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Health Promotion Specialist, Health Promotion and Survivorship, Prostate Cancer Canada

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline May 15, 2015

1 Year Mat Leave Position

Position:  1Year Mat Leave - Health Promotion Specialist
Reporting To: Director of Health Promotion and Survivorship
Term: 1 Year Mat Leave
Location: Toronto
Team: Health Promotion and Survivorship

Support Services implements programs and initiatives that improve the quality of life of people impacted by prostate cancer. These support services focus on empowering individuals to take an active role in managing their cancer journey.

The Health Promotion Specialist reports to the Director of Health Promotion and Survivorship and will work closely with Research, Health Promotion and Survivorship team members and identified stakeholders to adapt or expand existing services and develop new health promotion initiatives to better meet the needs of prostate cancer survivors.  

Summary of Job

The Health Promotion Specialist is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating evidence based information, resources and services that improve the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of prostate cancer survivors and their partners, caregivers and family members across Canada.

The Health Promotion Specialist monitors  requirements and progress of health promotion initiatives; communicates goals, outlines approaches and makes adjustments within the constraints set to achieve the optimum results;  identifies, communicates and minimizes potential risks; communicates changes required to ensure project results conform to branding, quality, time and budgetary stipulations; solves any issues that arise; builds and maintains an appropriate relationship with collaborators/ partners; and ensures that the results of initiatives are comprehensible to management.

Job Responsibilities

Health Promotion Program and Information Development

  • Provide overall management and support for current and future assigned health promotion initiatives
  • Oversee the “Expert Angle” webinar series  including the recruitment and stewardship of speakers, promotion of service to the public and partners, and expanding the reach of the program across the country
  • Update and maintain relevant health information resource materials (i.e. workbooks, e-learning and social media content, resource lists, brochures, web content).
  • Develop and design, through research and partner collaboration, new health information resources and related promotional materials.
  • Act as staff resource to the Health Education Review Committee for meeting coordination for both scheduling health information content.
  • Identify and execute  new evidence-informed practices, resources and health promotion initiatives
  • Develop, implement and monitor (including an annual evaluation) an annual work plan for all assigned health promotion initiatives that reflects PCC’s national mission plan and national, regional and local needs and priorities
  • Provide technical assistance and strategic advice on health promotion capacity building
  • Other tasks, as required.

Partnerships & Stakeholder Relations

  • Establish new and strengthen existing relationships with both internal and external parties and fosters links in areas of mutual interest
  • Identify new partnership opportunities with key stakeholders and enhance existing programs and services
  • Represent PCC and promote  its mandate and strategic initiatives through presentations, attendance at conferences and other activities
  • Participate on committees and working groups, as appropriate
  • As primary liaison with key stakeholders, stewards relationships via excellent understanding of  program deliverables
  • Act as a resource and support to the Research, Health Promotion and Survivorship Team, PCC and key stakeholders in matters relating to Health Promotion initiatives and its stakeholders

Communications & Promotion

  • Act as expert resource in queries from the public, community organizations and health care professionals on assigned health promotion services and health information and deliver presentations to promote health promotion activities to the public,  volunteers, community groups and other agencies
  • In consultation with members of the Research, Health Promotion and Survivorship team and the Marketing and Communication department, develops and implements marketing/promotional plans for health promotion activities (i.e., newsletters, website content, articles)
  • Prepare updates and reports project progress for management, partners and stakeholders as required and provide recommendations for future planning
  • Deliver or monitor effective communication and collaboration between all collaborators and stakeholders ensuring that that all collaborators and stakeholders are kept fully informed and aligned and well informed of progress and any changes
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with PCC staff, committees, volunteers and stakeholders
  • Initiate conversations and manage communications in order to gather or share information as necessary
  • Provide scheduling, communication and monitoring to contractors and partners to verify timely delivery of work and provide additional clarification or guidance to PCC personnel, contractors and partners on tasking instructions, turn-around expectations, funding requirements, and other information, materials or resources needed.
  • Facilitate team and client meetings effectively.
  • Budget Monitoring
  • Prepare and track budget(s) of all assigned health promotion initiatives.
  • Track contractual obligations for projects, ensuring timely and accurate invoicing and payments, ensuring compliance with budget and reporting variances to Director, Support Services


  • In conjunction with the Senior Policy Analyst, develop robust evaluation metrics that encompass process, impact and outcome measures
  • Conduct evaluation of all assigned health promotion resources and services and provide reports on outcomes data and make recommendations for changes where and when required

Key Relationships

  • Director of Health Promotion and Survivorship
  • Research, Health Promotion and Survivorship Department at PCC
  • Marketing and Communications department at PCC
  • Contractors, partner organizations and key stakeholders as required for all assigned health promotion services

Specific Requirements

  • A degree (Master’s preferred) in public health, health promotion, behavioural sciences or related discipline is required, ideally with training in public health and adult education  (or appropriate combination of undergraduate degree and relevant experience)
  • Minimum of 8 to 10 years of experience in developing, implementing and evaluating health initiatives
  • Knowledge of health promotion and public health  program planning/evaluation theory and practice
  • Superior interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, including ability to write in clear and concise plain language
  • Expertise in networking and stakeholder relations required
  • Demonstrated experience conducting environmental scans, needs assessments and literature reviews
  • Superior interpersonal, teamwork and relationship building skills, to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships within PCC and its diverse networks and partners; represent PCC and promote its mandate and strategic initiatives through presentations, attendance at conferences and other activities
  • Effective consensus-building, facilitation, negotiation and consultation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to stay current in both health promotion and program design through best practices and identifying opportunities
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, arrange information and files in a useful manner and develop operating procedures and processes
  • Ability to work under pressure and respond to deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong critical and analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team and independently, using sound judgement
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office software
  • Experience in promoting health information and services through various channels (i.e. social media, online)
  • Ability to speak fluently in both official languages an asset

Please apply to with “Health Promotion Specialist” in the subject line by May 15, 2015.  Thank you for your interest; however, only those candidates moving forward in the process will be contacted.