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Manager, Health Promotion (Food Strategy Development), Public Health Division, City of Toronto

This is an exciting time to join the Public Health Division in the City of Toronto, and make your contribution in the following key role.

Manager, Health Promotion (Food Strategy Development)

File Reference #: X8CSA16094
Major Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Director of Planning and Policy, the Acting Manager will be responsible for:

  • Managing the development of a Toronto Food Strategy and accompanying action plan over the next year, with the Medical Officer of Health as lead and chair of the Food strategy steering group.
  • Overseeing the writing of all BOH reports, reports to the Food Strategy Steering Group, updates to Toronto Public Health and key City of Toronto staff.
  • Working with Toronto Public Health Communications to develop resources for a public engagement strategy, for input from key stakeholders and Toronto Public Health staff.
  • Identifying and maintaining effective intersectoral linkages with community and non-profit organizations, the business sector, provincial and federal orders of government.
  • Facilitating appropriate linkages within Toronto Public Health, across City divisions and with key community organizations and academic institutions to ensure the food strategy work builds on existing initiatives.
  • Acting as a primary contact for Toronto Public Health in establishing collaborative inter-departmental relationships within the City related to food issues.
  • Managing the development of a comprehensive project plan for the food strategy including identification of project resources, timelines and appropriate project development processes.
  • Providing strategic analysis, managing complex information and sometimes competing policy directions, in order to provide effective advice and guidance to assigned food strategy staff and the food strategy steering group.
  • Establishing and maintaining strong relationships with a network of community experts, academics and food business sector leaders to ensure their perspectives are integrated in the strategy.
  • Consistently bringing forward the "health lens" within food strategy deliberations.
  • Analysing and using research and other data sources, identifying trends and issues and determining possible strategies to make Toronto's food system healthy and sustainable.
  • Representing Toronto Public Health where appropriate on corporate committees and partnerships, coalitions and networks.

Key Qualifications:

  1. Strong project management skills and experience, including the ability to define and meet project purpose and objectives, undertake all project activities, define and achieve milestones and deliverables, monitor and track progress and communicate effectively with stakeholders.
  2. Demonstrated strong working knowledge and understanding of food system issues from a determinant of health perspective.   
  3. Highly developed analytical, problem solving and negotiating skills.   
  4. Ability to exercise discretion, judgement and work independently with a high degree of initiative and creativity in problem solving.   
  5. Excellent written and oral communication, presentation and interpersonal skills and the ability to work cooperatively with others in an interdisciplinary team.
  6. Excellent organizational skills.   
  7. Bachelor's degree in Health or Social Science or the approved equivalent combination of education and experience.  Master's level preparation or equivalent an asset.
  8. Familiarity with government legislation in the area of occupational health and safety.

Salary: $89,707.80-$111,202.00 annually
Duration: Temporary Full-time

To apply for this position, please send us a resume and cover letter, quoting File #X8CSA16094, using one of the following methods:

Online: Go to in the Employment Opportunities and Apply for this position, or

FAX: 416-397-9818, or

Mail to: Human Resources, City of Toronto, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, 5th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C6.

Please do not send duplicates.
Applications must be received by August 29th, 2008.
Committed to employment equity, the City of Toronto encourages applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.

Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under the City's Employment Accommodation policy. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.