Northern Youth Action for Prevention Program Coordinator

Full-time position starting October 29, 2018 and ending August 31, 2019, with the possibility of extension. This position will be located in La Ronge, Saskatchewan.

The Youth Action for Prevention (YAP) Program is a youth-focused, upstream program that works to reduce alcohol-related harms and, in particular, the occurrence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

The Northern Program Coordinator will be responsible for the coordination, implementation, and evaluation of the YAP Program in Northern Saskatchewan. This includes coordinating primary prevention activities throughout northern Saskatchewan that meaningfully engage youth (ages 14-24) to examine, raise awareness, and work towards the reduction of alcohol-related harms, as well as harms associated with other drugs, sexual activity, and unplanned pregnancy.


Using the philosophy of youth engagement and a harm reduction approach, the Northern Program Coordinator will be responsible for working with youth across Northern Saskatchewan and supporting communities across Northern Saskatchewan in the development of initiatives that engage youth to address alcohol-related harms. The Coordinator is responsible for building meaningful and trusting relationships with communities, adult allies, Elders, youth, agency partners, and others. The Coordinator will engage youth to:

  • help them examine the health of themselves and their communities
  • provide information on topics such as responsible alcohol consumption, healthy relationships, and pressures facing youth
  • support them in learning to make informed decisions about their own practices related to alcohol
  • encourage them to create and share evidence-based and best practice resources and projects that raise awareness of alcohol-related harms among their peers
  • help them create positive change in their communities

The Coordinator is responsible for ensuring work is guided by current evidence and best practices.

The Coordinator is responsible for preparing project proposals, budgets, and reports, and for ensuring the operational plan is completed in a timely manner.


The successful candidate with have:

  • a degree in a related field such as health, social work, or education or commensurate experience and training
  • interest and knowledge in the areas of youth health, primary prevention, and harm reduction
  • demonstrated ability to engage with youth in respectful, open, and non-judgemental dialogue and to work with youth on projects
  • The ability to identify and utilize evidence-based information in decision making and resource development
  • demonstrated ability to build respectful relationships within northern communities, including knowledge of traditions, cultural protocols, and relevant social dynamics
  • excellent written and verbal communication, including an understanding of plain language
  • the ability to utilize various forms of media to engage and communicate
  • the ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • the ability to effectively facilitate groups, including groups of community members, youth, professionals, and others
  • a willingness to learn

This position requires a valid driver’s license and willingness to travel in the province.

  • Deadline for applications:

    October 15, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

    Interviews will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018 in La Ronge. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

  • Apply to:
    Saskatchewan Prevention Institute
    1319 Colony Street, Saskatoon, SK S7N 2Z1
    Fax. (306) 651-4301
Perinatal and Infant Health Coordinator

Saskatchewan Prevention Institute is seeking a 1.0 FTE Perinatal and Infant Health Coordinator to cover a one year maternity leave, starting November 21, 2018.

The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute is a provincial non-profit organization located in Saskatoon, SK. The Institute works to prevent disabling conditions in children through primary prevention.

The coordinator will be responsible for researching and promoting emergent current best evidence in perinatal and infant health. The coordinator will work with the Institute team to plan and manage the Perinatal and Infant Health Program; will collaborate with other agencies and professionals; will be responsible for reviewing current evidence, preparing reports, writing articles and briefs, preparing proposals, monitoring the budgets, and evaluating efforts.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A good understanding of the factors that impact perinatal and infant health
  • A strong research background, including experience with pilot testing, focus testing, and environmental scans, as well as researching and writing literature reviews and summary reports
  • An understanding of, and practice in, the use of social media and technology-based tools in health promotion
  • A working knowledge of the healthcare system in Saskatchewan, including barriers to access for remote and rural communities
  • Experience working in a collaborative, team environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, including an understanding of plain language
  • Confidence and experience in public speaking to a variety of audiences and using a variety of mediums (in person and virtual)
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office
  • Experience writing funding proposals and reports
  • Project management skills, including development and maintenance of a work plan and budget, including the monitoring of progress and evaluating success
  • The ability to facilitate professional and community networks and advisory committees
  • A university degree, preferably a Masters, in nursing, community health and epidemiology, public health, social work, or a related field
  • Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references by October 31, 2018 to:

    Joelle Schaefer, Executive Director
    Saskatchewan Prevention Institute
    1319 Colony Street, Saskatoon, SK S7N 2Z1
    Fax: 306-651-4301