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Lay Health Educator Program Coordinator, Canadian Cancer Society

Manitoulin Island, Ontario
Deadline: December 15, 2010

Canadian Cancer Society
Lay Health Educator Program Coordinator
Contract (Jan-October 2011 with possibility of extension)
Manitoulin Island, ON


With direction from the Manager, Lay Health Educator program, the coordinator will continue raising awareness and educating members of the Manitoulin Island First Nation communities about the importance of breast, cervical and colon cancer screening.  The Coordinator will recruit and train Lay Health Educator volunteers–‘natural helpers’ such as relatives, friends, neighbours and co-workers- who will work with their local communities and the formal health care system to encourage people to be screened. The Coordinator will maintain and grow the Lay Health Educator volunteer network and Community Advisory Group. They will plan, coordinate, support, monitor and evaluate Lay Health Educator volunteer activities as well as plan and oversee a two day educational symposium for Manitoulin Island residents. 


Primary Functional Duties
* Continue implementation of the Lay Health Educator (LHE) volunteer-delivered program designed to increase breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening in North East Ontario.
* Continue to identify the scope of community contacts and networks; plan and evaluate activities; and identify opportunities and growth potential.
* Continue to grow, maintain and support the LHE network and Community Advisory Group.
* Plan and oversee a two-day symposium on cancer prevention
* Assist with the preparation of all relevant meetings and follow-up actions post meetings.
* Develop and implement appropriate program action plans and strategies in consultation with the Manager, LHE Program.
* Recruit, train, support and supervise 20 to 30 LHE volunteers.
* Work closely with the Canadian Cancer Society staff in Sudbury to create seamless and integrated processes for community engagement.
* Capture and report LHE qualitative and quantitative data.
* Provide regular progress updates; identify successes, issues and challenges; and identify tactics for dealing with challenges.
* Prepare interim and final reports for the Manager and assist with any meeting/conference presentations.
* Maximize use of existing Canadian Cancer Society volunteer development tools and resources.
* Assist with the internal and external communication regarding program activities.
* Other projects as assigned by the Manager, Lay Health Educator program.
* Adherence to financial policies and controls.

Health and Safety Responsibilities
* Work in compliance with the provisions of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations (Use or wear any protective equipment or devices required, report any incidents and unsafe conditions to your manager, and do not use equipment or work in any way that may endanger any worker or volunteer).
* Review and comply with the Canadian Cancer Society’s health & safety policy.


* Member of one of the seven First Nations communities within Manitoulin Island is preferred.
* Solid understanding of the resources in the seven First Nation communities.
* Demonstrated experience with volunteer management, health promotion and community capacity-building approaches and strategies.
* Demonstrated knowledge of adult education principles.
* Post-secondary education preferably in social services, education or health sciences, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
* 3 to 5 years experience working with community-based committees and organizations.
* Experience with a multi-level non-profit or community health organization.
* Strong ability to problem solve and reach sound resolutions.
* Excellent interpersonal, organizational, time-management, strategic thinking and communication skills.
* Valid driver’s licence and access to a vehicle, as extensive travel is required.
* Computer literate, proficient in MSOffice (Word/Excel) and databases.
* Knowledge of Canadian Cancer Society policies and procedures is an asset.
* Bilingualism (English and Ojibwe) is an asset.
* Non-smoker.
* A criminal record check is required.


* Home based position but part of a team of Lay Health Educators working in Ontario North East.
* Ability and willingness to work evenings and occasional weekends.
* Handles multiple priorities and interactions with clients, both internal and external to the organization.
* May work outdoors and be exposed to elements during key events.
* Works with confidential issues and data.

Indirect Reports
* Trained Lay Health Educator volunteers.

In return for your contributions we offer a starting salary in the early 40K range, and the opportunity to work in a caring and progressive work environment.  Qualified non-smokers are invited to send their resume and cover letter, quoting job OHPE #91 in the subject line by December 15, 2010 to:

Human Resources
Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division
55 St. Clair Ave. W, 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.