Status: The Peer Mentor position will be an hourly position. Working hours are flexible in terms of days and timing, but some evenings and weekend hours may be required.
Rate of pay: Hourly rate is $30-32/hour, depending on experience.
Location: The Peer Mentor position will ideally be based in Vancouver, BC. If you would prefer to work in another part of the province, please indicate this on your cover letter.
Term: The initial contract will go from approximately April 1, 2020 until March 31, 2021 (one year), with possibility of renewal.
GetCheckedOnline (GCO) is an internet-based testing service operated by BC Centre for Disease Control for sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI). GCO was first introduced in 2014 in Vancouver, BC and expanded in 2016 to five urban, suburban, and rural communities located in Vancouver Island and the Interior of BC. Further expansion and improvement of GCO is planned.
The Digital Initiatives for Sexual Health Research Team is investigating how to best implement the further expansion and improvement of GCO. The Peer Mentor will join the research team as an integral member to facilitate and enhance the ongoing relationships and connection with community organizations and members. (A peer is someone living with or affected by STBBI.)
The Peer Mentor, directly reporting to the Principal Investigator, will work closely with team members based at the BC Centre for Disease Control and form a collaborative partnership with Pacific AIDS Network. The Peer Mentor will have access to a variety of professional development opportunities through University of British Columbia, BC Centre for Disease Control and Pacific AIDS Network.
The Peer Mentor will support community/peer engagement support and capacity-building activities with the following tasks:
- Act as a liaison between academic team members, Community Advisory Board (CAB), Peer Researchers, and other people living with or affected by STBBI
- Contribute to the achievement of research goals through advising the research team on integrating community perspectives in research, supporting recruitment of Peer Researchers, and promoting the research in communities affected by STBBI
- Establish partnerships with Pacific AIDS Network and maintain effective bidirectional communications to exchange expertise in community-based research
- Mentor CAB Chairs and coach the development of leaderships and facilitating skills
- Mentor Peer Researchers and support the development and successful application of research skills
- Share knowledge of community engagement with academic team members
- Plan and coordinate capacity-building activities (e.g., GCO Team Implementation Science Webinars), and act as a resource for the overall research team
- Assist with training peer researchers, and ensure an inclusive, safe and positive learning environment
- Plans and organizes research related meetings and events, including quarterly CAB meetings, and facilitate participation of CAB members and peer researchers
- Participate in CAB meetings, research team meetings, Pacific AIDS Network’s Community-Based Research meetings, and other meetings as needed
- Perform other duties as needed
- Those with experience living with or affected by STBBI are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Passion about addressing health inequities
- Proven ability to work respectfully with community agencies as well as diverse community members
- Experience supporting and mentoring other peers
- Understanding and commitment to community-engaged research
- Ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment
- Ability to think critically and analytically
- Ability to safeguard confidentiality
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Strong organizational skills
- Proficient with electronic technology (hardware, software), especially Microsoft software (i.e., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
If you have any questions or would like to get more information, please contact Hsiu-Ju Chang ([email protected]).
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter by March 24, 2020 through the University of British Columbia Staff Careers website: www.staffcareers.ubc.ca/37084.