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The Lung Association - Ontario
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Community Outreach, Education: Teaching / Training, Healthcare: Other Staff Positions, Program / Project Evaluation & Development
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Contract - Full Time
ON - Metro Toronto Area
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Experienced (Non-manager)
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Community Education Specialist (CES), YATI

About The Lung Association:

Breathing. It’s what unites us and it’s what keeps us pushing ahead, whether it’s searching for cures to lung diseases, helping people to quit smoking and ensuring that children never start, or fighting for clean air.

The Lung Association was originally founded to provide care for tuberculosis patients. Over the years, we’ve evolved to meet the changing needs of Canadians, expanding our focus to asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer and other forms of lung disease.

Today, The Lung Association is the leading organization working to promote lung health and prevent and manage lung disease. We do this by funding vital research, pushing for improved treatments and better policies, and helping patients manage their health.

We are helping all Canadians breathe.

To learn more about The Lung Association - Ontario, please visit


About YATI:


The Youth Advocacy Training Institute (YATI) is a program of The Lung Association, funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care through the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy. YATI equips youth, young adults, and adults working with young people with the knowledge and skills to prevent and reduce tobacco use, promote health, and advocate for positive change in their communities through youth engagement. YATI does this through training programs and partnership projects that support the Government’s goal of reaching the lowest smoking rate in Canada.


Visit to learn more about the program.



Position Overview:

Reporting to the Provincial Manager of Youth Advocacy Training Institute (YATI) & Youth Engagement, and working closely with another Community Education Specialist (CES) and other members of the YATI team, the Community Education Specialist researches and develops curricula or other smoking prevention and cessation programming as assigned, and participates in the planning, delivery and evaluation of YATI programming and training sessions held throughout Ontario. This role also requires leadership and initiation of partnership projects that further the work that YATI does in reaching various populations to support tobacco control efforts.


Curriculum Development:

  • Implement curriculum revisions and development of new curriculum.
  • Leadership and Coordination of Curriculum Advisory Committee
  • Participates in assessing needs of individual groups or stakeholders and creates customized training programs accordingly.
  • Participates in evaluation tools revisions and development.
  • Revise and develop educational resources and tools that support YATI training programs and youth engagement partnership initiatives.
  • Implementation of YATI training programs and key YATI services including facilitation of YATI curriculam.

Special Project Leadership:

  • Coordinates the YATI youth volunteer program including, but not limited to, the Leadership Retreat and YATI Talks, Tobacco-Wise Ambassadors, and LGBTQ partners.

Additional Duties:

  • Technical assistance by phone, email and in-person regarding youth engagement in health promotion and advocacy, youth health program development, etc.
  • Develop content for communications including newsletters and web-based information.
  • Participates as a member, or supports in the leadership, of key stakeholder groups, coalitions, and committees.


  • University degree in education, health promotion or health sciences, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required; related post graduate experience would be an asset
  • minimum of 3-5 years experience working with youth in a variety of settings
  • training, knowledge and experience in youth tobacco control, health promotion and/or positive youth development with a minimum of 2 years demonstrated experience in training, education and curriculum development;
  • experience in communications and special event planning an asset
  • experience in coalition building and/or working with coalitions or networks an asset
  • strong written and spoken communication and presentation skills essential; French language skills an asset
  • advanced skills in youth, young adult, and/or adult program and curriculum development
  • effective educational/training and facilitation skills in terms of workshops, seminars, etc.
  • demonstrated program planning, research and evaluation skills
  • excellent administrative and computer skills with accuracy and attention to detail
  • critical thinking, analysis and problem solving
  • diplomacy and political astuteness
  • ability to respond to diverse audience needs and settings and adapt accordingly
  • organization and time management skills with the ability to multi-task, strategically prioritize and meet deadlines
  • ability to work as a member of a team as well as function independently
  • willingness to travel

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