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Stroke Strategy Coordinator (NL)

Position: Stroke Strategy Coordinator (NL)
Reports to: Manager, Government Relations and Health Promotion
Department: Mission 
Location: Mount Pearl, NL
Status: Permanent, Full-Time

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

The Stroke Strategy Coordinator role is part of an important, joint initiative between the Department of Health and Community Services (HCS) and Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF), Newfoundland and Labrador to deliver quality stroke care in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Integrated Stroke Strategy, developed in 2005 and based on Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations (CSBPR), represents an integrated model of inter-regional organization and delivery of the full continuum of comprehensive stroke services. Since implementation, the content of the Strategy has become dated as CSBPR have been adjusted to reflect current evidence. Unchanged, however, is the stroke strategy goals of reducing stroke incidence, improving stroke care, optimizing recovery and quality of life for stroke survivors, and reducing the financial burden of stroke for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. 

Within the mission of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Provincial Stroke Coordinator also works with the Foundation to promote health, save lives, and enhance recovery for all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The position participates in advocacy and health promotion initiatives related to mission priority areas including prevention and risk factor management, healthy lifestyle, physical activity and healthy eating, health equity, and survivor support.  

The Stroke Strategy Coordinator is directed jointly by the Manager of Primary Health Care (HCS), and the Manager, Government Relations and Health Promotion (HSF). 

Key responsibilities

The Provincial Stroke Strategy Coordinator position directly supports the operations and objectives of the Provincial Stroke Steering Committee (PSSC) and its working groups in the implementation of CSBPR across the continuum of care, province-wide. The Provincial Stroke Strategy Coordinator has the additional responsibility of supporting the recommendations of the PSSC towards an updated provincial stroke strategy. The Coordinator will:

  • Establish data-driven priorities and goals; developing action plans to address gaps in care; initiating solutions; and providing guidance and coordination for implementation efforts within the Regional Health Authorities (RHAs);
  • As facilitator and project manager for the PSSC, provide guidance and support for the development of operational and oversight structures, compile research/evidence, develop work plans, slide decks and other key documents, report on and maintain accountability for deliverables, and plan committee meetings;
  • Contribute to quality improvement activities (compile provincial/jurisdictional data to monitor performance) through participation and contribution to national and provincial working groups, including, but not limited to, the NL Provincial Stroke Measuring and Monitoring Working Group.
  • Ensure effective communication between all parties to facilitate information and knowledge exchange to improve stroke care in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Cultivate strong relationships with key partners and stakeholders within HCS, the RHAs, and a variety of professional sectors to coordinate shared initiatives and achieve common goals;
  • Facilitate the alignment of the objectives of the PSSC and its working groups with strategic priorities of HCS, the RHAs and key stakeholder groups;
  • Analyze and interpret health data/information to facilitate knowledge translation to key partners and community members;
  • Build awareness of Heart and Stroke’s health information resources among healthcare professionals, survivors and community members

Develop advocacy and health promotion initiatives related to H&S mission priority areas including prevention and risk factor management, healthy lifestyle, physical activity and healthy eating, health equity, and survivor support.  



  • Degree in a health-related field supplemented by a strong understanding of primary health care and public health concepts including advocacy strategies, health policy planning, government relations, and health promotion. Obtained through the combination of experience, and/or completion of a graduate level program.
  • Registration with licensing and professional bodies is an asset.
  • Project management certificate or experience is an asset.
  • Cultural sensitivity/diversity training is an asset.

Experience and Skills 

  • 3-5 years’ experience working with healthcare professionals, government officials, professional associations, community groups, and other non-governmental organizations.
  • Knowledge of health systems and policy (NL and Canada) and Canadian Stroke Best Practices
  • Experience working in a clinical care environment is preferred
  • Program/project management and committee coordination experience
  • Self-directed with the capacity to successfully manage a demanding workload with little structure and/or direct guidance. 
  • Superior written and verbal communication, interpersonal and presentations skills, and attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Demonstrated capability in priority setting, time management and project coordination with strong leadership and facilitation skills with multiple stakeholders and interest groups.
  • Strategic thinker with an ability to critically assess information, problem-solve, find creative and feasible solutions, and make sound decisions.
  • Demonstrated skills in consensus-building, collaboration, facilitation, adaptability 
  • Strong technical skills and the ability to conduct literature reviews and environmental scans.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications Word, Excel and PowerPoint is a must, competency in Publisher or Visio is an asset.
  • Understanding knowledge translation and knowledge exchange principles.

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 by March 29,2019.  We offer comprehensive benefits including pension, dental and medical coverage.

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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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