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Health Research Specialist, Public Health, City of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline October 14, 2015

Job Classification Title: Health Research Specialist
Job ID #: 2167036 X
Division: Public Health
Section: Healthy Public Policy
Work Location: 277 Victoria Street
Job Stream: Health
Job Type: Temporary, Full-Time
Temporary Duration: 6  Months
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: 1
Posting Date: 30-Sep-2015
Closing Date: 14-Oct-2015

Job Description
Major Responsibilities:

Reporting to a Manager in the Healthy Public Policy Directorate, the Health Research Specialist participates in complex policy and research projects to address the social determinants of health of Toronto residents.

  • Plans, conducts and evaluates public health research studies, including joint projects with other city departments, task forces and committees, other levels of government and other external groups or agencies
  • Researches public health issues in order to provide divisional, departmental and corporate leadership in public health policy, programs, advocacy and strategy
  • Acts as a consultant for public health division and other city departments to identify and service public health policy, research, evaluation and program needs
  • Promotes the use of information and its application to decision making within the division through collaboration, the development of linkages, and capacity building initiatives
  • Consults and/or works collaboratively with external groups, including the development of contacts with other jurisdictions, at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels, non-governmental organizations and interest groups, other agencies and the private sector
  • Conducts speaking engagements for the public, community and media, in collaboration with public health communications and public relations staff, answers public inquiries on public health research and policy issues
  • Researches, organizes, and writes briefing materials, discussion papers, reports and correspondence on public health issues
  • Participates in and/or chairs internal and external committees
  • Reviews public health research literature and reports produced by other government and research agencies to determine potential impact on public health policy, research and programs
  • Advises and assists divisional staff in the planning, delivery and evaluation of staff development and training programs, and in the development of new policies and procedures
  • Advises and guides academic health science students on project

Key Qualifications:
Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  • Master's degree in public health sciences, public/health policy, nursing, social sciences or an equivalent combination of a baccalaureate degree and extensive experience relevant to the primary duties of the position.
  • Considerable experience in the areas of policy development and analysis with an emphasis on the social determinants of health.
  • Considerable experience in planning, conducting and evaluating qualitative and quantitative research and policy studies.

You must also have:

  • Knowledge and skills utilizing qualitative and quantitative software packages.
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate with a broad range of stakeholders from community representatives, senior management, technical experts and elected officials.
  • Knowledge and use of GIS tools is an asset.
  • Well developed interpersonal skills and the ability to work cooperatively with others in a multidisciplinary team setting.
  • Excellent policy based and research report writing and oral presentation skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently.

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In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the City of Toronto's Accommodation Policy, a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.
Applicants are required to provide their accommodation needs in advance and submit adequate documentation to support their request for accommodation in the assessment process and/or to perform the essential duties of the posted position. For disability-related accommodation, documentation must be from the applicants' treating physician outlining their functional limitations.