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Policy Development Officer--Toronto Drug Strategy Secretariat, Toronto Public Health

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline October 20, 2017

Job Classification Title: Policy Development Officer--Toronto Drug Strategy
Job ID #: 2280986 X
Division: Public Health
Section: Strategic Support - Toronto Drug Strategy
Work Location: 277 Victoria Street
Job Stream: Health
Job Type: Temporary, Full-Time
Temporary Duration: 6  Months
Salary/Rate: $93,256.80 - $109,564.00 / Year
Hours of Work (bi-weekly): 70.00
Shift Information: Monday to Friday - 35 Hours
Affiliation: Non-Union
Number of Positions Open: 1
Posting Date: 11-Oct-2017
Closing Date: 20-Oct-2017

Job Description

  • To participate as a member of the Toronto Drug Strategy Secretariat to provide leadership and policy support in the development and implementation of initiatives related to the Toronto Overdose Action Plan and Toronto Drug Strategy.
  • Leads a participatory, community-engaged planning process to develop a regional expansion plan for supervised consumption services in Toronto, including identification of appropriate service models and responses based on community need
  • Provides policy and capacity building support to community organizations seeking to implement supervised consumption services as part of the regional supervised consumption service plan
  • Conducts and/or integrates research into the planning process ensuring it takes into account evidence and developments within the field, community needs, corporate policies and practices and legislation
  • Provides input into and administers assigned budget, ensuring that expenditures are controlled and maintained within approved budget limitations
  • Formulates and presents reports and recommendations to senior management
  • Prepares Board of Health reports, as required
  • Provides policy support and advice on issues related to the Toronto Overdose Action Plan generally
  • Monitors current social, economic and political issues that impact the Toronto Overdose Action Plan, and integrates findings into relevant policy directions for the division
  • Maintains close and effective relationships with other City divisions, other orders of government, community-based service providers, people who use drugs and other community stakeholders to ensure awareness of existing and evolving issues and concerns, and facilitates the development of strategic responses
  • Engages stakeholders, including people who use drugs, community-based service providers, local planning groups, advocates and constituents in the development, implementation and evaluation of Toronto Overdose Action Plan and related initiatives

Key Qualifications:

  1. A Master's in public health or social sciences, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Experience in policy analysis and development.
  3. Experience in harm reduction program and/or policy development; experience with supervised consumption services, is an asset.
  4. Experience in project management (project design, development and implementation).
  5. Experience in social science research methodologies.
  6. Experience in community engagement, capacity building and relationship-building with a broad range of stakeholders.
  7. Highly developed verbal and written communication skills, coupled with political acuity.
  8. Ability to work independently and to lead effective teams.
  9. Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act & Regulations.

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