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Senior Specialist, Health Promotion, Cancer Care Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline July 22, 2015

Vacancy/Poste Vacant: Senior Specialist, Health Promotion
Location/Emplacement: Toronto, Ontario
Status/Situation: Permanent Full-Time
No. of Vacancies/Nombre de Postes Vacants: One Hire

About us

Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) -- an Ontario government agency -- drives quality and continuous improvement in disease prevention and screening, the delivery of care and the patient experience, for cancer, chronic kidney disease and access to care for key health services.

Known for its innovation and results driven approaches, CCO leads multi-year system planning, contracts for services with hospitals and providers, develops and deploys information systems, establishes guidelines and standards and tracks performance targets to ensure system-wide improvements in cancer, chronic kidney disease and access to care.

Our employees are our greatest asset.  They bring our vision to life, embody our culture, represent what we stand for and most importantly, are the face of CCO.

We are committed to creating an environment where you are inspired to do your best work, feel valued for the work you do, and have an opportunity to make a difference. To enable a culture that fosters a sense of community where we work together and support each other for a better future, we embody the following People Values:

  • We are rooted in integrity
  • We are driven by accountability
  • We are empowered by our partnerships
  • We are unified in our purpose

Our People Values are essentially how we do our work and how we treat each other.  As a people- centered organization, we are looking for employees who model our values so that together, we can create the best health systems in the world.

Position Summary/Résumé Du Poste:

The Program Training and Consultation Centre (PTCC) plays a leading role in providing training and technical assistance in comprehensive tobacco control to local communities in Ontario.   Funded by Public Health Ontario, the PTCC is based at Cancer Care Ontario and partners with the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo.

The PTCC provides services to Ontario local public health departments, local tobacco-free coalitions, regional Tobacco Control Area Networks (TCANs), community health centres, voluntary organizations, and other health and human service providers that are active in comprehensive tobacco control.

The PTCC provides a range of evidence based services to build capacity for comprehensive tobacco control at the individual and organizational levels. These services include:

  • Delivering training programs, workshops and webinars
  • Delivering technical assistance through consultations
  • Organizing tobacco control forums that bring together government decision-makers, researchers, tobacco control practitioners, and other tobacco control stakeholders
  • Supporting the development and implementation of provincial communities of practice
  • Conducting applied research activities in partnership with the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo

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The key responsibilities of this position are/Les principales responsabilités de ce poste sont: The Senior Specialist, Health Promotion will coordinate a number of provincial Communities of
Practice (CoPs) comprised of local public health professionals, NGO staff and researchers. CoPs facilitate knowledge exchange, cross-province communication, and support among practitioners. They aim to build capacity to integrate research and practice-based evidence into public health
programming. They are also intended to enable PTCC to better and more efficiently identify knowledge gaps and coordinate capacity building activities in areas that practitioners identify as high
priority or in which extra information and support are needed. In addition, the Senior Specialist, Health Promotion will be responsible for helping to identify new knowledge exchange strategies that could be introduced to enhance and build upon the CoP model.

The key responsibilities of this position are:

  • Lead the planning and facilitation of meetings and development of an annual community learning agenda, while ensuring an evidence-informed approach.
  • Lead planning, coordination and facilitation of face-to-face meetings; provide logistical support for teleconferences and online meetings.
  • Lead the development of processes, procedures and strategies to enhance the functioning of the Communities of Practice, by applying knowledge exchange theories and introducing
  • activities to improve relationship-building, knowledge-sharing and use, and researcher participation.
  • Administer and encourage the use of online collaborative spaces and other innovative technologies that support the CoPs.
  • Lead the establishment of new CoPs as resources permit.
  • Administer and develop methods for identifying the communities’ knowledge gaps.
  • Facilitate the identification, access, interpretation and translation of research evidence into local policy and practice.
  • Scan and disseminate peer-reviewed and grey literature on key topics of interest to CoPs on a regular basis, and maintain inventories of articles.
  • Promote the use of research-based evidence in decision-making.
  • Assist with the identification of new and existing evidence-informed practices, programs and policies in tobacco control, and support local public health staff to self-document and
  • disseminate details of evidence-informed practices.
  • Identify priorities for evidence review and synthesis, and case study evaluation/documentation of practice by the University of Waterloo’s (UW) Propel Centre for Population Health Impact.
  • Review research reports and products developed by the UW.
  • Lead the development of evidence-informed products that can be used by local and provincial programs to implement better practices in tobacco control. Coordinate the evaluation of these
  • products.
  • Support the development and implementation of a PTCC knowledge development & exchange strategy, including initiatives to enhance academic partnerships to collaborate on knowledge
  • exchange activities.
  • Develop communications products (e.g., newsletters, website content, articles) regarding the Communities of Practice.
  • Support the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the CoPs as well as the evaluation of new knowledge exchange initiatives.
  • Assist with the planning and coordination of provincial webinars to disseminate learnings from applied research and practice in the field.
  • Participate on committees and working groups, as appropriate.
  • Other tasks, as required.


  • A Master’s degree in health, behavioural or social sciences is required, ideally with training in public health, knowledge exchange or adult education and at least three years of related
  • experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of health promotion and public health theory and practice.
  • Knowledge of the tobacco control system in Ontario.
  • Knowledge of theories and strategies in the fields of knowledge exchange and continuing education an asset.
  • Expertise in community building, networking, and knowledge exchange.
  • Effective consensus-building, facilitation, negotiation and consultation skills.
  • Superior organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, arrange information and files in a useful manner and develop group operating procedures and
  • processes.
  • Strong critical and analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team and independently, using sound judgement.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, including ability to write in clear and concise plain language.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office software and other online tools used for collaboration.
  • Experience with coordinating communities of practice or professional networks an asset.
  • Experience working with a number of knowledge exchange methods with an emphasis on hosting or using web-based platforms, online communities and collaborative spaces and other
  • social media technology an asset.
  • Ability to speak fluently in both official languages an asset.

Closing Date/Date Limite:  July 22, 2015

To Apply: Please apply through the CCO Careers Site at the following link: yCode=11963&JobNumber=758870&lang=en