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Program Coordinator, Parent Action on Drugs

Job Location: Keele and Wilson with  travel throughout Toronto
Deadline: March 27, 2009

This is a one year contract, renewable for an additional year
Salary Range: $49,000 - $55,000 per annum

The organization:

Over its 25 years as an organization, Parent Action on Drugs (PAD) has evolved from a parent-driven, self help organization to a professional agency providing a range of knowledge transfer, consultation and training functions concerning the broad issues related to youth substance use.  

PAD develops and provides innovative and relevant resources and services, based on current research and "better/best practices" aimed at parents, professionals (teachers, health promoters, practitioners) and youth.  PAD services are offered throughout Ontario.

The position:

The primary responsibility associated with this position is to provide coordination and support to a two year project involving the Strengthening Families Program for parents and youth, 12-16.  Through a process of community consultation, program adaptation, pilot testing and evaluation, this project will produce an adaptation of an evidence-based model appropriate for families of at risk youth and vulnerable communities.                

Within this project, a consortium of agencies involved in the Toronto Drug Strategy will adapt a curriculum and develop a module on substance abuse prevention through four youth workshops.  The project will proceed with nine implementation trials in four sites throughout the city for parents and youth 12-16.

A community consultative process involving youth, parents and professional stakeholders in an advisory capacity will guide the process.  Dissemination to Toronto and Ontario professionals will take place throughout the project.

A  Program Coordinator is required by PAD to take responsibility for the planning, coordination and implementation of all project deliverables in conjunction with supervisory staff, implementation team, consultants, community and youth representatives, and site partners.  The position includes support for other PAD programs as required.  

The position involves travel in all areas of Toronto and some evening and/or weekend work; access to use of a car is an asset.

Knowledge (formal education or general knowledge) required:
Masters Level in health promotion, social sciences or similar field and a minimum of three years experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Skills and Experience required:
Experience in project management/coordination and the planning and implementation of programs, events, training sessions and in leading meetings/work teams is required.  Experience with budgets, process evaluation, preparing reports , making presentations and workshop facilitation is necessary.  Excellent writing and communication skills and the ability to multi-task, problem solve and work within a team are essential. Basic knowledge of office software required.  Experience with youth, priority communities and working with community partners is an asset.  

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Set up and support Community Advisory Committee
  • Set up and support Writing Team and curriculum development
  • Set up process and conduct youth consultation workshops in four areas of the city
  • Develop outreach materials
  • Liaise with site partners and coordinate outreach and site implementation, including logistics for supporting the project trials
  • Assist in evaluation
  • Arrange and participate in facilitator training workshops
  • Arrange and participate in project dissemination, including presentations, articles, reports, and workshops.

To apply, please forward your resume and cover letter no later than March 27, 2009 to

Parent Action on Drugs
7 Hawksdale Road
Toronto, Ontario M3C 3N6
Fax: 866-591-7685
pad@parentactionondrugs.org

In your covering letter, please provide your experience directly related to the following areas: Project coordination; Research (e.g. literature reviews) and process evaluation; Workshop facilitation; Work with communities/ advisory committees; Curriculum/report writing; work with youth at risk and vulnerable populations.  If you do not have experience in any particular area, please note that your application will not be discounted on that basis.

Please note: Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.