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Manager, Children and Youth/HeartSmart Kids

Position: Manager, Children and Youth/HeartSmart Kids  
Reports to: Director Indigenous Health 
Department: Indigenous Health
Location: Vancouver Office
Status: Full time; Contract (maternity leave)

The Heart and Stroke Foundation

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That’s why Heart & Stroke leads the fight against heart disease and stroke. Powered by donors and volunteers, we fund life-saving research and help Canadians lead healthier lives. 
Heart & Stroke is a health charity active in communities across the country. We are sustained by the commitment and generosity of more than 100,000 volunteers and more than 1.4 million donors.

The opportunity

We are looking for someone with a combination of technical, creative, and people skills as well as the ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects to target(s) from inception to final delivery and lead a team located in Heart & Stroke offices across the country. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for the development, implementation, promotion, and evaluation of provincial and national health education programs. The specific focus of the position is on the HeartSmart Kids program in British Columbia and the national HeartSmart Kids program. The role involves ensuring alignment with any other school-focused programs, child and youth nutrition, Indigenous Health, and other relevant programs and campaigns. As lead for the national HeartSmart Kids program, which is focused on educators of Indigenous students, the position is also a key member of the Indigenous Health Team.

Key responsibilities

  • Manage the provincial children and youth-related health education programs
  • Developing and monitoring program budgets
  • Managing consultants/contractors/staff/volunteers
  • Writing high-level communications
  • Composing content and developing strategic marketing plans
  • Implementing program evaluations
  • Representing the foundation on stakeholder committees and at signature events, and
  • Liaising with external partners to further relationships with other health-centered organizations.
  • Work with the Director, Health Promotion, and other Mission leads to develop new child and youth health programs as required.
  • Liaise with national and provincial teams as necessary to ensure alignment with Indigenous Health, Advocacy, Community Engagement and other mission teams and school-based programs.
  • Collaborate with Advocacy and other teams as required to support child and youth programs, projects, and campaigns.
  • Serve as project manager in the development of new initiatives, program innovation, and awareness campaigns, as well as negotiate contracts with vendors and consultants, as necessary.

Oversee and manage all aspects of the HeartSmart Kids provincial program

  • Logistics, storage, ordering, shipping, promotion, website maintenance, database management, design and content, and evaluation.
  • Lead the development and ongoing implementation of HeartSmart Kids as a national program.
  • Convene and lead the HSK national team.
  • Liaise with and provide ongoing support to Provincial HeartSmart Kids Champions as necessary.
  • Coordinate the HSK logistics including printing, delivery, storage, and delivery.
  • Develop and manage contracts and liaise with vendors, consultants, and contractors as required.
  • Organize and lead the annual HSK content review and update process.
  • Organize and lead HSK national team meetings and working groups as required.
  • Manage HSK website and database, including website updates and re-designs as required.
  • Collaborate with Fund Development teams to guide and provide advice on HSK-related proposals and stewardship.
  • Develop and provide reports to leadership on progress of HSK in British Columbia and across the country.
  • Collaborate with Marketing and external designers as required to develop HSK promotional materials and messages. 
  • Attend workshops, meetings, conferences, and other events as necessary to promote HSK and other related Mission programs and campaigns.
  • Manage and lead annual internal assessment of HSK.
  • Collaborate with and advise other project teams involved in implementing key programs of the Indigenous Health Strategy, including Heart Smart Kids, Grade 8 CPR, and food security as these are funded.


  • Post-Secondary in Science, Social Sciences, Health Promotion, or a related field.

Experience and Skills 

  • Minimum five years’ experience of progressively responsible work experience in public health, health promotion, and/or chronic disease prevention with a minimum of three years’ experience in the NGO sector.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Indigenous culture and cultural practices.
  • Demonstrated experience in project/program management, budget planning, and staff management. 
  • Demonstrated experience in analysis and use of data to evaluate program operations and measure progress.
  • Demonstrated staff and volunteer management skills including recruitment, training, recognition, educating, and mentoring
  • Understanding of school systems and system administration
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills are essential for this position.
  • Awareness and understanding of Indigenous health and social issues.
  • Knowledge of public health/health promotion theory, practice, and programs.
  • Ability to work with and facilitate diverse groups of people across organizational boundaries and different levels of responsibility.
  • Ability to synthesize, translate and communicate scientific, policy, health and social issues-related information.  
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft operating systems and software, especially Excel.
  • Understanding WordPress is a significant asset.
  • Prior experience with Adobe Suite is useful but not necessary.
  • Negotiation and conflict management skills.


If you have the qualifications and share our passion for our mission, we invite you to forward your resume, cover letter and salary expectations to   

This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. 
Please include the exact job title, including location, in the subject line of your email.

We thank all applicants for their interest however, due to volume, we can only contact those selected for interviews. 

Candidates from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. We are committed to fostering an inclusive, barrier-free and accessible environment. If you have been contacted for an interview and require an accommodation due to disability to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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