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Consultant Health Promotion, Toronto Public Health

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline September 13, 2010

File Reference #: X10CSA20318

Toronto is Canada's largest city with a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is Canada's economic engine and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability. Join the award winning Toronto Public Service as a Consultant Health Promotion.

Major Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Acting Manager of the Toronto Food Strategy, the Consultant Health Promotion works closely with the co-chairs of the Toronto Food Policy Council. The Consultant Health Promotion supports the day-to-day work of the Council and contributes to the development and implementation of the Toronto Food Strategy.  The Consultant Health Promotion also identifies food system issues and trends, analyzes food policy and identifies opportunities for Toronto Food Policy Council involvement, policy research and action. Identifies and facilitates collaboration and dialogue with food system stakeholders including farmers, food industry, environmental and public health practitioner and researchers, charitable foundations and policy-makers. Contributes to relevant Toronto Public Health programs, service planning and overall strategic directions.

  • Provides expert advice and consultation to Toronto Public Health staff, the Board of Health, external groups and the general public on food system and health issues
  • Assesses community needs and analyzes information with respect to the interface between the Toronto Food Policy Council, Toronto Public Health and City Government regarding food systems issues
  • Develops, plans, implements and evaluates community-based initiatives by applying health promotion strategies such as community mobilization, advocacy, healthy public policy, social determinants of health and health education
  • Facilitates the work of the Council by applying community development strategies to resolve complex and sometimes competing priorities, develops collaborative working relationships, engages new audiences, builds on the Council’s strategic planning process, and supports the Council’s ongoing operations and governance at and between meetings 
  • Collaborates with Public Health and other city staff in planning for food-related policies, programs and issues
  • 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
  • Promotes the implementation of municipal, provincial and federal legislation and strategies
  • Develops public health issues-related policy recommendations for consideration at the municipal, provincial and federal levels
  • Writes and speaks effectively and represents the Council to the public, community, media, and academia.
  • Liaises with external groups and stakeholders.  Responds to requests from the media and community
  • Plans, develops, implements, coordinates and evaluates programs and services as directed, e.g. community forum workshops, press conferences, in-house newsletters, media campaigns, annual reports, Board of Health reports, press releases
  • Researches and writes position papers, reports and correspondence
  • Collaborates on applied public health research and field study
  • Attends workshops, conferences, seminars to advance food systems work

Key Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree preparation in Health, Social Sciences or Environmental Sciences or related area or equivalent combination of a baccalaureate degree with experience.
  2. Demonstrated experience with food policy, food security and food system issues.
  3. Extensive experience in community development and capacity building, public education and advocacy, including the ability to engage a wide variety of stakeholders including farmers, food activists, food industry, diverse communities and politicians.
  4. Experience in facilitation of complex community groups, team building and conflict management.
  5. Experience in project management, policy research and analysis, planning and advocacy.
  6. Strong communication skills, written and verbal
  7. Ability to work at a leadership level with city divisions and external organizations dealing with food system issues.
  8. Ability to work with food experts and others to design innovative food policies, programs, training and education.
  9. Ability to work flexible hours, which may include overtime, shift work, evenings and weekends.
  10. Ability to attend meetings in all areas of Toronto and occasionally outside the GTA.
  11. Proficiency with MS Office, including Word and PowerPoint.
  12. Knowledge and ability to apply the determinants of health, access and equity principles.
  13. Ability to work cooperatively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  14. Ability to work effectively within a municipal government context.

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 via an online application at

Please do not send duplicates.

Applications must be received by September 13, 2010.

Salary: $40.46 - $44.33 per hour

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

Committed to employment equity, the City of Toronto encourages applications from Aboriginal peoples, 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 of Toronto'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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