Vancouver Coastal Health

Prevention Specialist

Job Description

Job Title: Prevention Specialist
Work Site: Leadership Resiliency Program, Robert & Lily Lee Family Community Health Center - Vancouver, BC
Status: Temporary Full Time 
Start Date: As soon as possible until August 2023
Salary: $31.99 - $39.98 per hour


Days off: Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays

Reference#: 174964-jzh


Come work as a Prevention Specialist with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Prevention Specialist with a Bachelor's Degree in Social or Behavioural Science to join its Leadership Resiliency Program at the Robert & Lily Lee Family Community Health Center in Vancouver, BC. Apply today to join our team!


As a Prevention Specialist with Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

  • Plan and implement proactive approaches for harm prevention and health promotion services to designated clients within the applicable program.
  • Identify populations in need of prevention services within the community, utilizing a health promotion and prevention planning model,
  • liaise with members of the public and community agencies involved with targeted high risk populations.
  • Deliver specific courses/programs to meet identified client or group needs;
  • Present educational programs and provide advice to community professionals, groups or individuals.
  • Provide life skills training to clients and groups.
  • Provide screening and brief intervention counseling services to youth, families, adults and groups.


Education & Experience

  • Bachelors Degree in a Social or Behavioural Science from a recognized program.
  • Two (2) years recent related experience providing prevention services and support, counseling/treatment and health promotion and/or harm prevention to the designated client population.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License. Local area travel requires the use of a personal vehicle.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Knowledge of and commitment to strengths-based, client-centred counselling practice.
  • Knowledge of community development, community health agencies and services.
  • Knowledge of the range of treatment options and modalities for treatment and services for the designated client population.
  • Knowledge of solutions and strategies to reduce various barriers to care for the designated client population.
  • Knowledge of facilitation, mediation and conflict resolution techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to work competently with the designated program/client population.
  • Knowledge of health inequities faced by designated client population.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain supportive, trusting and professional relationships with youth and families.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Demonstrative ability to prepare and maintain a variety of charts, records and reports
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize workload and adapt to a changing community.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and deliver in-service education sessions to lay and professional groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform a range of needs assessments with both individuals/groups.
  • Demonstrated ability in developing and implementing health promotion and prevention programs.

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes. Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2022.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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