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

POSITION TITLE: Team 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 /hr

EMPLOYMENT TERM: Summer 2022 and Fall/Winter 2022-23

HOURS OF WORK: Summer term = 30 hours per week. Fall/Winter term = 10-12 hours per week. Position starts May 9th 2022

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 responsibilities, the Team Lead will assist the Health Education Training Specialist with developing the peer program through both research, administrative and program development based on assessments and current student data.  The Team Lead will work in tandem with the Health Education Training Specialist to plan and facilitate training sessions, ongoing professional development and providing structural support to Peer Health Educators  (PHEs) including the social media content creators.  The Team Lead is someone who aligns with the values of health promotion and health empowerment. The candidate demonstrates this through creating an inclusive and supportive environment for their peers to flourish, recover from setbacks or mistakes and supports their growth. The candidate must demonstrate humility, encouragement, and initiative. 

Summer Duties:

Planning & Development: 

  • Assess current modules of current health topics for relevancy and educational merit (both online and offline) 
  • Review outreach programming and make recommendations for changes by considering relevant data, student health concerns from health topics covered
  • Research evidence-based content for training and programming, in tandem with external resources (off-campus partners, public health agencies etc.) 
  • Update training materials and educational tools using the framework of harm-reduction, anti-oppression and prioritize health empowerment for peers
  • Support the creation of summer training program for incoming PHEs (starting in September) with Engagement Lead. Co-deliver in-person onboarding training, which includes coordinating with on-campus and off-campus partners
  • Assist the Engagement Leads in determining and supporting specific skill-set development for PHEs
  • Assist Health Educator & Training Specialist in developing PHE schedules and workshop/offerings calendar
  • Work with the social media and communications team (SCLD) throughout the summer to support and onboard social media peers and their workflow. 

Fall Duties:

Planning & Coordinating: 

  • Coordinate scheduling and staffing for fellow PHEs
  • Assign health educators to areas of the university that request programming for key partners (Res Life, Colleges, and Faculty)
  • Creating and updating operating protocols, SOPS for outreach, presentation and workshops, evaluations and documentations for peers to flourish in their roles
  • Ensure that tracking forms, metrics and other important documents are correctly completed and submitted after every health interaction or workshop
  • Support the Engagement Lead with managing resources for external locations of services (e.g. library) and ensure resources are accurate, up-to-date and integrated with outreach efforts 

Leadership & Delegation:

  • Trains peer health educators on delivering workshops and presentations
  • Delegate assignments, projects and various tasks to peers based on strengths and areas of growth in consultation with the Engagement Lead
  • Create synergy and improvements in functioning between community outreach efforts, and giving presentation feedback through ongoing assessment and dialog between teams
  • Provide recommendations to supervisor on service areas, programming and recommend adjustments in service delivery model through informal and formal assessment
  • Supports the social media content creators to ensure content integration matches outreach efforts and programming by other peers
  • Provides community-wide trainings as per request and workshop delivery to help address gaps in student health knowledge

Feedback & Ongoing Support 

  • Exhibits exceptional administrative skills, flexibility, responsiveness, interpersonal skills, and extremely detail oriented
  • Co-chair weekly meetings with their team through status update on projects being worked on and goals individuals are working towards. 
  • Work with supervisor to map out student like cycle, to be responsive to programming changes, assess outreach efforts, and integrate campus policy 
  • Participate in self‐assessment and performance review process with supervisor each term. 
  • Provide feedback to their peers during weekly meetings and analytic updates. 
  • Encourages growth and challenge peers by identify their strengths and finding peers opportunity to showcase their skills


  • Experience on the Health Education & Promotion Team is required. Only internal candidates will be considered. 
  • Strong organizational skills and time management skills
  • Detailed oriented and strong software skills (e.g. Excel) for program and schedule creation 
  • Excellent communication skills: public speaking and presentation proficiency 
  • Demonstrates an eagerness to learn and take initiatives
  • Demonstrates an eagerness to support the learning and development of peers
  • Ability to work on a team and individually 
  • Skills in event planning, management, some knowledge of marketing and promotions
  • 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


  • 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.


  • Resume 
  • Cover Letter Questions (max 250 words)
    • Why did you apply for this position?
    • What skills do you hope to gain?
    • How do you see the Engagement Lead and Team Lead compliment each other
  • Assignment: Fall Training Development Plan 

Details of Assignment:  This position requires in providing a training and onboarding of new peers. Please provide a comprehensive schedule and learning objectives attached to it. The challenge will be to create the first three days of a training plan. 

  • 1-page outline or calendar naming all the activities and events that will take place during this time
  • An explanation sheet that describes the activities proposed. Format suggested: Date/Time, Name of Activity, Learning Outcome(s), Delivered By (Max two pages)
  • Prepare a budget of materials/costs if necessary
  • Create a contingency plan that has both in-person or online delivery model

Consider the following aspects in your planning: 

  • How do your activities consider team performance? Review forming–storming–norming–performing (based on Tuckman’s Stages of Group Development).  What are the challenges in doing so online vs in-person? How would you adapt to those challenges?
  • How might you develop/deliver/assess important health topics such as (nutrition, cannabis, alcohol use etc.) in an engaging and inclusive way?
  • How might you distribute the training modules or activities given the limited time? What campus partners or health-agencies/porgs might be essential for this training to connect with? 
  • What other measures or methods would you engage in to develop skills, beyond training week

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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