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National Diabetes Project Coordinator, Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (ALCOA)

3 days per week, 30 month contract available immediately

ALCOA, a partnership of organizations and individuals having interest in the field of aging, encourages older Canadians to maintain and enhance their well-being and independence through a lifestyle that embraces daily physical activities. ALCOA envisions a society where all older Canadians are leading active lifestyles thereby contributing to their physical and overall well-being.

The Diabetes Project Coordinator will work with the Executive Director and the Diabetes Advisory Committee in carrying through the Diabetes project 'Active Living and Diabetes, A Prescription for Change among Older Canadians,' a 30 month project made possible through the Canadian Diabetes Strategy - Prevention and Promotion Contribution Program of Health Canada


Using ALCOA's proposal and workplan as a base, the Diabetes Project Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the following activities:

* Oversee the implementation of ALCOA's Diabetes Project within the budget, in consultation with the Executive Director and Diabetes Advisory Committee

* Coordinate with the project consultant to implement the needs assessment and environment scan

* Coordinate and produce the diabetes specific components of the Community Presenter's and Training kit.

* Coordinate and support the Diabetes Advisory Committee including coordinating meetings and conference calls, taking meeting minutes, developing and distributing materials to members and arranging travel

* Oversee and coordinate the training of 8-10 trainers including content, logistics, and guest speakers in consultation with the Advisory Committee

* Act as a liaison for trainers to help them coordinate their community training of peer presenters by referring them to ALCOA groups willing to host the training, providing potential presenter contacts and assisting where feasible

* In consultation with the Advisory Committee, prepare, coordinate and deliver a presentation for ALCOA members at their AGM in June 2001 and a follow-up workshop at their National Forum in May 2002

* Work with the Marketing and Communications Coordinator to develop a Diabetes section of the ALCOA Website

* Work with the Marketing and Communications Coordinator to develop communication pieces to support the strategic areas of ALCOA with respect to Diabetes, healthy eating and active living

* Work with the Research Committee in the development of a Diabetes and Healthy Lifestyle for Older Adults Research Update in Clear language with insert for older adults

* Responsible for regular communication of project updates, results and practical implications to ALCOA's partners, stakeholder organizations and Health Canada

* Collect data for evaluation purposes throughout the project and assist the evaluator with focus groups

* Other duties as assigned and appropriate to skills and experience


The successful applicant must be flexible and adaptable as this position includes a wide range of responsibilities. The incumbent will be a self-starter who learns quickly, works well independently and has 3-5 years of relevant experience.

* Experience working with older adults and / or in health promotion a definite asset

* Experience in a non-profit organization a definite asset

* Previous project management experience required

* Experience and knowledge of Diabetes among Older Adults or willingness to learn required

* Working knowledge of MS Office 2000, experience with the Internet, e-mail and database software

* Excellent written and verbal communications skills

* Exceptional organizational and coordination skills and attention to detail

* Working knowledge of both official languages an asset

* Post Secondary Education in a health related field required.

The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively in a dynamic, flexible organizational setting.

Occasional evening and weekend work required. Occasional travel within Canada necessary. Applicants understand the importance of active living and healthy eating for older adults and preferably lead a healthy active lifestyle. You are encouraged to visit our Website at

Please send resume with a covering letter stating salary expectation no later than March 23, 2001 to

Diana Dampier, Executive Director, Fax: 416-423-2112, or [email protected] (MS Word or Rich Text format only)

The ALCOA office is located at 33 Laird Drive in Toronto, Ontario.