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Health Promotion Specialist, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Guelph and Fergus, Ontario
Deadline May 2, 2017

Job Details

J0417-0117 Health Promotion Specialist
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time
Location: Guelph (1) & Fergus (1), Ontario, Canada
Desired Salary: 37.92 $CAD /Hour to 44.58 $CAD /Hour
Reports to: Manager, Healthy Communities and Public Policy

Closing Date: May 2nd, 2017

Job Description

Position Summary:

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is a community-centred agency dedicated to promoting and protecting the health of Wellington County, Dufferin County and Guelph communities. Our team works to achieve this each and every day by offering important, evidence-based health information, programs and services. Our goal is to support our community members in achieving their highest level of health.

Joining our team will involve working with passionate people and performing meaningful work that will support a healthier community for over 272,000 area residents. We believe it’s important to promote health in our own workplace, because in order to be our best, we have to feel our best. At Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health our goal is to help maintain not only the physical, but emotional, financial and social health and well-being of our team. Our employees enjoy a competitive compensation package, professional training and development opportunities and a healthy work-life balance.

The role of the Health Promotion Specialist (HPS) is to coordinate, implement and evaluate appropriate health promotion strategies and programs. These strategies include community development, program planning and evaluation, coalition building, inter-community collaboration, policy development, social marketing, and health communications. The HPS will also facilitate community mobilization and build community capacity with partners around shared health priorities. The HPS also contributse to policy development and advocacy that reflects community needs.

As part of the agency, the HPS will provide health promotion expertise and consultation to other programs to help plan and evaluate programs and services. This may include capacity building and mentoring of internal staff in health promotion skills. Additionally, the HPS will monitor program activities to assess and improve their implementation and effectiveness, including data collection, analysis, and reporting of indicators and outcomes. This may involve working with community researchers, academic partners, and other appropriate organizations to support public health research and knowledge exchange.

Areas of Responsibility:

Project Planning:

  • Develop pre-planning and project management plan within the broad parameters provided by the manager;
  • Conduct situational assessments (including a feasibility study and needs assessment);
  • Identify goals, population(s) of interest and objectives;
  • Identify strategies, activities and resources;
  • Develop indicators;
  • Develop work plans to implement program goals, objectives, evaluation and implementation steps.

Project implementation and evaluation:

  • Implement project activities and strategies;
  • Monitor and evaluate implementation of projects;
  • Develop and deliver knowledge mobilization strategies.

Build Organizational Capacity in Health Promotion Skills:

  • Contribute to team and organizational learning in order to increase health promotion capacity (e.g., mentor students and other staff; participate in research and quality assurance initiatives);
  • Contribute to developing key values and a shared vision in planning and implementing health promotion programs and policies in the community;
  • Consult with managers and staff to provide feedback and guidance on health promotion strategies.

Research & Population Health Monitoring:

  • Conduct or partner with communities to assess the health of the population using existing or collected data;
  • Access and critically appraise evidence (i.e. published and grey literature, systematic reviews, and promising practices) on the health issue and effective interventions;
  • Conduct environmental scans to identify community assets, resources, challenges and gaps;
  • Analyze all data, evidence, and environmental scan findings to develop effective program and policy interventions;
  • Develop and implement research projects;
  • Write proposals to apply for funding or program development;

Research & Population Health Monitoring: (cont’d)

  • Write and distribute a variety of reports (e.g., health status reports, literature reviews, program
  • evaluation reports);
  • Develop, implement and evaluate knowledge exchange strategies internally and externally.

Community Mobilization:

  • Work with community partners using a comprehensive health promotion approach to address priority issues identified as impacting the health of the population;
  • Bring partners together to discuss identified health issues and work with them to develop shared vision, goals and strategies;
  • Facilitate and where applicable chair meetings using various facilitation approaches;
  • Support strategic planning processes of community partners by supplying data, best-practice literature, and facilitation techniques.

Policy Development and Advocacy:

  • Research best practices and conduct an environmental scan to determine the approach;
  • Engage the community and partners to assess readiness for policy development;
  • Develop goals, objectives and policy options;
  • Identify, educate and engage decision-makers and influencers to build support for the policy. This may include advocacy at the local, provincial or national level;
  • Draft policy and consult stakeholders. This may include supporting the development of communication and enforcement plans;
  • Work with community partners to implement the policy;
  • Monitor and evaluate the policy.

Hours of Work: Regular office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Position Effective: June 1, 2017


  • Masters in Public Health, Health Promotion or related field.
  • Over 1 to 2 years practical experience in job specialty.
  • 2 to 4 years research, public policy development, project management, community development, evaluation, experience working with data.
  • Technical expertise and experience in health promotion strategies including adult education, social marketing, health education, health communication, community development and mobilization, program planning and evaluation, policy development, coalition building and advocacy.
  • Demonstrated competencies in research and evaluation design (qualitative and quantitative), epidemiology, statistics and associated computer analysis software.
  • Excellent presentation skills, written and verbal communications, group facilitation skills and computer skills.
  • Project management skills.

For further details and to apply view the posting on our website:

Closing Statement:

We thank all applicants, however, only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

WDG Public Health is an equal opportunity agency. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and will be used to determine eligibility.

WDG Public Health is committed to providing accommodations during the recruitment process for people with disabilities. If you require accommodation(s), please advise Human Resources in advance and we will work with you to meet your needs.