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Director, Aboriginal Cancer Care Unit, Cancer Care Ontario

Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) is Ontario's authority on cancer information
and cancer practices, and is responsible for monitoring and ensuring
the quality of cancer care in the province. As the government's
principal adviser on cancer issues, CCO's mission is to improve the
performance of the cancer system by ensuring the best quality cancer
research, information, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and supportive
care for the people of Ontario.

The Aboriginal Cancer Care Unit focuses on the development of
strategies to facilitate cancer prevention amongst Aboriginal peoples.
The Unit employs a holistic approach to integrate work on prevention,
screening, access to care, surveillance and research.

The Division of Preventive Oncology is currently seeking a Director, Aboriginal Cancer Care Unit.

Reporting to the Vice President - Preventive Oncology, the Director of
the Aboriginal Cancer Care Unit (ACCU) will have primary responsibility
for providing visionary leadership in the ongoing development and
implementation of an Aboriginal cancer control strategy. The Director
will negotiate with provincial and federal governments for proper
resources to build the infrastructure to support an Aboriginal cancer
control strategy. This is done in partnership with the Joint Ontario
Aboriginal Cancer Care (JOACC) committee of Cancer Care Ontario. The
Director ensures that the implementation of the committee's
recommendations is consistent with the mandate of CCO, regional cancer
centres, and the Aboriginal communities.


  • University degree (preferably a Masters degree) in the Health, Social or Native Studies preferred
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in health and social
    services in the design, delivery, and evaluation of community-based and
    education awareness programs, or equivalent combination of education
    and experience
  • Extensive knowledge of Aboriginal health care issues, and the federal and provincial health care systems
  • Demonstrated skills in leadership, ability to foster partnerships with stakeholders, with creativity and innovation
  • Should be a credible public and professional representative for
    CCO and Aboriginal peoples on cancer issues with outstanding
    communications skills
  • Demonstrated strategic and community planner, with experience in
    planning, developing, promoting, implementing and evaluating programs
  • Ability to supervise professional and support staff, and to work
    collaboratively with colleagues within CCO and with outside partners,
    stakeholders and the Aboriginal community at large
  • Ability to plan, implement and evaluate cancer services as it relates to Aboriginal peoples culture
  • Ability to deal with contentious issues with diplomacy, tact and clarity
  • Ability to work with the Joint Ontario Aboriginal Cancer Care committee and other committees within and outside CCO
  • Possess an understanding and knowledge of First Nations
    governments, Aboriginal organizations and able to work within two
    cancer systems (CCO and First Nations governments/Aboriginal
    organizations health systems)
  • Understanding of Aboriginal peoples cultures throughout Ontario
  • Able to speak an Aboriginal language

Qualified individuals are invited to apply online at no later than January 23, 2006, or contact

Brenda McCarthy
Human Resources
Cancer Care Ontario
620 University Avenue, 12th Floor
Toronto ON M5G 2L7
Fax: (416) 340-3476

We prefer to receive applications online.

We thank all those who apply; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

We are an equal opportunity employer.