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Emergency Management Specialist, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline: August 22, 2012


Emergency Management Specialist


Emergency Preparedness

Organizational Overview

Public Health Ontario ("PHO") is Crown Corporation 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: Permanent Full-Time
Location: 480 University Avenue, Toronto.
Compensation Group: AMAPCEO
Position Status: Open
Job Code: 20PRS - Research Science
Salary: $72,743- $94,077
Hours of Work: 36.25 per week
Posting Date: August 1, 2012
Closing Date: August 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 Management systems and processes for internal clients and stakeholders within the province, assessment and implementation of best evidence from academic institutions and best practices from other organizations, and research and education with respect to public health emergency management.

Key Responsibilities

• Provides technical leadership, coordination, project management and support in the development of PHO’s overall strategy, policies, procedures, coordination, and training/educational programs on emergency-management for internal and external stakeholders by identifying and implementing optimal methods for the delivery of Emergency Preparedness (EP) products and programs, including continuity of operations, emergency preparedness and 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 Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (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), informing and defining and helps to define the role of PHO within the provincial structure of emergency management.
• Acts as a lead for an emergency-response team comprised of EP staff and PHO and external subject matter experts responsible for evaluating provincial and Agency-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 required resources and tools such as supplies and equipment for health care personnel and organizations, medical countermeasures and incident management systems.
• Leads/contributes to EP program research 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 and consultation in emergency preparedness and response to PHO leadership, management and staff, MOHLTC, other 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 research and developments in infectious disease prevention and control and other health hazards with respect to emergencies by reading and analyzing 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; bridges the knowledge-practice gap in public health emergency management for internal and external clients..
• Works with academic organizations across Ontario/Canada/International in furthering the development of academic partnerships and collaborations in health emergency management to develop, implement and disseminate evidence-based practice.
• Contributes to the development and implementation of the EP’s mandate and operating procedures by taking a significant role in the identification of new projects that fit PHO’s legislative objects and mandate. Analyzes areas for improvement in internal processes, recommends and implements solutions.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills

• Knowledge of infectious diseases and/or environmental health issues to lead the academic activities of the Emergency Preparedness program through the development of Emergency Management systems for public health.
• Knowledge of scientific and evaluative methodologies with expertise in critical appraisal and applied research and experience in bridging the knowledge to practice gap in health emergency preparedness and response; development of strategic initiatives, proposals, grant applications and presentations to successfully develop, implement and support PHO EP initiatives.
• Knowledge of the organizational systems in emergency management, roles and authority of the various external stakeholders, in order to facilitate the development and implementation of operational emergency planning activities and response systems 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 and 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 and plans Demonstrated analytical, problem solving and evaluation skills in the health and/or emergency preparedness environment.

Education and Experience

• Graduate degree in Emergency Management and/or a health discipline and knowledge of applied research in emergency management.
• A minimum of five years of experience, or a related area and knowledge of the Canadian public health and healthcare delivery systems.


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