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Certified Respiratory Educator / Curriculum Developer, The Lung Association

Toronto, Ontario
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Position Title: Certified Respiratory Educator / Curriculum Developer
Location: Provincial Office – 18 Wynford Drive, Toronto
Reports To: Manager, Provider Education Program

About The Lung Association:

Breathing. It’s what unites us and it’s what keeps us pushing ahead, whether it’s searching for cures to lung diseases, helping people to quit smoking and ensuring that children never start, or fighting for clean air.

The Lung Association was originally founded to provide care for tuberculosis patients. Over the years, we’ve evolved to meet the changing needs of Canadians, expanding our focus to asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer and other forms of lung disease.

Today, The Lung Association is the leading organization working to promote lung health and prevent and manage lung disease. We do this by funding vital research, pushing for improved treatments and better policies, and helping patients manage their health.
We are helping all Canadians breathe.

Position Overview:

The Lung Association’s Provider Education Program (PEP) provides accredited workshops and tools geared to family physicians and allied health professionals to educate about and improve the diagnosis and management of respiratory diseases.  Working in consultation with the PEP Program Manager and subject matter experts, the Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE) is responsible for the development and revisions of content and materials for PEP workshops and programs.

The position is based in the Provincial Office in Toronto; however, programs are delivered throughout the Province of Ontario. Reporting to the Manager, Provider Education Program and working in consultation with the PEP Steering Committee, this position is an integral part of the Respiratory Health Programs area and works closely with other CRE’s and program staff in the Provincial Programs Department.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

Curriculum Development

  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of PEP workshop materials on Asthma, COPD and Spirometry in accordance with the current CTS Guidelines for Diagnosis and Management of Asthma in Preschoolers, Children and Adults; COPD Guidelines and ATS/ERS Guidelines for Spirometry;
  • Coordinate program accreditation through the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), and endorsement by the Ontario Thoracic Society(OTS) and Ontario Respiratory Care Society(ORCS);
  • Develop and update content for the PEP website, in order to provide central access to the PEP materials and updates;

Dissemination and Implementation

  • Contribute to the curriculum development, implementation and evaluation of educational programs and projects as determined by the PEP workplan.  Includes province-wide workshops, web-based CME, Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) etc;
  • Identify respiratory learning needs and propose solutions to issues identified by sites/ participants during the dissemination and implementation phases;
  • Maintain and update literature review of educational interventions and effective implementation strategies designed to increase health professionals’ knowledge and understanding in accordance with evidence-based  practice;
  • Coordinate PEP participation in conferences through booths, workshops and presentations and attend as required;

Collaboration, Communication and Linkages

  • Participate as a member of the PEP Committee and Expert Content Working Groups as assigned;
  • Recruit and develop guest speakers and facilitators;
  • Participate in PEP related meetings within the Asthma programs and external stakeholders as indicated;
  • As a member of the PEP team, participate in the planning of educational workshops and programs for the medical community to increase their knowledge of, and compliance with, the asthma and COPD guidelines;
  • Recruit and support guest speakers and facilitators.  Review program curriculum and format;
  • Contribute to the program proposals and reports.  Report on progress, workshop attendance and outcomes of the project by written reports to the Ontario Lung Association, Ontario Thoracic Society and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care;
  • As assigned, support the program promotional strategies; includes on and off-line marketing;
  • Collaborate with Lung Association staff and other stakeholders as indicated;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Competencies:

  • Must be a Certified Respiratory Educator in good standing;
  • Demonstrated skills in applying adult and paediatric education principles;
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the continuum of health care and the Chronic Disease Prevention Model;
  • Demonstrated skills in project and program coordination;
  • Demonstrated skills in online learning technology
  • Demonstrated excellence in written, verbal and presentation communication skills and effective listening skills;
  • Receptive to new ideas, flexibility;
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal relationships (professional, innovative, approachable);
  • Demonstrated organizational and problem solving skills;
  • Demonstrated excellence in critical thinking skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities, meet deadlines and operate within a budget;
  • Must possess excellent computer skills – experience with Microsoft Office programs such as Outlook, Power Point, Word, etc.;
  • Must be able to work in the Toronto office and travel regularly within Ontario;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and use of a personal vehicle.

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