Job posting: Trainer-in-Training, Positive Leadership Development Institute


Positions available: Two
Application deadline: April 12, 2022


The Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) exists with the purpose of supporting people who are living with HIV to realize their leadership potential and increase their capacity to be meaningfully engaged and involved in community. PLDI has been a successful program of PAN since 2009 (more on PAN below). The PLDI team is a group of passionate, driven leaders who build on the successes and goals of each passing year of the program to strengthen the leadership development and empowerment of people living with HIV.

About PAN

PAN is a vibrant, pro-active member-based coalition that provides a network to support the abilities and efforts of its 40+ member organizations to respond to HIV, hepatitis C and related issues in British Columbia, including the overdose emergency. PAN provides education and skills development including the Positive Leadership Development Institute, as well as opportunities for member groups to take part in community networking, mutual support; and community-based research and evaluation projects. PAN facilitates knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) activities and the sharing of evidence-based practices; and undertakes collective action to influence public perceptions and policies affecting people living with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and those “at risk.”

PAN is an organization that recognizes our collective responsibility to address systemic and structural oppression and challenge the stigmas that affect the lives of people in our community. Through our member organizations; our programming and activities; influence on government and non-government organizations; and community outreach, we consider it an integral part of our work to actively model a safe and inclusive workplace for all. This includes cultural humility and a commitment to ensuring cultural safety for Indigenous staff, members, partners, and participants. As we take active steps toward reconciliation through understanding, organizational learning, and action to address the ongoing impacts of colonization, we encourage diverse perspectives. We continue to challenge ourselves to learn new ways to address the struggles of historically oppressed people and communities.


About the position

The Trainer-in-Training role is a casual contract position that requires a degree of flexibility for occasional travel involving weekends (approximately 4-5 per year). This position isn’t made up of a standard work week, so the Trainer-in-Training can be a great fit for someone looking for occasional work who possesses strong interest in developing their facilitation, leadership, and community-building skills. The position’s core function is to support the delivery of the PLDI curriculum throughout an annual cycle of online and/or in-person trainings that may be held on weekdays, weekends, and evenings.


Tasks and responsibilities

Reporting to the PLDI Program Manager, the PLDI Trainer-in-Training will:

  • Co-deliver PLDI trainings (Core program– Who am I as a Leader?, plus Communications and Governance trainings)
  • Promote the program to people living with HIV throughout BC and to our network of community-based organizations
  • Work in partnership with volunteers and staff in BC and other provinces
  • Work collaboratively with co-trainers and the PLDI Program Manager
  • Complete all necessary session preparation and follow-up
  • Communicate consistently with co-trainers and PLDI Program Manager


Every contractor of PAN, in part of performing their duties, will also:

  • Act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the Society.
  • Exercise the care, diligence, and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in comparable circumstances.
  • Comply with all relevant legislation, the letters patent, by-laws, and PAN policies including confidentiality agreements and PAN Group Guidelines.



  • A graduate of the Core Leadership training module, and ideally a graduate of the PLDI Communications, and Governance (formerly called Bored? Get on Board!) training modules.
  • Willingness to disclose HIV positive status to PLDI participants
  • Lived experience and connection with populations vulnerable to HIV in BC
  • Experience in group facilitation
  • Fluent in English (able to give presentations)
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting training workshops
  • Inclusive attitude that demonstrates anti-oppression perspectives and understanding
  • Sound knowledge of the ongoing impacts of colonization and systemic racism on Indigenous people in Canada
  • Sound understanding and demonstrated commitment to the Greater Involvement of People with HIV/AIDS (GIPA Principle)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Openness to give and receive feedback, proven ability to turn conflict into learning
  • Enthusiastic, positive-minded, sense of humor, and commitment to community development
  • Ability or willingness to assist with participant recruitment
  • Experience working within a team
  • Experience on a committee or the board of a community-based organization (Strata, CO-OP) considered an asset



Trainers-in-Training (along with the Lead Trainers) are considered independent contractors and will be paid for the successful delivery of training modules. Compensation varies between different trainings; it is not based on an hourly wage. Costs of accommodation, transportation and meals during trainings will be provided.

Remuneration that an individual receives that exceeds $500 per calendar year will result in a T4A being issued by PAN, a copy of which is also submitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Your social insurance number will be required for this purpose. Additional information can be found on this Canada Revenue Agency website. Additionally, if you are receiving long term disability benefits, you will need to check with your provider (private insurance company, BC Benefits/provincial government/CPP) to determine if you are allowed to make additional income without impacting your benefits.


Statement of inclusion

PLDI strives to:
1. Ensure equal opportunity and welcomes the participation of people living with HIV from all backgrounds in the community.
2. Recognize the importance of diversity in gender identification, age, and sexuality as well as socio-economic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds.
3. Recognize the intersectional nature of diverse identities.
4. Reflect the community of people living with HIV in British Columbia. These may include but are not limited to:

  • African, Caribbean, and Black people
  • Cisgender and transgender women
  • South-East and South Asian people
  • Gender diverse, non-binary and intersex people
  • Indigenous people
  • 2 Spirit people
  • Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men, including trans men
  • LatinX people
  • Middle Eastern people
  • Newcomers to Canada
  • People who are ageing
  • People who use drugs
  • People with incarceration/prison experience
  • Youth


If you are inspired and excited by collaboration, engagement, and making new connections with likeminded peers, we would love to hear from you!

The position requires the applicant be a resident and able to legally work in British Columbia.

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 required (we will consider applications from candidates who have a medical exemption)

As part of the hiring process at PAN, all prospective contractors/employees will be asked to complete an online criminal record check and vulnerable sector check (CRC/VSC). In the event that either the criminal record check or vulnerable sector check comes back with a positive result(s), a Risk Assessment & Suitability process will be undertaken. Please note that a positive result will not serve as a barrier to being hired or continued employment with PAN if the criminal record has no bearing on the job description.


Please apply by completing online form below

Applications will be accepted until March 21, 2022

The Positive Leadership Development Institute sincerely thanks all those who apply, however only those considered for an interview will be contacted. Candidate applications will go through a peer-led selection process.

PLDI Indigenous Grads are strongly encouraged to apply

No telephone or email inquiries please.

2022 PLDI Trainer in Training application

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Once you have completed your application, hit Submit and you will be taken to a confirmation page.