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Coordinator, Screening Saves Lives, Canadian Cancer Society

Markham/Toronto, Ontario
Deadline January 14, 2016

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:

Coordinator, Screening Saves Lives
Markham/Toronto, ON
Regular, Part-Time
Reference #: OHPE 658

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 Chinese communities in Markham about the importance of colon, breast, and cervical cancer screening. The Coordinator will recruit, train and support Health Ambassadors who will educate their peers and encourage them to be screened. The Coordinator and Health Ambassadors will also connect with local groups and organizations serving Chinese communities to facilitate workshops and attend community events. The Coordinator will work with local health and social service partners serving Chinese 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 Chinese communities in Markham.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Other projects as assigned

Health and Safety Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • A member or ally of the Chinese community in Markham and involved in the life of the community.
  • Knowledge and experience working with the target communities including a strong understanding of the culture, and 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.
  • Fluency in Cantonese and Mandarin is a strong asset.
  • 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 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 that encompasses a competitive salary in the high 20K 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 658 in the subject line of the email by January 14th 2016, 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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