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Project Coordinator, School-based Policy Framework for the Champlain District

Position Title:  Project Coordinator
Project Title:  School-based Policy Framework for the Champlain District (an initiative of the Champlain CVD Prevention Network)

Scheduled Hours of Work:    22.5 to 37.5 hours per week
Term: Contract 3-6 months; Possibility to extend to June 2009 as part of a maternity leave opportunity with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (see below for more information)     
Compensation Type: Salary

Location:  Ottawa (travel within Champlain District required)
Immediate Supervisor: TBD

Application Deadline:  February 25, 2008

Apply by email to Micheline Turnau at   Thank you in advance for your interest. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Champlain Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Network

The Champlain Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Network (CCPN) is a group of health and community partners dedicated to the development of an integrated system of excellence in CVD prevention for Champlain District that acts as a model for Ontario and Canada.  The CCPN was created in November 2005 following a one-year strategic planning process.  The Network provides leadership to the implementation of a 5-year strategic plan aimed at reducing the burden of CVD and its associated risk factors in the Champlain District.
Champlain Healthy School-aged-Children Initiative

The Champlain Healthy School-aged Children Initiative is one of six CCPN Priority Initiatives.  A working committee has formed to catalyze the development of a region-wide strategy aimed at enabling children (aged 4 to 18) living in the Champlain District to make healthy eating and physical activity part their daily habits.  This will be achieved through a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach targeting home, school, and community environments.  The School-based Policy Framework project is one activity being undertaken by the Champlain Healthy School-aged Children committee.

Project Leader, School-based Policy Framework

Position Description

As part of the Champlain Healthy School-aged Children Committee, the Project Leader will provide leadership to the development of an overarching physical activity and nutrition policy framework for the 9 school boards and over 470 schools across the Champlain District.  The overall goal is to establish an agreed upon approach to physical activity and nutrition policies that all 9 Champlain school boards can commit to implementing.  

General Responsibilities:

Leadership to Champlain Healthy School-aged Children Committee

  • Serve as the Project Leader of the School-based Policy Framework for the Champlain District.
  • Establish and lead an advisory committee with leaders from education, health and the community.  This includes:
    • Identifying leaders in education, health and the community who can play a role with the advisory committee;
    • Liaising with Champlain Healthy School-aged Children Committee members;
    • Arranging and preparing meeting agendas, minutes, presentations, and other materials as required; and,
    • Conducting/ supporting formative research for the work of the advisory committee as required.
  • Work with the Champlain Healthy School-aged Children Committee to establish an evaluation framework.

Development of Policy Framework

  • Conduct background research to develop rationale, overall direction and suggested thematic areas for inclusion in the policy framework.
  • Draft policy templates and guidelines.  This includes:
    • Identifying an overarching vision and key thematic areas to be addressed; and,
    • Establishing high-level strategic statements.
  • Establish initial level consensus on overall policy framework approach with key stakeholders.
  • Refine policy templates to meet the needs of all school boards.
  • Engage and solicit input from advisory committee members as needed and as appropriate.

Community Liaison

  • Build and establish relationships amongst CCPN partners, and within the Champlain education, public health and community sectors.
  • Conduct research and consult with school boards and public health units to support the development and adoption of a Champlain-wide school-based policy framework.
  • Liaise with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario with regards to the opportunity to extend the length of the project lead contract as the Community Mission Specialist (see below for details).


  • Related post secondary education in health-related field (public health, dietician, nursing, health promotion) or education;
  • Knowledge of the education setting;
  • Knowledge of and/ or experience in chronic disease prevention & management/ health promotion is considered an asset;
  • Experience in policy development and/ or implementation is considered an asset;
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills in both official languages;
  • Solid project management, planning, and organizational skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills;
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive and effective internal and external working relationships;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently; and,
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.