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Manager, Healthy Public Policy, Toronto Public Health

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline October 12, 2010

Toronto is Canada's largest city with a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is Canada's economic engine and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability. Join the award winning Toronto Public Service as a Manager, Healthy Public Policy with Toronto Public Health.

Manager, Healthy Public Policy
File Reference #: X10CSA20516

Major Responsibilities:

  • Implements detailed plans and recommends policies/procedures regarding program specific requirements.
  • Supervises, motivates and trains assigned 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 coordinates vacation and overtime requests. Monitors and evaluates staff performance, approves salary increments, hears grievances and recommends disciplinary action when necessary.
  • Develops, recommends and administers annual budget for the team in collaboration with other HPP teams, and ensures that expenditures are controlled and maintained within approved budget.
  • Provides strategic advice to senior management in relation to health research projects and the identification and development of health policy/advocacy initiatives to promote and protect the health of Toronto residents.
  • Manages research, program evaluation and policy development work to ensure timely responses to priority public health issues based on best evidence in public health practice.
  • Provides guidance, support and direction to TPH staff on research methods and proposal development, staff training and development in research methodologies.
  • Ensures review of all research/evaluation projects for relevance, feasibility, scientific and ethical merit. Reviews research proposals (internal and external). Writes summary reports for divisional management team on research and evaluation initiatives.
  • Establishes and maintains strong partnerships for research and evaluation with key medical, social service, environmental, community stakeholders, academic institution, governmental and non-governmental organizations etc. Maintains effective working relationships with division staff and staff in other city divisions/departments. Assembles and supports political coalitions and alliances to support goals of public health.
  • Communicates with all external research partners and TPH staff on collaborating research projects. Ensures compliance with TPH ethical review policies.
  • Initiates research projects, secures internal/external funding and provides conceptual and technical input on research methods and approaches.
  • Directs staff in the preparation of relevant funding proposals. Manages and administers funding agreements and ensures compliance with TPH and corporate finance and administration policies.
  • Manages interdisciplinary project teams undertaking applied research, including literature reviews, testing of public health interventions, environmental scans, needs assessments and health impact assessments.
  • Guides analysis and development of policy and advocacy positions directed at the municipal, provincial and federal level to improve health.
  • Ensures collection and maintenance of research information according to TPH data management and privacy policies and procedures.
  • Directs and reviews the preparation of all staff reports to ensure scientific accuracy and that policy recommendations contained within are evidence based, defensible and feasible.
  • Supports staff and senior management in scientific publication and presentation/dissemination activities.
  • Makes presentations and directs staff presentations and briefings to the BOH, Councillors and others. Provides strategic advice to the office of the MOH, OMOH and SMT in addressing media inquiries and controversial health issues. Participates in media interviews and briefs elected officials on controversial health issues.
  • Represents the division on corporate committees, coalition and networks. Directs staff liaison with non-profit organizations, provincial and federal levels of government and businesses regarding public health issues including, health inequalities, diversity, access and equity.
  • Maintains office environments in compliance with TPH corporate and provincial legislation/policies (e.g. Human Rights, Harassment, Occupational Health and Safety and Professional Practice).
  • Builds effective working relationships with OMOH, SMT, Managers and Staff of the division.

Key Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in Health, Environmental or Social Sciences or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in initiating and leading public health-related research.
  • Demonstrated experience in initiating and leading analysis and development of public health-related policy.
  • Extensive management experience, including ability to lead multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated experience in obtaining external funding for policy and/or research initiatives.
  • Considerable experience in advocacy, partnership development and intergovernmental relations.
  • Familiarity with government legislation in the area of occupational health and safety.

Salary: $90,599.60 - $112,312.20 annually
Number of vacancies: One
Job status: Permanent
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.

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Please do not send duplicates.

Applications must be received by October 12, 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.