STEPS Peer Health Educator

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Posting Details

Job TitleSTEPS Peer Health EducatorRequisition NumberTE04822Department NameH8505:University Health Service/HospWork LocationLexington, KYSalary Range10.50Type of PositionTemporaryPosition Time Status Part-TimeRequired Education

Must be a full time UK student in good standing.

Required Related ExperienceRequired License/Registration/CertificationPhysical Requirements

Some lifting boxes and pulling carts of materials to/from programs; some repetitive motion preparing materials for programs (no more than 25lbs).


1st shift

Job Summary

MUST BE A FULL-TIME UK STUDENT IN GOOD STANDING. Peer health educators are a diverse group of students who work with the Health Education/Wellness Team at University Health Service (UHS) to support the health of University of Kentucky students by reducing risk, preventing illness, and empowering healthy behavior change.
The peer health educator will work with the Health Education/Wellness Team to provide health education outreach on topics such as stress management, body image, healthy eating, physical activity, promoting quitting tobacco, sexual health and other related wellness topics.
Peer health educators are leaders and work in teams to plan, prepare, deliver, and evaluate health education outreach programs. Peer health educators can develop skills in leadership, public speaking, peer-to-peer information sharing, outreach, marketing, and evaluation. Peer health educators also have the opportunity to work with students and professionals from diverse organizations and departments across campus. Peer health educators provide programming that is sensitive to race, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, culture, religion, and individual capabilities.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

•Strong interest and enthusiasm in promoting a healthy lifestyle among fellow students
•Open mind to cultures, practices, and identities different from your own
•Sensitivity to controversial and personal topics that are sometimes embarrassing, and have a willingness to talk candidly about them
•Ability to articulate facts about health-enhancing behaviors and dispel myths and misperceptions
•Dedication to health education and wellness, health promotion, and the peer health education program
•Demonstrate a sincere concern for others, their well-being and quality of life
•Strong organizational skills
•Strong verbal communication skills (large groups and one-on-one)
•Strong written communication skills
•Ability to speak publicly in a positive, engaging, interactive, and nonjudgmental manner
•Ability to facilitate group discussions and include all members of the audience
•Ability to show concern and empathy in a one-on-one information-sharing format
•Ability to function in a group, both as a leader and as a supportive team member
•Ability to develop informational and marketing materials for use in print and online

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? NoPreferred Education/ExperienceDeadline to Apply09/30/2020University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Peer Health Educators cover a variety of health-related topics. What health and wellness topics are you most interested in and why?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Describe a time when you had to remain neutral and nonjudgmental in order to help someone.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * This position will require facilitation of direct individual and group discussions about sexual health. How will you make sure that your messages are relevant and inclusive of every student, regardless of their identities?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * You are teaching a group of students in a residence hall how to put on a condom, and one of the participants raises her hand to say that your presentation is offensive. What do you do?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * What skills and/or perspectives do you have that will make you a successful Peer Health Educator and set you apart from other candidates?

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
    Optional Documents
    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter




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    Posted: 9/9/2020
    Application Due: 11/8/2020
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