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Health Research Specialist, Toronto Public Health

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline September 29, 2017

Job Classification
Job ID #: 2283067 X
Division: Public Health
Section: Healthy Public Policy
Work Location: 277 Victoria St.
Job Stream: Health
Job Type: Temporary, Full-Time
Temporary Duration:12 Months
Salary/Rate: $44.35 - $48.60 / Hour
Hours of Work (bi-weekly): 70.00
Shift Information: Monday to Friday - 35 Hours
Affiliation: L79 Full-time
Number of Positions Open: 1
Posting Date: 15-Sep-2017
Closing Date: 29-Sep-2017

Job Description

Reporting to a Manager in the Healthy Public Policy Directorate, the Health Research Specialist participates in complex policy and research projects to address the environmental (natural and built) determinants of health and health inequities of Toronto residents.

  • Plans, conducts and evaluates public health research studies, including joint projects with other city departments, task forces and committees, other levels of government and other external groups or agencies
  • Researches public health issues in order to provide divisional, departmental and corporate leadership in public health policy, programs, advocacy and strategy
  • Acts as a consultant for public health division and other city departments to identify and service public health policy, research, evaluation and program needs
  • Promotes the use of information and its application to decision making within the division through collaboration, the development of linkages, and capacity building initiatives
  • Consults and/or works collaboratively with external groups, including the development of contacts with other jurisdictions, at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels, non-governmental organizations and interest groups, other agencies and the private sector
  • Conducts speaking engagements for the public, community and media, in collaboration with public health communications and public relations staff, answers public inquiries on public health research and policy issues
  • Researches, organizes, and writes briefing materials, discussion papers, reports and correspondence on public health issues
  • Participates in and/or chairs internal and external committees
  • Reviews public health research literature and reports produced by other government and research agencies to determine potential impact on public health policy, research and programs
  • Advises and assists divisional staff in the planning, delivery and evaluation of staff development and training programs, and in the development of new policies and procedures
  • Advises and guides academic health science students on projects

Key Qualifications:

Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  1. Masters degree in public health sciences, public/health policy, nursing, social sciences, environmental sciences or an equivalent combination of a baccalaureate degree and extensive experience relevant to the primary duties of the position.
  2. Considerable experience in the areas of policy development and analysis with an emphasis on the environmental (natural or built) determinants of health and related health outcomes.
  3. Considerable experience in planning, conducting and evaluating qualitative and quantitative research and policy studies.

You must also have:

  • Knowledge and skills utilizing qualitative and quantitative software packages.
  • Knowledge of environmental health (climate change, air quality, built environment, transportation).
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate with a broad range of stakeholders from community representatives, senior management, technical experts and elected officials.
  • Knowledge and use of GIS tools is an asset.
  • Well developed interpersonal skills and the ability to work cooperatively with others in a multidisciplinary team setting.
  • Excellent policy based and research report writing and oral presentation skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently.

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