Back to top

Health Promoter, Grey Bruce Health Unit

Owen Sound, Ontario
Deadline February 26, 2016

Temporary Full-Time
Competition #: 2016-03

The Health Promoter plans, develops, implements, and evaluates a variety of community- based initiatives to meet the Ontario Public Health Standards.  This includes applying leadership skills to support healthy community development through effective program delivery, advocacy and policy development.  

Key Areas of Responsibility


  • In collaboration with program manager, public/media relations coordinator, social marketer and colleagues, develop and implement communication strategies, identify appropriate distribution channels, develop targeted messages and monitor effectiveness of campaigns.
  • Prepare media releases and articles, participate in radio and television interviews, coordinate and participate in special promotional events, and coordinate and recommend distribution of marketing materials.
  • Plan, organize and conduct educational workshops, in-services and presentations for staff, community groups, municipal councils, schools, workplaces and provincial or national networks.

Assessment and Analysis

  • Collect, assess and analyze evidence-based research regarding the factors which promote and protect the health of local residents. Integrate information from a variety of sources to describe the range of interventions available to address public health issues.
  • Identify community assets and resources that will support the appropriate mix of evidence-based health promotion strategies including community mobilization, health education, awareness building, skill development, advocacy, policy development and environmental supports.

Policy and Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation

  • Participate in the planning, development, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of evidence based programming.  Support the development of operational plans, and implementation once approved.
  • Analyze healthy public policy options to understand the health, economic, administrative, legal, social and political implications.  Draft recommendations and implementation plans. Write and present resolutions and position papers.
  • Prepare comments, advice and make recommendations for local, regional and provincial reviews, reports and policies, including all levels of strategic, master and land use planning. Identify and maintain familiarity with local, provincial and federal policies that mandate and influence local planning and decision making.
  • Participate in research and evaluation projects.  
  • Partnership, Collaboration and Advocacy
  • Familiar with all aspects of the Health Unit as a whole, and link community stakeholders to appropriate Health Unit programs and services.
  • Build and maintain relationships with local, regional and provincial partners, planners and decision makers.  
  • Serve on standing and ad hoc internal and external committees as assigned.
  • Facilitate and support the development of community networks and partnerships.
  • Work in conjunction with other agencies and services to collaborate on the development of comprehensive health promotion strategies.   

Diversity and Inclusiveness

  • Create a work environment that values and understands diversity.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how various issues influence the health and well-being of priority populations within the community.

Public Health Sciences

  • Demonstrate knowledge in areas of health promotion and population health.
  • Take responsibility for learning and professional development by attending appropriate continuing education workshops, conferences and seminars, through private study and participation in networks
  • Reflect on own work performance to identify strengths and determine learning needs.


  • Provide support and expertise in areas of health promotion and population health to peers, community stakeholders, and the public.
  • Assist in the collection of data for inclusion in the Health Unit’s annual performance report.
  • Understand and articulate the mission and priorities of the Grey Bruce Health Unit.
  • Set clear and realistic goals, activities, timelines, deliverables and accountabilities for own/team function in conjunction with team members and managers.  
  • Provide mentorship for health studies/promotion student field placements and high school cooperative students.

Ethics and Professionalism:

  • Ensure privacy and confidentiality is maintained.
  • Represent Grey Bruce Health Unit in all interactions in a manner which promotes the mission, values and standards of the organization.  

Employment Requirements

Education – Training - Experience

  • Four-year (4) Baccalaureate Degree in health studies/sciences.
  • Six (6) months related experience (community based, health promotion preferred).
  • A demonstrated knowledge of the key values and principles underlying health promotion practice, health status of populations, inequalities in health, and the determinants of health.

Working Conditions

  • Working hours will vary within a 35-hour paid work week; with evening and weekend work required
  • Work will be completed in both general office and community settings.
  • Business travel is required within and outside of the Grey Bruce region.
  • A valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle is required.

To Apply:  

Please submit a complete resume and cover letter, quoting competition 2016-03 by February 26, 2016 to:

Grey Bruce Health Unit
Attn:  Human Resources
101 17th Street East
Owen Sound, ON  N4K 0A5