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Project Coordinator – 0.5FTE, Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance at the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA)

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline: December 31, 2010

Available immediately, this is a flexible position with a minimum of 17.5 hrs/week.    Additional hours of work may become available as grant funding is secured.  

Closing date:        10:00 a.m. Friday, December 31, 2010
Compensation:    negotiable competitive salary
Location:        700 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario
Relocation:        expenses will not be paid
File Number OCDPA 07-12-10

The Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA) is a collaborative of leading health-related organizations working together to focus on chronic disease prevention and healthy living in a comprehensive manner.  Its current membership includes representatives from health-related NGOs, the health promotion resource system, health associations and specialists working in the fields of public health, nutrition, physical activity, research and academia.  The Ontario Public Health Association is the secretariat for OCDPA.

The OCDPA is seeking a PROJECT COORDINATOR to provide comprehensive coordinated secretariat and knowledge exchange services to OCDPA and its Co-chairs, workgroups, and members.  The Coordinator works with the Alliance to establish and carry out its priorities and direction.  S/he oversees the day-to-day functions of the Alliance and its meetings and activities and is responsible for the administrative and financial coordination and implementation of various projects.  The Project Coordinator is the key liaison with OCDPA members, external groups, funders and where applicable, government officials. The Project Coordinator is responsible for seeking and coordinating applications for project and grant funding, implementing funded projects and writing follow-up reports to account for these funds as directed by the Alliance

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Supports the OCDPA Co-chairs and members to establish strategic directions, priorities and activities for the Alliance.
  • Monitors chronic disease prevention policy issues, trends and media coverage, shares information gathered and works with Co-chairs to facilitate appropriate responses.
  • Coordinates knowledge exchange activities including bi-weekly electronic bulletin to members through a listserv, postings on the OCDPA website and arranging knowledge exchange opportunities at Alliance meetings.
  • Provides leadership in promoting OCDPA, its mission/vision, activities and resources through effective communication.
  • Coordinates partner, member and workgroup meetings, assisting with agenda setting, minute taking and follow-up activities
  • Seeks and coordinates applications for project funding to fulfill OCDPA priorities
  • Coordinates the implementation of the grant workplan, monitors the financial aspects of the grant and writes reports to funders.


  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in social sciences, health promotion or sciences, health policy or social work and/or equivalent combination of education and work experience, including public health, health promotion or health policy at minimum.  A Masters Degree is preferred
  • Excellent written and research skills, with ability to synthesize large amounts of information into brief plain language documents.
  • Strong organizational skills, combined with superior interpersonal skill and tact.
  • An ability to work independently or as part of a cohesive team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with various committees, health professionals, project funders and field representatives.
  • Proven computer skills, specifically with Microsoft software applications, web software and internet/portal search engines. 
  • French proficiency is an asset.

Salary:  Based on experience and background
Interview date:  Successful candidates will be interviewed in early January

Interested and qualified applicants are asked to email a resume and cover letter (including salary expectations), citing the File Number OCDPA 07-12-10, by 10 a.m.. EST, December 31, 2010

Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance
ATTN: OCDPA Secretariat
Ontario Public Health Association
700 Lawrence Avenue West, Suite 310
Toronto, ON, M6A 3B4

Thank you for your interest.  The Ontario Public Health Association encourages candidates from equity-seeking groups to apply for this position.  Owing to volume, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 
OPHA is a not-for-profit organization that provides a strong, unified independent voice for Public Health professionals and volunteers committed to improving the health of all Ontarians. OPHA is governed by a Board of Directors and works in partnership with other organizations to fulfill its strategic plan.