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Manager; Epidemiology Planning Evaluation and Quality; Knowledge Management Division; Epidemiology, Planning, Evaluation and Quality Department; Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Windsor, Ontario
Deadline February 27, 2015

Permanent (Non-Union)
Windsor Site

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Knowledge Management, the successful applicant will be responsible for the efficient and effective management of the requirements and outcomes of the Epidemiology, Planning, Evaluation and Quality Department.  This manager will lead a multidisciplinary team of professionals in the efficient delivery of public health services consistent with the Mission, Vision and Values of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. All public health competencies apply to the planning, development, implementation, evaluation, supervision, and management of public health programs and services supporting the requirements of:

  • The Ontario Public Health Foundational Standards (2008)
  • Strategic and Operational Planning, Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation
  • Quality Improvement and Accreditation
  • Training, Professional Development and Capacity Building

This position supports the on-going operations of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

The successful candidate must work in compliance with the Occupational Health and safety Act and all policies and procedures of the Winsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and direction to a diverse team of employees
  • Support the development and implementation of strategic directions and departmental, divisional and unit business plans
  • Actively participate in management meetings (e.g., HUMAT)
  • Prepare reports (e.g., Board, Ministry, SMT)
  • Create a positive work environment
  • Communicate a consistent vision and direction for the team, ensuring communication barriers are eliminated
  • Consult with and maintain strong relationships with members of the public, staff at all levels, external organizations, members of the Board and other departments to help achieve the goals of the team, division and organization
  • Accountable for effective internal and external communications
  • Evaluate, monitor and assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and resolve the problem, or make recommendations to the Director that are aligned with the vision and values of the organization
  • Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization
  • Ensure team issues and concerns are addressed so that goals and objectives are successful
  • Develops implementation plans taking into account relevant evidence, legislation, risk management frameworks, regulations and policies.
  • Lead and direct the effective management of all team initiatives, projects and staff
  • Establish a positive, healthy, and safe work environment according to all appropriate legislation and regulations; ensure staff receive appropriate orientation and training
  • Recruit, interview and select staff able to help achieve team, division and organization goals
  • Monitor staff performance on an on-going basis and conduct annual performance reviews; coach and develop staff to improve or enhance performance
  • Prepare financial projections and administer funds according to the approved budget; approve
  • expenditures within the budget and monitor the cash flow
  • Anticipate, understand and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters
  • Respond to media inquiries and participate in interviews as needed
  • May need to participate in after hours on-call rotation
  • Plan, develop, implement and evaluate policies, programs, services and projects that meet the needs of the community
  • Provide direct epidemiological support to Health Protection and Promotion Divisions, along with the team Epidemiologist
  • Expected to be available for province-wide epidemic investigation, as needed by the provincial Ministry of Health

Position Qualifications

  • Comprehensive knowledge of Public Health and related standards and protocols
  • Demonstrated planning experience, with an emphasis on strategic and operational planning in public health
  • Current knowledge of public health issues and indicators in the areas of Health Promotion and Protection, including the theory and application of epidemiological concepts, trend analysis and forecasting
  • Several years of experience analyzing data using statistical software such as Stata, SAS, SPSS, EpiData, ArcGIS, and familiarity with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and other packages and programming languages currently used to collect, analyze, and report epidemiological data in Ontario
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of infectious disease surveillance, including outbreak detection, investigation, and analysis; Experience with the Integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) would be an asset
  • A strong background in research and program evaluation, including process and outcome evaluation, and applied research
  • Knowledge of quality assurance and accreditation in a public health setting
  • Strong human resource management skills
  • Ability to work effectively with staff and to utilize positive problem solving solutions, including negotiation and motivation
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible, versatile, and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills
  • Demonstrated superior written and communication skills
  • Ability to work flexible hours (i.e., occasional evenings and weekend) when necessary
  • Immunizations and TB screening as per WECHU policies
  • Satisfactory vulnerable sector police clearance
  • A valid Ontario Driver’s License and access to a reliable motor vehicle during work hours and 1 million dollars in liability insurance is required.

Education/Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Epidemiology or Master’s of Public Health (with concentration or major in Epidemiology)
  • A PhD in a related field would be considered an asset
  • Experience as an Epidemiologist in a public health or related setting
  • Demonstrated experience managing in a unionized environment

Application Process

Qualified applicants are invited to forward a résumé in confidence by email to resume@wechu.org with Reference #7 Attention: Dan Sibley, Manager, Human Resources before 4:30 p.m. on Friday February 27, 2015.  

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit thanks all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.