Senior Specialist, Tobacco Wise Cessation Services Project

Canadian Cancer Society - Winnipeg, MB (30+ days ago)

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Under the direction of the Senior Manager, Cancer Prevention, the Senior Specialist, Tobacco Wise Cessation Services Project, Manitoba will support the development and implementation of the Tobacco Wise Cessation Services Project (TWCSP). This project will serve First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and urban Indigenous (Indigenous) populations living in Manitoba.

The aim of the Tobacco-Wise Cessation Services Project (TWCSP) is to create and deliver culturally appropriate commercial tobacco cessation telephone and online services for Indigenous populations living in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario and reduce commercial tobacco use among Indigenous populations. Once developed the services will become part of the services offered by CCS’s Smokers’ Helpline program,

This is a full-time (37.5 hours per week) contract position until March 31, 2022 and can be based anywhere in Manitoba. This position will support overall project coordination activities including engagement with Indigenous communities, program design and content development, promotion of services, evaluation, and resource development, as well as development of external partnerships with provincial, regional and local health care and community organizations.

This position will contribute to the health recommendations in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action (2015) that calls for the establishment of measurable goals to identify and close the gaps in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in consultation with Indigenous peoples, and will be grounded in the rights of Indigenous peoples to live in dignity, and maintain and strengthen their own cultures and traditions as outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The TWCSP is developed by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and Cancer Care Ontario’s Indigenous Cancer Care Unit (ICCU). The project is funded by Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC).

  • Coordinate the engagement of First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and urban Indigenous stakeholders in the development and promotion of culturally appropriate and accessible commercial tobacco cessation telephone, digital and online services.
  • Support partnership development and maintain strong partner relations through engagement of partners. Activities include coordinating meetings, ensuring ongoing communication, and seeking involvement where appropriate.
  • Work closely with CCS’ Smokers’ Helpline team to inform the development and promotion of culturally appropriate and accessible commercial tobacco cessation telephone, digital and online services and promotion materials.
  • Help to promote respect for, and understanding of, traditional use of tobacco in many Indigenous communities.
  • Collaborate with provincial, regional or local community, cessation and health care organizations and individuals to promote and increase utilization in the commercial tobacco cessation services when launched. Further, develop referral relationships with these partners.
  • Contribute to the overall project implementation including tracking and compiling progress and outcome evaluation indicators, compiling reports, facilitating smooth project communications, financial monitoring and other relevant duties.
  • Gather information and data to share with partners that will contribute to an understanding of the overall commercial tobacco cessation service and support needs of Indigenous people in Manitoba
  • Work with relevant CCS departments including marketing and communications in the planning, development and implementation of program activities.
  • Work closely with project coordinators in other regions to share best practices, learning and continual program improvement.
  • Support internal capacity building with colleagues to integrate project services to the Smokers’ Helpline program.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Related post-secondary education in the field of health promotion, health sciences, community development or social work.
  • Proven project coordination, collaboration and organizational skills, with experience supporting projects through all facets of the project management life cycle.
  • Experience with, and understanding of, First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous health issues and landscape.
  • Expertise in effectively working with First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous partners and stakeholders and/or knowledge of First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous governments and organizations.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Manitoba’s First Nation, Inuit, Métis history, culture and health/socio-economic issues/needs
  • Ability to speak/understand an Indigenous language would be an asset
  • Experience working in and/or familiarity with cancer prevention, chronic disease prevention or related health areas.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health promotion approaches and strategies related to tobacco control is an asset
  • Experience in non-profit or community service settings, and/or a multi-level, non-profit organization
  • Strong internal and external relationship management skills, ability to professionally interact with and establish solid working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to share relevant information and prepare correspondence and reports required
  • Strong initiative and capacity to work independently, balanced with teamwork
  • Flexibility and the ability to deal with competing priorities
  • Proficient in MSOffice (Word/Excel)
  • Knowledge of Canadian Cancer Society policies and procedures is an asset
  • A criminal record check is required
  • Flexibility to work intermittently in the evenings and on the weekends
  • Ability to travel within Manitoba and occasional travel to Ontario
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, excellent benefits 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 January 13, 2020.

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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