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Planning & Evaluation Specialist, Chatham-Kent Public Health

Chatham, Ontario
Deadline April 7, 2016
Job Number: PHU 16-5
Closing Date: 4/7/2016 - 4:30 PM (MM/DD/YYYY)
Department: Health & Family Services
Division/Section: Public Health Unit
Location: Chatham-Kent Public Health
Placement: Full-Time
Status: Open

Job Description:

Do you have experience with Public Health Planning & Evaluation? We have a contract position for a Planning & Evaluation Specialist available with our Public Health Unit division.

The Specialist crosses program areas and has enhanced responsibilities related to population health assessment and surveillance, program planning and evaluation, research and knowledge exchange, and policy development. The Specialist works within a multi-disciplinary team and with program staff to participate in the planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion strategies in the assigned program areas.

About Public Health Unit: The Public Health Unit is responsible for the public health service delivery of the Ontario Public Health Standards. The division oversees diverse program areas with a multi-disciplinary staff that provide public health programs and services to the citizens of Chatham-Kent. Program areas include environmental health, infant and child health, chronic disease and injury prevention, and clinic services (sexual health, communicable and vaccine preventable disease, and oral health).

The Planning & Evaluation Specialist will: facilitate the identification of population health assessment and surveillance needs for the program as articulated by the team or program during operational planning, or as identified in consultation with team or program members; in partnership with the epidemiologist, facilitate access to population health assessment and surveillance data for the team or program; implement or assist colleagues in conducting population health assessments and in interpreting population health assessment and surveillance data to inform program planning and evaluation and ongoing monitoring of initiatives; consult with program staff on the need for, and the design and implementation of program evaluations, including needs assessments, and liaises and solicits advice from the epidemiologist regarding assessment, surveillance, and evaluation activities conducted within a team or program; assist in the identification of best practice knowledge and evidence to aid in program planning; engage internal and external stakeholders in the development of health promotion strategies, including awareness, skill building, creating supportive environments, and healthy public policy.

What qualifications are we looking for? A Master's degree in public health, evaluation, social science, or related discipline and/or combined relevant experience; demonstrated experience in program planning, evaluation, and policy work, particularly related to public health programs; technical expertise in the application of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods, including data collection and analysis, report writing, and project management to support and lead program planning and evaluations; technical expertise in healthy public policy development and advocacy that promote and protect the health and well-being of individuals and the community; strong understanding of Ontario Public Health Standards; demonstrated excellence in interpersonal, organizational, teamwork, and time management skills; demonstrated superior written and communication skills; strong interpersonal, teamwork, and relationship building skills to develop and maintain partnerships and collaborations with program team members and external stakeholders as required; ability to perform literature searches, reviews, and critically appraise and synthesize evidence; ability to work independently; demonstrated computer and research skills including Microsoft Office suite and data.

Because this position would be required to travel, a valid Province of Ontario driver's license with a reliable motor vehicle is necessary. Because of the environment this position will be working in, the successful candidate will be required to furnish an original Police Information Search (criminal reference check) (working with vulnerable persons) prior to commencement of employment.

Please see the additional job profile/description documents at for full responsibility and qualification details, including work environment, hours of work, occupational safety, and physical/safety requirements.
Community of Chatham-Kent:

Beautifully located between two lakes, Chatham-Kent offers a pleasant, family friendly lifestyle with attractive communities and welcoming people. Housing prices are a fraction of those in other locations. For example, in 2014 the average house cost $567,000 in Toronto and $254,000 in London, but only $152,000 in Chatham-Kent. We provide a full range of public and private sector services for people of all ages and backgrounds. Schools, doctors, sports facilities and shopping malls – we have it all. Our beaches, parks, and nature reserves make Chatham-Kent a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. People are finding many reasons to choose Chatham-Kent. Come and discover your own!

Core Values for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent:


  • We respect one and all by showing consideration for one another’s opinions, values, and beliefs
  • We will be fair, impartial, and just in everything we do


  • We believe in, have confidence in, and rely on, one another
  • We will be truthful, courageous, trustworthy, and accountable for our actions
  • We will be straightforward and ethical
  • We will do the right thing


  • What everybody does matters
  • We will work willingly together to achieve the common goal to serve our customers


  • We will listen, speak up and be heard
  • Everyone knows what they need to know to do a good job


  • We believe in a safe workplace for all


Compensation: this contract position has an hourly wage range of $33.33 to $37.48 (currently under review), as per CUPE 12.3 (2012-2014) union collective agreement.

How to Apply:

Applying: Candidates interested in this contract position are asked to submit our Career Profile (our application form) and resume to the address below. The career profile is found in our job ad under municipal jobs at

Applications must be received before 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7, 2016:

Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Attn. Cathy J. E. Hoffman, MPA, CHRL
Director, HROD/Customer Services
315 King Street West
P.O. Box 640
Chatham ON  N7M 5K8
Fax:  519.436.3237
Email address:

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fair and accessible employment practices that attract and retain talented employees. Should you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources & Organizational Development (HROD) at 519-360-1998 or Applicant information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy legislation and will be used strictly for the purpose of candidate selection. We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.