Health Promoter – East Downtown Project


August 5, 2022

Position Type: Full-Time Contract Position To March 31, 2023
Salary Range: $65,362 - $76,897; Includes HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan)


South Riverdale Community Health Centre is a non-profit, multi-service organization that provides primary healthcare, social and community outreach services with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention primarily to people of East Toronto. Our mission is to improve the lives of people that face barriers to physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being. We do so by meaningfully engaging our clients and communities, ensuring equitable access to primary health care and delivering quality care through a range of evidence informed programs, services and approaches. As a leader in community health, our locally and internationally recognized community services include cutting-edge primary health services, health promotion, harm reduction, environmental health, community food centre and population-based community programs for marginalized peoples. We value health equity and inclusion and respect in our work and in the delivery of our services.


The Health Promoter – East Downtown Project works as part of the multi-disciplinary Consumption Treatment Service (CTS) team.  This position works collaboratively with interdisciplinary team members, service providers, community members and volunteers to deliver the trauma informed overdose response curriculum.


This position is expected to work onsite during the COVID-19 pandemic as required.



  • Provides referrals to health and social services for CTS clients, participates in interdisciplinary case conferences
  • Participates in knowledge transfer activities for the CTS
  • De-escalates conflict with or among clients in accordance with established policies and protocols
  • Follows established documentation protocols and maintains clear, accurate and timely written documentation; prepares/maintains statistical data, correspondence reports and other documentation, as required
  • Preserves confidentiality and seeks to minimize risk
  • Incorporates health promotion and harm reduction strategies and recognizes the determinants of health
  • Incorporates and strengthens interdisciplinary teamwork and a collaborative approach to SRCHC’s work
  • Contributes to SRCHC’s activities to collect, analyze and report on data, participates in research as applicable
  • Create monthly Instagram content about trauma-informed overdose response/related community specific topics
  • Distribute and promote training curriculum
  • Recruit community members who have experienced and/or responded to overdoses in the DTE community to co-facilitate trauma-informed overdose response training session and support the success/skill building of recruited volunteers through planning meetings and debriefing meetings
  • Facilitate the trauma-informed overdose response curriculum in partnership with community members (volunteers) who have experienced and/or responded to overdoses in the DTE community
  • Facilitate monthly support groups with former members of the Community Advisory Board (from the first phase of this project) and community members impacted by overdose
  • Maintaining petty cash/honoraria distribution/project budget
  • Ordering/organizing refreshments for volunteer meetings and support groups
  • Writing conference abstracts and presenting at relevant conferences/workspaces
  • Article writing for newsletters and professional journal submissions
  • Participate in ongoing self-reflective learning
  • Provide direct trauma-informed support & debriefing as needed
  • Participates actively in staff, team, supervisory and other meetings
  • All other duties as required



  • Post-graduate degree from a recognized university in health, social science, adult education, or a related discipline, or a combination of undergraduate degree and significant experience
  • 3-5 years health promotion/education/harm reduction experience in a community-based organization working with homeless and marginalized populations including people who inject illicit drugs
  • Significant experience with harm reduction program delivery, values and strategies
  • Excellence in crisis response and de-escalation
  • Ability to appropriately handle conflict
  • Firm and experienced understanding of overdose response, trauma informed care, and community building
  • Excellent group facilitation skills, experience and knowledge of health promotion and education, community organizing techniques and program design, implementation and evaluation
  • Knowledge of community services and resources
  • Knowledge and experience in social prescribing
  • Experience in community outreach
  • Experience in community education and engagement
  • Thorough knowledge of community development approaches
  • Comfortable with social media platforms and content development
  • Experience with documentation, statistical data, and report writing
  • Strong technical skills in the use of computer technology and various software applications
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to actively and accurately listen
  • Open to feedback
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Excellent coordination and organization skills
  • Demonstrated display of sensitivity to others
  • Experience working with racialized populations, indigenous peoples, women who engage in sex work, prisoners/ex-prisoners, people with mental health challenges, and people who have experience trauma, considered an asset
  • Police clearance documentation will be required for employment
  • Proof of triple COVID-19 vaccination status will be required for employment


The deadline for applicants is Friday, August 5, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).


Please mail in your cover letter and resume in confidence to:

The Hiring Committee – Health Promoter EDP

South Riverdale Community Health Centre

955 Queen Street East

Toronto, ON  M4M 3P3


Or by email to:


Please enter “Health Promoter EDP” in the subject line of your email.


No faxes, phone calls, or requests to meet please.


This is a bargaining unit position with CUPE Local 5399.


SRCHC welcomes applications from people with disabilities.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


SRCHC is an equal opportunity employer.  We would like to thank all those that apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


SRCHC encourages applicants who are racialized (IBPOC) and/or applicants who face any barriers as a result of systemic discrimination to apply for this position.


SRCHC encourages a scent-free environment.  Employees, students, volunteers, and visitors are asked to refrain from wearing fragrances and other scented personal care products (i.e. perfumes, deodorants, lotions, hairspray, etc.) while at the Centre.