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Consultant Health Promotion, Toronto Public Health

This is an exciting time to join the City of Toronto, Canada's largest city and home to a diverse population of approximately 2.6 million people. Dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and a high quality of life for all its residents, in the last three years alone the Toronto public service has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Make your contribution to our Public Health Division and join us as a Consultant Health Promotion

Consultant Health Promotion
File Reference #: X8CSA16588
Major Responsibilities:

  • Reporting to the Quality Assurance Manager, the Consultant Health Promotion will support the Communicable Disease Control directorate on quality assurance, policies and procedures, education and training and other related projects.  Other responsibilities include:
  • Provides expert advice and consultation to Toronto Public Health front line staff, the Board of Health, external groups and the general public on health issues (including public health professional compliance and service quality)
  • Assesses community needs and analyzes information with respect to public health issues
  • Develops, plans, implements and evaluates community based initiatives by applying health promotion strategies such as community mobilization, advocacy, healthy public policy and health education
  • Collaborates with Public Health program staff in strategic and operational planning for Public Health programs
  • Analyzes information and provides advice to staff in the review and analysis of programs, projects and new priorities in setting goals and objectives. Drafts and revises related program plans, policies and procedures
  • Develops, implements and evaluates divisional programs and projects
  • Promotes the implementation of municipal, provincial and federal legislation and strategies
  • Develops and facilitates in-service training, staff orientation and staff development programs. Drafts, revises and/or recommends teaching manuals and resource materials for the public and divisional staff
  • Develops public health issues related policy recommendations, e.g. by-laws, legislation for consideration at the municipal, provincial and federal levels
  • Makes presentations to the public, community and media, and answers inquiries from the public. Liaises with interested external groups
  • Develops and coordinates communication plans and social marketing strategies for programs and services including issues management, media relations and advertising campaigns
  • Plans, develops, implements, coordinates and evaluates programs and services as directed, e.g. community forum workshops, press conferences, in-house newsletters, media campaigns, Annual Report, press releases
  • Researches and writes position papers, reports and correspondence for the division
  • Collaborates on applied public health research and field study
  • Attends workshops, conferences, seminars, etc.

Key Qualifications:

  1. Masters degree preparation in Health or Social Sciences or related area, or equivalent combination of a baccalaureate degree with experience.
  2. Extensive experience in program planning and quality assurance.
  3. Experience in the development of policies and procedures.
  4. Experience in the development of an education and training plan.
  5. Experience in the Communicable Disease directorate.
  6. Experience working with professional standards of practice as applicable to public health.
  7. Experience in working with data information systems, such as iPHIS.
  8. Thorough knowledge of Communicable Disease program requirements, protocols and policies and procedures.
  9. Thorough knowledge of all aspects of health promotion, health education and health promotion utilizing a population health approach.
  10. Ability to handle challenging assignments in a high profile professional and political environment.
  11. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  12. Excellent organizational skills and ability to work both independently and in a team.
  13. Excellent interpersonal, conflict management, problem solving and consulting skills.
  14. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with program stakeholders and other staff.
  15. Ability to analyze/interpret data to inform decision making such as interpreting information related to Public Health service indicators and Public Health program delivery processes and workflows.
  16. Demonstrated understanding of change management concepts, issue management and communication.
  17. Understanding of the interrelationships between data collection methodology, data quality, reporting, monitoring and data security.
  18. Experience and proficiency in using Word Processing and Spreadsheet Applications.
  19. Ability to work flexible hours - evenings, weekends, depending on the public health emergencies.  

 To apply for this position, please send us a resume and cover letter, quoting File #X8CSA16588, using one of the following methods:

Online: and click on the Apply for this position button at the bottom of the posting, or

Fax: 416-397-9818, or

Mail to: Human Resources, City of Toronto, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, 5th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C6.

Please do not send duplicates.

Applications must be received by November 5, 2008.

Job Status: Temporary (Approximately 11 months)
Salary: $38.70 - $42.39 per hour
Committed to employment equity, the City of Toronto encourages applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.

Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under the City's Employment Accommodation policy. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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