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Public Health Planner, Region of Waterloo

Region of Waterloo

POSTING NO.  2008-1290

CLASSIFICATION:    Public Health Planner (Environments), Temporary Full-time (for approximately 13 months)
DEPARTMENT/DIVISION: Public Health/Environmental Health & Lifestyle Resources
POSITION #: R01221                                
UNION: O.N.A. 15 (PH)/C.U.P.E. Local 1883
LOCATION:  99 Regina St. S., Waterloo/150 Main St. Cambridge             
DATE OF POSTING:  May 13, 2008
Researches, designs, evaluates, plans and implements public health policies and programs for environmental health promotion and protection areas of Public Health (PH).  Documents, prepares, and evaluates risk communication documents on issues which impact on health protection and promotion strategies of PH.  Assesses health risk associated with environmental exposure.  Facilitates or leads project teams relating to the development of health promotion programs.  Integrates theoretical frameworks with local data to design programs.  Designs and implements evaluation plans to monitor and assess the effects of health promotion programs.  Develops and implements information management systems to track PH program activities.  Designs and leads community consultation.  Prepares funding proposals.  Develops and implements communication strategies to educate and encourage community and individual behaviour changes which improve health.  Work frequently requires prolonged, intensive visual and mental concentration.  Spends 50-60% of the time researching, evaluating, and developing new programs.  Negotiating new programs requires visual/aural attention to detail.  Routinely carries audiovisual equipment, boxes of printing, and promotional materials.  Work is subject to frequent travel within the Region and occasional travel outside of the Region.  Meetings are frequently conducted outside of regular working hours.  Has contact with irate members of the public, particularly when presenting/participating at public meetings, talking to residents with regards to highly sensitive issues.

Expert knowledge of  public health research and  policy development; health behaviours and behaviour change; risk assessment, communication, and management; health promotion program development, adult education, community development, sociology and psychology of community (development) process, communications and evaluation research, normally acquired through a Masters Degree in the area of environmental or equivalent combination of related education and work experience, plus accumulated experience of one year in public health program evaluation and planning. A detailed understanding of all PH policies and programs to effectively develop health promotion aspects of programs within the department and the broader community.  Working knowledge of Federal, Provincial, and Municipal legislation as relates to health promotion and policy.  Diverse daily contact with many disciplines, both internally and externally, requires flexibility, organizational skills, group facilitation skills, diplomacy and ability to set priorities.  Advanced written and verbal, individual and group communication skills, skill in team building and demonstrated public speaking ability to lay and professional audiences.  Skill in statistical analysis and in the operation of a computer using word processing software and specialized statistical software packages.  Ability to write multi-faceted reports such as program proposals, needs assessments or program evaluations, and to coordinate input to prepare and edit reports for  approval. Ability to develop, for approval, policies and procedures relating to development of materials, access to and evaluation of resources, program referrals, links with community agencies, and other issues.  Ability to develop risk communication tools, resources, and strategies.  Ability to organize and conduct orientation and staff training on relevant environmental health and health promotion issues, within PH and within other Regional departments.  When assigned to drive the Healthy Communities Van, must possess a valid Class "G" driver's licence and acceptable driving record.  Ability to support and project values compatible with the organization.

GRADE:  15    
WAGE/SALARY: $59,550.40 - $67,667.60 per annum/$32.72 - $37.18 per hour

Please apply online (, by the closing date May 21, 2008 quoting competition number 2008-1290.

Or, send your resume to: The Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Staffing Coordinator, 150 Frederick Street, 3rd Floor, Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3.

NOTE: Since the resume, cover letter and Application for Posted Position form (HR19) will be used to select candidates for the interview process, we require that internal candidates emphasize any education, experience and skills they have which relate to the duties and requirements outlined in the job posting.  If you have any further questions regarding the application process for internal job postings, please refer to the document  "Internal Job Postings: Answers to Common Questions" posted on all Human Resources/Union Notices bulletin boards.

We thank all applicants in advance; however, we will be corresponding only with those selected for an interview.