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Health Research Specialist

May 25, 2017
Toronto, Ontario
Early Career

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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The City of Toronto is committed to fostering a positive and progressive workforce that is representative of the citizens we serve. We will 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 , a request for accommodation will be accepted as part of the City's hiring process. If you are invited to participate in an assessment process, kindly provide your accommodation needs in advance. Please be advised that you may be requested to provide medical/other documentation to Human Resources to ensure that appropriate accommodation is provided to you throughout the hiring process.

If you are an individual with a disability and you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process, please email us at, quoting the job ID #2270944 and the job classification title.