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Communications Coordinator (Smokers’ Helpline), Canadian Cancer Society

Hamilton, Ontario
Deadline August 26, 2011

Every three minutes, another Canadian in faced with fighting cancer. Join the Canadian Cancer Society’s fight against cancer by helping us do everything we can to prevent cancer, save lives and support those living with cancer. You’ll be part of a passionate team determined to change lives and make a difference in the cancer fight.

Full-time, Contract ending March 31, 2012 (possibility of extension)

Job Purpose

Under the direction of the Senior Manager, Community Integration & Promotion, Smokers’ Helpline, the Coordinator, Communications is responsible for supporting the overall goals and communication activities of the Canadian Cancer Society Smokers’ Helpline and The Driven to Quit Challenge.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Primary Functional Duties

Primary Duties

  • Support the roles and activities of the Senior Manager Community Integration and Promotion, and Senior Coordinator, Communications in the areas of:
  • internal and external communications
  • public relations and media relations
  • marketing and advertising
  • publication coordination
  • vendor relations
  • communicating with key stakeholders
  • annual communications plans
  • Driven to Quit Challenge campaign
  • special projects

Additional duties:

  • writing for various formats, including media materials, reports, the web, project plans and briefs
  • Research and synthesize information
  • Assist with proactive media outreach and participate in media interviews
  • Participate in campaign planning, strategizing, execution and measurement
  • Participate in event planning and execution
  • Assist with a social media campaign
  • Monitor and internally disseminate media coverage for Smokers’ Helpline and other related programs/campaigns
  • Coordinate the distribution of PSAs and media releases with appropriate internal departments
  • Assist in maintaining province-wide media relationships through regular communication and updated media kits
  • Assist with regional promotion activities (as needed) including public speaking & event participation
  • Maintain inventory of promotional product and other program materials
  • Coordinate participation in various conferences and events
  • Other duties as assigned by the Manager/Senior Coordinator, Communications

Health and Safety Responsibilities

  • Work in compliance with the provisions of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations (Use or wear any protective equipment or devices required, report any incidents and unsafe conditions to your manager, and do not use equipment or work in any way that may endanger any worker or volunteer)
  • Review and comply with the Canadian Cancer Society’s health & safety policy


  • Post-secondary education in public relations, marketing, advertising, communications or a related field and a minimum 1-2 years related experience in public relations or communications
  • Experience with a multi-level non-profit or community health organization an asset
  • Knowledge of tobacco control issues and strategies an asset
  • Superior writing, editing and proof reading skills
  • High level of word processing, database and spreadsheet computer skills and experience, particularly with MS Office
  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite an asset
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, strategic thinking and communication skills
  • Excellent customer-service skills
  • Highly motivated and results oriented
  • Able to learn quickly and work in a fast-paced, demanding setting
  • Strong ability to problem-solve and reach sound resolutions
  • Flexibility, ability to deal with competing priorities, impeccable time-management and multi-tasking skills
  • Flexibility to work some evening/weekends and to travel within the province
  • Valid driver’s licence, access to a reliable vehicle and the ability to travel
  • Bilingual in French and English an asset
  • Knowledge of Canadian Cancer Society policies, procedures and terms of reference an asset
  • Non-smoker
  • A criminal record check is required

Working Conditions:

  • Works independently/Works as part of multidisciplinary team, including remote colleagues
  • Collaborates with other members of the team in order to leverage opportunities
  • Handles multiple priorities and interactions with many partners and liaisons, both internal and external to the organization
  • Responds to inquiries from the general public (in person, on phone or via e-mail)
  • Occasional evening and weekend work as needed
  • Works under tight deadlines
  • Some travel required within Ontario
  • Works with confidential issues and data
  • Frequent meetings with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Physical/Mental Requirements
  • Sits for extended periods
  • Involves significant computer use
  • Includes set up and take-down at events
  • May require packing and unpacking of materials up to 20 lbs.
  • Requires high degree of focus and concentration

In return for your contributions, we offer a very attractive compensation package, which encompasses a salary starting in the low 40K range and the chance to work in a supportive and progressive environment. Qualified non-smokers are invited to send their resume and cover letter, quoting job# OHPE-168, by August 26, 2011, to:

Human Resources
Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division
55 St. Clair Ave. W, Suite 500
Toronto, ON M4V 2Y7

The Canadian Cancer Society thanks all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Canadian Cancer Society provides equal opportunity in employment and encourages applications from all qualified persons.