Harm Reduction Program Coordinator – Hiring

Harm Reduction Program Coordinator – Hiring

The EMHC is launching a new Harm Reduction project focused on GBTQ2S+ community members who use substances. To support this project, the EMHC is hiring a Harm Reduction Program Coordinator. The successful candidate will be the primary staff member responsible for the coordination and implementation of project activities.

Key responsibilities include:

The Program Coordinator will support the Project Manager in the recruitment, interviewing, and selection of Peer Outreach Workers. The Program Coordinator will also provide day-to-day guidance to Peer Outreach Workers once hired, including the delegation of tasks and responsibilities.

Recruiting and coordinating a Community Advisory Team of GBTQ2S+ men with lived experience of substance use. The coordinator will also work with the Project Manager to develop meeting agendas reflective of project needs.

The Program Coordinator will support the Project Manager in the identification of key project stakeholders, will assist in the establishment of a Harm Reduction Stakeholder Roundtable, and coordinate quarterly meetings.

The Program Coordinator will oversee the collection and storage of program evaluation data.

The Program Coordinator is responsible for overseeing ongoing community education and stakeholder capacity-building content development and dissemination.

The Program Coordinator is responsible for implementing project activities including: online screening, referral, and support; motivational interviewing counselling; and a series of outreach activities including online outreach, facilitating community education sessions, and distribution of harm reduction supplies.

The Program Coordinator will support the Project Manager in the development and presentation of project reporting to the Board of Directors and to the funder as required. The Program Coordinator will also assist with the development and dissemination of KTE outputs and project findings.

Desired Qualifications


Bachelor degree in health or clinical sciences (incl. nursing, social work, counselling, etc). preferred; master degree in public health or similar is an asset


2-3 years’ experience coordinating community projects/programs/initiatives desired

2-3 years’ experience providing frontline support to vulnerable populations desired (i.e. social work, counselling)

Knowledge of and/or experience working in the fields of GBTQ2S+ men’s health, HIV/HCV/STBBIs, and/or substance use/harm reduction is desired

Demonstrated experience in stakeholder management desired

Lived experience as a member of the priority population(s) (GBTQ2S+ individuals and people who use substances) is an asset

Desired Competencies

Public Speaking & Facilitation: The successful candidate will be required to facilitate a series of education, training, and group-work sessions with community members and healthcare/service providers. Previous experience facilitating similar sessions will be an asset.

Web and Social Media: The project will include the design and delivery of online content through websites and social media. An understanding of producing and delivering content through different web and social media platforms is an asset.

Network & Relationship Building: The successful candidate will be required to establish and maintain relationships with key partners (academic, community-based organizations, etc.) locally, provincially, and throughout the country. Previous experience developing and maintaining relationships with a diverse network of stakeholders will be an asset.

Program Planning & Coordination: The successful candidate will be required to lead the daily planning, coordination, and implementation of a range of project activities. Experience in program planning and coordination will be an asset.

Time Management: The successful candidate will enjoy a flexible work schedule. However, they must be able to manage their time so that they are able to meet an ambitious schedule of deliverables. Demonstrated ability to deliver deliverables on a tight timeline in flexible work environments with minimal supervision is an asset.

Conflict Resolution: We are all human. And where there are humans, there will be conflict. At some point throughout the program, conflict will emerge. The successful candidate should identify opportunities for conflict and address them before they emerge. When conflict does emerge, the successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to address it in an effective and sensitive matter so that all parties feel supported and are able to move forward in relationship with one another.

Strategic Thinking: Like many organizations within the non-profit sector, the EMHC is responsible for meeting a great deal of need with limited resources. In order to successfully execute our mission, the organization must think and act strategically to leverage our internal resources and the collective resources of our community and partners. Demonstrated experience of strategically leveraging resources and partnerships to overcome resource and other types of constraints is an asset.

Equity: Some sexual and gender minority individuals also experience additional intersecting identities which can result in increased experiences of stigma and discrimination. In turn, this can result in some individuals facing additional barriers to health and wellbeing, as well as barriers to participation in programs and services. The successful candidate should have a working knowledge of the concepts of equity, intersectionality, and anti-oppression and be able to apply them in a way that benefits the experience of all program participants. Demonstrated experience applying these principles will be an asset.


Volunteer experience may be considered in lieu of paid experience if it is of a similar level and nature.

Those who do not meet the qualifications as laid out above but have an appropriate combination of education, professional, and lived experience may be considered.


$50,000/yr plus benefits


January 2019-March 2021


35 hour work week; hours are flexible; some evening and weekend work required

How To Apply

Applicants should send both a cover letter and resume to contact@yegmenshealth.ca. The cover letter should clearly articulate the applicant’s suitability for/interest in the role, with specific attention to:

How the candidate has demonstrated some of the desired competencies in their current or previous roles

How the candidate’s combination of work, education, volunteer history, and lived experience meet the qualifications as set out and

Their relationship to/experience working with the priority populations (GBTQ2S+ individuals and people who use substances)

Why they want to work for the EMHC/do this type of work

Applications can be addressed to the EMHC Hiring Committee. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning December 28th but will continue to be accepted until the successful candidate is found.

Interviews will begin the week of January 7th, with a start date in mid to late January desired.

Any questions or concerns should be sent to contact@yegmenshealth.ca.