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Health Promotion Specialist, Program Training and Consultation Centre, Cancer Care Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline April 13, 2012

Vacancy: Health Promotion Specialist   
Reports to: PTCC Team Lead, Technical Assistance  
Location: Downtown Toronto Subway location on University Ave

Status: Permanent Full Time
No. of Vacancies: Two hires
Closing Date: April 13, 2012

Position Summary:

The Program Training and Consultation Centre (PTCC) is the lead Ontario provincial tobacco control resource centre responsible for developing, implementing and coordinating tobacco control capacity building and knowledge exchange programs and services in support of the Smoke Free Ontario Strategy (SFO). The PTCC is administered by Cancer Care Ontario, and is funded by Public Health Ontario.  

Our programs are targeted to Ontario tobacco control staff working in local public health departments, the staff and volunteers of community partner agencies, including community health centres, other NGOs, and health and social service agencies.

PTCC offers a variety of programs and services carefully designed and selected to build the capacity of tobacco control practitioners to deliver effective tobacco control initiatives through:

  • technical assistance, training & resource development
  • knowledge development, exchange and programming to increase the use of research and practice-based evidence
  • media relations training and consultation services through the Media Network
  • referrals to other SFO funded resource centres

Please see our website for more details:

PTCC requires two permanent full time Health Promotion Specialists (Field Support) to provide on-the-ground assistance to public health intermediaries and community partners at the local and regional levels through the provision of technical assistance, training and by supporting knowledge exchange in all areas of comprehensive tobacco control.  


The key responsibilities of this position are:

  • Provide specific expertise in the area of tobacco control
    • Provide ongoing proactive and reactive technical assistance to the staff of local public health departments, Tobacco Control Area Networks and their community partners working in comprehensive tobacco control
    • Plan and coordinate capacity building activities that address client needs
    • Liaise and build relationships with stakeholders to identify and clarify  support needs
    • Provide expertise in tobacco control and core skill areas, including, smoking cessation, and protection from second-hand smoke, prevention of youth tobacco use, program and policy development, monitoring, program evaluation and reporting
    • Provide information and support resource dissemination, referrals, and ongoing knowledge exchange with Public Health Unit staff and other key stakeholders
    • Working with partners and stakeholders, participate in the identification and dissemination of evidence-informed practices in tobacco control
  • Develop educational tobacco control resources and training sessions
    • Develop and deliver information and training sessions for clients on various tobacco control topics
    • Support the development and delivery of PTCC’s core tobacco control training curricula
    • Design and develop educational resources, such as pamphlets, fact sheets, presentations, and other materials and identify and evaluate new and existing educational resources
  • Coordinate and participate in planning activities and promotion of the Program Training and Consultation Centre
    • Participate in program operational planning
    • Develop strategies to communicate PTCC’s services to potential and existing stakeholders
    • Participate in on-going monitoring and evaluation to assess the implementation and outcomes of PTCC programs
    • Collaborate with project teams, working groups, partners and colleagues to implement and monitor the outcomes of capacity building activities
  • Performs cross-functional and/or other duties consistent with the job classification, as assigned or requested
    • Conduct literature reviews of published and grey literature
    • Participate on committees and working groups, as appropriate
  • Frequent travel throughout the province is required (includes overnight travel)


  • Completion of  a graduate degree program in health promotion, public health, psychology or a related area or recognized equivalent required (Bachelor’s degree acceptable with tobacco control practical experience)
  • At least three years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience; practical and related experience required in tobacco control
  • Knowledge through practical experience working in tobacco control
  • Knowledge of health promotion and education and public health theory and practice
  • Experience working in public health in Ontario
  • Experience with program planning, project management and program evaluation
  • Experience with group facilitation and/or training
  • Knowledge of adult learning principles
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders
  • Experience in community organizing
  • Experience working in with rural and northern communities considered an asset
  • Fluency in French is an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team and independently, using sound judgement.  
  • Strong critical and analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office software

More about Cancer Care Ontario:

Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) -- an Ontario government agency -- drives quality and continuous improvement in disease prevention and screening, the delivery of care and the patient experience, for cancer, chronic kidney disease and access to care for key health services.
Known for its innovation and results driven approaches, CCO leads multi-year system planning, contracts for services with hospitals and providers, develops and deploys information systems, establishes guidelines and standards and tracks performance targets to ensure system-wide improvements in cancer, chronic kidney disease and access to care.

Our website is at:

We are guided in most part by the Ontario Cancer Plan at:

Information about Ontario’s ColonCancerCheck program managed by Cancer Care Ontario can be found at:

Cancer Care Ontario manages the medical procedures wait times information system for all Ontarians at:
View our listing of all other CCO current postings at:

Cancer Care Ontario is a HOOPP pension plan employer, see the details at:

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