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June 2, 2021

Blood Borne Infection (BBI) Health Navigator

Reports To: Coordinator of Population Health and Second Stage Housing

Term: Permanent Full-Time

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm with ½ hour paid break.

Wage Range: $19.00 to $23.00 commensurate with experience.

Vacation: Permanent Full-Time/Temporary Full-Time (over three months) who work more than 30 hours per week are eligible for three weeks paid vacation in the first year and they may be taken after a successful probationary period. In the second year, this entitlement increases to four weeks. In the fifth year, the entitlement increases to five weeks. Each year after five years the entitlement is five weeks plus one day for every subsequent year to a maximum of six weeks. Unless otherwise negotiated. Permanent Part-Time/Temporary Part-Time employees (22.5 hours per week and over on contracts more than three months) vacation entitlements accrue each payroll according to Employment Standards Act BC (as amended). Casual/On-Call/Permanent Part-Time/Temporary Part-Time employees (under 22.5 hours per week or on contracts less than three months) vacation entitlements are paid out each payroll according to Employment Standards Act BC (as amended).   

Benefits: Permanent Full-Time employees are eligible for full health benefits (minimum 30 hours per week). Temporary Full-Time employees for a term longer than three months are eligible for full health benefits (minimum 30 hours per week). These hours can be fulfilled through a variety of permanent positions. Part-Time Employees are eligible to take part in our Health Care Spending Account which provides a tax-free partial reimbursement for eligible healthcare expenses up to the bi-annual maximum for Permanent Part-Time, Temporary Part-Time and Caretakers through a third-party administrator. Permanent Full-Time and Permanent Part-Time employees have access to the Wellness Plan benefit. All employees have access to two paid culturally sensitive days, Annual Retreats, Training, and ASK Staff Social Events.

Who is the ASK Wellness Society?  The ASK Wellness Society is a not-for-profit organization that supports individuals within the BC Region with opportunities and the resources to change their current situation. It is about reaching out to those people who are homeless and battling addictions, helping them find housing and medical care, addressing their addictions, stabilizing mental health issues and, ultimately, providing them with the skills to re-enter the work force. The ASK Wellness Society administers an unconditional sense of hope to those who are convinced they are incapable of ever achieving a stable and meaningful life.

Purpose and Function:

The ASK Wellness Society envisions that this position will provide a continuum of programs and services aimed at the primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of Blood Borne Infections (“BBI”) including but not limited to HIV, HBV, and HCV. Facilitated by a population health approach, and applying both a health equity, and social determinants of health lens will foster opportunities for prevention education, testing, and treatment for people. Primarily serve population groups that are vulnerable to BBI’s due to social and economic disadvantage, substance use, mental illness, sex work, incarceration and/or geographical isolation. Work closely with populations that experience greater stigma and discrimination than the general population due to their life situation and/or health concerns.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the ASK Health Educator, community agencies, groups, clubs and businesses in order to promote the health of gay, bi and other men who have sex with men (“MSM”) through committee’s/teleconferences/events;
  • Assist and support clients in offering information on sexual health, HIV/HCV, and other services that meet the needs of cis-and-transgender gay, bisexual, queer, two spirit and other men who have sex with men in Kamloops/Merritt and surrounding communities;
  • Identify issues in HIV/HCV prevention/men who have sex with men sexual health education. This includes addressing issues of homophobia and heterosexism;
  • A client centered focus on addressing the needs of populations with increase vulnerability and that experience a high rate of BBI’s (i.e., Indigenous people, people experiencing homelessness, people who participate in sex work, people who use drugs (“PWUD”), LGBTQ+2s, and men who have sex with men);
  • Offer networking events relevant to gay men’s sexual health and engage in GALA & Pride events that are appropriate;
  • Provide services in a culturally competent manner;
  • In collaboration with the Communication Specialist, promote what we offer on ASK Social Media pages and to other community agencies;
  • Contribute to the protection of Program Participants from social injustice, and support Program Participants when they are in distress;
  • When necessary, be trained to be the first to respond to an overdose situation with on-the-spot overdose response and support and prepared to work calmly and together with your team, paramedics and police in crisis situations;
  • Delivery of harm reduction supplies to community pharmacies;
  • Educate all population around all aspects of sexual health;
  • Contribute to the reduction of BBI infections in the region;
  • Support people living with a BBI to meet their individual health and social needs;
  • Reducing harm to vulnerable and marginalized populations;
  • Navigate the health care system with clients along the continuum from early detection, diagnosis, and treatment;
  • Ensure compliance with all Society supportive standards, policies and procedures;
  • Other duties which may or may not be outlined in this job description.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Assist team with maintaining daily log, medication log/prescriptions (ensure book is updated, all meds accounted for and follow up is on prescriptions to ensure medication is up to date);
  • Compile bi-annual statistics for BBI reporting;
  • Maintain complete documentation, statistics, and records in files and on ShareVision database; 
  • Assist team with required verbal and written reports, case notes, letters, memoranda, and year end reports; 
  • Maintain files and documentation to the COA Standard; 
  • When requested, be a member of the COA’s Performance and Quality Improvement team in which you will encourage the organization to use data to identify areas of needed improvement and implement improvement plans in support of achieving performance targets, program goals, client satisfaction, and positive client outcomes. 

Qualifications and Suitability

  • Bachelor of Social Work, Human Service Diploma or equivalent and/or experience with mental health/addiction and homelessness issues;
  • Experience providing supports to gay, bisexual, queer, two-spirted and men who have sex with men with health and resource knowledge an asset;
  • Skills in mediating conflict between various interests;
  • Ability to work as a team member in a case management setting involving multi-agency supports;
  • Understands and maintains clientele/worker boundaries;
  • Strong working knowledge of community resources;
  • Excellent communication, writing, documentation, and organizational skills;
  • Must pass criminal record check for vulnerable sector and reference screening;
  • VAT (Vulnerability Assessment Tool) training an asset;
  • Mental Health First Aid, Trauma Informed Practice and ASSIST Training an asset;
  • Level 1 First Aid required;
  • Must have access to vehicle in good working condition and possess valid driver’s license with relevant insurance to transport clients;
  • In-house Violence Prevention and Cultural Awareness Training provided;
  • As clients are allowed to have pets, it is noted that this is a pet friendly environment.

The ASK Wellness Society is dedicated to promoting diversity/multiculturalism with inclusion as one of our Core Values.  We are fully focused on equality and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

Closing Date: June 9, 2021, at 11:00am

Interview Dates: June 14, 2021 (Zoom)
Send cover letter and resume to:
Careers@askwellness.ca

Please Reference Position: BBI Health Navigator

Attention: Human Resources

Note: This description may be amended at any time in response to operational and funding requirements and may include other duties not outlined here.

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Darlene A. Webb
Coordinator of Population Health and Second Stage Housing
250 214 5948
The ASK Wellness Society is working towards providing and improving the available resources for 2sLGBTQ+ individuals in our communities by implementing 2sLGBTQ+ outlets at our sites and through advocating for 2sLGBTQ+ rights and respect. We welcome all and any members of the 2sLGBTQ+ community to access our resources.
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