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Program Manager, Health & Family Services, Public Health Unit, Municipality of Chatham-Kent

Chatham, Ontario
Deadline April 4, 2017

Temporary full-time

Job # PHU 17-5

Note: This position requires a Career Profile application form (this application form can be found at the bottom of our job ad under municipal jobs at and resume.

Job Description:

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent has an opening for a temporary Program Manager with Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention for a period up to May 2018. The Program Manager leads a dedicated team committed to the efficient delivery of public health services, in a workplace founded on trust and transparency. This position is responsible for providing effective, efficient and quality services and programs in partnership with other community agencies and stakeholders.  The Program Manager provides leadership and works to accomplish the broader health unit mandate and strategic plan as a member of the health unit’s management team.

About Public Health:

The Public Health Unit is responsible for public health service delivery of the Ontario Public Health Standards.

The Community of Chatham-Kent

Situated between two beautiful, fresh water lakes, Chatham-Kent is home to a rich, colourful landscape which creates a wonderful backdrop for our unique towns and welcoming communities. You can live the dream without breaking the bank; with housing prices a fraction of those in comparative locations. For example, in 2015 the average home was sold for $622,217 in Toronto, $282,229 in London and only $158,137 here in Chatham-Kent. Our large geography, great climate and abundance of natural amenities ensure that there are activities for people of all ages and interests. Internationally known for our heritage and culture, and a variety of attractions and festivals that dot the calendar year long, it is little wonder that people from both near and far choose Chatham-Kent as their place to call “home”. We invite you to join us, and experience firsthand what it means to be Living CK.

Core Values for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent

  • Respect/Equity
  • Trust/Honesty/Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Safety

Essential responsibilities:

  • Ensure that effective programs are in place to meet the requirements outlined in the Ontario Public Health Standards and other relevant legislation
  • Provide leadership to a multidisciplinary team of professionals, para-professionals, and support staff, working collectively to achieve the goals and objectives of the organization
  • Effectively and efficiently plan, implement, and evaluate public health programs in conjunction with the team, the health unit, community partners and stakeholders
  • Conduct quality assurance audits and evaluate effectiveness of programs
  • Establish standards, service delivery guidelines and program models that respect and address population diversity
  • Develop policy, create strategic and operational plans
  • Advocate for healthy public policy
  • Ensure that highly qualified, professional staff are in place to implement programs
  • Recruit, supervise, coach and evaluate the performance of staff
  • Manage a team of  union and non-union members (including CUPE and ONA)
  • Facilitate cooperation and motivation within and across teams
  • Effectively manage the financial resources of the team in accordance with Ministry financial guidelines
  • Initiate/maintain strategic partnerships that support and enhance the long-term direction of public health
  • Liaise and work collaboratively with municipal departments, LHIN, community agencies, corporate partners, and consumers by participating on community boards, committees, and task forces related to public health issues Communicate complex issues clearly and credibly with wide varied audiences
  • Prepare reports for Board of Health
  • Confer with medical staff to ensure health care services are rendered according to legal and professional standards
  • Stay abreast of current and emerging trends in public health

Essential qualifications:

Ability to demonstrate Chatham-Kent’s Core Values and Competencies through a combination of education and experience:  

  • Related university degree and professional designation (preferably in health, science, social science, education, or business program with emphasis in health promotion, public health, environmental health, and/or nursing), with four to six years of related Public Health experience; or a combination of related education and experience
  • Supervisory experience; management experience in a public health environment preferred
  • Regulatory body certification, where appropriate, in area of expertise
  • Experience working in a unionized environment
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate, coach and develop professional and para-professional groups
  • Budget/financial management skills
  • Comprehensive knowledge of:
    • Public Health
    • Public Health Standards and Protocols
    • and various related acts/regulations/bylaws/codes/standards
  • Working knowledge of a combination of Ministry and municipal software programs including, but not limited:
    • Hedgehog
    • iPHIS
    • Panorama
  • Working knowledge of JD Edward (or similar financial program)
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email and internet (or other similar software programs)
  • All new employees will be required to complete their Health & Safety and other on-line mandatory training upon or before their first day of employment; other training (including Health & Safety policies) may also be required

Certifications, memberships, licenses:

  • Health & Safety Competency training is required within 6 months of hire date and will be maintained through refresher training once every 4 years
  • Current registration with the appropriate professional regulatory body in Ontario

Other Manager/Supervisor qualifications:

  • Thorough knowledge of current issues facing local government in Ontario, and particularly as they relate to the portfolio
  • Extensive leadership experience in municipal or broader public, private or voluntary sector environments
  • Extensive senior level experience with significant scope, complexity, and diversity of operations in a public or private sector environment
  • Knowledge of human resources management, financial management, project management, and policy development

Work Environment: This position will work mostly indoors.

Hours of Work: This position works weekday hours, with evening hours and on call after hours and on weekends.

Driver’s license/vehicle requirements: Because this position would be required to travel, a valid Province of Ontario driver's license with a reliable motor vehicle is necessary.

Police check requirements: Because of the environment this position will be working in, the successful candidate will be required to furnish an original Police Information Search (criminal reference check) (working with vulnerable persons) prior to commencement of employment.

Occupational Safety Responsibilities:

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) clearly articulates supervisor responsibilities. This level of the organization includes Managers who are not in SMT (Senior Management Team) and Supervisors (reference Sections 27 of the OHSA and Safety Policy #HS-001, “Individual Responsibilities”). The following list of responsibilities is designed to identify some of the primary responsibilities. It does not provide the exhaustive list of legislated responsibilities:

Supervisors must perform or adhere to the following:

  • Performing workplace inspections (set up annual schedule); ensures that workplace inspections are conducted
  • Conducting information sessions (safety talks, staff meetings); and documents process
  • Participates in the accident investigation process
  • Discuss safety training needs with staff, and ensures workers receive appropriate safety training
  • Performing employee safety observations (set up annual schedule); correct substandard acts or behaviours, and commends workers for safety performance

Supervisors must ensure:

  • The working environment is maintained in a healthy and safe condition
  • Ongoing safety education is provided
  • Health and safety performance of subordinates is evaluated
  • First aid facilities are provided
  • Personal protective equipment is provided and used
  • Reporting and investigating of accidents; determine causes of accidents and initiate/recommend corrective actions
  • Understanding and enforcement of safety policies and procedures
  • Compliance with all applicable safety regulations and codes (building code,  fire code)
  • Information and instruction is provided to workers to protect their health and safety
  • Workers are aware of all potential and existing work-related hazards they face
  • Take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of workers
  • Identification of occupational safety concerns to superior
  • That a worker works in the manner and with the protective devices, measures and procedures required by the OHSA and regulations and that a worker uses or wears the equipment, protective devices or clothing that the worker’s employer requires to be worn

For management dealing with contractors/independent operators:

  • Members of Management who contract for the work of a Contractor or Independent Operator hired to perform work for, or provide services to, the Municipality are accountable for ensuring that all safety requirements are met by the Contractor or Independent Operator.

Essential physical and/or safety requirements:

  • Mask fit testing (N95)
  • Sitting: infrequent sitting in vehicle
  • Hands: frequent fine finger dexterity (movement) and mousing

Other physical and/or safety requirements:

  • Bending: infrequent stooping, twisting
  • Sitting: infrequent sitting in vehicle
  • Lifting: infrequent lifting waist to shoulder, carrying
  • Standing: infrequent standing inside and outside

Compensation: This temporary full-time positons has an hourly wage rate of $49.366 (2017 rates based on our 2016 non-union full-time compensation plan), plus 15% in lieu of benefits (which includes health & dental benefits, statutory & non-statutory holidays, and non-enrolment in OMERS) and 4% vacation pay..


Candidates interested in the above position are asked to submit our career profile application form and a resume to the email address below. Please do not include a cover letter, or copies of transcripts, licenses, certificates, etc.

What we look for in the application form and resume: Detailed information in the boxes provided under each question in the career profile application form where you have answered ‘yes’. Your resume should provide the same detailed information. In both documents, list under each employer the following: (1) the job titles (2) dates you were in each position (3) a summary of the job duties/ skills/experiences you gained in each position. The same information needs to be in both the career profile application form and the resume. Please be sure to check the box beside yes or no for each question asked in the career profile application form.

Attachments: Please send attachments in a Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe (.pdf) format only. Attachments must be attached directly to your email; we are not able to download documents from an internet site.

Applications must be received before 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, 2017:

Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Attn. Cathy J. E. Hoffman, MPA, CHRL
Chief Human Resource Officer
315 King Street West
P.O. Box 640
Chatham ON  N7M 5K8

Fax:  519.436.3237
Email address: (preferred)

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fair and accessible employment practices that attract and retain talented employees. Should you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources & Organizational Development (HROD) at 519-360-1998 or Applicant information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy legislation and will be used strictly for the purpose of candidate selection. We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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