Job Posting: National Coordinator of Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI)

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PAN is excited to announce a new job posting to take the Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) to the next level of action for people living with HIV.  PAN works in partnership with the Ontario AIDS Network to deliver PLDI’s capacity building modules; this new coordinator will extend the program into Quebec. The full job description follows. Applications will be accepted until until end of day Friday, June 2nd, 2017, 5:00pm EDT (Note Eastern time; this makes the deadline 2 PM on June 2nd for those on the West Coast.)

Position: Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI), National Coordinator

Location: Remote

Responsible to: PLDI Executive Committee (OAN, PAN, COCQ-SIDA Executive Directors)

The Positive Leadership Development Institute, PLDI is a three module leadership training program consisting of Core Leadership Training Who am I as a leader?, Bored? Get on Board! (Board governance training) and Communication Skills Training led by and for people living with HIV, was created in 2006. The purpose of this highly-valued series of three- and four-day training programs is to support people living with HIV/AIDS to realize their leadership potential and meaningful participation in community life.

In 2009 the Ontario AIDS Network (OAN) partnered with the Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) and the program strengthened even more and has gone beyond the borders of Ontario and now operates both in Australia and New Zealand. We are ecstatic to announce we are now partnering with la Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida ( COCQ-SIDA) in Quebec. This is a five-year project and we are looking for a highly skilled and self-motivated individual to support and orchestrate the expansion of the program in all three provinces.

The Positive Leadership Development Institute is filled with passionate, driven, hardworking leaders and this means: we work late, set high goals, exceed them, and then push hard the following year to beat and exceed last year’s goals of supporting the leadership development and empowerment of people who are HIV positive.

This position may require work on weekends and the ability to travel across the country. If you are looking for a predictable 9-5 work environment, this won’t be the right fit. If you are inspired and excited by collaboration, engagement, making new connections with the most incredible people, and your personal values align with our core values, we would love to hear from you!

Reporting to the Executive Committee, the National Coordinator develops, plans, coordinates, implements, and evaluates communications, both digital and contemporary, to support the PLDI program.



  • Work in partnership with PAN, COCQ-SIDA and the OAN
  • Investigate and implements mechanisms that allow for the continual assessment and evaluation of PLDI activities in collaboration with PAN
  • Manage and support the various advisory committees associated with this national collaboration
  • Coordinate various meetings
  • Responsible for the development of National PLDI collaboration project plans, critical paths and budget management for all PLDI National Activities Complete all Standardized French and English materials for training workshops
  • Communicate consistently with program managers in each province



Please note that this position is for someone living with HIV.

  • Proficiency in French and English
  • Minimum of 2 years’ previous experience in Administrative or Project Coordination roles
  • 2+ years relevant work experience, preferably in a non-profit environment
  • Experience adhering to budgets and reconciling accounts
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Demonstrated skills in coordinating projects from inception to completion
  • Experience managing a large volume of tasks, multitasking, prioritizing and meeting tight deadlines
  • Sound understanding and demonstrated commitment to the Greater Involvement of People with HIV/AIDS (GIPA Principle).
  • Experience evaluating community-based programs and interventions
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Good analytical, research and troubleshooting skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills


Characteristics/About you

  • Enthusiasm, positive sense of humor and commitment to community development
  • Ideally a graduate of all 3 of the Positive Leadership Development Institute’s training programs or be willing to enroll and attend the September workshop
  • HIV/AIDS experience/knowledge, including social, psychological, and clinical issues
    Anti-oppressive, anti-homophobia and anti-racist perspectives and understanding
  • Flexible working schedule, including some evenings and weekend travel, must be able to travel across the country
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Detail oriented with a solid work ethic, sound judgement and problem-solving abilities
    Highly responsible and resourceful
  • Be proactive in following up on details, anticipating issues, and timely follow up on all requests
  • Strong problem-solving and project management skills
  • Ability to manage numerous and shifting priorities
  • Able to use diplomacy and tact when interacting with others
  • Understands the importance of discretion and confidentiality
  • Strong written and oral communications skills with diverse stakeholders, including funders and allied organizations


To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position along with a resume, in PDF format to Paul Lapierre, Executive Director, OAN at [email protected] Applications must be sent with the following email subject line “Positive Leadership Development Institute National Coordinator”.

Applications will be accepted until end of day Friday, June 2nd, 2017, 5:00pm EDT. (Note Eastern time; this makes the deadline 2 PM on June 2nd for those on the West Coast.)

The Positive Leadership Development Institute sincerely thanks all those who apply, however only those considered for an interview will be contacted. No telephone or email inquiries please.

Please be advised that first round interviews will be taking place on June 13, 2017.

The Pan Canadian Positive Leadership Development Institute is committed to employment equity and to the greater involvement and meaningful engagement of people living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA/MIPA) in all that we do. We encourage applications from persons living with HIV/AIDS and culturally diverse backgrounds to join our team.