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Consultant Research, Toronto Public Health Division

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline May 20, 2011

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence and creating a transparent and accountable government. Join the award-winning Toronto Public Service within our Toronto Public Health Division as a Consultant Research (CUPE Local 79).

Consultant Research
File Reference #: X11CSA21286

Major Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Supervisor, Environmental Health Assessment & Policy, the Consultant Research participates in complex public policy and research assignments concerning environmental determinants of health and built environment related to public health in the City of Toronto.

  • Plans, conducts and evaluates public health research and policy studies, including joint projects with other city divisions, task forces and committees, other levels of government and other external groups or agencies on topics related to environmental determinants of health
  • Researches public health issues and develops policy options and recommendations in order to provide divisional and corporate leadership in public health policy, research, advocacy and strategy
  • Acts as a consultant for Toronto Public Health and other city divisions to identify and service public health policy, research, evaluation and program needs related to environmental determinants of health
  • Promotes the use of information and its application to decision making on environmental health issues within the Healthy Public Policy Directorate and the division through collaboration, the development of linkages, and capacity building initiatives
  • Consults and/or works collaboratively on environmental health issues with external groups, including the development of contacts with other jurisdictions, at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels, non-governmental organizations and interest groups, other agencies and the private sector
  • Conducts speaking engagements for the public, community and media, in collaboration with Public Health communications and public relations staff, answers public inquiries on public health research and public policy issues related to environmental determinants of health
  • Researches, organizes, and writes briefing materials, discussion papers, reports and correspondence on public health issues related to environmental health
  • Participates in and/or chairs internal and external committees
  • Reviews public health research literature and reports on environmental determinants of health as produced by other government and research agencies to determine potential impact on public health policy, research and programs
  • Advises and assists divisional staff in the planning, delivery and evaluation of staff development and training programs, and in the development of new policies and procedures
  • Advises and guides academic health science students on projects on topics related to the environment and human health

Key Qualifications:

  • Considerable experience in public policy development, analysis and implementation, with a focus on built environment, environmental determinants of health, or healthy public policy.
  • Considerable experience in research, review and analysis of research findings, for effective decision making, related to healthy public policy and/or public health systems.
  • Masters degree in Environmental Sciences, Health Policy, Health Sciences, Planning, or  Public Health, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate with a broad range of stakeholders from community representatives, senior management, technical experts and elected officials.
  • Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to work cooperatively with others in a multidisciplinary team setting.
  • Excellent public policy based report writing and oral presentation skills.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills, in combination with the ability to work independently.
  • Excellent knowledge of research analysis theories/methodologies.
  • Excellent organizational and research management skills.

Salary: $41.37-$45.33 hourly
Number of vacancies: One (1)
Job status: Permanent
Duration: Permanent
Job Type: Union
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 online at

Please do not send duplicates.

Applications must be received by May 20, 2011.
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.