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Health Promotion Specialist, Nutrition, Cancer Care Ontario

Toronto, Ontario

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Vacancy: Health Promotion Specialist, Nutrition

Reports To: Manager, Aboriginal Cancer & Prevention Team

Location: 505 University Ave., Toronto

Status: Temporary Full-Time (8 month maternity leave replacement, with possibility of extension)

Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) is an umbrella organization that steers and coordinates Ontario’s cancer services and prevention efforts. As the provincial government’s chief cancer advisor, Cancer Care Ontario directs over $700-million in public health care funding for cancer prevention, detection and care. The agency also operates screening and prevention programs; collects, monitors and reports information about cancer and cancer system performance; develops evidence-based standards and guidelines for health care providers; and works with regional providers to plan and improve cancer services.

Position Summary:

The Population Health Unit, Department of Prevention and Screening at Cancer Care Ontario serves as a focal point and catalyst within Cancer Care Ontario and the province of Ontario for the development of evidence-generating and informed approaches to population-wide and priority populations-based public health interventions; collaborates and complements the efforts of the Ontario Government and non-governmental partners in strategic development of cancer and other chronic disease prevention; contributes systems thinking/perspectives to the strategic development of Ontario's public health system; and serves as an agent of change through the assumption of leadership roles in strategic areas.

Health Promotion Specialist, Nutrition is responsible for the internal planning, development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of programs and strategies on cancer and chronic disease prevention focused on nutrition, physical activity and healthy weights, while working with multiple partners and stakeholders. Stakeholders include public health, other like-minded non-governmental organizations and priority populations, with a focus on Ontario’s Aboriginal Population. As a nutrition expert for the Population Health Unit and Cancer Care Ontario, the Health Promotion Specialist, Nutrition also provides consultation services to health professionals working in cancer prevention in Ontario, including Regional Cancer Centres, regional networks, public health departments and non-governmental organizations


  • Lead the development of programs and strategies on nutrition, physical activity and healthy weights across the province in collaboration with key external stakeholders to realize key Cancer 2020 priorities in line with the Ontario Cancer Plan 2008-2011.
  • Collaborate with colleagues on the Aboriginal Cancer and Prevention Team to develop nutrition and related initiatives to address the needs of Ontario’s Aboriginal people, which include First Nations (on- and off-reserve, Inuit and Métis.
  • Develop working relationships with local/provincial/public/non-governmental partners and multi stakeholders committees to achieve collaborative outcomes.
  • Provide expert knowledge and support (i.e. training, consultation, information, resources, and referrals) to regional stakeholders on nutrition, physical activity and healthy weights and to enhance their capacity to plan, develop and implement regional cancer and chronic disease prevention programs.
  • Provide expert knowledge and support to colleagues working in various units within the Department of Prevention and Screening and other parts of the organization.
  • Organize and manage contract services by identifying and contacting potential consultants/service providers, drafting contracts for service providers and tracking deliverables and milestones.
  • Utilize expert knowledge to provide leadership, influence perception and advise government and other agencies/partners on the impact of nutrition, physical activity and healthy weights.
  • Prepare position papers/reports, and bring forward significant literature for nutrition, physical activity and healthy weights to facilitate decision making at the provincial and local levels.
  • Participate in ongoing monitoring and evaluation to assess the implementation and outcomes of cancer and chronic disease prevention programs.
  • Participate in the planning and analysis of research studies by working with researchers and scientists in the organization.
  • Identify knowledge gaps on aspects of nutrition, physical activity and healthy weights and provide direction for future action/interventions.


  • Masters Degree from a recognized university with a major in nutrition or equivalent and at least two years of related experience
  • Membership in the College of Dietitians of Ontario
  • Advanced knowledge of the role played by nutrition, physical activity and healthy weights in cancer/chronic disease prevention
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects which are provincial or national in scope through all phases of the planning and evaluation cycle
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including oral and written communication
  • Highly developed facilitation, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience working with local, provincial and/or public, non-governmental partners and multi-stakeholder committees to achieve collaborative outcomes
  • Experience supervising/monitoring the work of external consultants to ensure deliverables and timelines are respected

More About Cancer Care Ontario:

Cancer Care Ontario is the provincial agency responsible for continually improving cancer services. As the government’s cancer advisor, Cancer Care Ontario works to reduce the number of people diagnosed with cancer and make sure that patients receive better care every step of the way.

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