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Public Health Promoter, Health Hazards/WNV Program, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Internal/External Posting Notice

Position    Public Health Promoter
Classification    Permanent
FTE    1.0

Service    Health Protection
Program    Health Hazards/WNV Program
Location    Barrie  

Effective    Immediately
Salary    $32.76 - $36.69 per hour - Band 8

Purpose of Position:

The Public Health Promoter position is a new position in the Health Hazards program team. This position will complement the existing health hazards team and improve capacity to fulfill the requirements of the Ontario Public Health Standards.  Primary focus will include promotion and policy development in the area of indoor and outdoor air quality, climate change, the built environment and other strategic priorities related to emerging environmental health hazards.
Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation achievement of overall program strategic goals and the development of the program operational plan and work plans
  • Assists in researching, and applies relevant theories and models to the planning, implementation and evaluation of program initiatives (e.g. stages of change theory, social change theory, diffusion of innovation theory, population health model, healthy living strategy model)
  • Applies evidence based decision-making and best practices to developing program background reports and utilizes this information in the planning, implementation and evaluation of program initiatives
  • Maintains current knowledge of research, best practices information, and health status information relevant to program content in order to effectively participate in program planning and decision making
  • Takes a leadership role in researching and preparing grant proposals to enhance programming
  • Coordinates the implementation of specially funded projects providing leadership to other staff and community volunteers; may be required to monitor project expenses
  • Works with partners locally, provincially and federally to advocate for, and facilitate the development of healthy public policy and environmental supports
  • Provides leadership, guidance and expertise to community agencies, coalitions and task groups on behalf of the program at the local, regional and provincial level to plan and implement initiatives as assigned
  • Networks with peers, experts in the field, community agencies, coalitions and task groups on behalf of the program at the local, regional and provincial level to plan and implement initiatives as assigned
  • Participates in the development of social marketing campaigns, including mass media, press releases, website development, campaign resource development, newsletters, list-serves
  • Contributes to team and agency effectiveness.

Skills and Competencies Required:

  • Intermediate knowledge of public health and population health concepts, health promotion practices and theory (including social marketing, behaviour change theory, social change theory, population health model), healthy public policy development and community development
  • Intermediate knowledge of program planning, development and evaluation utilizing better practice information
  • Intermediate community assessment skills
  • Intermediate  ability to critically assess research for relevance and application to program planning
  • Intermediate oral and interpersonal communications skills including facilitation and presentation skills
  • Intermediate written communication skills including an ability to produce effective program materials, promotional materials, presentation and communication campaigns
  • Intermediate ability to manage and prioritize a variety of projects and tasks
  • Intermediate computer software skills in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook


  • Baccalaureate Degree (four years) in Environmental Health, Health Sciences, Environmental Studies, Behavioural Sciences, Health Promotion or other related field

Related experience:  

  • Minimum 1 year relevant experience


  • Certification as a Public Health Inspector (Canada) preferred
  • Previous experience and education in policy development
  • Advanced negotiation, collaboration, organization and time management skills
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Environmental health program experience

Forward resume to Lisa Pighin, Human Resources Generalist at referencing posting number.

Deadline: 4:00 p.m. on July 29, 2008