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Senior Coordinator, Public Issues (Youth Advocacy), Canadian Cancer Society

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline March 25, 2012

Every three minutes, another Canadian is faced with fighting cancer. Join the Canadian Cancer Society’s fight against cancer by helping us do everything we can to prevent cancer, save lives and support those living with cancer. You’ll be part of a passionate team determined to change lives and make a difference in the cancer fight.

Sr. Coordinator, Public Issues (Youth Advocacy)

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Senior Manager, Public Issues, the Senior Coordinator, Public Issues (Youth Advocacy) works to recruit, train and motivate youth to engage in Society advocacy activities.  The Senior Coordinator works with other parts of the organization and the community offices to enable youth to engage with the Society in a way that contributes to the Society’s mission while providing youth input and creativity to move issues forward. A specialist in youth engagement, the Senor Coordinator also offers expertise, creates tools, delivers presentations and workshops to build the Society’s capacity in this area.

Duties & Responsibilities

Primary Functional Duties

  • In conjunction with the Sr. Manager, Public Issues plan and execute a 5 year youth advocacy strategy for the Canadian Cancer Society that links directly to the Society’s strategic plan, leveraging the Society’s strengths in this area, engaging all parts of the organization and helping to create and youth-friendly environment
  • Implement the advocacy strategy placing young people as positive agents of change among their peers, in their communities, at the municipal, provincial and federal government levels.
  • Utilize social media, grassroots advocacy, guerilla marketing strategies and other innovative approaches for youth-led campaign development
  • Represent the Society through the delivery of presentations, participation on coalitions and media interaction
  • Work closely with youth Relay for Life, youth volunteer engagement internal teams, regional and unit offices, the Society’s National office and other divisions as required
  • Develop and write backgrounders, key messages and supporting documentation related to youth advocacy initiatives and advocacy initiatives in general
  • Monitor and report on developments in key cancer control areas, specifically those related to youth and: tobacco control, indoor tanning, healthy eating, active living and environmental and occupational carcinogens in addition to any emerging cancer control areas that might be conducive to youth advocacy
  • Provide support to the members of the volunteer/staff public issues team including planning meetings/teleconferences, developing and disseminating resources, providing advocacy support, preparing minutes, reports and updates
  • Update the Society’s intranet related to youth advocacy issues
  • Provide/facilitate support to Society regions on advocacy issues and youth initiatives and campaigns


  • Post-secondary education, preferably in public administration, health promotion, political science or equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of 4 years’ experience in the public issues field is an asset
  • Experience in developing and implementing policy and advocacy strategies for youth, leading youth teams and/or mobilizing young people to participate in policy change initiatives
  • Solid understanding, knowledge and experience with social media sites and networks as they pertain to campaigns
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in policy analysis, government relations and community mobilization
  • Solid understanding of a range of cancer control issues
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in research, public policy development and advocacy techniques
  • Flexibility, ability to deal with competing priorities
  • Superior communication skills particularly with writing, editing and proof reading
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Strong organizational skills and sound judgment skills with a customer focus
  • Analytical skills to identify and respond to emerging issues/opportunities
  • Demonstrated ability to build partnerships and succeed in a team environment with diverse stakeholders
  • Computer literate, proficient in MSOffice (Word/Excel) and PowerPoint
  • Experience with a multi-level non-profit or community health organization is an asset
  • Knowledge of Canadian Cancer Society policies and procedures is an asset
  • A criminal record check is required
  • Non-smoker

Working Conditions

  • Collaborates with other members of the team in order to leverage opportunities
  • Handles multiple priorities and interactions with many clients, both internal and external to the organization
  • Responds to inquiries from the general public (in person, on phone or via e-mail)
  • Some evening and weekend work (approximately 10-12 times/year)
  • May work under tight deadlines
  • Some travel required (approximately 2-3 times per year)
  • May work with confidential issues
  • Needs to influence peers and those in more senior positions
  • Frequent meetings with both internal and external stakeholders

In return for your contributions, we offer a very attractive compensation package, which encompasses a salary starting in the low 50K range, excellent benefits, and the chance to work in a supportive and progressive environment. Qualified non-smokers are invited to send their resume and cover letter, quoting job# OHPE 238 by March 25, 2012, to:

Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division
Human Resources Department

We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

For more information about how you can join the fight against cancer and become a member of our dynamic team, please visit our website at and visit the Careers section, found under About Us.

The Canadian Cancer Society provides equal opportunity in employment and encourages applications from all qualified persons.