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Youth Engagement Coordinator, Health & Social Services, Norfolk County

Norfolk County, Ontario
Deadline: December 22, 2010

Norfolk County Human Resources & Staff Development Department
21 Lynnwood Avenue, Simcoe, Ontario  N3Y 2V7
Phone: (519) 428-9711
Fax:    (519) 426-9876
E-mail: jobs@norfolkcounty.ca

POSITION:      Youth Engagement Coordinator

DEPARTMENT: Health & Social Services
DIVISION:    Health Unit

LOCATION:      12 Gilbertson Dr. Simcoe Ontario

REPORTS TO:    Program Coordinator, Population Health
EMPLOYEE GROUP: CUPE 4700

SALARY:  $22.74- $28.43 per hour  (under review)

STATUS:    Temporary  Full Time (35 hours per week)

ONLY THOSE TO BE INTERVIEWED WILL BE CONTACTED.
POSTING # CUPE 72.10

POSTING PERIOD:  December 6, 2010 to December 22, 2010

NOTE:    Interested applicants MUST submit their resume in confidence to the Human Resources / Staff Dev. Department by 4:30 p m. on the last day of the posting.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THIS POSITION.
Incumbent to this position must provide the Employer with a current Criminal Reference Check.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The Youth Engagement Coordinator is responsible for the planning, implementing, and evaluating of peer education programs pertaining to youth health issues (e.g., healthy eating, physical activity, substance abuse/misuse, tobacco control, injury prevention, etc) in accordance with the Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS).  The Youth Engagement Coordinator will work with youth volunteers to motivate youth of diverse backgrounds with the intent to, plan, implement, and evaluate civic action strategies.  Civic action will be conducted with the following: schools, community members and organizations regarding youth health issues and positive youth outcomes.

KNOWLEDGE /SKILLS REQUIRED:
* Undergraduate University Degree in Community Health Studies, Child and Youth Studies,  Health Sciences  or related field.
* Minimum 1 year related experience working with high school aged youth

MUST HAVE:
* Possess a valid Class “G” Drivers Licence and access to a reliable vehicle.
* Must be aware of safe work practices as they relate to job responsibilities and work environment and have the basic understanding of the Occupational Health & Safety Act.

COMPUTER SKILLS:
* Computer expertise in corporate standard software (Microsoft Office) and department specific software to perform data search and entry. To also create and modify word processed documents.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
* To communicate Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport Youth Engagement guiding principles to both internal and external stakeholders (e.g., Public Health Unit and other youth serving organizations);
* To provide program leadership coordination and collaboration both within the Public Health Unit/ Department and externally within the community respecting tobacco control and other highly correlated risk factors, as they relate to chronic diseases using the MHP Youth Engagement guiding principles
* To initiate and carry out community-based activities and projects that will benefit the public and its health by contributing to the reduction of tobacco use and the reduction of other highly correlated risk factors, using the MHP Youth Engagement guiding principles.
* Work in partnership with other PHU staff and community stakeholders to actively engage youth in taking action to address health issues of importance to them with respect to changing individual and community attitudes about tobacco use, denormalize tobacco industry and its products, and address other correlated risk factors. For example:
1. Tobacco Use/Exposure
2. Physical Activity, sports and Recreation
3. Injury Prevention
4. Healthy Eating
5. Substance and Alcohol Misuse
6. Mental Health

* Lead and coordinate Smoke-Free Ontario-funded youth programs within the Health Unit and, as appropriate, establish linkages to programming dealing with highly correlated health risk factors.
* Facilitate the integration of tobacco use reduction/control efforts with other mandatory chronic disease prevention programs (i.e., identified in new Public Health Standards), as appropriate.
* In collaboration with regional Youth Development Specialist (YDS) and Youth Advocacy Training Institute (YATI), will ensure that tobacco use reduction/control related training needs are identified and addressed.
* Implement community-based tobacco-focused programming and projects that will benefit the public and its health by contributing to the reduction of tobacco use and the reduction of other highly correlated risk factors, including cessation efforts amongst youth and young adults.
* Participate in regional Tobacco Control Area Network (TCAN) network structures, and collaborate on the planning and implementation of joint activities.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

NOTE:  As per current legislation, if it is determined that those employees with priority placement status are suitable for this job, before a selection decision has been made, this competition may be cancelled.