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Senior Manager, Run to Quit National Program, Canadian Cancer Society

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline September 11, 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:

Senior Manager, Run to Quit National Program
Toronto, ON
2 Year Contract, Full-time
Reference #: OHPE620

An Exciting Opportunity

Under the direction and with support of the Director, Cancer Prevention and Tobacco Control, the Manager, Run to Quit National Program is responsible for the operation and administration of the Run to Quit Program including budget management, stakeholder engagement, national committee coordination, program implementation, vendor management, and program evaluation and reporting.

Run to Quit is a program developed by the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division (CCSOD) and Running Room Canada (RR).  It will be rolled out nationwide with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), from January 2016 through to the fall of 2019.  It is a comprehensive health promotion initiative including direct-to-participant programming that supports smoking cessation and physical activity.  In addition, the program promotes smoking cessation and physical activity via a social marketing campaign while using a population-based incentive approach to engage Canadians in quitting smoking and getting active.  Finally, the program will culminate each year with a walk/run event in major municipalities.

Primary Responsibilities

Primary Functional Duties

  • Manage the Run to Quit program, ensuring that the program meets CCS and PHAC objectives and deliverables while engaging relevant stakeholders in the development through to program evaluation
  • Project manage overall Run to Quit initiative in partnership with Running Room Canada, Canadian Cancer Society offices across the country and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • Coordinates, with support from the marketing and communications departments, a mulit-year social marketing campaign that promotes physical activity and smoking cessation and participation in Run to Quit.
  • Work collaboratively with other CCS Ontario Division departments including marketing, information technology, Smokers’ Helpline, and finance to carry out various components of the program.
  • In partnership with the Quebec Division, to develop a French version of the Run to Quit program that is culturally relevant and accessible to all Francophone Canadians.
  • In partnership with CCS provincial divisions, engage and maintain partnerships with provincial healthcare and health promotion organizations including provincial Cessation Quitlines, governments and healthcare professional associations, among others.
  • Oversee the Run to Quit budget, while working with the CCSOD finance department to coordinate CCS division and partner funding disbursements, vendor procurement and payment and internal and external financial reporting. Provide regular updates and ensure consistent communication with internal and external stakeholders as the program progresses and expands.
  • Initiate opportunities to communicate Canadian Cancer Society mission priorities and participate in knowledge exchange and transfer activities that share learning, best practices and outcomes from Run to Quit with other stakeholders.
  • Liaise, develop relationships and work with Community Offices/Regions to better integrate the Run to Quit program in Ontario
  • Represent the department and/or the Society at relevant external meetings and committees, roundtables and conferences, workgroups and networks
  • Act as a media spokesperson for the Run to Quit program
  • Support Division projects and other projects/ duties as assigned

Staff Management Responsibilities

  • Recruit, engage and retain qualified employees to meet business priorities
  • Provide support and direction in the development, alignment and accomplishment of objectives through on-going performance feedback, recognition and coaching
  • Provide a safe and healthy work environment for team members and relevant stakeholders.  Ensure they work in compliance with The Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations and the Society’s Health & Safety Policy
  • Fiscal Management Responsibilities
  • Monitor program adherence to financial policies and controls
  • Ensure an adequate audit trail is in place to meet internal requirements
  • Determine expense projections as part of the budgeting process
  • Monitor expenditures against a plan and initiate remedial activity as required
  • Prepare and submit reports and budgets to external funders as required


  • Post-secondary education in the field of health promotion/sciences, social work, public health or related discipline
  • 3-5 years of experience working in the health promotion and/or healthcare sector, with demonstrated skills in stakeholder engagement, preferably in a mulita-level, non-profit or charitable setting
  • 1-2 years of management experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health promotion approaches and strategies related to cancer prevention. Knowledge of smoking cessation and/or physical activity an asset
  • Applied knowledge of program development and evaluation
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, strategic thinking and communication skills
  • Dynamic presentation and public relations skills
  • Ability to influence peers and those in more senior positions
  • Strong ability to problem-solve and reach sound resolutions.
  • Strong initiative and capacity to work independently, balanced with teamwork.
  • Flexibility and the ability to deal with competing priorities
  • Proficient in MSOffice (Word/Excel)
  • A criminal record check is required
  • Non-smoker

Working Conditions

  • Office environment
  • Intermittent evening and weekend work
  • Provincial Office based with frequent travel
  • May sit or stand for extended periods
  • May involve significant computer use
  • Occasional lifting, carrying and set-up of equipment/ materials for presentation

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 that encompasses a competitive salary in the mid 70K range 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 #OHPE620 in the subject line of the email by September 11, 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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