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Manager of Allocations and Health Promotion, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region

Posted date: July 10, 2008
Closing date: July 23, 2008
Reports to:   Director of Allocations and Health Promotion
Status:  Full-Time, 1 year Maternity Leave Contract
Location:  Toronto, Ontario


Established in 1986, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) is the leading national volunteer-based organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer. The Foundation works collaboratively to fund, support and advocate for relevant and innovative breast cancer research; meaningful education and awareness programs; early diagnosis and effective treatment; and a positive quality of life for those living with breast cancer.

At an operational level, the Foundation carries out its work across Canada through the efforts of its five business units and their staff and volunteer resources: four regional offices in Atlantic Canada, Ontario, Prairies/NWT and BC/Yukon, and one Central Office in Toronto.

The Ontario Region is the largest of the Foundation's four regional offices.  The Allocations and Health Promotion departments are the primary mechanisms through which the Ontario Region carries out its cause-related work.  The Ontario Region has active grant programs managed by the Allocations department that fund research projects, fellowships, community health promotion projects and strategic initiatives, and allocated a total of $10.1 million in 2007-08.  In addition, the Ontario Region also undertakes health promotion initiatives that include breast health and breast cancer resource development and distribution, development of breast health and breast cancer messaging, and other programming.

Position Summary:

The Manager of Allocations and Health Promotion works with other members of the Allocations and Health Promotion departments to evaluate and develop both new and existing grant and health promotion programs.  This position is a 1 year maternity leave replacement, and a primary focus of the work during this time frame is the establishment of program evaluation frameworks and benchmarks for the existing grant programs, as well as provide evaluation expertise and support to the ongoing development and implementation of department policy and programming. The position functions with the highest standards of performance to carry out assigned responsibilities in relation to the Foundation's mission, goals, and viability.  The working culture is one of learning, openness, service to stakeholders, teamwork and collaboration.   


  • Works with the Allocations team to develop evaluation frameworks for the Region's grant programs that will enable the establishment of program benchmarks and ongoing program evaluation.
  • Provides leadership to the development and implementation of new allocation and health promotion program directions and initiatives arising from previous evaluation initiatives, and the Up Front: New Perspectives on Breast Cancer project.
  • Acts as a subject matter resource to the Allocations and Health Promotion team with respect to evaluation activities.
  • Identifies and provides advice on emerging trends and policy and program issues as they relate to health planning and policy.
  • Develops requests for programs to external consultants, and participates in the review of submissions for requests for proposals.
  • Provides leadership to consultant recruitment and management, serving as the key day-to-day contact to external consultants.
  • Prepares reports and briefing documents for the Region Board of Directors and Board Committees relating to program development and evaluation initiatives.
  • Attends Board Committee meetings to provide information and support related to program development and evaluation initiatives as required.
  • Meets with external stakeholders as required.
  • Presents updates related to program development and evaluation initiatives at Region staff meetings and Committee meetings.
  • Actively supports the Foundation's culture of philanthropy and service delivery within the context of its mission.
  • Actively supports the Foundation's culture of health promotion within the context of its mission.
  • Participates as a member of the larger Regional staff team.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Required Qualifications and Abilities:


  • Master's degree in a related area
  • Minimum of five years' experience in program evaluation, or at a management level in grant-making or health promotion
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point)


  • Research experience, or experience managing research projects
  • Health and/or research program and policy planning experience in a not-for-profit environment
  • Experience working with volunteer committees, including work with Board committees
  • Demonstrated expertise in health/health promotion program planning and implementation
  • Program development experience in a not-for-profit environment
  • Supervisory experience including oversight of staff or contract employees and/or  consultants
  • Experience with organization and/or systems change management
  • Experience in project management
  • Experience in a collaborative team environment
  • Superior analytical skills
  • Superior written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking ability
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and within a team environment
  • Sound judgment and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Willingness to carry out all levels of the task at hand
  • Ability to adapt to change and shifting priorities
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Ability to understand the breast cancer environment and CBCF's role in it

Desirable Qualifications and Abilities

  • Knowledge of French

To Apply:

If you are confident that your skills and experience make you the ideal candidate for this position, please forward a cover letter and resume by 5:00 pm EST Wednesday, July 23, 2008 to: or fax to (416)815-1766.