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Unit Manager, Canadian Cancer Society

Ottawa, Ontario
Deadline September 22, 2010

Job Purpose

Leads a community based office serving a defined local community; promotes the Canadian Cancer Society within Ottawa and oversees delivery of all fundraising initiatives, outreach and community services.  

Duties And Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with appropriate external organizations within the community to enhance the Society’s profile and delivery of its mission and revenue potential
  • Develops and manages relationships, including media, donors and potential donors, sponsors and others,  to ensure the Canadian Cancer Society is visible in the community and reaches full potential for both mission, cancer control issues and revenue opportunities
  • Assists in the recruitment of, and maintains relationships with leadership volunteers and the maintenance of good relationships with all volunteers
  • Provides leadership to all unit volunteers and staff in the delivery of local fundraising, outreach and community service activities
  • Facilitates planning for unit activities that is aligned with the national and provincial strategic plans.
  • Facilitates effective communication between the local and regional teams, with the provincial office and the National Public Issues office staff located in Ottawa
  • Participate in region planning activities, assess the local capacity to raise funds and deliver Society programs within the context of broader organizational plans; and create a business plan to meet defined goals
  • Ensure that policies and procedures are adhered to by volunteers and staff
  • Other projects/duties as assigned

Staff Management Responsibilities

  • Creates a positive work environment which attracts and retains high calibre individuals
  • Recruits and retains qualified staff to meet resourcing needs
  • Supports the team in achieving their commitments and departmental objectives
  • Identifies developmental needs and implements tactics to reduce the gaps identified

Health and Safety Responsibilities

  • Provides a safe and healthy work environment for team members and relevant stakeholders
  • Ensures team members work in compliance with the Society’s health & safety policy, the Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations


  • Demonstrated success in fundraising activities and relationship management
  • Public relations or advocacy experience
  • Knowledge of cancer care continuum, cancer care system and healthcare organizations in the community
  • Existing contacts in the Ottawa community an asset
  • Strong verbal, written & presentation communications skills, including the ability to effectively communicate messages to a variety of audiences and collaborative approach
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment in relations with volunteers, staff, patients, other agencies and healthcare professionals, suppliers and the general public.
  • Computer skills (MS Office, Internet, Email and Database)
  • Post-secondary education, preferably in Business; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 5-7 years of general management experience; preferably with providing leadership to both staff and volunteer resources
  • General financial management skills to meet/exceed revenue targets, to identify remedial action if there are shortfalls, and manage operations within an established budget; knowledge of government receipting requirements
  • Awareness of community health-care agencies and how Canadian Cancer Society might partner with them to achieve shared goals; understanding community demographics to determine how best to position Society services and fundraising initiatives
  • Organizational and planning skills to prepare annual work plans, monitor accomplishments and make adjustments as required to meet service delivery objectives
  • Interpersonal skills to maintain strong relationships internal and external to the office, to work collaboratively with others, and to promote the Society within the community
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in advocacy techniques an asset
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle and able to travel within Ontario
  • Strong MS Office skills (Word/Excel/Outlook/PowerPoint)
  • Bilingual (English/French) is an asset
  • A Criminal Records Check is required
  • Knowledge of Canadian Cancer Society policies and procedures would be an asset
  • Non-smoker

Working Conditions

  • Works with a multidisciplinary team
  • Collaborates with others in order to leverage opportunities
  • Regular evening and weekend work; adjusts hours and schedule as necessary to meet the demands of the community
  • Regular travel to attend off-site meetings and events within the local communities, occasional travel beyond to attend scheduled meetings and events
  • May work outdoors and be exposed to elements during key special events
  • Works with confidential issues and data
  • Handles multiple priorities and interactions with many internal and external clients

Direct Reports

  • Fundraising Supervisor
  • Volunteer Engagement//Community Services Supervisor
  • Administrator
  • Unit Secretary
  • Customer Service Representative

Indirect Reports

  • Unit volunteers, including unit council – provides direction and guidance on a regular basis

In return for your contributions, we offer an attractive compensation package, which encompasses a starting salary in the mid $60K range and the chance to work in a supportive and progressive environment. Qualified non-smokers are invited to send their resume and cover letter, quoting job #OHPE-68 by September 22nd, to:

Human Resources
Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division
55 St. Clair Avenue West Suite 500
Toronto, ON M4V 2Y7

The Canadian Cancer Society thanks all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Canadian Cancer Society provides equal opportunity in employment and encourages applications from all qualified persons.