Job Posting: Totally OUTright Peer Recruiter!

Jan. 12th, 2018

Authored by: YP Staff

This is a job with the AIDS Coalition of NS. To see the job posting on the original page of the ACNS, click here:

NOTE: Applications accepted by EMAIL ONLY.

Gay, Bi, Two-Spirit, Trans, Queer Male/Male-Identified Peer Recruiter (flexible, part time, term).
– 1 position based in Halifax area
– 1 position (pending funding) in eastern NS

The AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia (ACNS) provides support to those infected and affected re HIV, delivers prevention programs, and assists in building a community response to HIV/AIDS across Nova Scotia. As part of this work ACNS’s Gay Men’s Health Project is offering the Totally OUTright in Nova Scotia program for young (aged 18-29) Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Transgender, Queer (GB2STQ+) men.

Totally OUTright in Nova Scotia will bring young GB2STQ+ men from across Nova Scotia and PEI to Halifax for a series of life-skills and leadership training sessions to create a new generation of sexual health leaders. Topics covered include: sexual health and STI prevention; mental health; substance use and harm reduction; interpersonal communications; navigating sex, consent and relationships; combating stigma and discrimination; community development; community history; and more.

The Peer Recruiter Position:

ACNS is seeking passionate and committed individuals to take on the role of Gay, Bi, Two-Spirit, Trans, Queer Male/Male-Identified Peer Recruiter for this program. The recruiter’s role is to seek out and recruit potential program participants in the months leading up to the May 2018 program offering.

Principle Duties:

• Provide feedback and implement the strategic recruitment plan of young GB2STQ+ men who display leadership potential.
Connect with formal and informal youth networks across Nova Scotia.
o Conduct info sessions with post-secondary schools, GB2STQ+ friendly youth-focused organizations, and at relevant community gatherings.
o Utilize social media outreach to advertise program / recruit participants.
o Contact, evaluate and build relationships with potential program participants.
o Regular reports to program coordinator re recruitment status.
• Assist with training program preparations as required.
• Act as a site manager for the training program.
• Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Must be able to personally relate to the young GB2STQ+ men we are recruiting, and be non-judgmental regarding diverse cultures, identities and choices in the GB2STQ+ community.
• Demonstrated experience in dealing with issues re confidentiality, and understanding of working with young GB2STQ+ men who may not be out to family and friends, etc.
• Knowledgeable on topics involving sexual orientation and gender identity as they relate to the experiences of young GB2STQ+ people.
• Some understanding of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and heterosexism is an asset.
• Some understanding of other forms of oppression, and how they work together to impact young GB2STQ+ people, is an asset. These include racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, etc.
• Excellent knowledge of venues (real-time and virtual) where young GB2STQ+ men hang out and connect in Nova Scotia.
• Some familiarity with post-secondary (university or college) educational settings is required.
• Excellent social skills, and strong social media skills required.
• Good oral and written communication skills required.
• Experience in public speaking an asset.
• Ability to work individually and as part of a team.
• Must be willing to work flexible hours (may include evenings and weekends).

Position Details:

As an organization addressing issues of sexual health, especially for minority populations defined by sexual orientation and gender identity, ACNS recognizes and values the lived experience of our diverse community members:
• We encourage applicants to self-identify if you are a member of GB2STQ+ / LGBTQ+ communities and/or a member of other minority groups including: persons of colour, differently-abled, etc.
• People living with HIV are encouraged to apply for this position.
• One position will be based in the Halifax area, and one (pending funding) in eastern Nova Scotia.
• The positions will be 5hrs / week (on average) for 8-10 weeks beginning in mid-to-late January.
• As well, 1 week at full time hours (37.5) may be available during the training program in Halifax, May 7-11. Where necessary, travel and accommodation will be provided for this week.

Application must include:

• Cover letter (outlining what skills and experience you would bring to the position, and your knowledge of, and participation in, GB2STQ+ / LGBTQ+ communities).
• Resume (please make a distinction between employment experience, volunteer experience, and professional development activities).
• Three references: 2 professional (employment or volunteer), 1 personal or volunteer, and indicate which is which.

To apply:

Applications will be accepted by EMAIL ONLY. Send yours to:
Chris Aucoin
Gay Men’s Health Coordinator

Deadline: FRIDAY, JANUARY 26th at 12:00 (noon).
Confidentiality assured.

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