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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 #: X8CSA16081
Major Responsibilities:

  • Reporting to the Manager, Healthy Living - Chronic Disease Prevention, this Consultant Health Promotion will plan, develop, implement, evaluate and coordinate the delivery of Physical Activity Promotion programs and services using a variety of health promotion strategies. In this position, the Consultant Health Promotion will liaise and work with internal and external committees, task forces, organizations and coalitions related to physical activity promotion.
  • 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
  • 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 public health issues-related policy recommendations, e.g. by-laws, legislation for consideration at the municipal, provincial and federal levels
  • 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
  • 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. Experience in developing and implementing health promotion/disease prevention programs related to Physical Activity Promotion, and in applying health promotion theory.
  3. Experience in current Physical Activity Promotion initiatives and related health issues.
  4. Experience in the areas of needs assessments, program planning including logic model development and evaluation, social marketing, research, advocacy and policy development.
  5. Experience in building, contributing to and sustaining effective community partnerships, networks, coalitions and inter-agency teams, and building community capacity.
  6. Possession of a valid Ontario Class "G" Drivers License and access to a vehicle.
  7. Ability to work cooperatively as part of a multi-disciplinary team and foster relationships with stakeholders within Toronto Public Health and within the community.
  8. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write reports and provide presentations.
  9. Excellent Microsoft suite skills, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel database applications.
  10. Knowledge of and ability to apply the determinants of health and access and equity principles.
  11. Excellent organizational/planning/project management skills.
  12. Excellent facilitation, team building and conflict management skills as they apply to multidisciplinary teams.
  13. Ability to effectively manage and meet timelines for concurrent projects.
  14. Ability to work flexible hours, which may include overtime, shift work, evenings and weekends.

To apply for this position, please send us a resume and cover letter, quoting File #X8CSA16081, using one of the following methods:

Apply online at

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 December 2, 2008.

Job Status: Temporary (Approximately 10 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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