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Health Promotion Field Support Specialist - Policy and By-Law Development, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline March 25, 2013

Title; Health Promotion Field Support Specialist - Policy and By-Law Development
Program: Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention

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 Public Health Ontario, visit http://www.oahpp.ca.

Position Details    Position Title: Health Promotion Field Support Specialist - Policy and By-Law Development
Department: Health Promotion
Duration: 12 month contract
Location: 480 University Avenue, Toronto.

Compensation Group: AMAPCEO
Position Status: Open
Job Code: 18PGS General Scientific
Salary: $65,695 - $81,219 (to be prorated based on part-time hours)
Hours of Work: 21.75 per week

Posting Date: March 11, 2013
Closing Date: March 25, 2013

Reporting to the Manager, Health Promotion Capacity Building (HPCB), the Health Promotion Field Support Specialist - Policy and By-Law Development will design and deliver province-wide and Ontario regional workshops, e-learning events and tailored consultations related to core public health competencies in evaluation for health promotion and chronic disease prevention programs, policies and media. Update and maintain relevant core public health competency resource materials (i.e. workbooks, workshop and e-learning event slides, resource lists, and info packs) and support the development of new resource materials, as needed.

This 12 month term position may be filled as a secondment or as a direct employment opportunity.

Key Responsibilities    

  • Conceptualizing and delivering in-person and virtual training events aimed at building core public health competency and capacity of health promotion practitioners at Ontario’s public health units.
  • Providing technical assistance, including advice and support related to health promotion policy and by-law development in response to requests from the field.
  • Supporting Ontario health units with core public health competency requirements pertaining to the implementation of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s Ontario Public Health Standards and the Foundational Standard.
  • Updating and maintaining relevant PHO training materials and resources on the policy and by-law development within the areas of health promotion/chronic disease prevention.
  • Assisting in the development of new PHO training materials on policy and by-law development evaluation and other resources as needed, including the identification and synthesis of new and emerging evidence on best practices to guide the creation of resources and training modules/curricula.
  • Providing HPCDIP with strategic advice on health promotion capacity building.
  • 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.
  • Performing other duties, as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills   

  • Experience with the design and delivery of training events for a public health audience (i.e. conceptualization and delivery of in-person and virtual training events to support core public health competency and capacity of health promotion practitioners).
  • Knowledge of health promotion, program planning/evaluation theory and practice, to update and maintain relevant and new PHO training materials and resources, including the development of health promotion policies.
  • Ability to facilitate collective problem solving related to program planning and policy development evaluation challenges.
  • Ability to conceptualize and develop training and capacity building products in response to the identified learning needs of public health practitioners.
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and relationship building skills, to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships within PHO and its health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention networks and partners; represent PHO and promote its mandate and strategic initiatives through presentations, attendance at conferences and other activities.
  • Ability to work under pressure and respond to deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent strategic analytical and problem solving skills, to identify and synthesize new and emerging evidence on best practices guiding the creation of resources and training modules/curricula; provide technical assistance and strategic advice on health promotion capacity building.
  • Proficient with various computer systems and software programs and data management skills (i.e. MS Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project 2003) and familiarity with SharePoint.

Education and Experience  

  • Master’s degree in public health, social sciences, planning, public policy, adult education or related discipline (or appropriate combination of undergraduate degree and relevant experience).
  • A minimum of five years of experience in supporting the evaluation capacity building needs of Ontario public health practitioners through training and technical assistance.
  • Experience in local by-law development, implementation and/or enforcement within Ontario is a requirement.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please visit http://www.oahpp.ca/careers and click on the job title.  

Your cover letter and resume must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications/competencies.

Thank you for your interest in this position, however, only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.