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Program Co-ordinator, Towards Evidence-Informed Practice Team, Heart Health Resource Centre, Ontario Public Health Association

File HHRC 5-10.06: A 7-month contract position, with possibility of extension, available immediately
Hours of work; 28 h.p.w
Some Province-wide travel
Closing date: 9:00 a.m. EST, August 8, 2006
Compensation: negotiable competitive salary
Location: 700 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto
Relocation: expenses will not be paid

The mission of the 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.  

The goals of the Towards Evidence-Informed Practice (TEIP) project are
to: a) increase the use of evidence in community-based programming; b)
increase the vigor of evaluation, especially outcome evaluation in
community-based projects; and c) increase linkages between the Ontario
Heart Health Program (OHHP) and the Ontario Stroke Strategy (OSS).

This Program Co-ordinator is primarily accountable for supporting
community evaluation efforts with a focus on the designated TEIP
communities and coordinating and offering training opportunities to the
broader OHHP and OSS. The responsibilities include

  • supporting the
    development of community-level evaluation measures, indicators and
    tools for the designated TEIP communities;
  • advising on the processes
    to collect local evaluation data;
  • reviewing and summarizing local TEIP
    community reports; and
  • collecting and analyzing data for overall central
    TEIP team/project evaluation.

The position is also responsible for
assessing learning needs of the OSS and OHHP in relation to increased
utilization of evidence; promoting the TEIP resources and developing and
delivering training opportunities including webconferences.

Should one candidate possessing both the evaluation and training skills
not be found, two separate candidates will be considered.

The qualifications include

  • a degree in health science from a recognized university, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • preferably post-graduate education in health promotion or a related discipline;
  • excellent community networking and facilitation abilities, including community consultation and coaching skills;
  • working knowledge of chronic disease prevention theories and trends;
  • demonstrated experience in developing logic models along with evaluation measures and indicators
  • demonstrated experience in developing, implementing and analyzing
    data collected from surveys, key informant interviews, focus groups and
    other methodologies
  • demonstrated experience in developing and delivering training events to health professionals
  • excellent written and oral communications
  • successful experience with virtual training modalities including web-conferencing, on-line learning modules etc.
  • successful experience with evidence-based approaches, techniques
    and tools applied to chronic disease prevention and health promotion;
  • experience with Ontario's community and/or public health sector,
    including particular knowledge of chronic disease and heart
    health-related programs;
  • capacity to develop and manage relationships well with diverse communities and individuals;
  • 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 or by mail, marked "Confidential" to

The Heart Health Resource Centre, Ontario Public Health Association
700 Lawrence Avenue West, Suite 310
Toronto, ON  M6A 3B4

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