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Coordinator, Screening Saves Lives Program, Canadian Cancer Society

Manitoulin Island, Ontario
Deadline December 14, 2011

1 year contract, full-time

Job Purpose

With direction from the Manager, Screening Saves Lives program, the Coordinator will continue raising awareness and educating members of the Manitoulin Island First Nation communities about the importance of breast, cervical and colon cancer screening.  The Coordinator will recruit and train Lay Health Educator volunteers–‘natural helpers’ such as relatives, friends, neighbours and co-workers- who will work with their local communities and the formal health care system to encourage people to be screened. The Coordinator will maintain and grow the Lay Health Educator volunteer network and Community Advisory Group. They will plan, coordinate, support, monitor and evaluate Lay Health Educator volunteer activities as well as plan and oversee a half- day follow up event to the 1st Aboriginal Approaches to Cancer Symposium for Manitoulin Island residents.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Primary Functional Duties

  • Continue implementation of the Lay Health Educator (LHE) volunteer-delivered program designed to increase breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening in North East Ontario.
  • Continue to identify the scope of community contacts and networks; plan and evaluate activities; and identify opportunities and growth potential.
  • Continue to grow, maintain and support the LHE network and Community Advisory Group.
  • Plan and oversee a half- day follow up event to the 1st Aboriginal Approaches to Cancer Symposium for Manitoulin Island residents
  • Assist with the preparation of all relevant meetings and follow-up actions post meetings.
  • Develop and implement appropriate program action plans and strategies in consultation with the Manager, Screening Saves Lives Program.
  • Recruit, train, support and supervise 20 to 30 LHE volunteers.
  • Work closely with the Canadian Cancer Society staff in Sudbury to create seamless and integrated processes for community engagement.
  • Capture and report LHE qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Provide regular progress updates; identify successes, issues and challenges; and identify tactics for dealing with challenges.
  • Prepare interim and final reports for the Manager and assist with any meeting/conference presentations.
  • Maximize use of existing Canadian Cancer Society volunteer development tools and resources.
  • Assist with the internal and external communication regarding program activities.
  • Other projects as assigned by the Manager, Screening Saves Lives program.

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.


  • Member of one of the seven First Nations communities within Manitoulin Island is preferred.
  • Solid understanding of the resources in the seven First Nation communities.
  • Demonstrated experience with volunteer management, health promotion and community capacity-building approaches and strategies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of adult education principles.
  • Post-secondary education preferably in social services, education or health sciences, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3 to 5 years experience working with community-based committees and organizations.
  • Experience with a multi-level non-profit or community health organization.
  • Strong ability to problem-solve and reach sound resolutions.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, time-management, strategic thinking and communication skills.
  • Valid driver’s licence and access to a vehicle, as extensive travel is required.
  • Computer literate, proficient in MSOffice (Word/Excel) and databases.
  • Knowledge of Canadian Cancer Society policies and procedures is an asset.
  • Bilingualism (English and Ojibwe) is an asset.
  • Non-smoker.
  • A criminal record check is required.

Working Conditions

  • Home based position but part of a team of Lay Health Educators working in Ontario North East.
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings and occasional weekends.
  • Handles multiple priorities and interactions with clients, both internal and external to the organization.
  • May work outdoors and be exposed to elements during key events.
  • Works with confidential issues and data.

Physical/Mental Requirements

  • May sit for extended periods.
  • May involve significant computer use.
  • May include event set-up/ take down and packing/unpacking materials.

Indirect Reports

  • Trained Lay Health Educator volunteers.

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 208, by December 14, 2011, to:

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

We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

For more information about how you can join the fight against cancer and become a member of our dynamic team, please visit our website at and visit the Careers section, found under About Us.

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