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Manager, Access & Equity, PH, Toronto Public Health

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline October 6, 2010

File Reference #: X10CSA20389 

Major Responsibilities:

Provides strategic advice and leadership on key diversity, access and equity issues to the Medical Officer of Health and TPH Senior Management Team to ensure Toronto Public Health’s work environment, policies and practices that are free from discrimination, harassment and differential treatment as defined by the City’s Human Rights and Harassment Policy. Directs a team of professional staff in facilitating organizational development, related to equity, diversity and access issues/challenges and ensures integration of equity and access principles into the planning, delivery and evaluation of Public Health programs and services, in compliance with applicable statutes, provincial public health standards and City Council and Board of Health policies.

  • Develops and implements detailed plans and recommends policies regarding program specific requirements.
  • Manages, motivates and trains the unit’s staff, ensuring effective teamwork, high standards of work quality and organizational performance, continuous learning and encourages innovation in others.
  • Supervises the day to day operation of all assigned staff including the scheduling, assigning and reviewing of work. Authorizes and controls vacation and overtime requests. Monitors and evaluates staff performance, approves salary increments and recommends disciplinary action when necessary.
  • Develops, recommends and administers the annual budget for the unit, and ensures that the unit’s expenditures are controlled and maintained within approved budget limitations.
  • Provides strategic leadership, consultation, interpretation and direction in the area of human rights, diversity, access and equity
  • Facilitates the resolution of discrimination and harassment complaints by working with TPH staff and other partners in investigations, mediations, negotiations, and conciliation. Reports directly with the Medical Officer of Health on urgent staff diversity/human rights issues.
  • Provides diversity, access and equity strategic issues management in collaboration with the Divisional Management Team. Assists SMT to anticipate high profile diversity related issues that may appear in the media, political or community domain and assists in the formulation of appropriate responses.
  • Provides organizational development and corporate learning consultation from a Diversity, Access, and Equity perspective to Toronto Public Health.
  • Manages Divisional diversity, access, and equity projects, ensuring effective teamwork and communication, high standards of work quality and organizational performance and continuous learning. Collaborates with various city divisions on the implementation of cross-corporate diversity, access and equity projects.
  • Liaises with City Human Resources Division, Legal Services and Risk Management to resolve issues and to provide strategic advice to SMT/MOH on diversity, access, equity, human rights and labour relation sensitive issues. Consults, advises and communicates with senior staff in the corporation, with elected officials and their assistants, Board of Health members and other key stakeholders to facilitate issues resolution related to human rights and diversity, access and equity.
  • Provides advice and consultation on the City's Human Rights and Harassment Policy to TPH management and staff.
  • Establishes and maintains strong positive relationships with Toronto Public Health management and staff related to human rights, confidentiality and freedom of information, access and equity issues.
  • Identifies trends and provides analysis to the MOH and SMT identifying systemic barriers and appropriate solutions for TPH.
  • Develops, reviews and/or implements TPH programs, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance and consistent human resource management related to diversity, access, and equity.
  • Ensures Divisional Strategic and Service Planning processes, research and program evaluations address diversity, access and equity issues as they relate to population health needs/trends and TPH service/program delivery
  • Ensures the development and implementation of effective education, communication and change strategies for the organization in order to increase awareness and acceptance of human rights and equity related programs and objectives. Operationalizes best practice models with respect to educational and change management strategies.
  • Leads/assists with the development of data collection tools to report on the recruitment of underrepresented groups, assessment of Council’s needs, service designs, and other activities in diversity management.
  • Researches, analyzes and reports to SMT/MOH on emerging human rights case law and legislative changes. Assists with report writing and policy recommendations with respect to Divisional human rights, harassment, access and equity issues.
  • Directs and reviews the preparation of all staff reports to ensure accuracy and that policy recommendations contained within are evidence based, defensible and feasible.
  • Coaches, develops, mentors and guides staff on human rights and diversity, access, and equity issues/projects. Creates annual staff development and education plans related to diversity, access and equity.  Supports staff in scientific publication and presentation/dissemination activities.
  • Initiates, builds and maintains relationships with internal and external partners in order to develop, facilitate and promote Divisional human rights policies and programs. Identifies opportunity for partnerships and funding. Collaborates and negotiates with partners and funding bodies to develop best practices in diversity, access and equity programs for TPH.
  • Represents Toronto Public Health on internal and external committees, taskforces etc.
  • Supports the Medical Officer of Health at meetings of the Board of Health, City Council, and related standing committees as appropriate. Developments presentations, reports and briefing notes for the Medical Officer of Health on topics related to diversity, access and equity issues.
  • Maintains office environments in compliance with TPH corporate and provincial legislation/policies (e.g. Human Rights, Harassment, Occupational Health and Safety and Professional Practice).

Key Qualifications:

  1. Experience in managing and developing access and equity policies and programs.
  2. Experience in public policy development, social policy analysis, program evaluation, project management.
  3. Experience in leading staff and the ability to maintain positive staff relations.
  4. Excellent strategic thinking skills in addition to research, analytical and conflict resolution skills.
  5. Ability to manage advisory and consultation processes involving councillors, staff, external partners and community members; including the ability to maintain effective working relationships.
  6. Highly developed interpersonal and communications skills, written and oral, and negotiation skills at all organizational levels.
  7. Highly developed sense of discretion, judgement, and political acumen to deal with sensitive and confidential issues.
  8. Post secondary education in a professional discipline relevant to the job function or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  9. Knowledge of collective agreements, City guidelines, policies applicable statutes, municipal by-laws, and relevant legislation including Employment.
  10. Standards Act, Human Rights Code and Occupational Health & Safety Act.
  11. Experience working with under-represented groups to improve access to services and employment.
  12. Ability to anticipate change and influence others in responding to change.
  13. Commitment to the principals of social justice.

Salary: $84,302.40 - $104,559.00 annually
Number of vacancies: One
Job status: Temporary
Duration: Approximately 3 years
Job Type: Non-union
This opportunity is intended for external applicants only. Employees must apply through the Internal Job Posting Board on the City's Intranet within the internal job posting closing date.

To apply for this position, please send us a resume and cover letter.

Apply here.

Please do not send duplicates.

Applications must be received by October 6, 2010.
Please note that applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Committed to employment equity, the City of Toronto encourages applications from Aboriginal peoples, 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 of Toronto'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.

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