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Community Mission Specialist (Health Promotion), Heart and Stroke Foundation

Hamilton, Ontario
No deadline noted

Position:  Community Mission Specialist (Health Promotion)    
Reports to: Manager, Community Mission Team
Department: Research Advocacy and Health Promotion
Status: Full Time, Contract (12 months)
Location:  Hamilton Area Office
The Heart and Stroke Foundation is a volunteer-based health charity organization.  Its mission is to lead in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living, and advocacy.


As part of the Community Mission Team, the incumbent will be assigned to the Hamilton, Halton, Niagara and Brantford region, supported by leadership volunteers, to deliver and support activities within the community and to engage the community in the delivery of our 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.

This is a 12 month maternity leave contract.  Travel within the region is required and access to a vehicle is necessary.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Monitor regional needs and execute the regional plan with a focus on initiatives like:
    • Spark Together for Healthy Kids
    • Resuscitation
  • Complete an annual evaluation of the progress made against the plan.
  • Provide input on the development of a community based strategy to inform regional and provincial goals and plans.
  • Manage regional and local delivery of initiatives related to health promotion and advocacy.
  • Provide leadership and influence health partners and volunteers concerning local advocacy efforts.
  • Recruit and guide community leadership volunteers.
  • Coordinate with other Heart and Stroke programs and work within the fundraising environment to provide information to Foundation fundraisers

Accountability Dimensions:

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

Key Challenges/Constraints:

  • Balancing the needs of a large territory and/or a large population base.  Must be familiar with the Hamilton, Niagara, Brant and Halton Regions
  • 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
  • Be managed remotely within a fundraising office and in a situation in which the job’s focus is mission within a broader team that is focused on fundraising
  • Managing a large number of relationships and expectations with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Measuring the success of regional and local programs
  • Managing through situations where autonomous decisions have been made and implemented by self or others but within a set internal structure

Other Requirements:

  • 4+ 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 recruiting and working with volunteers
  • Proven ability to persuade and lead
  • Proven ability to manage workload with little structure
  • Candidates from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.

Please forward your resume to:

Human Resources Department
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.