implement change.  Please consider accessibility, diversity and inclusion in your content. Your target audience is first-year York University students. 

You may chose to submit this presentation through the following formats: PowerPoint, Google Slide or use of other social media links. If you choose to do an engagement/facilitation format, please include facilitation notes; outline or learning outcomes. 

Candidates that are successful will be called for an interview based on the quality of their presentation/facilitation outline, resumé 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.