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Public Health Nutritionist, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Division, Peel Health

The Region of Peel, comprised of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon, is a dynamic blend of urban, industrial and residential areas.  We are one of Ontario's fastest growing municipalities, delivering a wide range of public health services to over 1,000,000 residents.  Peel Region is the first government in Canada to achieve the National Quality Institute's prestigious Canada Awards for Excellence.

If you are a forward-thinking health professional striving for excellence and seeking new challenges with an award-winning and progressive organization that values a supportive and respectful environment, teamwork, effective communication, integrity and quality service, consider this career opportunity at Peel Health within our Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Division.

Public Health Nutritionist (File # 08-174)

As an active member of the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity team, you will review evidence and provincial and national guidelines to prepare briefings, position statements, and recommendations for nutrition related public health practice with the goal of influencing healthy eating environments and positive eating behaviors for children and youth. Using a comprehensive school health approach you will develop, implement, evaluate and support school food policies and nutritional standards that meet the current and upcoming new Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum.

You will collaborate within a multidisciplinary team, and with divisional/departmental colleagues, applying health promotion principles and best practice strategies to plan, develop, implement and evaluate policies, practices, resources and programs related to healthy eating promotion for children and youth. You will consult with key stakeholders, the public, staff, community partners such as school boards and parent councils and other professionals in order to effectively meet Ontario Public Health Standards.  You will collaborate with other nutritionists in the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention division to proactively identify issues related to Nutrition Best Practices, and provide analysis and recommendations to influence strategic initiatives and policy development.

If you possess

  • a Masters degree in Applied Science with a specialization in community or public health nutrition
  • one to three years experience in community or public health nutrition
  • registration by the College of Dietitians of Ontario
  • in-depth knowledge of current nutrition science, education theories, behavior change theory, and health promotion principles and strategies
  • demonstrated program planning and evaluation skills
  •  experience working with multidisciplinary groups or teams
  • experience working with programming that targets children and youth
  • experience working with a culturally diverse community
  • excellent communication, collaboration, customer service and facilitation skills
  • knowledge of Ontario Public Health Standards, specifically in the area of chronic disease prevention including healthy weights for children and youth and comprehensive school health promotion approaches, we would like to hear from you.

There is more to a career at Peel; we also offer

  • a salary range from $64,867 $81,084
  • pay for performance plan
  • a comprehensive benefit package
  • a pension plan (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System-OMERS)
  • a high tech environment
  • tuition assistance
  • mentoring and coaching
  • training and development
  • a family orientated environment
  • a healthy workplace
  • direct links to management and
  • a workplace where your feedback is important to us.  

To pursue this challenging opportunity, please submit your application online to http://www.peelregion.ca/jobs by April 1, 2008, and select Public Health Nutritionist (File # 08-174).  

The Region of Peel, an equal opportunity employer, appreciates all responses; however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted.