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Epidemiologist, Canadian Cancer Society

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline February 12, 2012

1 year Contract

Every three minutes, another Canadian is 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.

Job Purpose

The epidemiologist position with the Canadian Cancer Society in Ontario has been created to build division-based expertise in the area of cancer statistics interpretation and analysis. In addition this position will enhance the capacity to undertake evidence review, analyze priority populations and provide critical support to the broader public affairs and revenue development portfolios.

Duties & Responsibilities

Primary Functional Duties

  • Analyze and interpret cancer statistics trends within the Ontario population, including comparisons of regional data and information.
  • Assess Ontario cancer system indices to strengthen linkages and improve targeting of relevant CCS programs and activities.
  • Critically evaluate research studies to inform division-based position statements, policy development and prevention-related initiatives.
  • Expand knowledge of priority populations and develop accompanying briefing materials to help direct program development and communication activities for the populations of interest.
  • Provide in house expertise to support the needs and outcomes associated with the Ontario Division strategic plan and prepare reports to enable decision-making processes.
  • Utilize expertise to inform the goals and activities of the Leadership Philanthropy teams, as well as other Ontario Division portfolios.
  • Liaise with the Society’s national policy team on mutual priorities in cancer control and collaborate on specific projects, as appropriate.
  • Liaise with external provincial partners and organizations as required.
  • Other initiatives as assigned by the Senior Manager, Research.

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.


  • Graduate degree in epidemiology (PhD considered an asset). Candidates with an acceptable level of education and practical experience are encouraged to apply.
  • 5-7 years of ongoing professional development in the analysis of health-related research.  
  • Above average knowledge of the cancer control spectrum and the fields of population health and epidemiology and familiarity with cancer surveillance.
  • Exceptional statistical analysis as well as research and online search skills
  • Exceptional critical thinking skills
  • Familiarity with Ontario and national health datasets/databases (e.g. CSQI, ICES, CIHI)
  • Strong self-management skills and the ability to effectively problem-solve
  • Highly motivated with excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, strategic thinking skills.
  • Flexibility, ability to deal with competing priorities.
  • Experience with a multi-level non-profit or community health organization.
  • A criminal record check is required.
  • Non-smoker.

In return for your contributions, we offer a very attractive compensation package, which encompasses a salary starting in the mid 60K 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 229 by February 12, 2012, to:

Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division
Human Resources Department

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.