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Community Education Specialist, Youth Advocacy Training Institute

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline April 29, 2013

The Youth Advocacy Training Institute (YATI) was created by the Ontario Lung Association with funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide training and capacity building in youth tobacco use prevention.  YATI is a program that aims to equip youth, young adults and adults working with youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent tobacco use, promote health and advocate for change in their communities through youth engagement. YATI does this through training programs and partnership projects that support the Ontario Government's goal of reaching the lowest smoking rate in Canada.

Reporting to the Provincial Manager of YATI & Youth Engagement, and working closely with another Community Education Specialist and other members of the YATI team, the Community Education Specialist researches and develops curricula or other smoking prevent programming as assigned, and participates in the planning, delivery and evaluation of YATI programming and training sessions held throughout Ontario.  Some weekend and evening work may be involved.

This is a contract position from April 2013 to March 31, 2014.  Extension or renewal of this contract is a possibility.

Responsibilities:

  • With support from the Provincial Manager of YATI & Youth Engagement, participate in the development and review of training curricula in areas of youth smoking prevention and cessation, health promotion, and advocacy. This includes researching in applicable areas and conducting needs assessments, and where applicable, adapting current curricula to specific audiences.
  • Implement YATI programming in all areas including tobacco use prevention, smoking cessation, health promotion, chronic disease and advocacy, and participate in the pilot-testing of new curricula where appropriate.
  • Through partnerships, support youth-serving agencies in the development of training, tobacco control campaigns, youth engagement and program development.
  • Contribute to the planning and delivery of YATI's educational or other program development and tobacco control programs, and participate in YATI program activities such as training events and conference implementation among others.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of program evaluation tools.
  • Participate in strategic planning processes regarding YATI program development and implementation.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation of YATI program deliverables.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Provincial Manager of YATI & Youth Engagement.
  • Qualifications:
  • University degree in education, health promotion or health sciences, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required; related post graduate experience would be an asset
  • knowledge of youth tobacco prevention and cessation, health promotion and youth development theory and practices an asset
  • minimum of 3-5 years experience working with youth in a variety of settings
  • training, knowledge and experience in youth tobacco control, health promotion and/or health advocacy with a minimum of 2 years demonstrated experience in training, education and curriculum development; or
  • training, knowledge and experience in youth development or youth engagement with a minimum of 2 years demonstrated experience in training, education and curriculum development
  • experience in communications and special event planning an asset
  • experience in coalition building and/or working with coalitions or networks an asset

Relevant Skills and Abilities:

  • strong written and spoken communication and presentation skills essential; French language skills an asset
  • advanced skills in youth or adult program and curriculum development
  • effective educational/training and facilitation skills in terms of workshops, seminars, etc.
  • understanding of youth-related issues, volunteer service and alternative education
  • capacity to implement non-formal educational programming
  • advanced facilitation and relationship building skills with the demonstrated ability to coordinate activities via networks, coalitions or between client groups
  • commitment to youth tobacco control, youth issues and cultural competence
  • demonstrated program planning, research and evaluation skills
  • excellent administrative and computer skills with accuracy and attention to detail
  • critical thinking, analysis and problem solving
  • diplomacy and political astuteness
  • ability to respond to diverse audience needs and settings and adapt accordingly
  • organization and time management skills with the ability to multi-task, strategically prioritize and meet deadlines
  • ability to work as a member of a team as well as function independently
  • means of transportation and willingness to travel

The Lung Association welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. Please provide a résumé and a covering letter including salary expectations.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those to be interviewed will be contacted.

Contact Information

Leslie Olsen
Director of Human Resources
Ontario Lung Association
Fax: (416) 864-9916
Email: lolsen@on.lung.ca