Policy Development Officer TPH (Indigenous Health)
Job ID: 42485
Job Category: Policy, Planning & Research
Division & Section: Public Health, PH Strategy & Preventive Health
Work Location: To be determined (Hybrid)
Job Type & Duration: Full-time, Permanent Vacancy
Salary: $101, 900 – $131,222 annually; PSG # TM154; Wage Grade 7
Shift Information: Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week
Number of Positions Open: 1
Posting Period: 15-Nov-2023 to 6-Dec-2023
The Toronto Indigenous Health Strategy, launched in 2016, laid the foundation for Toronto Public
Health to work towards addressing health inequities and improving health outcomes for urban Indigenous communities in the City of Toronto. Toronto Public Health is committed to expanding and strengthening our programs and services for the Indigenous population by working with and in relationship with Indigenous service providers and community members in the city.
Reporting to a member of the Toronto Public Health (TPH) senior management team, this position will work with Indigenous service providers and Indigenous community members on developing and implementing major policy initiatives aimed at advancing Indigenous population health and wellness.
The first twelve months of this position will include working directly with the Executive Director of the Toronto Aboriginal Social Services Council (TASSC) to co-develop an action plan focused on Indigenous wellness.
- Provides leadership, project management and policy support for policy development and implementation of recommendations related to shared priorities between Toronto Public Health and Indigenous service providers
- Conducts and/or integrates research into planning processes, taking into account Indigenous ways of knowing, best available evidence, and the population health needs of the Indigenous community
- Monitors current social, economic and political issues that impact Toronto Public Health and the Indigenous population in the city to ensure awareness of existing and evolving issues and concerns, and facilitate the development of strategic responses
- Formulates and presents reports and recommendations to senior management and Indigenous service providers and community members
- Prepares Board of Health reports, briefing notes, and action plans, as required
- Maintains close and effective relationships with Indigenous service providers, City divisions, other levels of government, and external stakeholders to advance policy development that responds to Indigenous population health inequities, and Toronto Public Health and City of Toronto organizational priorities
- Provides input into and administers assigned budget, ensuring that expenditures are controlled and maintained within approved budget limitations
- Develops and implements strategies to advance Indigenous health equity, in collaboration with other Toronto Public Health portfolios and City of Toronto partners
Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:
- Post-secondary education in a professional discipline relevant to the job function and/or relevant experience or equivalent combination of education, experience, and understanding of the unique perspectives of Indigenous communities
- Considerable experience in policy planning and community development activities with Indigenous communities.
- Considerable experience in community engagement and relationship-building with Indigenous communities.
- Experience and solid knowledge of working in Toronto’s urban Indigenous community. Demonstrated relationships and connections to Indigenous social serving agencies is a considerable asset.
- Experience in writing comprehensive complex and formal reports.
- Experience in project management including project design, development and implementation
- Lived experience as an Indigenous person in Canada with in-depth knowledge of Indigenous cultural safety, as well as the history and present-day context of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in Toronto and elsewhere is an asset.
- Highly developed verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to summarize information into clear and concise messages and prepare and deliver presentations, coupled with political acuity.
- Excellent critical thinking skills with the ability to take initiative and problem solve.
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
- Ability to manage concurrent projects utilizing excellent organization and time management skills.
- Ability to support the Toronto Public Service values to ensure a culture that champions equity, diversity and respectful workplaces.
Note To Current City of Toronto Employees
City of Toronto employees are eligible to apply for the posted job opportunity, but cannot hold two different jobs. To be considered for this job posting, you must indicate that you are a “Current City of Toronto employee” on the on-line application form, and provide your “Employee Number”.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The City is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse residents that we serve. Learn more about the City’s commitment to employment equity.
The City of Toronto is committed to truth and reconciliation with Indigenous communities. Read more about the City’s commitments to truth and reconciliation here.
The City of Toronto is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require Code-protected accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs. Disability-related accommodation during the application process is available upon request. Learn more about the City’s Hiring Policies and Accommodation Process.