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Heath Policy Specialist, Toronto Public Health

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline October 20, 2017

Job Classification Title: Heath Policy Specialist
Job ID #: 2283006 X
Division: Public Health
Section: Healthy Public Policy
Work Location: 277 Victoria Street
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: 05-Oct-2017
Closing Date: 20-Oct-2017

Job Description

To lead the analysis, development, implementation and evaluation of complex public policies which directly or indirectly influence/have an impact on the health of people who live, work and play in Toronto.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Monitors the broad political and policy environment related to social, environmental, and economic issues as they impact on health
  • Identifies emerging issues/trends related to population health and health inequities
  • Examines issues and develops policy options and recommendations in order to provide divisional and corporate leadership in advocacy and healthy public policy
  • Utilizes relevant theory/frameworks to guide complex policy analysis, development, and evaluation
  • Analyzes policy related literature and reports produced by others including other city divisions, other public health units, academics, other levels of government, other jurisdictions, non-government organizations, think tanks, and Centres of Excellence
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of consultations, roundtables, and policy dialogues with key stakeholders, including community groups, other city divisions, other sectors, including the private sector, and elected officials
  • Conducts situational analyses, environmental scans and jurisdictional reviews
  • Generates a range of policy options, assesses the feasibility, costs, benefits, and implications of various options, and recommends viable options and implementation strategies
  • Establishes, fosters and maintains collaborative working relationships with key stakeholders including, but not limited to, Toronto Public Health staff, as well as staff from other City divisions, other municipalities, the provincial and federal governments, NGOs and elected officials
  • Leads the research for and writing of comprehensive and concise briefing materials, discussion papers, options papers, technical and policy reports, position statements, and Board of Health/Committee reports related to healthy public policy issues to inform decision making
  • Prepares and makes presentations to and responds to inquiries from senior divisional and other City staff, elected officials, community agencies, and the public

Key Qualifications:

Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  1. Master's degree in Public Health, Health Sciences, the Social Sciences, or Public Policy, or an equivalent combination of a baccalaureate degree and extensive experience relevant to the primary duties of the position.
  2. Considerable experience in public health policy development including policy analysis, development and recommendation of policy options and policy evaluation.
  3. Considerable experience in critical appraisal and synthesis of policy-related literature and reports.
  4. Experience in all phases of project management.
  5. Experience working on projects involving multiple stakeholders, with strong stakeholder management, partnership, facilitation, negotiation, and relationship building skills to achieve goals and objectives.

You must also have:

  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and conflict management, as they apply to multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders from community representatives to senior management, technical experts and elected officials.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to write reports.
  • Excellent organizational/planning skills resulting in the ability to effectively manage and meet timelines for concurrent projects.
  • Excellent Microsoft suite skills using Word, PowerPoint and Excel database applications.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of chronic disease prevention research and policy work is an asset.

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Accommodation:  The City of Toronto is committed to fostering a positive and progressive workforce reflecting the citizens we serve. We provide equitable treatment and accommodation to ensure barrier-free employment in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the City of Toronto's Accommodation Policy. You can request for accommodation related to the protected grounds at any stage of the City's hiring process, i.e., application, screening, assessment and placement.
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