Coordinator, Health Promotion
Canadian Cancer Society - Langley, BC

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Fraser Valley Region (Langley Office)
Regular Full Time, 35 hours per week

Reporting to the Regional Director, and contributing to the Division-wide Prevention Team, this position is accountable for effectively coordinating, implementing, and mobilizing cancer prevention initiatives. Particular emphasis will be on engaging communities to create supportive environments for cancer prevention, providing health education around the risk factors, and advocating to municipal and provincial governments and institutions for legislative and policy change in support of healthy public policies. These accountabilities are achieved through a combination of community action, advocacy, and public education.


1. Coordinates, Implements, and mobilizes prevention strategies

  • Participates in setting and achieving regional goals, outcomes and indicators that are aligned with the overall Prevention Strategy and Strategic Plan.
  • Ensures that all programs are delivered in accordance with Division or national standards;
  • Participates in Division initiatives to revise or enhance existing Health Promotion activities; to design new activities; and to conduct regular evaluations of activities;
  • Conducts environmental scans of communities to identify community assets and resources, and understands emerging issues and opportunities for action.
  • Engages communities to facilitate community mobilization and helps build community capacity around cancer prevention issues that fit within CCS mandates and priorities.
  • Advocates for healthy public policies that are consistent with the CCS Strategic Plan.
  • Partners and collaborates with communities on healthy living initiatives and advocates for healthy public policies that are consistent with the CCS Strategic Plan.
  • Seeks partnership opportunities with other organizations and groups to promote the Regions’ Health Promotion activities.
  • Facilitates public educational opportunities.
  • Maintains effective linkages with community leaders and other key health promotion stakeholders.
  • Maintains effective linkages and integration with all other CCS departments, as appropriate.
  • Coordinates the regional field work of division-wide cancer prevention initiatives as needed.
  • Keeps current with emerging cancer prevention issues, evidence and information (including statistics).
  • Applies determinants of health framework and uses best practices in delivering health promotion activities and initiatives.
  • Works with the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator and/or leadership volunteers to recruit and train volunteers at the regional and unit level to support cancer prevention activities and initiatives.
  • Liaises with the Cancer Control Department in the development of materials and resources needed.
  • Tracks health promotion activities (community action, advocacy, and public education) and initiatives within the region for reporting and evaluation purposes.
  • Liaises with the Marketing and Communication Department, and acts as a local spokesperson in media and other public forums, in relation to cancer prevention issues, as appropriate.
  • Supports donor development by incorporating effective health promotion messaging in fund raising events and by working with Revenue Development to ensure effective cases for support.

2. Community Action

  • Using a community development approach, seeks opportunities within communities (geographic, cultural, workplaces etc.) to engage citizens with strengthening and building upon identified needs as they relate directly to the Prevention Strategy and/or the Strategic Plan.

3. Advocacy

  • Works with community partners, stakeholders, and municipal and provincial governments to advocate for legislative change and healthy public policies related to cancer control.

4. Public Education

  • Plans, coordinates and facilitates delivery of public education activities (including workshops and displays) to diverse and targeted populations.

5. Ensures effective administration of the portfolio

  • Develops and manages regional health promotion budget
  • Collects and analyses data from Regional Health Promotion activities to identify areas for improvement and areas for growth;
  • Provides reports as required; Reports on the progress of Health Promotion component of the Region’s annual Integrated Plan, including compilation of statistical and other reports

6. Accountable for performing other job duties as required


1. Understanding of the Society’s strategic direction, Prevention Strategy, general policies and goals.
2. Understanding of volunteer and staff partnerships.
3. Understanding of matrix reporting relationships in a regionally based organization.
4. Strong organizational skills.
5. Ability to work simultaneously on a variety of projects within tight deadlines.
6. Ability to motivate and inspire individuals, communities, and governments toward change.
7. Ability to communicate effectively with government agencies, community leaders, and other community partners.
8. Excellent problem-solving, diplomacy, and conflict resolution skills.
9. Strong team building skills.
10. Working knowledge of MS Office (Word/Excel/PowerPoint).
11. Ability to work effectively with diverse populations, organizations, and stakeholders, including the media.
12. Ability to travel regionally, and within the province, as required.
13. Ability to work variable hours, including weekends and evenings.
14. Must value teamwork.
15. Must value volunteer engagement.


  • University degree in the area of health sciences, social sciences, political science, public administration, adult education, community development or related discipline.
  • 3 to 5 years experience in health promotion, community development, or related field.
  • Experience with health promotion and/or advocacy and/or public policy/government relations initiatives; Experience working with and mobilizing volunteers.
  • Demonstrated superior verbal and written communication skills, presentation skills, excellent group facilitation and public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively partner and collaborate with other organizations.
  • Valid BC Driver’s Licence with the ability to travel regionally or provincially, and work flexible hours.
  • Knowledge of how communities function.
  • Ability to access community resources.
  • Knowledge of issues related to chronic disease prevention, the population health approach, and determinants of health.
  • Non-profit experience and/or work in a government or healthcare environment.
  • Extensive experience working with volunteers is desirable.

Interested applicants please submit your cover letter and resume in one document no later than Friday, May 31, 2013.

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