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Consultant Health Promotion, City of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline October 1, 2009

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 (Temporary)

File Reference #: X9CSA18530

Major Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Manager, Professional Practice, this Consultant Health Promotion assists in the development of diversity, access and equity initiatives in relation to public health programs/services through staff consultation, liaising with other city divisions and departments, advocacy work, evaluation of public health programs/services and identifying emerging trends and issues.

  • 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 public health practice, research, program evaluation, program planning, performance measurement, project management, policy development and advocacy.
  3. Knowledge and experience in research and health status data in the field of diversity, access and equity, social justice, immigration/settlement.
  4. Excellent organizational/planning/project management skills resulting in the ability to effectively manage and meet timelines for concurrent projects
  5. Excellent written and oral communication skills
  6. Excellent facilitation, team building and conflict management skills as they apply to multidisciplinary teams
  7. Strong collaborative and consultative skills
  8. Excellent problem solving skills
  9. Ability to work independently and with little supervision

Job Status: Temporary (Approximately one year)

This opportunity is intended for external applicants only. Employees must apply through the Internal Job Posting Board on the City's Intranet within the internal job posting closing date.

To apply for this position, please send us a resume and cover letter, quoting File #X9CSA18530, using one of the following methods:

Online: Visit 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 October 1, 2009.

Please note that applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

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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