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Senior Program Specialist, Healthy Babies Healthy Children, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline January 4, 2013

15 month part-time contract)

Program: Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention

Organizational Overview: Public Health Ontario (PHO) is a Crown corporation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, PHO links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world.

PHO provides expert scientific and technical support relating to infection prevention and control; surveillance and epidemiology; health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention; environmental and occupational health; health emergency preparedness; and public health laboratory services to support health providers, the public health system and partner ministries in making informed decisions and taking informed action to improve the health and security of Ontarians.

For more information about PHO, visit http://www.oahpp.ca.

Position Details    Position Title: Senior Program Specialist, Healthy Babies Healthy Children
Department: Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (HPCDIP)
Duration: Part-time (18 hours per week) Temporary (15 month contract)
Location: 480 University Avenue, Toronto.

Compensation Group: AMAPCEO
Job Code: 20PGS - General Scientific
Salary: $75,164 - $97,640

Position Status: Open
Posting Date: December 13, 2012
Closing Date: January 4, 2013

Reporting to the Chief, HPCDIP the position is responsible for providing subject matter expertise and technical advice to Public Health Ontario (PHO) to support the evaluation of the renewed Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) program. Specifically, the Senior Program Specialist will work with an evaluator, epidemiologist and other program staff to guide the design and implementation of an implementation (process) evaluation, which includes providing advice on the development of surveys and other data collection methods.

Key Responsibilities    

  • Leads initiatives and projects on the development of and the evaluation of plans for monitoring the implementation/delivery of HBHC programs by providing subject matter expertise and technical advice.
  • Contributes to the ongoing review, analysis and evaluation of the HBHC program by providing advice on the development of surveys and other data collection methods.
  • Accountable for identifying and highlighting changes and developments in best practice, and in synthesizing new and emerging evidence and best practices as appropriate to help guide the implementation process evaluation design.
  • Provides technical and scientific input into the implementation process and evaluation design by engaging with those delivering the HBHC protocol and others as required.
  • Develops and maintains strong relationships within PHO and its Family Health and Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention networks and partners.
  • Prepares or contributes to briefing and issues notes, letters, presentations, reports, summaries, and position papers for senior management and in response to correspondence. Participates in initiatives though presentations, attendance at conferences and other activities.
  • Works with health units to improve quality of routine data and provides scientific and technical support to maintain high quality and consistency of programming.
  • Ensures that privacy requirements under PHIPA, government guidelines and regulations, and best practices are adhered to and implemented at all times.
  • Provides technical and scientific input into the development of ministry policies, legislation and standards by providing information and advice.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills    

  • Demonstrated practice-based knowledge in healthy child development, including the use of screening tools and interventions to improve healthy child development and reduce vulnerability.
  • Knowledge of the role and use of the Integrated Services for Child Information System (ISCIS) and/or other applicable information systems for the reporting of data.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills, including knowledge syntheses and report preparation.
  • Excellent consultation, interpersonal, teamwork and relationship building skills.
  • Superior oral and written communication to develop reports and presentations to inform and communicate strategically.
  • Demonstrated project management and analytical skills, including knowledge syntheses and report preparation.
  • Knowledge of current policies, guidelines, standards, and regulations relevant in order to ensure own work is in compliance and to provide technical and administrative guidance to staff.
  • Knowledge of population health trends, and health promotion activities in order to work with health units, and provide scientific and technical support.
  • Knowledge of research methodology, tools, and techniques, particularly as they pertain to analyzing and reducing risks to Public Health.
  • Knowledge and understanding of privacy requirements under PHIPA, government legislation, regulations, guidelines and best practices involving public health surveillance and personal health information in order to ensure that privacy requirements under PHIPA, government guidelines and regulations, and best practices are adhered to and implemented at all times.
  • Demonstrated computer and data management skills with proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project 2003) and familiarity with SharePoint.

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in nursing, public health or related discipline.
  • Registration or eligibility for registration with one of the colleges under the Regulated Health Professions Act.
  • Five to 10 years of experience in a public health setting unit or a public health, research, education and development unit (PHRED) in a role related to Healthy Babies Healthy Children (including direct experience with program planning and implementation).

If you are interested in applying for this position, please visit http://www.oahpp.ca/careers and click on the job title.  

Your cover letter and resume must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications/competencies.

Thank you for your interest in this position.  Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.