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Manager, Screening Saves Lives Program, Canadian Cancer Society

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline May 6, 2013

Imagine working for an organization that exists to create a world where no Canadian has to fear cancer. At the Canadian Cancer Society, our teams include people just like you: dynamic, innovative, empowered, passionate and committed to creating real change.

As Canada’s largest national health charity and leader in the fight against cancer, the Canadian Cancer Society has had more impact in more communities than any other cancer charity:

  • We spearhead life-saving research. As the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada, the Society has invested more than one billion dollars in research so far, and efforts have led to breakthroughs that revolutionize the way cancer is diagnosed, treated and prevented.
  • We empower people facing cancer with free information and support services for patients and their families. Since 1996 the Canadian Cancer Society Cancer Information Service has helped more than one million Canadians with their cancer-related questions.
  • We lead change for a healthier Ontario. The Canadian Cancer Society has been a forceful and persistent voice on the tobacco control front, and efforts have led to laws that prohibit smoking in public spaces and workplaces, ban cigarette displays and vending machines and help control contraband.

The Society also mobilizes a community of fighters – 60,000 volunteers in Ontario alone – to help deliver programs, organize fundraising events, push change through government and fuel prevention efforts.

All of this is made possible through our ground-breaking fundraising programs and campaigns such as Relay For Life and Daffodil Month, as well as the unwavering support of our corporate partners and donors.

Be part of our team and make the biggest difference in the fight against cancer as a:

Manager, Screening Saves Lives Program
Toronto, ON
Regular, Full-Time
Reference #: OHPE 354

An Exciting Opportunity

Under the direction of the Vice President Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives, the Manager, Screening Saves Lives is responsible for the operation and administration of the Screening Saves Lives (SSL) Program and supports the Division’s implementation of strategic initiatives in the area of cancer screening and early detection.  

Primary Responsibilities

Primary Functional Duties

  • Manage the Society’s Screening Saves Lives program, a peer educator program that focuses on engaging hard to reach populations to increase cancer screening rates, including development, implementation and evaluation activities. The program is currently engaging communities in the greater city of Sudbury, First Nation communities on Manitoulin Island, diverse South Asian communities in Peel Region and Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) communities in Toronto, Ottawa and Hamilton
  • Support the development, review, and revision of program materials and resources to ensure they are in line with the Society’s recommendations regarding cancer screening and early detection, while meeting the cultural and community specific needs of the groups that are being served through the program.
  • Lead the expansion and adaptation of the program to diverse communities in Ontario (South Asian Communities in Peel Region and LGBTQ communities in Toronto, Ottawa and Hamilton).
  • Lead the coordination and development of a social marketing campaign to promote early detection and screening among LGBTQ communities
  • Work with community partners, cancer organizations and other health care partners to identify opportunities for collaboration and to increase the profile of the Screening Saves Lives program
  • Support internal capacity building with staff and volunteers to expand the reach of the Society’s screening and early detection recommendations.
  • Liaise, develop relationships and work with Community Offices/Regions to better integrate the SSL program
  • Represent the department and/or the Society at relevant external meetings and committees, roundtables and conferences, workgroups and networks
  • Identify opportunities and lead the development of grant applications to further expand the reach of the program
  • Initiate opportunities to communicate Canadian Cancer Society mission, programs and support for research to the local community
  • Act as a media spokesperson for the SSL program
  • Support the planning, development and implementation of activities related to the primary and secondary prevention of cancer as required
  • Support Division projects and other projects/ duties as assigned

Staff Management Responsibilities

  • Manage the program’s human resource needs as required, including recruitment, training and development, coaching and performance management for the program as well as for individual achievement
  • Manage  a team of 5 staff, 4 of whom work remotely
  • Ensure that policies and procedures are adhered to by volunteers and staff
  • Fiscal Management Responsibilities
  • Monitor program adherence to financial policies and controls
  • Ensure an adequate audit trail is in place to meet internal requirements
  • Determine expense projections as part of the budgeting process
  • Monitor expenditures against a plan and initiate remedial activity as required
  • Prepare and submit quarterly reports and budgets to the Public Health Agency of Canada

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 and safety policy.


  • Related post-secondary education in the field of health promotion, community development or social work
  • 3-5 years of experience working with diverse communities and leading Community Advisory Committees
  • Knowledge of population based screening programs is an asset
  • 5+ years of experience working within a non-profit or community service setting, experience in a multi-level, non-profit organization is preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health promotion approaches and strategies related to cancer prevention and screening
  • Applied knowledge of program development and evaluation
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, strategic thinking and communication skills
  • Dynamic presentation and public relations skills
  • Ability to influence peers and those in more senior positions.
  • Strong ability to problem-solve and reach sound resolutions
  • Strong initiative and capacity to work independently, balanced with teamwork
  • Flexibility and the ability to deal with competing priorities
  • Proficient in MSOffice (Word/Excel)
  • Intermitted evening and weekend work and frequent travel required
  • Knowledge of Canadian Cancer Society policies and procedures is an asset
  • A criminal record check is required
  • Non-smoker

Manager, Screening Saves Lives Program

The Society offers meaningful opportunities to make an impact in the fight against cancer.  We are committed to fostering a culture that is inspiring, supportive and exemplifies our core values:

Caring   Courage   Integrity   Progressive

In return for your contributions, we offer an attractive compensation package that encompasses a salary in the mid 60K range, excellent benefits and the opportunity to have a rewarding employment experience where your contributions can make a true difference every day.

How to Apply

Qualified non-smokers are invited to send their resume and cover letter, quoting the reference #OHPE 354 in the subject line of the email by May 6th, 2013, 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.

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

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