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Information Specialist, Best Start: Ontario's Maternal, Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre

1 full-time and 1 short-term contract

Closing Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Location: Toronto preferred. Negotiable within Ontario

Start Date: August 2005

Best Start: Ontario's Maternal, Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre provides health promotion training, consultation and information services to community professionals working with women and families. The Best Start Resource Centre is a key program of Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse (

We currently seek two Information Specialists - one permanent full time (bilingual preferred) to support the team and one short-term contract (bilingual required) to support our French Languages Services Consultant.


* Seek information and undertake secondary research

* Track health promotion and information trends, issues and research

* Analyze and synthesize information into useable formats and disseminate relevant information in a variety of media

* Develop and/or contribute to the production of resources and training material

* Promote, manage, monitor and facilitate discussion on selected listservs/electronic networks

* Provide information, referrals and brief consultations to clients

* Develop, research, write and/or edit articles

* Support the development and implementation of practices and procedures for storing, recording and accessing print and electronic resources and information

* Maintain, support, and extend relationships and partnerships with identified health-promoting associations, organizations and groups


* University degree and/or equivalent experience in the health promotion field

* Comprehensive understanding of maternal, newborn and health promotion

* Good word processing skills and experience with email and internet applications, listserv manipulation and other information management tools

* Strong written and verbal communication skills

* Strong analytic, organizational and problem-solving skills

* Ability to gather, organize, interpret and communicate information and adapt it to different audiences

* Ability to work independently and as an integral team member

* Oral and written proficiency in French preferred for permanent position and required for contract position

* Competency to respond to Ontario's cultural and regional diversity

Location: Toronto preferred. Negotiable within Ontario.

Interested applicants should submit cover letter, indicating which position(s), and resume by Wednesday, July 13, 2005 to:

Manager, Best Start

c/o Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse

180 Dundas Street West, Suite 1900

Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8

Fax: (416) 408-2122

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. OPC is an equal opportunity employer.