Application deadline:

June 21 2021


0.8 FTE


This is a contract position at $27 per hour.


The Vancouver Community Coalition Against Prohibition and Overdose (VAN CCAPO) Street Degree began as a peer informed and peer driven education collaboration between Vancouver Coastal Health, the Portland Hotel Society, the SRO Collaborative’s Tenant Overdose Response Organizer Project, the Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society, DUDES Club, and the Coalition of Peers Dismantling the Drug War, with the goal of furthering the work being done by peers in the domains of education around overdose prevention, safe supply, housing, food security, and outreach.

The VAN CCAPO Street Degree has peers engage and take leadership in content development and upkeep, and thereby addresses inequality while incorporating the wealth of knowledge found in lived experience into the curriculum. This helps break down barriers, decrease discrimination, and empowers peers as pivotal members of our community. Peers have stepped up in both the design and ongoing feedback of this education process as well as in the facilitation of courses.

Please find the current education curriculum hosted here:

Job Description:

As the VAN CCAPO Street Degree Program Coordinator you will:

  1. Work collaboratively as a member of a coalition utilizing evidence-informed practice and popular education theory to organize, create, and deliver the Street Degree to hundreds of Downtown Eastside Residents. This includes teaching at least four courses of material  per week from the VAN CCAPO Street Degree to peer groups throughout VCH including but not limited to:

    • Aboriginal Front Door; Coalition of Peers Dismantling the Drug War; DUDES Club; DTES Neighbourhood House; DTES SRO Collaborative (SRO-C); HAVE; Overdose Prevention Society (OPS); PACE Raise the Rates; Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre Society; Watari; WePress; Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society (WAHRS).

  2. Support peer co-facilitators to co-lead each training session.

  3. Work with community stakeholders to communicate progress and custom tailor content for individual organizations.

  4. Create an evaluation and feedback system to track progress and help measure program implementation and efficacy for individuals and the program as a whole. 

  5. Participate in research, policy, quality improvement and course management activities, including developing new modules.

  6. Manage the program budget and the float.

  7. Other administrative duties as necessary, and delegated by the Coalition of Peers Dismantling the Drug War board.



1 - Education & Experience


Experience as a front line worker in harm reduction settings is preferred.


Three (3) years’ recent related experience in the designated area, including one (1) year related teaching and/or leadership experience.

Proven experience and ability to coordinate a program to happen from start to finish on your own.


Ability to manage a float and budget.

2 - Knowledge & Abilities

Comprehensive knowledge of health care disciplines and their role and the barriers they can create in person centred client and family care.


Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and coach team members to promote an efficient and effective team based environment.


Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems efficiently and be resourceful.


Demonstrated ability to adjust communication to suit the recipient and/or situation within a complex community environment.


Experience working with Indigenous people.  


Ability to provide constructive feedback and work collaboratively in partnership with learners.


Demonstrated ability to communicate in plain language effectively both orally and in writing.


Demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaboration/consultation with others.


Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

Ability to apply popular educational theories and evidence to workshop design and teaching practices.

Broad knowledge of chronic disease management and approaches to self-care.

Broad knowledge of harm reduction, Trauma Informed approaches and Indigenous Cultural Safety to client care.

Demonstrated ability in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) technique.

Demonstrated word processing and database skills and computer literacy;  strength with InDesign an asset.


Ability to operate a computer, projectors and other related equipment including applicable software applications.

To Apply:


Please send your cover letter, resume to care of Eris Nyx, executive director.


Please provide at least two references.

Job Posting: VAN CCAPO Street Degree Program Coordinator