Harm Reduction Projects Coordinator

Position Type: Full-Time, Permanent *
Annual Salary: $55,000
Schedule: 37.5 hours weekly (1.0 FTE) – regular working hours (approximately 9am-5pm, 5 days per week – flexible)
Start Date: April 19, 2022 (exact date flexible)
Location: Remote, within Canada
Language: Primary working language is English; French language skills are an asset.
Reports to: Director, Evaluation and Advancement
Application Deadline: March 29, 2022 5pm PST
Status: Closed

Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) promotes the health of people of diverse sexualities and genders through research and intervention development. CBRC’s core pillars – community-led research, knowledge exchange, network building, and leadership development – position the organization as a thought leader, transforming ideas into actions that make a difference in our communities. CBRC was incorporated in 1999 and is a non-profit charitable organization. Our main office is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, and we also have satellite offices located in Edmonton, Toronto, and Halifax.


The Harm Reduction Projects Coordinator position will work across CBRC’s research, programming, communications, and evaluation departments to support the development of CBRC’s Sexualized Substance Use (SSU) harm reduction initiatives for two-spirit and cis and trans gay, bi, and queer guys (GBT2Q). With responsibilities at both a local level (supporting the development and implementation of pilot harm reduction projects in Winnipeg and Halifax) as well at a national level (development of a Community of Practice stakeholder network and peer mentorship framework), this position will play a key role in helping to develop and advance SSU-focused harm reduction initiatives for GBT2Q across Canada.

* While considered “permanent”, this position is dependent on future funding for the project, so employment may terminate March 31, 2023 (adequate notice will be provided as soon as possible).

Primary Job Responsibilities

Approximate percentages of time spent on each activity (averaged over 1 month) are provided as an estimate only, but this may develop over time.

Strengthen SSU cultural competency/safety of mainstream harm reduction and related wraparound health and social services through development of a national intersectoral Community of Practice (CoP) (50%).

  • Specific activities for this component of the role will include:
    • Recruitment, training, and on-going engagement of intersectoral partners & peer leaders with lived and living experience of sexualized substance use
    • Development of a national mentorship framework for peers doing SSU work
      Collaborative development of relevant local service referral pathways

Work with local delivery partners to support the adaptation and scaling up of ‘PeerNPeer’, an innovative harm reduction intervention created by and for GBT2Q guys in Ottawa and Edmonton, to two new cities (Halifax and Winnipeg) (30%).

  • Specific activities for this component of the role will include:
    • Development and provision of GBT2Q-SU cultural safety trainings and resources aimed at the traditional/mainstream substance use work force and other relevant health and social service providers
    • Working with SSU peer leaders, academics, community-based organizations, and other key stakeholders across Canada to organize capacity building meetings and activities
  • Other specific tasks and responsibilities (20%) will include:
    • Provide operational and communications support to CBRC’s SSU Harm Reduction projects
    • Develop, draft, implement and maintain program work plans and budgets
    • Interface with project contractors, including writers, graphic designers, and other consultants as required
    • Coordinate expense reporting and requests
    • Organization and scheduling of in-person and on-line meetings and events
    • Perform administrative responsibilities including taking notes during meetings, preparing correspondence
    • Compile reports for funders with the support of CBRC’s Reporting and Evaluation team
    • Oversee management & accessibility of core project documents and files
    • Support coordination of translation of documents between English and French


At CBRC, we recognize the value of a variety of educational experiences, including but not limited to academic, career-based, and personal learnings. No one’s application will be ignored due to having not met a formal educational threshold. However, an undergraduate degree/diploma in one of the following areas would be an asset:

  • project management
  • health promotion
  • community development
  • or related field of study
  • or a combination of relevant experience and/or education (i.e. health promotion, harm reduction, adult education or community development)

Core Competencies (critical to succeed in this role)

  • 2+ years experience coordinating projects, research, or programs and services related to sexual health and/or harm reduction and substance use, particularly among GBT2Q communities.
  • Thorough knowledge of harm reduction principles, ideally within gay/bi/queer communities, including knowledge of substances associated with the party and play scene.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills along with effective organizational, time management, planning and problems solving skills

Other Competencies & Qualifications (assets)

  • Experience working with community or non-profit organizations, and/or public health agencies.
  • Flexible and adaptable to a changing work environment and multiple shifting demands.
  • Familiarity with local and/or regional two-spirit and cis and trans gay, bi, and queer (GBT2Q) communities and resources.
  • Knowledge of the social determinants of health, queer men’s health and wellness, and HIV/STBBI prevention is an asset.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Google Workspace, online survey platforms, online communications platforms such as Slack and Zoom.
  • Bilingualism (English and French) is an asset, but most of the work will be conducted in English.Postsecondary education is an asset but not a requirement
  • Awareness of GBQT2 community-based cultural and political values and sensitivities
  • Excellent communication skills including writing and/or editing documents
  • Capacity to prioritize tasks and function under tight and/or competing deadlines
  • Autonomous worker with an ability to adapt and work within a team setting
  • Ability to interact professionally and effectively with partners from varying sectors including academic, government and community agencies
  • Effective critical analysis and problem-solving skills


  • Generous vacation time, personal days, and other leave policies
  • Extended health benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and Long-Term Disability
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • Inclusive workplace
  • Remote and hybrid work arrangement
  • Flexible working schedule
  • Kind and supportive team

How to apply

Please email your application to Human Resources at [email protected] and put the job you are applying for in the subject line (Harm Reduction Projects Coordinator). All applicants are required to provide a cover letter and a resume. Please highlight any experience you have in harm reduction and/or 2SLGBTQ+ community settings.


If this process presents barriers, please get in touch via email with the subject line Access: Harm Reduction Projects Coordinator or call us (604-568-7478) to discuss alternative formats for submitting an application.

The deadline to apply for this position is March 29, 2022 at 5pm PDT

CBRC believes in work led by and for the community. As part of our commitment to employment equity, we encourage applications from queer, trans and non-binary people, Indigenous, Black and people of colour (IBPOC) individuals, Two-Spirit people, people living with HIV, people living with Hepatitis C, disabled people, 2SLGBTQQIA+ women, and other people with fabulous and diverse identities and experiences. CBRC acknowledges that not everyone is able to publicly disclose these identities, and this role does not expect that employees will disclose in the course of their work.


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Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) promotes the health of people of diverse sexualities and genders through research and intervention development.
Harm Reduction Projects Coordinator
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