Health Promotion Officer
Toronto Community HousingToronto Community Housing (“TCH”) is the largest social housing provider in Canada and the second largest in North America. It is home to approximately 164,000 persons with low and moderate-incomes in its 58,500 residential units. Our tenant population includes seniors, families, singles, refugees, recent immigrants to Canada, and people with special needs. Our tenants come from diverse backgrounds. This diversity includes age, education, language, sexual orientation, mental and physical disability, religion, ethnicity and race as well as increasing diversity in lifestyles and values. Our portfolio includes more than 360 high-rise and low-rise apartment buildings throughout the city.
Health Promotion Officer
|Salary:||$36.07 - $40.39 per hour|
|Class:||CUPE Local 79|
The Health Promotion Officer (HPO) is responsible for
working with TCH communities, tenant groups, local agencies, civic groups,
policy makers and Municipal and Provincial bodies to initiate, promote and
implement a range of community building initiatives that contribute to the
creation of healthy, engaged and inclusive communities.
There are 13 Operating Units (OU’s) within TCH’s decentralized
operations. The HPO reports to the Community Health Manager and is an integral
part of the Operations team that advances TCH’s community health, social
development agenda and the Community Management Plan (CMP). The HPO is
responsible for engaging a broad range of stakeholders in developing joint
solutions to address community and neighborhood needs. The HPO provides
expertise, leadership and support to other OU staff, tenants, tenant
representatives and other stakeholders in the creation of participatory
initiatives that promote community health and economic development.
· Under the direction of the Community Health Manager, executes and plays a lead role in the planning, development and implementation of local community health strategies with tenants and monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of strategies and programs
· Plays a key role in implementing a strong and dynamic tenant engagement system by supporting and working closely with tenant representatives, tenant councils, tenant leaders, tenants and the broader community to develop appropriate community development strategies that result in stronger, healthier and engaged communities
· Facilitates and animates tenant and staff meetings, community processes, consultations and forums
· Supports tenants to develop funding proposals, business cases and grants to sustain and enable community projects
· Facilitates and supports the resolution of specific site or building community issues related to maintenance, safety, community conflicts and discrimination through tenant meetings, community building activities, task groups, training programs, etc.
· Works as a member of an integrated Operating Unit team, supporting tenants to stay successfully housed and have access to appropriate services and supports as needed
· Promotes human rights principles and an anti-oppression framework that advances TCH’s human rights and equity policies including anti-ableism and anti-racism
· Applies a community development and social inclusion analysis to day-to-day problem solving
· Provides information, data and community expertise on an as needed basis and participates in the development of corporate strategies, programs and initiatives as required
· Develops work plans including regular reports, updates and evaluations documenting community health and engagement work
· Other duties as assigned
· Progressive experience in community development and/or health promotion, including developing creative approaches to community engagement and social change
· Post-Secondary education or equivalent experience in advocacy, social work, counselling, community development or other relevant field
· Proven experience in conducting community needs assessments and joint planning, initiating and managing projects and coordinating teams of stakeholders, including community members and staff
· Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
· Extensive knowledge of a broad range of community services, including settlement services, employment and skills development, services for youth and families, children, seniors, mental health, and services for people with special needs; to identify local partners with whom TCH can innovate/partner with to enhance delivery of services that promote community health
· Understanding of anti-oppression frameworks and proven ability to work effectively with a very diverse, socially vulnerable client population who face multiple barriers
· Demonstrated ability to foster positive working relationships with community members, community agencies, civic groups, elected officials, Municipal and Provincial bodies and other stakeholders
· Strong conflict management and negotiation skills
· Experience and strong skills in group facilitation
· Effective advocacy skills, superior listening skills as well as strong oral and written communication skills
· Must have a “learner” orientation, be flexible and versatile, able to work independently, thrive on change and have a motivation to seek challenges
· Ability to work flexible and varied hours (some evenings and weekends)
· Ability to travel to various TCH communities is required
· Ability to communicate in a second/third language is a definite asset
Toronto Community Housing is committed to equity in employment. Our goal is a diverse, inclusive workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We strongly encourage applications from women and men, people from racialized communities, sexual minorities, persons with disabilities and aboriginal persons.
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We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Applications must be received by May 23, 2012 at:
Human Resources Division
Toronto Community Housing Corporation
931 Yonge Street 4th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M4W 2H2
Fax: (416) 981-4260
Posting Date: May 10, 2012