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Health Research Specialist

Job ID #2293051 X
DivisionPublic Health
SectionStrategic Support
Work Location277 VICTORIA ST.
Job StreamHealth
Job TypeTemporary, Full-Time
Temporary Duration12  Months
Salary/Rate$44.35 - $48.60 / Hour
Hours of Work (bi-weekly)70.00
Shift InformationMonday to Friday - 35 Hours
AffiliationL79 Full-time
Number of Positions Open1
Posting Date06-Dec-2017
Closing Date21-Dec-2017
Job Description

Major Responsibilities:

To conduct research, advice, consult and provide leadership on public health and sustainable food systems issues to inform policy, practice and services for departmental management and program staff, and external community stakeholders and agencies. To conduct and effectively apply research to promote collaboration, capacity building and policy development.

  • Plans, conducts and evaluates public health research and policy 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 and develops policy options and recommendations 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 Planning and Policy Directorate and 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:

  1. Master’s degree preparation in Health, Social Sciences or 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 project management, research and analysis, planning and advocacy.
  3. Experience in community development and capacity building, public education and advocacy, including the ability to engage a wide variety of stakeholders including farmers, food activists, food industry, diverse communities and politicians.

Must also have:

  • Knowledge and ability to apply the determinants of health, access and equity principles.
  • Strong communication written and verbal skills.
  • Proficiency with MS Office, including Word and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work at a leadership level with city divisions and external organizations dealing with food system issues.
  • Ability to work with food experts and others to design innovative food policies, programs, training and education.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, which may include overtime, shift work, evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to attend meetings in all areas of Toronto and occasionally outside the GTA.
  • Ability to work cooperatively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to work effectively within a municipal government context.

Experience with food policy, food security and food system issues, is an asset.


Communication:  Please note that all applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes. Applicants may receive written correspondence regarding this job posting directly to the email address provided on their resume or to the one used to set-up their Candidate Profile if applying on TalentFlow. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you check your email regularly.


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, assessment and placement.

If you are an individual with a disability and you need accommodation in applying for this position, please email us at, quoting the job ID #2293051 and the job classification title.

If you are invited to participate in the assessment process, we ask that you provide your accommodation needs in advance at that time. 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.


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