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Program Coordinator, Ontario Self-Help Network


Funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the Ontario Self-Help Network (OSHNET) is a program of the Self-Help Resource Centre of Greater Toronto (SHRC), designed to act as a resource to self-help groups and organizations as well as the public, Public Health Units, Community Health Centres and NGO sector across the province. OSHNET's mandate is to provide services which support the development of self-help/mutual aid initiatives throughout the province of Ontario. Services provided by OSHNET/SHRC include various areas of capacity building such as planning, evaluation, sustainability, community mobilization/animation, partnership development, change management, and volunteer development/management.
Reports to Executive Director


* Respond to requests for information (phone, e-mail, drop-in, correspondence) from provincial self-help initiatives (groups, networks, organizations and centers)

* Support the development of new self-help/mutual aid initiatives across Ontario

* Refer to and collaborate with OSHNET affiliates and other partners on resource development and training

* Coordinate OSHNET events such as the annual Ontario Self-Help Awareness Week

* Coordinate meetings with affiliates annually this may include travel to the affiliates or organizing inter-affiliate meetings

* Coordinate the research, production, and updating of OSHNET resources

* Coordinate timely distribution of OSHNET resources as requested

* Coordinate the promotion of OSHNET resources in the general and professional community

* Provide face-to-face consultations, workshops, and presentations both on- and off-site

* Encourage and support research on self-help in Ontario

* Represent OSHNET on relevant networks, committees and working groups

* Liaise with the Ontario Ministry of Health

* Work with provincial organizations on the promotion of self-help/mutual aid

* Coordinate the enhancement of on-line resource development and networking

* Coordinate the production and distribution of two annual editions of Self-Help Ontario, in print and on-line

* Contribute to other publications annually as outlined in OSHNET Annual Program Plan

* Participate in and present on self-help/mutual aid at conferences an symposia

* Plan, promote, and implement at least one annual networking/skill development symposia for volunteers and professionals working with self-help initiatives provincial self-help organizations

* Track and store statistics for all project activities

* Develop and submit monthly reports to the Executive Director

* Develop work plans, budgets and reports for the Ministry of Health

* Coordinate the evaluation of project activities

Other Responsibilities

* Provide information/referral in French

* Assist in supervising students

* Attend regular staff meetings

* Identify and develop collaborative project opportunities for SHRC/OSHNET

* Participate in other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

* committees relevant to furthering the goals of the OSHNET program

* Work as a member of the SHRC staff team in all the day to day work required to fulfill our mission


* Knowledge of self-help/mutual aid strategies

* Excellent written and oral communication skills

* Relevant health or social sciences degree with knowledge of health promotion

* Superior computer and Internet skills

* Bilingual in French and English a strong asset

* Excellent interpersonal skills

* Willingness and ability to travel

* Ability to multi-task

* Event planning and facilitation skills

* Knowledge of health sector


It is a full-time, contract position, filling a parental leave with annual salary of $43,000 and benefits. Start date is April 11, 2005.

Send resume by mail or fax only by March 9, 2005. No phone calls or e-mails please. We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those to be interviewed will be contacted.

Job Contact Information

Roya Rabbani

Executive Director

Self-Help Resource Centre of Greater Toronto

40 Orchard View Boulevard, Suite 219

Toronto, ON M4S 3H4

Fax: (416) 487-0344