Specialist, Health Promotion
Canadian Cancer Society
Vancouver-BCY Division Office, Vancouver, BC, CA
1d ago

This is an 18 month full time contract position


As Canada’s largest national health charity, we fund the most promising cancer research, champion cancer prevention efforts and deliver programs and services that benefit Canadians affected by cancer.

Join us and you can work with passionate and committed individuals from coast to coast who are working towards a world where no Canadian fears cancer.

To learn more about us, visit cancer.ca.


The key purpose of this role will be to act as the BC lead in health promotion. The Specialist will develop, plan and deliver prevention initiatives in BC according to BCY’s organizational priorities.

This includes acting as the BC lead for various stakeholder working groups (sun safety, healthy eating and physical activity etc.

attending and representing BCY at strategic health promotion events and opportunities.

The Specialist will have full responsibility for the Healthy Workplaces provincial workplace wellness program. This includes the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the entire program and all the components including budget forecasting, oversight and fiscal management and oversight to any contractors (e.

g. marketing) working within the program. Acting as the lead staff, the Specialist will work with the Director, Leadership Giving to maintain and steward the relationship with the funder of the Healthy Workplaces Program (Industrial Alliance) by developing and providing detailed quarterly reports and ensuring the partnership agreement is maintained and to identify areas to grow the program in scope and with external funding.

This role includes supporting and leading a team of 4-6 volunteers, including practicum students, and an annual RBC Associate.

Leads the development of website creative and maintenance and developing monitoring and reporting of social media content and metrics for the department.

The Specialist act as the lead in the province to engage with and help key staff in Leadership Philanthropy with collaborating to help grow corporate engagement and pipeline opportunities.

The Specialist will also work with internal community fundraising teams throughout BC to bring health promotion and healthy workplaces into local events and assist staff with customizing program components as a tool for donor engagement and stewardship.

The Specialist liaises with national team members to roll out healthy workplace challenges at a national level and acts as a key member on the BCY Social Wellness Committee.

This position will develop and manage the budget associated with this portfolio and steward relationships with various stakeholders and contractors.

This position requires knowledge of prevention initiatives, experience and skills in program development, project management and implementation, high level of flexibility, ability to lead initiatives innovatively and independently, prioritize activities, and provide oversight to contractors, students and volunteers.


1. Lead the Healthy Workplaces Portfolio

  • Provincial lead for all aspects of the healthy workplace’s portfolio including content development and maintenance of website, newsletters, social media and other communications.
  • Develop outreach strategies for consultation with workplaces (in person and virtual)
  • Develop and maintain project plan and oversee budget including forecasting for healthy workplaces portfolio
  • Liaise with Revenue Development to build on opportunities for sponsorship
  • Work with and manage consultants to develop the healthy workplace campaigns and supporting marketing and communications plans.
  • 2. Lead Revenue Development Integration and Corporate Engagement Liaison

  • Act as BCY lead and support for Leadership Philanthropy, working closely with Director Philanthropy and Managers across BCY in Philanthropy to increase corporate relations and potential gifts in the pipeline
  • Support community fundraising teams with integrating healthy workplaces or other health promotion strategies into local events or as a tool for donor engagement
  • 3. Lead UV portfolio and other BCY priorities

  • Provide BCY leadership to local UV working group
  • Facilitate reporting and oversee future direction of Sun & UV portfolio as opportunity arises
  • 4. Other duties as assigned


  • Strong project management skills and ability to work independent on a large portfolio that spans the province.
  • Ability to bring creativity and innovative ideas to assigned portfolios.
  • Experience in leading and supporting teams of project-based volunteers.
  • Experience in managing multiple projects simultaneously and engaging internal teams in creative ways
  • Proven ability to apply an inclusive lens when working with other communities (e.g. South Asian)
  • General knowledge of best practices in workplace health promotion, chronic disease. Prevention and risks of sun and UV exposure.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders and community partners.
  • Excellent verbal (active listening) and written communication skills with strong customer-service focus.
  • Proficient in use of social media, Internet and MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Ability to travel regionally, and within the province, as required.
  • Ability to work variable hours, including limited weekends and evenings.

  • Education in the field of health promotion / sciences, project management, public health or related discipline
  • At least 5 years of experience in health promotion or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in public speaking, group facilitation, and making presentations
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively partnering and collaborating with other organizations.
  • Knowledge of organizational health as well as occupational health and safety.
  • Understanding of BC business community.
  • Familiarity with database tools such as Raiser's Edge or Access.
  • Knowledge of issues related to cancer and chronic disease prevention, population health approach, and social determinants of health.
  • Non-profit experience and / or work in a government or healthcare environment.
  • Experience working with business owners, human resources managers and / or health & wellness committees / staff / managers.
  • Valid BC Driver's License with the ability to travel regionally or provincially, and work flexible hours.

    CCS 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 skills and dedication, we offer an attractive compensation package that encompasses a competitive salary, and the opportunity to have a rewarding employment experience where your contributions can make a true difference every day.


    Qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume, cover letter and salary expectations by December 11, 2019.

    The Canadian Cancer Society is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

    CCS will make available reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request.

    We thank all candidates for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

    Please note that in keeping with the mandate of the Canadian Cancer Society to model and promote healthy lifestyles, employees are not permitted to smoke in or about Society premises or while carrying out CCS business.

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