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Manager, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Essex, Ontario
Deadline February 5, 2016

Full-time (Non-Union)

Position Summary

Provide public health leadership to a multidisciplinary team of professionals, para-professionals, and support staff, working collectively to achieve the goals and objectives of the organization.

All competencies apply to the planning, development, implementation, evaluation, supervision, and management of public health programs and services supporting the requirements of the Ontario Public Health Standards, the Health Protection and Promotion Act, the Smoke Free Ontario Act, the Electronic Cigarette Act and other applicable provincial and municipal legislation. Programming for the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP) team relates to the OPHS under Chronic Disease Prevention and the Prevention of Injury and Substance Misuse with a target population of 25+yrs of age. The CDIP team is responsible for all aspects of implementation under the Smoke Free Ontario Strategy (protection, prevention, and cessation) including the Tobacco Compliance Protocol. The CDIP team is also responsible for other community based chronic disease prevention strategies (e.g. low risk drinking guideline promotion) that are developed and implemented at the provincial or local levels of government. The Manager leads a team of staff, guiding and inspiring a dedicated workforce in the efficient delivery of public health services, and shapes a workplace culture founded on trust and transparency. Work will entail forming and retaining partnerships and relationships both within the WECHU, with a variety of government and non-governmental partners, and in the community at large.

This position supports the on-going operations of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
The successful candidate must work in compliance with the Occupational Health and safety Act and all policies and procedures of the Winsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Key areas of Responsibility include but are not limited to:

  • Lead the department in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of comprehensive community public health education/promotion strategies designed to meet the needs of various target groups within the community and in accordance with the principles of health promotion and related competencies.
  • Serves as lead department liaison for activities locally, regionally and provincially.
  • Demonstrate leadership on relevant community committees, partnership groups, and tables.
  • Provide direction and support to CDIP team and other health unit staff on a project basis.
  • Support CDIP team to identify the need for the development, coordination and delivery of public health in-service training for health care, social service, and community groups.
  • Demonstrate leadership in dialogue with county and municipal officials, community leaders, and other WECHU managers regarding health promotion issues and needs.
  • Develop and prepare appropriate written and communication materials for WECHU at the management level.
  • Ensure responsive, high quality service to municipal/county employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public through the delivery of accurate, complete and up-to-date information, in a courteous, efficient and timely manner.
  • Support an implementation approach within the department that applies an equity lens to all aspects of work.
  • Support and direct all media inquiries related to CDIP programming to appropriate person. May require participating in media interviews in various settings and through varying methods (television, radio, online, print).

Position Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in managing a diverse group of unionized professional and paraprofessional staff.
  • Certification in Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and Health (TEACH) an asset
  • Ability to speak a second language considered an asset.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Public Health and various related Acts/codes/standards.
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible, versatile, and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email and Internet.
  • Establish effective working relationships with management, employees, employee representatives and the public representing diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Treat WECHU employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public with courtesy and respect
  • Immunizations and TB screening as per WECHU policies
  • Satisfactory vulnerable sector police clearance
  • Ability to work weekend and evening work as required by the program
  • A valid Ontario Driver’s Licence, access to a reliable motor vehicle during working hours, and 1 million dollars in liability insurance

Education/Experience

  • A Bachelor’s  degree in a relevant professional discipline including Public Health, Health Planning, Health Education, Health Promotion or related degree  with a minimum of 5 years of management experience or a Master’s degree in a relevant professional discipline including Public Health, Health Planning, Health Education, Health Promotion or related degree with a minimum of 2 years management experience Preference will be given to candidates with experience and/or education in the field of Public Health.
  • Current registration with the appropriate professional regulatory body in Ontario.
  • Experience with budget development and management responsibilities.

Application Process

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a résumé in confidence by email to resume@wechu.org with Reference #2, Attention: Dan Sibley, Manager of Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. on Friday February 5, 2016.    

Thank you for your interest in this posting, those that are selected for in interview will be contacted.