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Stroke Prevention Project Coordinator, Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse

(Contract position)

Project overview:

The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC), Community and Health Promotion Branch has requested the Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse (OPC) to play a role in supporting the implementation of health promotion and primary prevention components within the Ontario Stroke Strategy. OPC is contracted to respond to community needs for training, consultation, resource dissemination and networking to help contribute to the enhancement of stroke prevention activities.

OPC is a bilingual organization with a multidisciplinary focus on health promotion, now in its 15th year as a health promotion leader in Ontario. We support individuals and organizations in partnership with communities to stimulate and foster health promotion, by facilitating exchange of information, providing training and consultation, making referrals and supporting networks.

In this project, OPC will assess needs by consulting with key stroke prevention and care agencies (e.g., Heart and Stroke Foundation, regional stroke care centres), agencies and coalitions involved in chronic disease prevention (e.g., Heart Health Resource Centre, heart health coalitions, public health units, community health centres), and Provincial staff. From this, appropriate interventions -- training, facilitation, strategy support -- will be developed and delivered to help communities, health promotion agencies, and primary caregivers increase their capacity to effectively incorporate stroke prevention activities into their practices.

In delivering this project, OPC will work with other health promotion resource centres in Ontario to recommend options for supporting communities to deliver stroke prevention activities on an ongoing basis.

Project budget is $200,000. The project time frame is immediate, with an end date of early fall (no later than October 31, 2001). This work will involve some travel in the province of Ontario. This is a full-time position with salary equivalent to $50,000 per annum plus benefits.

The Coordinator will work at OPC at 180 Dundas Street West in Toronto, and will be supported by health promotion consultants at OPC for the duration of the project. This position reports to the Acting Executive Director of OPC.

Position Description:

The stroke prevention coordinator will coordinate and ensure implementation of this project. S/he will also deliver components of the project. The work will involve

* Consultation with health staff who are or could be contributing to stroke prevention in Ontario

* Project management (e.g., refining deliverables, setting schedules, managing resource assignments, monitoring spending and revising budget)

* Overseeing the design of responsive, tailored services based on the outcomes of the project's preliminary consultation; overseeing delivery of these services and production of related resources to assist organizations and communities to increase their capacity to integrate stroke prevention activities into health promotion practice

* Designing and implementing appropriate evaluation methods

* Contracting, supporting and supervising short-term, part-time staff or consultants (e.g., facilitators, trainers)

* Writing reports

* Facilitating development of long-term health promotion and stroke prevention strategies for potential incorporation in the Ontario Stroke Strategy, especially components to be implemented by Ontario's health promotion resource centres


* Proven project planning and project management ability

* Extensive knowledge of community development, community mobilization, and health promotion concepts

* Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills, including experience writing for multiple audiences and proficiency in English

* Demonstrated ability to successfully work with a wide variety of sectors and partners, and to negotiate collaboration

* Experience in the non-profit sector, preferably in Ontario, and preferably in networks involving stroke prevention or chronic disease prevention

* Demonstrated skills in group facilitation and process, training or adult education, preferably related to health promotion

* Experience producing health promotion and/or training resources

* Ability to use electronic tools effectively for communication

* Experience supporting staff, volunteers or contracted consultants to deliver services

* Sensitivity to Franco-Ontarian community issues

The following assets are preferred

* Written and spoken proficiency in French, and knowledge of Franco-Ontarian communities French-Canadian culture

* Knowledge of and sensitivity to Ontario's diverse ethnoracial communities

* Experience and established networks in stroke prevention, heart health or chronic disease prevention and health promotion

* Experience hiring staff or contracting consultants and providing supervision to staff

Interested applicants should send cover letter and resume to

Stroke Prevention Coordinator

c/o OPC

180 Dundas Street West, Suite 1900

Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8

Fax: (416) 408- 2122

Deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, March 12, 2001. We regret that only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.