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Coordinator, Screening Saves Lives Program, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division

Peel Region, Ontario
Deadline August 6, 2012

Regular, Full-time

Job Purpose
With direction from the Manager, Screening Saves Lives program, the Coordinator will raise awareness and educate members of the South Asian community in Peel Region 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 to work with their local communities and the formal health care system to encourage people to be screened. The Coordinator will establish a Community Advisory Group to inform the implementation and evaluation of the program. They will also be responsible for planning, coordinating, supporting, monitoring and evaluating Lay Health Educator volunteer activities and delivering presentations and displays to the community.

Duties & Responsibilities

Primary Functional Duties

  • Assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of a Lay Health Educator (LHE) volunteer-delivered program designed to increase breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening among South Asian communities in Peel Region.
  • Conduct a community assessment to identify the scope of community contacts and networks; analyze and evaluate activities to identify opportunities and growth potential.
  • Identify key stakeholders in the South Asian community and build and maintain effective working relationships with these organizations and stakeholders.
  • Establish, maintain and support a LHE network and Community Advisory Group.
  • Assist with the preparation of all relevant meetings and follow-up actions post meetings.
  • Recruit, train, support and supervise Lay Health Educators.
  • Develop and implement appropriate program action plans and strategies in consultation with the Manager, Screening Saves Lives Program.
  • Work closely with the Canadian Cancer Society staff in Georgetown, Dufferin Peel to create seamless and integrated processes for community engagement.
  • Work with community partners to develop and deliver cancer prevention and screening presentations/workshops
  • Using qualitative and quantitative data track, monitor and report program outcomes.
  • 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.


  • A Member of the target community and involved in the life of the community.
  • 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.
  • Strong public speaking and presentation 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.
  • Fluency in at least one South Asian language is an asset
  • Non-smoker.
  • A criminal record check is required.

Working Conditions

  • 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, excellent benefits 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 269, by August 6, 2012 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.