Francophone Education and Training Specialist (Rainbow Health Ontario)

job title: Francophone Education and Training Specialist

job ID #: RHO 21-0422

department: Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO)

reports to: Programs and Services Director, LGBT2SQ Communities

salary range: CS4 $61,093.50 to $75,796.50

status: Full-time, permanent

hours: 37.5 hours per week

who we are

Sherbourne Health is a dynamic provider of integrated health services, community programs and capacity-building initiatives that enable people and diverse communities to achieve wellness.

As an urban health agency in downtown Toronto, Sherbourne provides holistic primary care and chronic disease management, mental health services, health promotion and education, and outreach and social supports. Sherbourne’s doors are open to everyone, with a focus on LGBT2SQ communities, people experiencing homelessness and newcomers to Canada, whose complex needs are often not met by traditional health care. Sherbourne combines high quality clinical care with responsive, culturally appropriate community development programs that bring low-barrier services to people in the surrounding communities who need it most.

Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) is a province—wide program of Sherbourne. RHO creates opportunities for the health care system to better serve LGBT2SQ communities. We achieve this through four main approaches: supporting practice and organizational change, influencing public policy, catalyzing research, and providing information and consultation.

Position Summary

The Francophone Education and Training Specialist is part of RHO’s practice development team. Reporting to the Programs and Services Director, LGBT2SQ Communities, the Francophone Education and Training Specialist will assist and develop education and training materials and provide training activities to support health care and social service providers to offer respectful, clinically and culturally competent care to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, 2-spirit and queer (LGBT2SQ) populations.

The Francophone Education and Training Specialist will provide consultative resource, and other forms of support to health care and social service providers and to their respective organizations to foster the development of knowledge, skills, and confidence in serving Francophone LGBT2SQ populations. The Education and Training Specialist may also be involved in developing new cultural and clinical resources, contributing to the development of online learning activities, facilitating face to face, blended, and online training and developing and leading train-the-trainer sessions.

They will remain knowledgeable about current research, best practices and clinical and cultural competencies across the life span of LGBT2SQ populations and about developments in adult learning. They will use this knowledge to develop educational content and facilitate and develop learning activities.

In addition, they will be an educational resource to multiple stakeholders – including Sherbourne’s staff – and will manage multiple projects; work both independently and as part of the RHO team and will work collaboratively with external organizations to improve access to competent care for LGBT2SQ Francophone populations.

responsibilities & tasks

Resource Development:                                                                                            

Work with Communications Officer to develop RHO communications materials in French for use in various media e.g. RHO website, email communications and newsletter items.

  • Review various LGBT2SQ journal articles periodically and update staff
  • Commission translation/adaptation of specialized resources from English to French, or French to English, to meet the needs of LGBT2SQ communities, clinicians, service providers, researchers and policy actors.
  • Source French language LGBT2SQ resources such as research articles, brochures and posters.

 Curriculum Development and Facilitation:

  • Develop, coordinate and deliver training and education sessions, and consultative advice on LGBT2SQ health issues in French where this is the preferred language and/or provide education and training, consultation in both languages on LGBT2SQ health and social needs to a wide range of audiences.
  • Work with RHO’s Clinical Educator, Instructional Designer and Education and Training Specialist to translate and/or develop modules to French.
  • Develop CME training in French on LGBT2SQ and trans clinical care.
  • Ensure all learning initiatives comply with RHO’s clinical and cultural competency framework as well as best practice and current standards of care, legislative regulations to ensure credible evidence-based workshops and other learning activities.
  • Develop and maintain materials in French for in-person learning activities that meet the needs of multiple stakeholders including health and social service practitioners, organizations, policy analysts, community groups, etc., engaging subject matter experts and end users as appropriate.
  • Coordinate/facilitate French and English in-person, blended, and online learning.
  • Ensure that knowledge and skills development initiatives are promoted and directed to qualified health care practitioners across Ontario on the provision of safe and competent care for LGBT2SQ communities.
  • Develop and cultivate professional relationships to ensure appropriate delivery and content of workshops and other learning activities and resources.

Supporting Clinical, Cultural, and Organizational Change:

  • Participate in working groups and quality improvement initiatives led by external agencies that specifically address access to competent care by Francophone LGBT2SQ populations.
  • Provide professional feedback in French and English to organizations by reviewing policies, programs and services, inclusive language, intake and registration forms, and images on websites to create inclusive, safer and positive spaces for LGBT2SQ communities.
  • Work in French and English with professional colleges, accreditation and licensing bodies to promote the inclusion of relevant content and standards in curricula and protocols.

Community Building and Networking:

  • Provide day-to-day direction and support to Ontario’s Francophone communities on LGBT2Q health via outreach to regions with larger Francophone populations.
  • Working in French to support the development of local Francophone networks, events and partnerships in various regions of Ontario with the goal of increasing community engagement and responsiveness to LGBT2SQ health issues.
  • Participate in Advisory Committee(s), team based projects as required to build greater capacity in Francophone LGBT2SQ resources in Ontario.

Additional Duties:

  • Participates in evaluation of learning initiatives.
  • Collaborates with local representatives, community groups and organizations to offer referral and resource information in French and English.
  • Maintains records and contributes to reports regarding the completion of planned activities, expenditures.
  • Researches and synthesizes information to create high quality written materials in a variety of styles for websites, newsletters, policy briefs, data bases, media, etc.
  • Participates in the planning of the RHO Conference and other events from time to time.
  • Actively participates in RHO team meetings, Sherbourne meetings and activities and on external committees as required.
  • Completes other related duties as requested.

to thrive in this role, you’ll need 


  • A Bachelors Level in Social or Health Sciences and professional work experience in health care or social service environment with a focus on communication, health promotion, community development, adult education, or an equivalent mix of education and experience (Master’s degree is an asset).
  • At least a minimum of 5 years’ experience in LGBT2SQ facilitation and training.

knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Fully bilingual with strong verbal and written communications skills in English and an advanced professional verbal and written communication skills in French.
  • Ability to respond in a timely, professional and respectful manner to various stakeholders’ requests for training, LGBT2SQ resources, general queries on LGBT2SQ and other needs as identified.
  • Demonstrated experience developing, providing and coordinating educational workshops/events and creating curriculum materials for health and social service providers.
  • Experience applying adult learning principles. Ability to help others learn about the health and social issues faced by diverse LGBT2SQ communities, including LGBTQ newcomers and refugees in Ontario by understanding the impacts of racism and colonization.
  • Knowledge of anti-oppression, anti-racist principles and understanding of the geographic, ethno-racial and intersectional diversity of Ontario’s LGBT2SQ populations.
  • Ability to synthesize peer review journal articles and research outcomes to practical application for health and social service providers and LGBT2SQ communities.
  • Ability to draw from research-based knowledge and lived experience of groups such as Indigenous, racialized, trans and non-binary people
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills, verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to motivate, problem-solve and deal with complex issues with sensitivity and respect.
  • Ability to take on multiple responsibilities, meet deadlines and manage tasks and projects with minimal supervision and also work as a part of a team
  • Demonstrated software skills (MS Office, PowerPoint, Excel and e-learning platforms)
  • Valid driver’s license; either access to a vehicle or ability to rent one as required is an asset

Working Conditions/Environment

This position requires working in a fast paced environment meeting the needs of multiple stakeholders. Time management, multi-tasking, initiative, organization and prioritizing are essential.  Work is mainly performed in an office environment, however overnight travel around the province will be required. Rainbow Health Ontario is a community program, therefore work outside of normal working hours will be required.

As an employer, Sherbourne is dedicated to building an organization that reflects the diversity of our clients and the communities we serve. This includes diversity in languages spoken, culture, race, sexual orientation and gender identity. Requests for accommodation due to disability can be made at any stage in the recruitment process.

conditions of employment:

The standard work week is 37.5 hours.  Generally, they will work Monday to Friday during the day, however, work is occasionally required outside the normal daily routine. Some traveling may be required. The position requires diplomacy in dealing with many stakeholders and partners, considerable multi-tasking, setting priorities as needed, and comfort in working with clients who may present in crisis and be agitated or threatening at times.

 to apply:  Please forward a cover letter and resume together in one pdf document quoting Job ID # RHO 21-0422 to by May 21, 2021.

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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