University of Waterloo

Peer Health Education Coordinator

Requisition ID 2021-6780
Job Category
Health/Medical Services
Campus Wellness
Employment Type
Time Type
Hiring Range
$24,188 - $30,235


Term: 13 months


As a member of the health promotion team within Campus Wellness (CW), this position works with the Manager, Health Education and Promotion to ensure effective coordination and delivery of the peer health education program. The Peer Health Education program consists of teams of trained students that deliver health education in order to improve the health and wellness of University of Waterloo students so that they can maximize their academic success.


For this position, expertise is required in the areas of student development and peer-to-peer approaches within post-secondary education. Emphasis is given to mentoring and development of students as knowledgeable and respected peers that can deliver health information to other students at the University of Waterloo.   


This is a part time role working 17.5 hours per week.


Program Planning, Organization and Coordination

  • Coordinate the delivery of the Peer Health Education Program (PHE). This involves day-to-day correspondence with team leads, delegation of tasks and scheduling trainings and meetings. It also includes the logistics of the program such as ensuring supplies are stocked and up-to-date, and booking space on campus for booths and seminars

  • Utilize data and evidence to identify the health education needs of the student population. Work with team leads and volunteers to research and employ best-practice health education messaging

  • Assist team leads and volunteers to develop health resources for use within the peer health education program. This may include health education pamphlets, posters, booths, seminar materials and social media posts

  • Monitor the health education materials created by the volunteers and their social media posts. Ensure that the University of Waterloo peer health education brand is included in all communication to promote the identity and increase awareness of the program

  • Facilitate weekly team lead meetings to discuss team activities and team performance. Promote cross-communication between teams to leverage their events and reduce duplication

  • Conduct administrative and organizational tasks of the program: set-out program calendar of events, track volunteer hours logs and collect number of seminars, booths and interactions. Generate activity reports each term

  • In partnership with the Manger, Health Education and Promotion, develop and implement evaluation tools to assess the effectiveness and efficiencies of the peer health education program. Make program revisions as necessary and strive for continual program improvement


Recruitment & Training

  • Ensure recruitment information on the website is current and respond to inquiries from students and other campus stakeholders. Partner with other groups on campus for cross-promotion, recruitment and training, where appropriate

  • Review peer health education volunteer applications, conduct interviews and follow-up with successful candidates

  • In consultation with the Manager of Health Education and Promotion, develop and deliver the peer health education team led and volunteer training each semester. This includes development of the training manual and materials, and liaising with other campus partners to deliver role-specific information


Supervision & Mentoring

  • Supervise team leads to ensure responsible leadership over their respective volunteer teams. Ensure that student volunteers are conducting themselves in a positive and professional manner while participating in the program.  Mediate any problems that may arise among teams and problem solve

  • Evaluate team lead and volunteer performance and provide feedback, as appropriate

  • Provide guidance, support and motivation to team leads and volunteers to foster development and growth of transferrable skills gained through the program

  • Provide opportunities for team leads and volunteers to engage in planned social activities of the program that foster team building, development, inclusion and recognition


Partnership, Collaboration and Outreach

  • Build and maintain relationships with other campus stakeholders for the purposes of fostering collaboration of peer education opportunities. This may include partnering with Federation of Students, Graduate Students Association, Student Success Office, Residence Life, athletics and Recreation, Affiliated Colleges, faculties and other departments (e.g. library)

  • Represent Campus Wellness at campus-wide committee and strategies, when designated by the Manager, Health Education and Promotion

  • Promote awareness of the program amongst students/student groups by attending student fairs or delivering in-person presentations

  • Work collaboratively with Campus Wellness Communications Project Manager to ensure cross-promotion of CW and peer health education events, programs and materials

  • Partner with Residence Life to arrange and schedule Maximize Potential seminars


  • Undergraduate Degree in a health-related field (e.g. public health, health promotion, community-health nursing, social psychology, social work etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience in working in health and wellness in a post-secondary institution and/or with the young adult population
  • Strong understanding of social media platforms and experience creating engaging social media content on platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

  • Excellent communication and organization skills

  • Ability to manage several projects concurrently, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines

  • Self-motivated with the ability to work without regular supervision

  • Strong supervisory and mentoring skills of students and/or volunteers

  • Ability to liaise with a variety of stakeholders across campus, including student service departments, Faculties, student leaderships groups and students

  • Strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills

  • Knowledge in health promotion models and theories is an asset

  • A flexible schedule is required for some evening and weekend work

Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.


The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.


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