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Community Mission Specialist, Research, Advocacy and Health Promotion, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario

Newmarket, Ontario
Deadline December 22, 2010

Position: Community Mission Specialist
Reports to: Manager, Community Mission Team
Department: Research, Advocacy and Health Promotion
Status:  Contract, Full Time (12 Months)
Location: York Region, ON


As part of the Community Mission Team, the incumbent will be assigned to the York region, supported by leadership volunteers, deliver and support activities to engage communities for community impact on mission.  The incumbent will develop and implement an annual regional plan that reflects a province wide community based mission plan and responds to regional and local needs and priorities.

Key Accountabilities:

Monitor regional needs and develop annual regional plan

  • Complete an environmental scan and monitor, on a continuing basis, key health partnerships, their current priorities and programs (Healthy Communities Networks, Tobacco Control Action Networks, School Health, Recreation organizations) in their assigned region.
  • Develop an annual mission plan for region with input from Regional Manager and Senior Specialist Partnerships.  Initial key focus will be Spark Together for Health Kids and Resuscitation.
  • Complete annual evaluation of progress against plan.

Contribute regional perspective to provincial plans

  • As part of the Community Mission Team provide input on the development of a community based strategy to inform regional and provincial goals and plans.

Manage regional and local delivery of mission initiatives

  • Provide leadership and influence health partners and volunteers concerning local advocacy efforts.

Volunteer recruitment and support

  • With the assistance of the Community Volunteer Specialist and in consultation with Area Managers, recruit and guide community mission leadership volunteers

Coordinating with other HSFO Programs

  • Working within fundraising environment to provide information to Foundation fundraisers and being sensitive with regards to when the fundraisers need the information

Key Competencies:

Organizational Strategy

  • Anticipates and plans for future events, trends, problems and opportunities and exercises sound judgment. Evaluates reasonable risk taking opportunities and develops creative solutions, stimulating new ways of thinking and solving problems.

Organizational Execution

  • Drive for results, while maintaining and building effective relationships. Persists in advancing initiatives despite adversity, creating and negotiating alternate solutions as appropriate.

Talent Development

  • Develops effective, motivated individuals and teams to achieve common goals. Encourages individuals to develop strengths and supports opportunities to foster professional growth. Willingly shares personal experience and knowledge and provides feedback to improve individual and team performance.

Personal Effectiveness

  • Acts with integrity by promoting consistency among principles, values and behaviours. Adapts communication style as appropriate. Self-aware, committed to professional and personal growth.

Key Relationships:


  • Field Fundraising staff; Regional Manger/Area Managers
  • Sr. Manager, Government Relations and Partner Programs
  • Manager,  Diversity Mission Team
  • Heart Healthy Children and Youth/Spark Together for Healthy Kids Team
  • Parent Brand Team
  • Resuscitation Team
  • Senior Specialist, Partnerships
  • Community Volunteer Specialist


  • Heart Health Coordinators
  • Local Health Integration Networks (LHIN’s)
  • Ontario Stroke Strategy Regional Program Managers
  • District Stroke Managers
  • Emergency Medical Services

Key Challenges:

  • Maximizing opportunities and minimizing overlaps/confusion between existing fundraising programs and new initiatives
  • Balancing the need to be responsive to communities as well as to province wide goals for greatest impact on mission
  • Building a personal support system in a situation in which the job’s focus is mission within a broader team that is focused on fundraising
  • Health Promotion arena is complex and changing with many stakeholders
  • Managing a large number of relationships both internal and external dealing with complex information
  • Managing diverse stakeholder expectation and perceptions of the Foundation’s role in Health Promotion
  • Measuring success of regional/local programs
  • Managing through situations where autonomous decisions have been made and implemented by self or others but within a set internal structure
  • Speed and pace of change

Accountability Dimensions:

  • Accountable for developing and implementing regional mission plan
  • Accountable for building and maintaining effective working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders

Other Requirements:

  • 4-6 years of health, recreation and/or partner/network experience
  • Related post secondary education (i.e., public health, dietician, nursing, health promotion, adult education)
  • Knowledge or experience working with volunteers
  • Working knowledge of York Region
  • Proven ability to persuade and lead
  • Proven ability to manage workload with little structure
  • Good networking skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Travel required; access to a vehicle a must

Candidates from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.

Please forward your resume to:

Human Resources Department
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
2300 Yonge Street, 13th Floor,
Toronto, Ontario   M4P 1E4

Please include the job title in the subject line of your email.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position however we will only be contacting those selected for interviews.