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Program Coordinator, Ontario Public Health Association

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline February 4, 2011

File Number: HCC-OPHA: 1 - 02-11
0.8 FTE position: 1 year maternity leave position March 1, 2011 to March 1, 2012

Location: OPHA Office: 700 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario (possibility of off-site working arrangement)

The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) is seeking a .8 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Program Coordinator to work with the Healthy Communities Consortium team located at OPHA. The OPHA is a project partner of the Consortium, a group of health promotion organizations with more than 25 years of experience providing a wide range of supports to community groups, coalitions and organizations working on community-based health promotion approaches.

Funded by the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport as part of the Healthy Communities Fund, the Consortium provides capacity-building supports and resources to community organizations and groups that are building healthy communities through a wide range of activities in areas such as healthy eating, physical activity, sport and recreation, injury prevention, mental health promotion, tobacco use and substance and alcohol misuse.

The Consortium provides a continuum of supports and services to build the capacity of individuals and groups working within the Healthy Communities framework including: on-site and remote consultation; training and development workshops and webinars; network support; and information and knowledge exchange. Reporting to the Program Manager at OPHA, the Program Coordinator will participate as a member of the Consortium team at OHPA to deliver programs and services.

Major Responsibilities

Include but are not limited to the following areas:

Coordinates the remote and on-site consultation service on behalf of the Consortium Team at OPHA.

  • Provides direction and coordination support to the assignment of Healthy Communities Consortium (Consortium) consultants to Healthy Communities Partnerships and other clients, as required.
  • Oversees the work of contract consultants for the Consortium Team at OPHA  and supports the Program Manager with human resources activities, as required.
  • Tracks and monitors the consultation services performed by the Team’s contract and staff consultants, including consultation time, service reports, and client and consultant evaluations.

Supports the work of those implementing the Healthy Communities Fund at the local and provincial level.

  • Provides leadership, direction, support, and expertise in the areas of health promotion and healthy communities to clients and other local and provincial stakeholders.
  • Conducts remote and onsite consultations to client groups, as required.
  • Serves as key liaison for Healthy Communities Partnership Coordinators and/or Key Contacts within an assigned region (by maintaining regular contact, attending regional network meetings, reaching out to new Coordinators) and provides updates to the rest of the team, as appropriate.
  • Networks and maintains positive working relationships with HCP Coordinators and Key Contacts, Chronic Disease Prevention managers and other public health department staff, Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport representatives, and other stakeholders.

Oversees the development and dissemination of communications for the Consortium Team at OPHA.

  • Coordinates the design and dissemination of the Consortium’s educational resources.
  • Manages the development of effective communication vehicles (e-bulletins, listserv postings, website content, social media, blogs, etc.) for the Consortium Team at OPHA, in keeping with the broader Consortium communications strategy.

Participates as a member of the Team, the Consortium, and OPHA, and supports the Program Manager.

  • Participates in strategic and operational planning and the creation and implementation of an annual work plan.
  • Leads, collaborates on and/or supports research, planning, development, implementation, project management, and evaluation of Team activities and services, as determined during Team discussions.
  • Actively participates in Team, Consortium, and OPHA staff meetings.
  • Represents the Team at OPHA and Consortium meetings and participates on sub-committees, as required.
  • Provides recommendations to Program Manager related to Team activities and services.


  • Completion of a graduate degree in health promotion, public health, social sciences, or a combination of education and work experience.  
  • Demonstrated experience in community-based health promotion programming and evaluation; healthy communities; policy development; partnership development/collation building; and community engagement.
  • Experience with the Healthy Communities Fund Partnership Stream or the former Ontario Heart Health Program an asset.
  • Thorough knowledge of health promotion concepts, the Ontario Public Health System, consulting skills, project management, evaluation theory and methodologies and principles; evidence-based practice; and adult learning principles.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with ability to analyze, prioritize and synthesize large amounts of information.
  • Strong organizational skills combined with superior interpersonal skill and tact.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on various committees, with health professionals, funders and field representatives.
  • Demonstrated facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Working knowledge of online learning technologies.
  • Competency working in Microsoft software applications, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
  • French language skills are an asset.

Travel: Some provincial travel is involved

Please email your covering letter, resume and salary expectations with the File Number in the Subject Line to: by 4:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 4th.

Interviews will take place on February 10th and 11th, 2011, in our Toronto office. We thank you for your interest in this position; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.