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Program Co-ordinator, Core Competencies, Ontario Public Health Association

1 full-time project position, available September 2005. This position is funded through March 2006 with the possibility of extension.

File OPHA 6-07.05 Program Co-ordinator, Core Competencies, Ontario Public Health Association

Closing date: 4:00 p.m. EST Friday, August 5, 2005

Compensation: Negotiable competitive salary plus benefits

Location: 700 Lawrence Avenue West, Suite 310, Toronto, ON M6A 3B4

Relocation: Expenses will not be paid

The OPHA Core Competency Task Group is composed of representatives from a broad spectrum of disciplines within the field of public health. The Task Group formed in March 2003 to provide leadership to the pan Canadian project to define core competencies for public health professionals that will guide public health education and practice. Through broadly-based education and consultations with individuals and groups affiliated with public health across the province, the goal in the coming year is to validate a set of draft core competencies -- skills, abilities, knowledge and attitudes -- to empower the public health workforce to respond proactively and reactively to public health issues. Ultimately, these core competencies will be a tool that can be used to guide future education, research and practices in Ontario and eventually, across Canada.

Under the direction of the Manager, the Program Co-ordinator will promote, co-ordinate and document provincial education and consultations; support advisory committees; develop and deliver educational workshops; develop and implement communication tools; liaise with Public Health Research Education and Development regarding the analysis and synthesis of consultation results; implement the communications plan; liaise with stakeholders; participate in the OPHA Core Competency Task Group; and provide some administrative support to project.

The position's qualifications include

* A degree in health studies/health science from a recognized university or an equivalent combination of education and experience;

* Preferably post-graduate education in health studies, public health or a related discipline;

* Sound knowledge of and experience with Ontario's public health community and related organization structures, programs, practices, theories, trends and issues;

* Successful experience developing and/or using consultation and educational tools, analyzing and synthesizing data, and developing practical needs-based recommendations;

* Capacity to build and manage diverse business relationships, supported by excellent written and oral communications, including proven consultation, training and education, facilitation and community engagement abilities;

* Broad knowledge and experience in program planning, implementation and evaluation;

* Strong teamwork, project management, co-ordinating, administrative and practical problem-solving skills;

* Ability to work independently and use initiative;

* Proficiency with PC-based common office software;

* French-English bilingualism an asset; and

* Legal entitlement to work immediately in Canada.

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter and resume, including salary expectations and quoting file number to with "Program Co-ordinator, Core Competencies" or by fax to (416) 367-2844.

Thank you for your interest. Owing to volume, only candidates for interviews will be contacted.

The mission of OPHA is to provide leadership on issues affecting the public's health and to strengthen the impact of people who are active in public and community health throughout Ontario.