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Emergency Management Specialist, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline June 22, 2012

Department: Emergency Preparedness

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.

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Position Details:

Position Title: Emergency Management Specialist
Department: Emergency Preparedness
Duration: Full-time Permanent
Location: 480 University Avenue, Toronto
Compensation Group: AMAPCEO
Position Status: Open
Job Code: 19PRS Research Science
Salary: $68,205 - $87,414
Posting Date: May 25, 2012
Closing Date: June 22, 2012

Reporting to the Chief, Emergency Preparedness and Executive Lead, Service Integration, the Emergency Management Specialist will be leading the academic activities of the Emergency Preparedness (EP) program through the development of emergency preparedness systems for internal clients and stakeholders within the province, assessing and implementing of best evidence from academic institutions and best practices from other organizations, and researching and educating with respect to public health emergency management.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assists the Chief in the development of PHO’s overall strategy, policies, procedures, coordination, and training/educational programs on emergency-management for PHO and its stakeholders by identifying and implementing optimal methods for the delivery of emergency preparedness, including continuity of operations, emergency preparedness response, and providing input into human resource policies and procedures relevant to business continuity.
  • Conducts risk assessments on potential threats to PHO business continuity and on emergency hazards throughout the province, to assist the MOHLTC and public health units in mitigating and preparing for various types of disasters and emergency events of all kinds (e.g. communicable disease outbreaks, hazardous materials and weather-related incidents and helps to define the role of the Agency within the provincial structure of emergency management.
  • Acts as a lead for an Emergency Preparedness Team comprised of emergency preparedness staff and PHO and external subject matter experts responsible for evaluating provincial and PHO wide emergency preparedness across the health care continuum. Coordinates and chairs scientific and operational meetings and summarizes proceedings and recommendations as required.
  • Reviews and revises emergency management best practices based on scientific and grey literature and recommends the development of required resources and tools such as supplies and equipment for health care personnel and organizations, medical countermeasures and incident management systems.
  • At the direction of the Chief, Emergency Preparedness and Executive Lead, Service Integration, leads or collaborates on emergency preparedness program research, education and operational initiatives; coordinates the development and dissemination of best practices and program development through collaborative research activities by connecting with other academic bodies across Canada.
  • Ensures the flow of information to PHO’s departments and stakeholders on emergency management best practices.
  • Provides expert advice in emergency management to other PHO staff, Ontario ministries, public health units, healthcare facilities and front line health providers on equipment and supplies, education and training and evaluation of emergency management programs and exercises.
  • Keeps apprised of the latest research and developments in infectious disease prevention and control and other health hazards within PHO and at other institutions with respect to emergencies by reading relevant health and non-health-related emergency preparedness and response scientific literature, attendance at approved meetings and conferences, and communication with local, national and international experts.
  • Works with academic organizations across Ontario/Canada/International in furthering the development of partnerships and collaborations in health emergency preparedness to develop, implement and disseminate evidence-based practice.
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of the emergency preparedness program’s mandate and operating procedures by taking a significant role in the identification of new projects that fit PHO’s mandate.
  • Suggests areas for improvement in internal processes along with possible solutions.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of scientific and evaluative methodologies, development of strategic initiatives, proposals, grant applications and presentations to successfully develop, implement and support Agency Emergency Preparedness initiatives.
  • Knowledge of the roles and authority of the various external stakeholders, in order to facilitate the development and implementation of operational Emergency Plans for stakeholders.
  • Understanding of the policy development in the health care sector with knowledge of methodologies and practices to transform science/scientific research and analyses into science driven policy, practices, protocols.
  • Understanding of adult education practices and learning techniques to contribute  to the development and delivery of education programs in public health emergency management.
  • Proficient with various computer systems and software programs including: database management, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications, (MS Office) to prepare a range of reports, documents, presentations, plans.

Education and Experience

  • Master's degree in Emergency Management and/or a health related discipline or equivalent.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience managing/coordinating projects to lead emergency planning projects across multi-functional areas of PHO, as well as external stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of applied research in emergency management or a related area.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian public health and healthcare delivery systems.
  • Knowledge of infectious diseases and/or environmental health issues to lead the  academic activities of the EP program through the development of Emergency
  • Management systems for public health.

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