Cancer Awareness Coordinator

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Closing Date: 31 January 2023
Full Time Paid
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Date Published: 10 January 2023


Cancer Awareness Coordinator

Reports to:

Cancer Prevention Manager

Contract type:



Full-time (35 hours per week), with evening and weekend work required



The Society operates a hybrid working model with a combination of remote and in-person (Dublin office) working Travel will be required within Ireland.

€50,000 per annum


Who we are

At the Irish Cancer Society, we have a vision that by 2025, 3 out of 4 Irish cancer patients will survive their diagnosis and everyone affected by the disease will have access to world-class treatment, care and support.

We’re looking for a Cancer Awareness Coordinator to join our team. As Cancer Awareness Coordinator you will play a key part in helping to catch cancer early by designing and delivering early detection and cancer awareness programmes.

If you are passionate about cancer awareness and early detection; compassionate and able to empower people without judgement; and want to be part of a growing team delivering real impact, this role is for you.

Join us to change the lives of people affected by cancer in Ireland.

What you’ll do

Catching cancer early is a key factor in increasing survival from cancer. COVID-19 has damaged progress in this area, and in the Irish Cancer Society we are committed to reversing this trend.

The Cancer Awareness Coordinator is responsible for supporting the strategic priority: That more cancers are detected at an earlier stage.

  • The Cancer Awareness Coordinator will support the development of a longer term cancer prevention, awareness and early detection strategy for the Society.
  • The role will involve, building upon existing programmes and delivering new evidence based, high impact cancer awareness programmes, targeted at specific high risk communities.
  • Using Health Promotion and Community Development approaches the coordinator will develop key relationships with relevant partners to build capacity and mobilize communities and workplaces around cancer prevention and early detection.  
  • She / He will work with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that targeted communities are resourced and supported to develop cancer risk reduction and early detection programmes.

Key duties and responsibilities

Strategy and innovation

  • Contribute to the development of a cancer prevention, awareness and early detection strategy for the Society.
  • Bringing insight into public health, communications and heath behaviour change to the Society, and develop new proposals for early detection programmes and interventions.
  • Ensure an inclusive approach to early detection and cancer awareness, identifying and implementing ways to reach and engage marginalised communities and those at higher risk.

Programme delivery and coordination

  • Design and deliver cancer awareness and early detection talks, workshops and programmes to employers, community groups and other audiences;
  • Support the Cancer Prevention Manager to plan, coordinate and deliver the Your Health Matters Roadshow and other community-based cancer awareness programmes;
  • Deliver effective training internally and externally, including “train the trainer”.
  • Support the development of a community based volunteer programme to ensure that as many people as possible are aware of our services and that cancer awareness messages reach as many people as possible.

Evaluation and quality management

  • Across all programmes and work, design structures to gather data and feedback to effectively evaluate and manage quality, performance and impact.
  • Continuously scrutinise programmes, and recommend evidence based changes, based on evaluation and research.

Communications and content creation

  • Create copy and content, and contribute to the development of an overall plan, to promote cancer awareness and early detection to the public across multiple channels.
  • Input into submissions to Government, and represent the Society on working groups and other external bodies to advance the prevention and early detection of cancer.
  • Develop impactful content for training and programme delivery, including online and face-to-face.

Project management and operational delivery

  • Coordinate the implementation of our early detection strategy, and awareness and prevention activities, bringing together team members across the Society to ensure a coordinated and impactful approach.
  • Effectively project manage early detection and cancer awareness projects, such as our Roadshow programme, public awareness campaigns, or corporate engagement initiatives.
  • Coordinate the operational delivery of early detection programmes, including engaging with vendors and the management of volunteers 


  • Identify opportunities for further research (academic or market research) to support our early detection and cancer awareness strategy implementation.
  • Effectively manage the delivery of market research projects and reports, working with external vendors.

Who you are

  • Passionate about health promotion: you are passionate about catching cancer early and changing behaviour and systems to enable better health, and are comfortable and capable engaging directly with a wide range of people to effect this change. 
  • A people person: whether it’s meeting a member of the public at a Roadshow, working with colleagues and volunteers, or engaging with clinicians you understand what makes people tick, and create effective relationships.
  • A great communicator: you are able to communicate effectively across multiple channels (face-to-face, written, digital) and adopt your style to meet the audience where they are.
  • Insight oriented: you use data and research to generate insights, and can translate these into actions to improve performance, make operations more effective, or increase impact.
  • Inclusive: you are inclusive in your approach, recognise the barriers that different people face in understanding health information and accessing services; you can develop different approaches tailored to the needs of different communities. 
  • Technologically savvy: you’re comfortable using digital and technology tools for the management and delivery of programmes, and identifying new ways that technology can support early detection.
  • An effective project manager: you’ve experience in managing projects, both strategic and operational, and are able to bring people together to achieve goals on time, on budget and to deliver impact.
  • Flexible and open to travel: engaging with the public means meeting them where they are, and when they need. You will spend time travelling within Ireland (e.g. to Roadshows, talks or workshops) including occasional overnight stays, and weekend/ evening work may be required.

Your qualifications and experience

  • You will hold a third level qualification in health promotion or in a related area (e.g. health sciences, nursing, teaching, nutrition, sports and exercise) or equivalent “on the job” experience.
  • You will typically have at least 4 years’ experience in health promotion. The Society measures experience based on the quality of the experience obtained, rather than in time passed and welcomes applicants at all stages of their career.
  • You will have experience in running effective projects, with a project management qualification an advantage but not essential.
  • Experience in working with marginalised groups and in tailoring programmes and approaches to engage people of all backgrounds, an advantage.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send curriculum vitae and cover letter to Amanda Walsh, Recruitment Administrator by email to

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2023.

The Irish Cancer Society is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building an inclusive environment for all employees. We know that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.


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