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Health Communication Specialist, Health Promotion Division, Comprehensive Workplace Wellness Department, Windsor–Essex County Health Unit

Essex, Ontario
Deadline March 4, 2016

Temporary (up to one year) (CUPE)

Overall Job Responsibility:

Reporting to the Program Manager, the Health Communication Specialist (HCS) works as part of a multi-disciplinary team to lead and support all types of departmental communication requirements. Using theory-driven health communication principles the HCS will be responsible for health communication processes and outputs including, but not limited to: written (e.g., grant writing, health information writing, infographics, web writing, social media writing, report writing, communication campaigns, health curriculum), and audio visual initiatives (e.g., webinars, videos, interview, presentations). The HCS will support WECHU staff in progressive learning related to writing for different medium, clear writing, grammar, AODA compliance and other relevant communication topics. The HCS will be responsible for recommending policies and procedures to support this work. The HCS will work closely with content experts (i.e., WECHU staff and community partners) to ensure that content is accurate, relevant, and timely. All activities support the work of the department in achieving the requirements of the Ontario Public Health Standards (2008).
The HCS should meet or exceed all of the competencies from the Values and Competencies Dictionary at the second level or higher, except for the Communications competency, which should be met at level four:

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 Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Key Areas of Responsibility:
The main responsibilities and desired qualities of a HCS are listed below. These requirements are based on departmental, divisional, and organizational values, goals, and objectives. The list of duties is not all-inclusive and may be modified as public health programs change and as health unit need requires. Specific duties include:

  • Work cooperatively with WECHU and community content experts to identify communication strategies that are likely to meet program goals and objectives
  • Research, coordinate, develop, and submit, communication pieces that are accurate, relevant, clear, and succinct and are appropriate for the medium and the target audience
  • Work with WECHU content experts to refine the process for producing all elements of the Working Toward Wellness initiatives (3/year) in a timely and effective manner
  • Work with WECHU content experts to support the researching and writing of, articles, personal health guides, brochures, and other health communication pieces
  • Work with WECHU content and communication experts to develop health promotion content that are designed for the web and the various social media platforms
  • Develop, coordinate, promote, and evaluate a monthly webinar series on a variety of health topics for specified audiences
  • Work with WECHU content experts and Graphic Design staff to develop infographics on various topics
  • Work with WECHU content experts to write proposals and grant submissions
  • Work with WECHU content experts to develop reports and evaluation summaries
  • Work with WECHU content experts to develop conference and teaching presentations
  • Work with WECHU content expert s to develop eLearning programs on various health promotion topics
  • Provide WECHU staff with editorial support and feedback on all  forms of written material
  • Support continuous quality improvement for WECHU staff in the area of health communication
  • Conduct workshops to support staff in improving their understanding and application of all forms of health communication
  • Apply an equity lens to all aspects of work.

Position Qualifications:

Education, training, & experience

  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited University, in Health Communication or Health Science Communication would be preferred or related degree provided that it provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities listed for this position and are combined with the experience.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience working in the area of Health Communication is required, with at least 1 year in the area of Health Promotion.
  • Completion of a Practicum Placement or Internship in Public Health or Health Communication would be an asset.
  • Ability to read and write in a second language would be considered an asset.

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Use communication strategies to engage and motivate communities and groups towards positive health change
  • Possess advanced plain language writing and editing skills
  • Adapt writing style for a wide range of print and electronic medium
  • Adapt writing style for a wide range of target audiences
  • Develop structured writing processes for other WECHU staff to follow
  • Lead writing and editing process from identification of topics through to publication of final products
  • Develop writing workshops and training opportunities to support other WECHU staff in improving their writing capacity for different medium and diverse audiences
  • Possess advanced oral communication skills
  • Possess advanced presentation skills
  • 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
  • Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations
  • Function calmly in situations which require a high degree of sensitivity, tact and diplomacy
  • Demonstrate proficiency with current computer applications (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite), social media platforms, email distribution software (e.g., mail chimp), survey software (e.g., fluid survey)

Additional Requirements:

  • Immunizations and TB screening as per WECHU policies
  • Satisfactory vulnerable sector police clearance
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings 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

Application Process:

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a resume in confidence by email to with Reference #6, Attention: Dan Sibley, Manager, Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. on Friday March 4, 2016.

We thank you for your interest in a positon with the Windsor Essex County Health Unit, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.