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Manager, HPCDIP Project (scientific initiatives), Health Promotion Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline March 24, 2014

Two year term contract position
Job ID 14-0060

Organizational Overview

Public Health Ontario (PHO) is 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.

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Position Details    

Reporting to the Chief, Health Promotion Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention (HPCDIP), the Manager, HPCDIP Projects provide project leadership and management of priority Health Promotion Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention scientific initiatives, which are designed, developed, implemented and evaluated in support of major provincial health promotion policy and program initiatives in Ontario.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership, management and co-ordination of priority HPCDIP initiatives related to the conceptualization, design, and implementation of scientific reference committees and evaluation frameworks and plans with a focus on the Health Kids – Community Challenge.
  • Works with a range of scientists from across Ontario, staff from provincial ministries, health unit staff, PHO staff, and community service providers in support of ongoing project activities.
  • Ensures that project implementation and evaluation plans are aligned with government health promotion goals, priorities and directions; comprehensively considering implications and impacts to address a range of health promotion and stakeholder needs.
  • Develops and implements evaluation frameworks for process, impact and outcome evaluation based on best available evidence to inform program development.
  • Facilitates the development and implementation of scientific reference committees to provide scientific advice to inform the design, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs, policies, evaluation and other activities.
  • Oversees all areas of project management related to priority HPCDIP initiatives including: initiation, estimating, coordinating and negotiating project budgets and schedules; developing terms of reference, project plans/charters, infrastructure and required systems; monitoring and reporting of project progress/status and reviewing technical quality of work to ensure high standards are met by project team and to identify and control risk.
  • Establishes and maintains ongoing collaborative working relationships within PHO including with the Manager, Knowledge Synthesis and Evaluation Services (KSES), Manager, Capacity Building Services and Resources (CBSR) and other managers and scientists in HPCDIP and within PHO to facilitate the design and development of strategies to implement policy and program evaluation frameworks and to identify and assess evaluation needs.
  • Manages and directs staff, congruent with PHO internal policies and procedures, professional standards, Collective Agreement requirements and other relevant standards, legislation or regulations, including: providing direction and leadership in the implementation of new techniques and standards; assigning staff and implementing work/vacation schedules, setting clear responsibilities and objectives, evaluating performance, advising on training needs, participating on recruiting/selection of staff, dealing with disciplinary issues and responding to grievances in conjunction with PHO Human Resources management programs.
  • Leads the development of the evaluation plan, performance indicators, logic models and annual evaluation reports.
  • Leads the development of publications and conference abstracts.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of and, demonstration of skills in the design of mixed methods intervention research and evaluation studies, including the collection and analysis of quantitative data (proficiency with common quantitative analysis software (SAS, SPSS, etc.) and qualitative data (proficiency with NVIVO).
  • Knowledge of and demonstration of skills in advanced analytic research methods.
  • Demonstrated skills to work collaboratively with scientists, public health agencies and community organizations and coalitions.
  • Skilled in translating the results of research for policy and program application.
  • Demonstrated success in securing research funding through competitive grants processes (Tri Council research grants and other government program sources).
  • Knowledge and experience in ethics pertaining to the conduct of public health research.
  • Analytic and/or methodological skills related to population health intervention research.
  • Experience in providing scientific feedback and mentoring of professional staff or students.

Education and Experience

  • The minimum is a Master’s degree in a public health related discipline.
  • A PhD. would be considered an asset.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in managing health promotion program development and evaluation projects with expertise in the field of health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention.

Job Status: Full Time Temporary (two year term contract position with option to renew)
Posting date: 3/10/2014
Closing date: 3/24/2014
Street Address: 480 University Avenue
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario [ON]

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