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

Richmond Hill, Ontario
No deadline noted

Reports to: Manager, Diversity Mission Team    
Department: Research Advocacy and Health Promotion    
Location: York Region (Richmond Hill Office)    
Status: Full Time; Permanent    
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. The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s diversity mission team is dedicated to delivering programs and engaging with diverse communities by building partnerships and reaching out to key decision makers.  The incumbent plays an integral role in helping Chinese families reduce their risk and live longer, healthier lives.


As part of the Diversity Mission Team, the incumbent will be based out of the York Region (Richmond Hill) office, and supported by leadership volunteers, including the Chinese Canadian Council, to deliver and support activities to engage communities for community impact on the Foundation’s mission.  The incumbent will develop and implement an annual community engagement plan that reflects the province-wide mission priorities with a focus on Chinese needs and priorities. The specialist will serve as a resource and support to both the Community Mission Team and the foundation.

Travel within the GTA is required and access to a vehicle is necessary.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Monitor provincial Chinese needs and execute the provincial plan with a focus on initiatives like:
    • Spark Together for Healthy Kids/ Heart Healthy Children and Youth
    • Resuscitation
  • Complete an annual evaluation of the progress made against the plan.
  • Provide input on the development of a community based strategy to inform provincial goals and plans.
  • Provide specialized expertise to Community Mission Teams to assist in the development of a plan to engage Chinese communities throughout the province.
  • Manage GTA delivery of Chinese focused initiatives related to the promotion of healthy living and advocacy.
  • Provide leadership and influence health partners and volunteers concerning provincial advocacy efforts.
  • Recruit and guide community leadership volunteers, and Chinese Health Ambassadors.
  • Coordinate with other Heart and Stroke programs and work within the fundraising environment to provide information to Foundation fundraisers.

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.

Lateral Relationships:


  • Senior Specialist, Health Information
  • Parent Brand Team
  • Community Volunteer Specialist
  • Chinese Canadian Council
  • Corporate Alliances Team
  • Major Gifts Team
  • Sr. Manager, Government Relations and Partner Programs
  • Senior Specialist, Health Partnerships
  • Resuscitation Team


  • Ontario Chinese Health Coalition
  • Chinese community service organizations
  • MPPs, City Councilors, Board of Education
  • Chinese Media
  • Health Units
  • Emergency Medical Services

Key Challenges/Constraints:

  • Act as a provincial lead for Chinese Community within the Foundation.  Must be familiar with Chinese Communities and be fluent in Mandarin or Cantonese.
  • Maximizing opportunities and minimizing overlaps/confusion between existing fundraising programs and new initiatives
  • Balancing the need to be responsive to Chinese community as well as to province wide foundation goals for greatest impact on mission
  • Managing a large number of relationships and expectations with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Measuring the success of provincial and GTA programs
  • Managing through situations where autonomous decisions have been made and implemented by self or others but within a set internal structure

Accountability Dimensions:

  • Accountable for developing, implementing and monitoring provincial Chinese focused plan
  • Accountable for building and maintaining effective working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders within the Chinese Community.

Other Requirements:

  • 4+ years of health, recreation, community development, public policy and advocacy, and/or government relations
  • Related post secondary education (i.e., public health, health promotion, public policy, adult education, community development)
  • Strong experience working with Chinese Community
  • Fluency in Mandarin or Cantonese.
  • Extensive facilitation experience with multiple stakeholders and interest groups
  • Proven knowledge or experience recruiting and working with volunteers
  • Proven knowledge or experience with advocacy and/or policy development preferred
  • Proven ability to persuade and lead
  • Proven ability to manage workload with little structure

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.

Candidates from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.

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