Position: Project Manager & Community Educator
Status: 0.75 FTE
Time Period: 1-year contract position
Remuneration: $52,000 to $57,000 plus benefits
Reporting to: Director of Program Development
Summary of the position:
The Project Manager & Community Educator will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Human Rights Education Project (HREP). This will include: overseeing planning and implementation of a series of workshops around BC with the Overdose Emergency Response Centre (OERC) (More information) identified Community Action Teams (CATS); facilitating committee and team meetings and processes; conducting administrative and event logistics activities; and developing and maintaining record keeping systems and activities. The Project Manager & Community Educator will need to be flexible, agile and able to respond to unique community conditions while remaining focused on the long-term goals of the project.
The administrative supervisor for this position will be PAN’s Director of Program Development. Supervision of human rights content and process will be provided by a human rights lawyer. The Project Manager and Community Educator will work in collaboration with a Peer Coordinator that will be hired to support the project. The PAN Executive Director and staff of the OERC/MMHA will be engaged as required.
The location of this position is flexible (anywhere in BC) and working virtually from a home office is possible.
About The Pacific AIDS Network:
The Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) works collaboratively to build the capacity and skills of our member organizations and people with lived experience, to effectively address HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and related conditions. We provide workplace training, leadership development, and research and evaluation initiatives to support all regions in the province. We are a voice for our members, advocating for change in public perception and policies. We help organizations build stronger communities and leaders.
While HIV is the heart of our work historically, and people with HIV have an important role in our past and present directions, our work has progressively expanded as issues related to HIV emerged: hepatitis C and other health diagnoses, mental health, and substance use. Other issues that affect how people access care include safe housing, food security, poverty and in many cases basic human rights and dignity. These issues influence our work and we support the involvement of people with lived experience in our community-based response.
About The Human Rights Education Project:
Funding for the Human Rights Education Project comes from the OERC/Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions (MMHA). It is a partnership between the Pacific AIDS Network and RISE Leadership.
The Human Rights Education Project is in aid of the province’s overdose prevention and response. The project will work to counteract stigma and discrimination and promote a human rights-based approach to the overdose emergency through the creation and delivery of interactive educational workshops on human rights for the Regional Response Teams and Community Action Teams. It will develop “train-the-trainer” model workshops on a human-rights-based approach to care and service for people who use drugs. Resource material for CATs and other service providers will be developed, that provide tangible support for employing a human-rights-based approach to service and care in the context of the opioid emergency.
The overdose emergency response requires the input and perspectives of people who use drugs and the Human Rights Education Project will facilitate engagement processes with peers and people who use drugs designed to both provide human rights education and elicit contributions and feedback to guide programming.
A human-rights-based approach in the context of this public health emergency urges municipal government, Indigenous partners, first responders, public safety, front-line community agencies, Divisions of Family Practice, people and families with lived experience and local provincial ministry offices providing housing, children and family, and poverty reduction services to:
- recognize drug use as a health issue requiring evidence-based health care solutions;
- recognize that stigma against people who use drugs is correlated with negative health outcomes and death;
- recognize that discriminatory obstacles to the provision of health services to people who use drugs violates human rights law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
- recognize people who use drugs as key actors in their own health care;
- employ strategies of empowerment;
- focus on marginalized and high-risk groups with attention to the unique circumstances of indigenous peoples;
- monitor and evaluate both outcomes and processes using human rights standards.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Responsible for the development of project plans, critical paths and budget management for all project activities;
- Liaise with the Legal & Organizational Development Consultant (RISE Leadership);
- Supervises and supports the Peer Coordinator;
- In collaboration with the Legal & Organizational Development Consultant design and develop workshops and resource material (toolkits) for CATs and Regional Response Teams;
- Initiate and manage relationships with OERC identified Regional Response Teams and Community Action Teams to coordinate and deliver workshops;
- Event and logistics planning for workshops; participant management and support; responding to general and information inquiries about workshops; processing accounts payable and receivable for events and activities;
- Works with the PAN Evaluation team to develop a comprehensive evaluation plan to assess and evaluate the activities of the project;
- Prepares scheduled reports for the OERC/MMHA as required;
- Other duties, as required.
- Minimum 3 years of experience working as a project or program manager; including financial administration and reporting
- Experience with people who use substances; lived experiences are considered an asset;
- Knowledge and/or experience with BC’s Regional Response Teams and Community Action Teams; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse internal and external stakeholders;
- Experience with producing education material and the delivery of educational workshops;
- Excellent organizational, interpersonal, group team-building and facilitation skills;
- Excellent writing and communication skills;
- Excellent teaching, facilitation and presentation skills;
- Experience managing budgets, and standard financial procedures;
- University degree in a related field (health promotion, or education/adult education) or equivalent professional work experience;
- Experience in or understanding with the “Nothing About us, without us “principles;
- Experience in event planning and production an asset;
- Experience or ability to work effectively in virtual environments is necessary (i.e. proficiency with email, conference-calling technology, web-based collaboration tools, etc.);
- Proficiency in applicable software programs (i.e. Microsoft Office, WordPress, etc.);
- Ability to determine priorities, be self-directed and work with minimal supervision; proven problem-solving abilities.
POLICE INFORMATION CHECK
All prospective employees, contractors and volunteers at PAN are required to complete a police information check – both a criminal record check and a vulnerable sector check – at the onset of their employment/volunteer term and every five years thereafter. Prospective employees must complete all necessary processes with the RCMP or local police detachment, prior to commencing employment.
Application deadline January 18, 2019. To learn about the application process, please see the posting on Charity Village