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Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Senior Specialist Health Partnerships

Reports to Director Government Relations & Health Partnerships

Status: Permanent, Full Time

Description of Position

The Senior Specialist Health Partnerships is responsible for developing and maintaining key relationships in the health promotion arena on behalf of the Foundation to enable the planning and implementation of Board approved mission programs. As such, the individual will have strong knowledge of the health promotion sector and have a significant role in representing the Foundation at a variety of provincial committees and work groups. In addition, the individual will be responsible for developing and implementing an effective Field plan for mission activities, including the development of appropriate training and tools. As the key contact point for the Field in understanding the Foundation's role in health partnerships and mission programs, the individual will act as a resource to all other parts of the Foundation, especially relating to Area Offices.

Key Accountabilities

1. Develop and Maintain Key Health Partnerships that Enable Mission Programs

* Develop an inventory of key health partnerships and identify how to most effectively develop and maintain key relationships

* In consultation with the Director assess strategically what partnerships are required to achieve mission plans

* Represent HSFO on appropriate committees and work groups to ensure HSFO objectives for each partnership are realized

* Provide information, training, and tools for all staff that are representing HSFO to ensure they understand purpose for HSFO participation and have information and insight about relationship to other committees, initiatives etc.

2. HSFO's Representative with Heart Health Network

Pending the outcome of Strategic Planning, which will determine the extent of leadership of HSFO in the Heart Health Network, the role is as facilitator:

* Serve as the primary contact point for HSFO with the Heart Health (Taking Action for Healthy Living) Network ensuring that messages to the Network are consistent with HSFO's strategic directions

* Provide direction and information to Field Offices and Field volunteers that are participating in Heart Health Networks

* Undertake annual review of the extent of HSFO participation in Heart Health Networks

3. Lead HSFO's Participation in Major Regional Health Partnerships

* Represent HSFO as a partner in Champlain Region CVD Prevention Network to develop appropriate role and profile for HSFO in this initiative

* Provide direction to HSFO staff who are participating in major regional health partnerships and coordinate efforts with Parent Brand/Health Information and Mission Teams

* Monitor major regional health partnerships and participate as determined

4. Serve as Key Contact for the Field on Health Partnerships

* Develop in consultation with all relevant parties the annual outline of the Field's role in Mission activities

* Serve as point of contact for the Regional Health Information Specialists with respect to health partnerships

* Be available to all Foundation staff but most particularly Field staff to provide information on HSFO's health partnership plans and activities

5. Scan and Monitor the Health Promotion Arena

* Develop and maintain an overview of major health promotion initiatives in Ontario

* Support the Director in scanning and monitoring the mission marketplace to inform future directions

Key Lateral Relationships

* Regional Health Information Specialists

* Manager, Health Information Product Development

* Manager, Government Relations

Key Challenges/Constraints

* Health Promotion arena is complex and changing with many actors.

* Position will involve managing a large number of relationships both internal and external dealing with complex information.

* Managing diverse stakeholder expectation and perceptions of the Foundation's role in Health Promotion

Competency/Knowledge Requirements

Managing the Business/Accountability for Results

* Results-oriented self-starter with strong focus on achieving desired outcomes. Proactively anticipates and resolves potential issues. Takes action to address obstacles and demonstrates pride and commitment to work

* Communicates clearly to others, implements decisions and ensures a smooth transition of work between individuals, teams or functions

* Ability to adapt to change and excel in evolving situations

Technical/Professional Excellence

* Has strong background in a related discipline (such as public health, dietician, nursing, health promotion, adult education) and strong knowledge of the Health Promotion sector gained through combination of school and professional experience

* Prior experience developing health promotion partnerships.

Project and Customer Management Skills

* Excellent project management skills and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse staff and external partners

* Customer service and communications skills to be applied toward internal customers such as Field staff and external customers (health partners)

Influence and Interpersonal Savvy

* A combination of excellent communications skills, technical skills interpersonal skills, skills of persuasion and customer service skills in order to be able to establish credibility for the Health Partnership business and gain the support of stakeholders/internal customers with diverse perspectives, in order to achieve goals

* Contributes to a strong teamwork environment through demonstration of mutual respect, problem solving, conflict resolution and goal orientation

Other requirements

* Knowledge or experience working multi-level disease organization would be beneficial

* Proven ability to manage workload with little structure

* Good network in the health promotion arena

* Related post secondary education (such as public health, dietician, nursing, health promotion, adult education)

* 5-7 years experience

Accountability Dimensions

* Accountable for the management of key health partnerships

* Accountable to build and maintain effective working relationships with the Field and specifically the Regional Health information Specialists

If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward your application by September 2, 2005, to

People Resources

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario

1920 Yonge Street, 4th Floor

Toronto, ON M4S 3E2