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Reproductive, Child and Youth Health Specialist, Health Promotion, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline August 24, 2011

Department: Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
Duration: Permanent
Compensation Group: AMAPCEO
Position Status: Open
Location: 480 University Avenue, Toronto
Posting date: August 10, 2011
Closing date: August 24, 2011

Organizational Overview     

Public Health Ontario (PHO) is an arm's-length government agency dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, PHO links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world.

PHO provides expert scientific and technical support relating to infection prevention and control; surveillance and epidemiology; health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention; environmental and occupational health; health emergency preparedness; and public health laboratory services to support health providers, the public health system and partner ministries in making informed decisions and taking informed action to improve the health and security of Ontarians. For more information about PHO, visit

Reporting to the Director of Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (HPCDIP), the position is responsible for providing professional and technical support in the areas of reproductive, child and youth (RCY) health. This includes identifying current and emerging best practices and providing training, education, consultation and advice to support reproductive, child and youth health activities carried out by local public health units, government ministries and related networks and communities of practice. In addition, the position would support HPCDIP knowledge synthesis initiatives and provide strategic and policy advice in the areas of reproductive, child and youth health.

Key Responsibilities     

The RCY Specialist will be responsible for:

  • Providing training, education, consultation, advice and technical assistance to HPCDIP partners, including public health units, government ministries, networks and communities of practice, to support the implementation of the Reproductive Health, Child Health and youth-relevant and School Health Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) and related guidance documents;
  • Identifying and synthesizing new and emerging evidence and best practices in the fields of reproductive, child and youth health;
  • Generating reviews of evidence to guide policies and practice;
  • Providing HPCDIP with strategic and policy advice on reproductive, youth and child health issues;
  • Developing (or assisting in the development of) written reports on reproductive, youth and child health issues ;
  • Supervising external consultants hired to carry out HPCDIP initiatives pertaining to reproductive, youth and child health priorities;
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative working relationships within PHO and its health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention networks and partners;
  • Representing PHO and promoting its mandate and strategic initiatives through presentations, attendance at conferences and other activities;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills   

  • Experience in the design and provision of training and knowledge exchange events;
  • Experience in a matrix management structure and within cross disciplinary teams;
  • Demonstrated computer and data management skills with proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project 2003) and familiarity with SharePoint;
  • Superior oral and written communication to: develop reports and presentations to inform and communicate strategically;
  • Ability to work under pressure and respond to deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
  • Strong analytical and conceptual abilities to develop ideas from inception through to implementation;
  • Demonstrated project management, research, and analytical skills, including knowledge syntheses and report preparation;
  • Excellent consultation skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and relationship building skills;
  • Excellent problem solving skills;
  • Valid Ontario Driver’s License.

Education and Experience     

  • A post graduate degree in public health or related discipline;
  • 5-10 years of experience in a public health setting unit or a public health, research, education and development unit (PHRED) in a role related to child, reproductive and/or youth health (including direct experience with program planning and implementation);
  • Registration or eligibility for registration with one of the colleges under the Regulated Health Professions Act.

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