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Health Promotion Specialist, Toronto Public Health

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline February 13, 2015

Job Classification Title: Health Promotion Specialist
Job ID #: 2054974 X
Division: Public Health
Section: Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
Work Location: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St
Job Stream: Health
Job Type: Temporary, Full-Time

Temporary Duration: TBD
Salary/Rate: $43.26 - $47.40 / Hour
Hours of Work (bi-weekly): 70.00
Shift Information: n/a

Affiliation: L79 Full-time
Number of Positions Open: 2
Posting Date: 30-Jan-2015
Closing Date: 13-Feb-2015

Job Description

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities, we are a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture, and are proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. Join the award-winning Toronto Public Service as a Health Promotion Specialist within Toronto Public Health.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Reporting to the Manager, Healthy Living - Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, this Health Promotion Specialist will plan, develop, implement, evaluate and coordinate the delivery of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention programs. One position will focus on Injury Prevention for Older adults and other emerging issues and one position will focus on Physical Activity Promotion throughout the lifespan which includes youth engagement strategies. In this position, the Health Promotion Specialist will liaise and work in partnership with internal and external committees, task forces, organizations and coalitions related to promotional areas noted above.
  • Provides expert advice and consultation to Toronto Public Health front line staff, the Board of Health, external groups and the general public on health issues
  • Assesses community needs and analyzes information with respect to public health issues
  • Develops, plans, implements and evaluates community based initiatives by applying health promotion strategies such as community mobilization, advocacy, healthy public policy and health education
  • Collaborates with Public Health program staff in strategic and operational planning for Public Health programs
  • Reviews and analyzes information and provides advice to staff related to programs, projects and new priorities/goals/objectives. Drafts and revises related program plans, policies and procedures
  • Promotes the implementation of municipal, provincial and federal legislation and strategies
  • Develops public health issues-related policy recommendations, e.g. by-laws, legislation for consideration at the municipal, provincial and federal levels
  • Develops and facilitates in-service training, staff orientation and staff development programs. Drafts, revises and/or recommends teaching manuals and resource materials for the public and divisional staff
  • Makes presentations to the public, community and media, and answers inquiries from the public. Liaises with interested external groups
  • Develops and coordinates communication plans and social marketing strategies for programs and services including issues management, media relations and advertising campaigns
  • Plans, develops, implements, coordinates and evaluates divisional programs, services and projects as directed, e.g. community forum workshops, press conferences, in-house newsletters, media campaigns, Annual Report, press releases
  • Researches and writes correspondence, position papers, and reports for the division
  • Collaborates on applied public health research and field study
  • Attends workshops, conferences, seminars, etc.

Key Qualifications:

Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  • A Master's degree in Public Health or Social Sciences or related area, or an equivalent combination of a baccalaureate degree and extensive experience relevant to the primary duties of the position.
  • Experience leading and organizing complex projects with a demonstrated ability to effectively manage and meet timelines for concurrent projects.
  • Experience conducting research, analyzing results, writing reports that include recommendations for evidence-informed public health interventions.
  • Experience leading program planning including needs assessments, logic model development and evaluation, social marketing, research, advocacy and policy development.
  • Experience in building, contributing to and sustaining effective community partnerships, networks, coalitions and inter-agency teams and building community capacity.
  • Experience using social media as well as excellent Microsoft suite skills, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel database applications.
  • Leadership experience in Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention.
  • Possession of a valid Ontario Class "G" Drivers License and access to a vehicle.

You must also have:

  • Ability to work cooperatively as part of a multi-disciplinary team and foster relationships with stakeholders within Toronto Public Health and within the community.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write reports and provide presentations.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply the determinants of health and access and equity principles.
  • Excellent facilitation, team building and conflict management skills as they apply to multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, which may include overtime, shift work, evenings and weekends.

Please Note:

  • 1 Temporary positon - 4 months (Injury Prevention)
  • 1 Temporary position - 10 months (Physical Activity)

Please note that all applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes. Applicants who provide an email address may receive their written correspondence with respect to this job posting directly to the email address provided with their application. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you check your email regularly to receive this correspondence.

In accordance with Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and the City of Toronto's Accommodation Policy, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.