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Senior Specialist, Health Promotion, Cancer Care Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline January 18, 2017

Vacancy/Poste Vacant: Senior Specialist, Health Promotion
Reports To/Supérieur Hiérarchique: Team Lead, Training and Knowledge Exchange – Program Training And Consultation Centre (PTCC)
Location/Emplacement: Toronto, Ontario    

Status/Situation: Permanent Full-Time
No. of Vacancies/Nombre de Postes Vacants: One (1) 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 research activities in partnership with the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo

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The Senior Specialist, Health Promotion will coordinate provincial Communities of Practice (CoPs) and other knowledge exchange initiatives for local public health professionals, NGO staff and researchers. These opportunities 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. This position is also responsible for project management, program and resource development.

The key responsibilities of this position are/Les principales responsabilités de ce poste sont:

Supporting Knowledge Exchange Activities

  • Lead the planning and facilitation of provincial knowledge exchange meetings including PTCC’s communities of practice and development of learning agendas/terms of reference.
  • Lead the development of processes, procedures and strategies to enhance the functioning of the Communities of Practice and other learning structures.
  • Identify new and existing evidence-informed practices, programs and policies in tobacco control.
  • Assist with the planning, coordination and facilitation of provincial webinars to disseminate learnings from applied research and practice in the field.

Program Development

  • Lead the establishment of new CoPs or other knowledge exchange opportunities.
  • Promote the use of practice and research-based evidence in decision-making for program development and implementation.
  • Identify knowledge gaps and priorities for evidence review and synthesis, documentation of practice and program development.
  • Support the development and implementation of a PTCC knowledge development and exchange strategy.
  • Support the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of knowledge exchange initiatives.

Project Management

  • Provide logistical support for teleconferences, webinars and online meetings.
  • Administer and encourage the use of online collaborative spaces and other innovative technologies that support knowledge exchange.
  • Scan and disseminate peer-reviewed and grey literature on key tobacco control topics on a regular basis, and maintain inventories of articles.

Resource Development

  • Review research reports and products and provide additional suggestions for other resource/product development.
  • Develop communications products (e.g., newsletters, website content, articles) to disseminate research and practice based evidence.
  • 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 the tobacco control system in Ontario.
  • Expertise in community building, networking, and knowledge exchange with diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience with coordinating communities of practice or knowledge exchange mechanisms.
  • Effective consensus-building, facilitation, negotiation and consultation skills.
  • Superior organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Strong critical and strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team and independently
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, including ability to write in clear and concise plain language.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office software and other web-based platforms, online communities and collaborative spaces used for collaboration.

Closing Date/Date Limite: January 18, 2017

To Apply:  Please submit a resume and cover letter via the CCO Careers Site: