Position Type: Education Outreach Program Coordinator – Summer Position
Salary: $22.00/hr, 31 hrs/week
Term: 12 weeks
Start Date: May 27, 2024
End Date: August 16, 2024
Reports to: CANFAR VP, National Awareness Programs



The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) was founded in 1987 and aims to end Canada’s HIV epidemic by leading national strategies to increase prevention, testing, and linkage to care, and to end HIV stigma. Fueled by fundraising, CANFAR supports research, builds awareness and cultivates partnerships. Over the past three decades, CANFAR has invested more than $22 million dollars into innovative HIV/AIDS research projects across the country that have led to tremendous breakthroughs in HIV prevention, testing, treatment, care, and the search for a cure.

Annually, CANFAR reaches thousands of Canadian youth and educators through its national youth awareness program. Since 1993, CANFAR has distributed free educational materials to secondary school teachers to prevent HIV among youth and empower young people to make safer and healthier decisions around their health and well-being. CANFAR’s educational resources have been used in schools in every province and territory. CANFAR’s national youth awareness program continues to build on over 25 years of success in providing youth across the country with free and accessible resources on HIV prevention and education.


Job Summary

Reporting to the VP of National Awareness Programs, the Education Outreach Program Co-ordinator will play an integral role in generating HIV prevention awareness for the organization’s mission, events, activities and more. You’ll assist in the development and improvement of CANFAR’s national youth HIV awareness program content for our website and digital platforms for youth, and manage a content calendar and schedule for blogs and outreach.

This role supports CANFAR’s national HIV awareness programs, including, and will assist the organization in conveying key messages on CANFAR’s national priorities across a variety of audiences. You’ll get to help amplify CANFAR’s and Sexfluent’s messages and strengthen our national partnership-building efforts by engaging in outreach with community-based organizations across Canada to unify the sector in ending the HIV epidemic in Canada.

This role is ideal for college or university students who are interested in pursuing a career in public or global health, education, international development, social work, the not-for-profit field, advocacy and awareness.


Task and responsibilities

  • Research content and write copy for CANFAR’s and website, blog articles, newsletter, and social media.
  • Develop a repository of educational blog posts for, by researching and conducting outreach with community-based organizations, youth service providers, researchers, and experts to develop original content on topics related to sexual health, mental health, relationships, harm reduction, and more.
  • Research and develop a 3-5 page summary report on the best practices of sexual health mobile clinics and harm reduction outreach vans for street-involved and insecurely housed populations, particularly as it pertains to HIV prevention, testing, and linkage to care/treatment, as well as any past and current initiatives in Toronto.
  • Support Sexfluent’s social media calendar, including researching information, copywriting, editing, and knowledge-translating key information on HIV and related issues to youth online audiences.
  • Conduct online outreach to university and college campus to establish national networks of CANFAR Clubs and assist with development of the Program.
  • Research outreach, promotion and partnership opportunities with national and community-based organizations serving Indigenous youth, 2SLGBTQIA+ youth, and street-involved youth to amplify Sexfluent and increase the program’s HIV awareness reach and impact nationally.
  • Maintain correspondence with key national partners in CANFAR’s national youth awareness program.
  • Stay up-to-date on the Canadian HIV/AIDS landscape and bring new ideas to the table.


Qualifications/Skills required:

  • Bachelor’s degree, certificate or equivalent in Communications, Marketing, or a related field.
  • 1-3 years of experience working in a not-for-profit environment
  • 1-3 years of experience working in marketing/communications
  • Strong communications skills, both verbal and written with proven experience in website copywriting/editing, SEO, etc. 
  • Strong critical thinking and analytic skills
  • Ability to prioritize, problem solve, and self-manage, while working collaboratively with others in a fast-paced environment
  • Fluency in French (oral and written) an asset
  • Demonstrated understanding of HIV/AIDS and associated issues relevant to CANFAR’s mission
  • Genuine interest in supporting social causes, health, 2SLGBTQ+ issues, research, fundraising, and relationship-building.



This position is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program. As a result, in order to be considered for this position, applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 30 at the start of employment, a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and legally entitled to work. For more information on eligibility, please visit: and consult the section “What youth participants are eligible.”

CANFAR is committed to employment equity and believes that youth play a key role in innovation, de-stigmatization, networking, community engagement, and design to inform our educational programming targeted at youth. As such, we encourage applications from youth with culturally diverse backgrounds and youth of all gender identities and sexual orientations. CANFAR also recognizes the need for experience, knowledge, and guidance from communities disproportionately impacted by HIV, including those with lived experience or living with HIV.

Deadline for applications: May 22, 2024  5:00 PM EST

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We thank all applicants; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.