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Aboriginal Screening Saves Lives Coordinator, Canadian Cancer Society

Hamilton, Ontario
Deadline July 20, 2015

Imagine working for an organization that exists to create a world where no Canadian has to fear cancer. At the Canadian Cancer Society, our teams include people just like you: dynamic, innovative, empowered, passionate and committed to creating real change.

As Canada’s largest national health charity and leader in the fight against cancer, the Canadian Cancer Society has had more impact in more communities than any other cancer charity:

We spearhead life-saving research. As the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada, the Society has invested more than one billion dollars in research so far, and efforts have led to breakthroughs that revolutionize the way cancer is diagnosed, treated and prevented.

We empower people facing cancer with free information and support services for patients and their families. Since 1996 the Canadian Cancer Society Cancer Information Service has helped more than one million Canadians with their cancer-related questions.

We lead change for a healthier Ontario. The Canadian Cancer Society has been a forceful and persistent voice on the tobacco control front, and efforts have led to laws that prohibit smoking in public spaces and workplaces, ban cigarette displays and vending machines and help control contraband.

The Society also mobilizes a community of fighters – 60,000 volunteers in Ontario alone – to help deliver programs, organize fundraising events, push change through government and fuel prevention efforts.

All of this is made possible through our ground-breaking fundraising programs and campaigns such as Relay For Life and Daffodil Month, as well as the unwavering support of our corporate partners and donors.

Be part of our team and make the biggest difference in the fight against cancer as a:

Aboriginal Screening Saves Lives Coordinator
Hamilton, ON
Regular, Full-Time
Reference #: OHPE 608

An Exciting Opportunity

Screening Saves Lives is a health promotion program that aims to increase colon, breast, and cervical cancer screening rates in Ontario’s under and never screened population. The program is based on a peer to peer model that empowers community-based volunteers known as Health Ambassadors to inform their friends, families, colleagues and social networks about the importance of colon, breast, and cervical cancer screening in an effort to increase participation in province-wide screening programs.

With direction from the Manager, Screening Saves Lives, the Coordinator will raise awareness and educate members of the Aboriginal communities in North Hamilton and The Core about the importance of colon, breast, and cervical cancer screening. The Coordinator will recruit, train and support Health Ambassadors who will educate their peers such as relatives, friends, neighbours, and co-workers and encourage them to be screened. The Coordinator and Health Ambassadors will also connect with local Aboriginal groups and organizations to facilitate workshops and attend community events to further reach members of the communities. The Coordinator will work with local health and social service partners serving Aboriginal communities to inform the implementation and evaluation of the program, tailor existing program resources and to create new project materials and community engagement tactics.  

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of a peer-based program designed to increase colon, breast, and cervical cancer screening among Aboriginal peoples in Hamilton’s downtown core.
  • Complete a community asset map to identify potential contacts and networks that could provide opportunities for program promotion and delivery.
  • Establish a committee of community members to shape and inform program implementation.  
  • Recruit, train, support and supervise Health Ambassadors.
  • Work with internal departments, community partners and external organizations to support the development of new materials and tailoring of existing program resources to ensure relevance and appropriateness.
  • Collect qualitative and quantitative data to track, monitor, and report program outcomes.
  • Work closely with Hamilton’s CCS community office to create seamless and integrated processes to engage Aboriginal peoples in cancer prevention and early detection.
  • Identify opportunities for meaningful collaboration and liaise with the health and social service system to encourage and support people to be screened.
  • Provide regular progress updates; identify successes, issues and challenges; and identify tactics for dealing with challenges.
  • Prepare reports and assist with planning and facilitating meetings and conference presentations.
  • Assist with internal and external communication regarding program activities, as well as manage and update online program content.
  • Other projects as assigned
  • Work in compliance with the provisions of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations
  • Review and comply with the Canadian Cancer Society’s health & safety policy


  • Post-secondary education preferably in social services, education, health sciences, health communication or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 2-3 years of experience working with community-based committees and organizations.
  • Experience working with Aboriginal communities in Hamilton’s downtown core, including an awareness of current issues and trends impacting these communities.
  • Demonstrated experience with volunteer engagement, health promotion and community capacity-building approaches and strategies.
  • Strong public speaking and dynamic presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to lead the development of an effective social media strategy through sound knowledge of social media tools and techniques
  • Experience working within a multi-level, non-profit community organization is an asset.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of adult education principles.
  • Strong ability to problem-solve and reach sound resolutions.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, time-management, strategic thinking and communication skills.
  • Access to reliable public or private transportation.
  • Advanced computer skills, proficient in MSOffice (Word/Excel/PowerPoint/Outlook) and databases.
  • A criminal record check is required.
  • Non-smoker.

Working Conditions

  • Office environment.
  • May sit for extended periods, significant computer use
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings and occasional weekends in order to meet the demands of the community
  • May work outdoors and be exposed to elements during key events
  • May require lifting and transporting materials up to 20 lbs.
  • May include event set-up/ take down and packing/unpacking materials

What We Offer

The Society offers meaningful opportunities to make an impact in the fight against cancer.  We are committed to fostering a culture that is inspiring, supportive and exemplifies our core values:

Caring   Courage   Integrity   Progressive

In return for your contributions, we offer an attractive compensation package in the mid to high 40k range, excellent benefits, and the opportunity to have a rewarding employment experience where your contributions can make a true difference every day.

How to Apply

Qualified non-smokers are invited to send their resume and cover letter, quoting the reference #OHPE 608 in the subject line of the email by July 20th, 2015, 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.

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

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