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Request for Consultant Services--Program Coordinator, Families Get Together

Position Summary

Families Get Together is a one-year project of the West End Urban Health Alliance (WEUHA) Nutrition Affiliate, to be completed by February 28, 2007.  WEUHA Nutrition Affiliate has been funded to implement the project by the Canadian Diabetes Strategy - Community Based program, Public Health Agency of Canada.

Families Get Together will address childhood obesity and promote healthy weights among families with children 8-10 years old in order to decrease the incidence of type 2 diabetes.  The program will be piloted in each of the 6 Community Health Centres (CHCs) participating in the WEUHA - Nutrition Affiliate. The program will consist of 8 interactive sessions for 8 to 10 year olds and their parents including physical activity, nutrition education and self esteem. The final product will be a program manual that will be disseminated to other CHCs and organizations.

The project coordinator is responsible for the design and overall coordination, implementation and evaluation of the project in consultation with a steering committee including representatives from the WEUHA Nutrition Affiliate, an educator, parents and fitness instructor. 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Development of a communications framework with the steering committee to guide development, implementation and evaluation of the project
  • Plan and conduct a focus group with children 8 to 10 years old to inform the design of the program
  • Recruit fitness instructor and project evaluator
  • Design 8 participatory modules that include physical activity, healthy eating and self esteem for 8 to 10 years old children and their parents
  • Develop or select resource tools to be included in the in the program modules
  • Collaborate with the program evaluator to incorporate evaluation processes and materials into the program design
  • Develop key messages and standardized materials for outreach for the pilot programs; Support partner agencies with out-reach for pilot programs.
  • Coordinate implementation of the six pilots programs in collaboration with the 6 participating CHCs including Dietitian support to 2 of the pilot projects
  • Collaborate with graphic designer in the production of the final version of the program manual
  • Coordinate dissemination of the program through members of the WEUHA Nutrition Affiliate and other sources.
  • Prepare reports for the steering committee and funder as required, including a final report for the project.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Post graduate degree in Community Nutrition or Education preferred (or combination of relevant education and work experience)
  • Member or eligible for membership with the College of Dietitians of Ontario
  • Previous experience in program development, coordination and implementation preferably in a community setting
  • Experience managing program budgets
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with colleagues and community members
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with individuals and groups
  • Commitment to working with low income, multi-lingual and multi-racial communities using an anti-oppressive framework and practices
  • Demonstrated computer literacy and keyboarding skills
  • Demonstrated flexibility and responsiveness to community needs
  • Strong coordination and administrative skills including time management and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision

Compensation: To be negotiated
Expected Hours of Work: 21 hours/week for 12 months
Consultant is expected to work from their home office and has to be available to meet and deliver programs across the west end of Toronto.

Please submit an application package including resume, a summary of similar work, list of assumptions, 3 references and compensation expectations by email by March 23, 2007 to

Access Alliance Multicultural Community health Centre
340 College Street, Suite 500
Toronto, ON
Attention: Community Health Programs Manager
Fax: (416) 324-9074

AAMCHC is committed to the elimination of all forms of oppression and encourages applicants from equity seeking groups to apply.