Position Type: Full-time, 3 years (initial contract for 1 year, with possibility of renewal)
Location: Flexible within Canada, ideally at one of CBRC’s offices
Language: Bilingual skills are a required asset, but primary working language is English
Funding: CIHR Centre for REACH 3.0
Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) promotes the health of gay men through research and intervention development. We are inclusive of bisexual and queer men (cis and trans) and Two Spirit people (GBQT2). 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 have satellite offices located in Edmonton, Toronto, and Halifax.
We are seeking a passionate and organized full-time sexually transmitted and blood borne infection (STBBI) testing and linkage implementation and research manager for the rollout of several HIV and STBBI testing-based interventions across Canada among GBT2Q communities. This implementation and research manager will be responsible for overseeing the distribution testing kits across our community partner organizations and as part of several CBRC projects, in order to improve access to new testing technologies. They will also develop, launch, and supervise a national linkage line for GBT2Q men who are using at-home testing technologies to facilitate their linkage to confirmatory testing, prevention and care across Canada. This manager will be a core member of the CBRC Research team, and work closely with other research staff at CBRC, our partner organizations across the country, and integrally the CIHR Centre for REACH team 3.0 based out of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto that is leading national efforts to reach the undiagnosed, scale-up novel and pragmatic new testing technologies to link people to care, and end the HIV epidemic by 2025.
CBRC believes in work led by and for community and therefore strongly encourages those with lived experience as GBTQ2 individuals to apply. We also strongly encourage applications from GBQT2 individuals with intersecting marginalized identities to apply, including but not limited to Indigenous and Two-Spirit individuals, queer and trans people of colour, people living with HIV, and people living with disabilities. We recognize that some individuals from these communities might have experienced barriers to traditional educational and employment opportunities. The hiring process will therefore consider various combinations of education, paid experience, and volunteer experience. Please address this in your cover letter.
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:
- Social Sciences
- Project Management
- Serve as a central point of contact for all testing and linkage initiatives, staff, trainees, community collaborators, partners, and funders
- Work with the Sex Now research team, CIHR Centre for REACH 3.0 and its collaborating partners to coordinate the piloting of novel HIV testing technologies (e.g. point of care oral HIV tests, mail-home testing kits) at Pride festivals across Canada and through national online survey platforms
- Work with REACH 3.0 to develop, launch, and supervise, and evaluate a national linkage service (e.g., toll-free phone line, web-based chat platform) to support new testing technology users nationally, with a focus on GBT2Q communities
- Support the Indigenous and Two Spirit Health Promotion lead with consultation and implementation of new testing technologies among Two Spirit communities across British Columbia
- Work with REACH 3.0. to collaborate with community partners across Canada to distribute 100,000 test kits within GBT2Q communities; support fundraising efforts to provide additional test kits
Experience with coordinating or managing implementation and evaluation studies or outreach programs - particularly those spanning geographic jurisdictions - is required. Other qualifications and skills include:
- Awareness of GBQT2 community-based cultural and political values and sensitivities
- Knowledge of HIV and STBBI testing technologies and related health services, policies and regulations, and care pathways
- Experience with intervention design, implementation, and evaluation
- Training or experience with community-based research
- Experience with supervising a team of volunteers or employees, particularly teams that are geographically dispersed
- Excellent written communication skills including writing and/or editing documents such as reports for various audiences (e.g., academic and community)
- Capacity to multi-task and function under tight and/or competing deadlines
- Demonstrated capacity as an autonomous worker with an ability to adapt within a large team environment and work in a team setting
- Ability to interact professionally and effectively with partners from varying sectors including academic, government, public health, and community agencies
- Comfortable travelling for meetings and work across Canada
- Strong capacity to use and leverage new technology and software for outreach, communication, and project/team management
- Functional knowledge of financial budget and tracking systems
- Effective critical analysis and problem-solving skills
- Bilingual (English and French language) skills are a required asset
We’re looking to hire an enthusiastic person from the diverse communities that we work with and help them advance their community-based research, implementation, and intervention skills in order to succeed.
How to Apply
Please email your application to CBRC’s Research Director, Nathan Lachowsky, at [email protected]. We will start reviewing applications on January 20, 2020, but the job will stay open until filled. Ensure that you include both a cover letter and a resume/CV. Applicants selected for interviews will be notified ASAP, with interviews commencing as soon as January 23, 2020. The successful applicant will start as soon as possible.