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The Lung Association - Ontario

Director, Ontario Respiratory Care Society (ORCS)



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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.

Job Description

POSITION TITLE:      Director, Ontario Respiratory Care Society (ORCS)    

LOCATION:                     Provincial Office                                            

REPORTS TO:                 Vice President, Provincial Programs                           


One of the health professional sections of The Lung Association – Ontario (TLA), the Ontario Respiratory Care Society (ORCS) aims to further excellence in the provision of interdisciplinary care through education, research, collaboration, provision of professional expertise and support for TLA’s efforts to improve lung health. Members of the ORCS provide expertise to the Association and support advocacy efforts in the field of respiratory health care. 

Reporting to the Vice President, Provincial Programs, the Director, ORCS, is responsible for managing the Society’s day-to-day activities and achieving its objectives, and for engaging and building the membership.  He/she provides leadership to the ORCS Provincial Committee and other volunteer committees in the development and implementation of the annual business plan alignment with the priorities of TLA’s Strategic Plan and in accordance with our policies.  He/she also manages TLA’s Tuberculosis Program and is involved in other Lung Association respiratory programs as appropriate.


  1. Manage the programs and activities of the ORCS, providing leadership to and coordination of volunteer and staff functions for program development, implementation and evaluation.
  2. Act as the liaison between the ORCS, Ontario Thoracic Society (OTS) and TLA as the parent body, ensuring the development of cooperative and mutually beneficial activities.  Work collaboratively with members of the Provincial Programs department on advocacy, education, and other activities.  Provide information and advice to other departments and Community Offices regarding ORCS programs and potential member volunteers for committees, media appearances, fund raising activities and advocacy efforts.  Promote the ORCS and manage the membership program of the ORCS including the recruitment, orientation and recognition of volunteers for all functions of the Society and the maintenance of membership records and committee lists.  Act as liaison with the Respiratory Therapy Society of Ontario and the Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals, specifically with regard to joint membership with ORCS and other areas of collaboration.
  3. In consultation with the Vice President, Provincial Programs and Director of Human Resources, recruit staff as required; provide day-to-day supervision and manage performance of the ORCS/OTS Administrator. Liaise with the Medical Director to manage workload demands and scheduling of key meetings and activities. 
  4. Provide staff support, meeting coordination and policy advice to the ORCS Executive and Provincial Committees, Standing Committees, regional and interest group committees, and ad hoc committees.
  5. Develop the annual workplan and budget for ORCS activities in accordance with the priorities and goals of The Lung Association’s Strategic Plan.  Coordinate the Provincial Committee planning processes including the development and implementation of goals and objectives and the preparation of progress evaluation reports and financial analyses.
  6. In conjunction with local committees, plan and coordinate educational initiatives and other activities throughout Ontario including volunteer recruitment; site selection and coordination; program development; liaison with speakers; management of registration, promotion, recruitment of exhibitors and sponsors, provision of materials; financial management and evaluation.  Liaise with local community staff where appropriate. Utilize OTN technology as appropriate to extend meeting and seminar reach.
  7. Delegating to the ORCS/OTS Administrative Assistant as appropriate, coordinate the ORCS sessions at the Better Breathing Conference.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to:  program planning; recruitment of and liaison with speakers; promotion of the conference; registrations; preparation of materials and evaluations; and participation in the overall conference planning.
  8. Provide support to the Respiratory Health Educators Interest Group (RHEIG), including arranging for Executive Team and Annual Meetings, coordination of publications and education programs and promotion of RHEIG membership.
  9. Manage the various components of the ORCS Research Program including liaison with applicants and funded recipients’ organizations; coordination of internal and external review processes; disbursement of funds; promotion of research findings; and provision of policy advice to the Research and Fellowship Committee. 
  10. In consultation with the ORCS Editorial Board, manage the ORCS publications program including production and distribution of member newsletters. Preparation of articles on ORCS programs and activities; and liaison with authors, designers and other staff as needed. 
  11. Manage the Tuberculosis Program of the Ontario Lung Association, including provision of staff support to the volunteer TB Committee; preparation, promotion and distribution of educational materials; responding to public and media inquiries; preparation of media releases; recruitment of volunteer spokespersons for occasions such as World TB Day; planning of the bi-annual TB Conference.
  12. Liaise with national and provincial professional associations, educational institutions and provincial health professional colleges regarding ORCS programs.
  13. Other duties as assigned by the Vice President, Provincial Programs.



  • post-graduate degree in a field such as public administration, health sciences or business administration or equivalent in experience and education
  • regulated health-care professional with experience in the respiratory field would be an asset
  • experience in association management and membership engagement, preferably in a health-related organization
  • experience engaging and working with volunteer boards and committees
  • experience in planning and coordinating meetings and seminars, both face-to-face and on-line



  • excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple priorities
  • excellent meeting/event planning skills
  • excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • superior interpersonal and team-building skills
  • the ability to manage financial and human resources
  • proficiency in Windows-based word processing and spreadsheet applications and PowerPoint with an understanding of and experience working with databases
  • a valid Ontario driver’s licence, access to a car and the willingness to travel as necessary
  • knowledge of the health-care system and respiratory health care

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The Lung Association - Ontario
Geeta Thomas
Director, Human Resources
Posting Date: 06-Apr-2017Other Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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