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Physical Activity Specialist, City of Hamilton Social & Public Health Services Department, Healthy Lifestyles & Youth Branch


Temporary (Part-time)



Summary of Duties: Reporting to the Manager of Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion, plan, develop, implement and evaluate physical activity initiatives in keeping with the requirements of the Physical Activity Promotion Program Standard under the Health Protection & Promotion Act, Section 7, policies of the Regional Corporation and approved budget. The position involves extensive community liaison and mobilization, analysis of physical activity issues and recommendation of physical activity policy options, consultation to staff and the community on physical activity promotion strategies and collaboration with other staff in the development of integrated lifestyle programs.



General Duties:

*Identify physical activity programming needs by reviewing existing epidemiological, behavioral and socio-demographic data and reports and/or collect and analyze new data related to physical activity habits. * Identify behavioural and non-behavioural factors influencing physical activity habits and whether various health promotion strategies should increase knowledge, alter attitudes and/or change behaviour.

* Provide input to development of an annual operational plan for the Physical Activity Promotion Program which includes population-based strategies to promote physical activity, targeted at specific population groups. Identify and pursue collaborative opportunities for physical activity promotion opportunity that could be delivered by other staff in the Healthy Lifestyles & Youth Branch or by staff from other departmental programs.

* Collaborate with other members of the Healthy Lifestyles & Youth Branch on the development, implementation and evaluation of integrated health promotion programs.

* Liaise with community agencies, coalition and task groups to facilitate accomplishment of the Physical Activity Promotion objectives in the Mandatory Programs and to ensure service co-ordination in the community.

* Represent the Social & Public Health Services Department on relevant committees, agency and/or community boards that are concerned with physical activity promotion, as assigned.

* Facilitate the establishment of physical activity promotion policies through advocacy and negotiation with schools, workplace and municipal government; writing and presenting resolutions and position papers; research and analysis of policy options, and drafting policy recommendations and an implementation plan.

* Provide expertise and consultation on physical activity promotion to staff from the Social & Public Health Services, other departments, community agencies and human service professionals.

* Promote and assist with development and evaluation of physical activity promotion programming for workplace and community centres. Collaborate with other members of the Healthy Lifestyles & Youth Branch on the development, implementation and evaluation of integrated workplace and community physical activity promotion programs.

* Assist boards of education with school curriculum development and support the implementation of physical activity promotion programs in schools by providing consultation and information on resources available.

* Develop and maintain public awareness of physical activity promotion strategies through mass media communication, media advocacy and social marketing programs.

* Respond to media interview and information requests.

* Develop and evaluate health education resources related to physical activity promotion for broad community distribution.

* Plan, provide and evaluate field placement experience for undergraduate and graduate students in health promotion and behavioural sciences fields.

* Participate in the development of a management information system that monitors program indicators for the Physical Activity Promotion Program and ensure data input. Promote the development of a region-wide co-ordination system that links initiatives for development of physical activity promotion policies.

* Prepare grant proposals for program enhancements and research projects related to physical activity promotion. Monitor budget for specific projects and provide functional supervision for temporary staff hired on project.

* Maintain current resource files including information on existing programs and reference material.

* Provide verbal and written progress reports as required by the Manager of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion Program.

* Prepare written and oral reports for City Council as required.

* Perform other duties as assigned that are directly related to the major responsibilities of the job.



Qualifications

* Baccalaureate degree in Health Promotion, Physical Education, Kinesiology or health science with two years work experience in health promotion, community mobilization and policy research, analysis and development.

* Sound knowledge of physical activity promotion, health behaviour and behaviour change theory, health policy analysis and policy development.



Salary: Salary Schedule "4" $25.817 - $30.373 per hour

Hours: 14 - 21 per week



Contract ends December 31, 2002



The incumbent shall comply with all health and safety policies and practices for this position and the workplace.



This Notice was posted on February 7, 2002 and closes on February 13, 2002. It is the responsibility of applicants to supply qualifications, licences and related experience with their application for this competition and ensure that their application reaches the Human Resources Centre by the closing date or they may not be considered.



Applications should be forwarded to





Gwen Marshall, Staffing Consultant

Human Resources Department

Hamilton, Ontario

L8P 4Y5



Physical Address:

120 King St. W., 9th Floor

Mailing Address:

71 Main St. W.