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Health Promotion Specialist, Work Place Health Promotion, Health Protection Division, Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention Department, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Full-time, ($26.81-$31.10 per hour plus a comprehensive benefit package)

Reporting to the Manager of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, the Work Place Health Promotion Specialist will work within a multi-disciplinary team, utilising a research-based population health framework. The position(s) will have a key role in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs as they relate to chronic disease, injury, and substance abuse prevention in the workplace environment. The position involves working inter-departmentally as well as with human resource professionals, union representatives, health professionals from other public health units, NGO representatives, health promotion service providers, community groups, workers, retirees and their families.

Key areas of responsibility include supporting the development, implementation, and monitoring of a comprehensive workplace health promotion program for a large international manufacturing company. The position requires hands-on involvement in order to ensure that each workplace location in Ontario and at various locations throughout the Country has a functional workplace health promotion program in place. On-site and telephone collaboration with company, union, and local public health unit personnel will be required. Review of relevant literature and existing workplace health promotion programs in order to determine best practices for health risk appraisal and program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation will be required. A commitment to continuous quality improvement of the program is essential.

Position requires

* A minimum of a Masters Degree in health promotion or a related field

* At least one year's experience working in the area of workplace health promotion

* A strong background in research, program evaluation, policy development, social marketing, and behavioural change

* Superior communication (written and oral), problem solving, analytical, and interpersonal skills

* High level of proficiency with MS Office Professional computer software applications

* A valid Ontario Driver's Licence and access to a reliable motor vehicle during working hours

* Ability to do a significant amount of travel throughout Southern Ontario

* A criminal clearance certificate must be provided at the applicant's cost

Assets include

* Advanced understanding of Health Risk Appraisal Tools for use in workplace settings

* Experience in evaluating workplace health promotion programs

* Advanced understanding of the organizational benefits of comprehensive workplace health promotion programs

* Familiarity with the principles and standards of quality assurance programs (Best Practices, ISO, NQI, etc.)

* Familiarity and comfort with organizational and union dynamics within the manufacturing sector

* Advanced understanding of shift-work and its impact on health

* Experience in developing strategies and interventions to deal with stress in the "workplace"

* Competence in both official languages

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