Acting Director of Health Protection


Sault Ste. Married
Temporary full-time (up to 18 months)

Reporting to the Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer, the Acting Director of Health Protection is responsible for the effective direction and oversight of the Health Protection Division, including the delivery of programs and services in accordance with provincial legislation, Ontario Public Health Standards and Algoma Public Health’s strategic plan, policies and procedures.

This position oversees a variety of public health programs, including infectious disease, environmental health, COVID-19 response, and emergency management programs. As a member of the senior management team, the Acting Director participates in overall strategic leadership, planning, coordination, policy development, decision-making, and budget preparation for programs and Health Unit services that are consistent with the Board of Health’s mission, vision, values, purpose, policies and standards.

– Actively participates in setting APH’s strategic direction and priorities and is a member of the executive committee;
– Ensures the implementation and monitoring of health protection programs and services in accordance with the strategic direction of the organization, as well as provincial laws, standards, protocols, guidelines and collective agreements;
– Leads internal initiatives related to the priorities, needs and strategic direction of the organization;
– Has accountability and communicates on behalf of the Health Protection Division while maintaining an organizational perspective on all matters brought to senior management;
– Participates in the recommendation, development and approval of organizational policies and procedures;
– Fosters a culture at APH that embodies the values ​​and strategic direction of the organization and fosters effective communication and collaboration;
– Develops and oversees the organization’s budget;
– Assumes overall responsibility and accountability for the administration of the Department of Health Protection by overseeing and directing the following programs:
▫ Environmental Health
▫ Infectious disease
▫ COVID-19 response
▫ Emergency Preparedness and Response
– Leads the development and implementation of systematic approaches to assess, plan and evaluate the work of the division to ensure optimal program operation in accordance with relevant program and core standards of OPSS and others ministry directives, if any;
– Collaborates with community partners and external organizations on collaborative initiatives and builds and strengthens partnerships with community stakeholders;
– Champion and lead continuous improvement opportunities to improve organizational and program performance with the goal of optimizing the effectiveness and efficiency of programs and services to achieve desired results;
– Provides leadership, supervision, mentoring, support and consultation to department management staff;
– Actively support the development of workforce capabilities within the division;
– Ensures that all human resources of the division are managed in accordance with agency policies, collective agreements and applicable legislation;
– Ensure that records related to their functions, activities and transactions are managed appropriately and ensure that appropriate levels of security and privacy protection are applied to information under their control;
– Responsible for managing the division’s financial resources in accordance with policies and procedures;
– Seeks and optimizes the use of funding opportunities in a fiscally responsible/responsible manner to support the work of the division;
– Anticipates and manages risks of various types within programs, division and agency;
– Keeps the Medical Officer of Health/CEO informed of salient events and issues;
– Attends meetings of the Board of Health to report on the work and performance of the division;
– Other assigned duties.

Qualifications, abilities, experience and skills for this position include, but are not limited to:
– Master’s degree (or combination of a bachelor’s degree and relevant experience) from an accredited and recognized university in nursing, community health, public health, health promotion, environmental health, health administration or other equivalent degree relevant to the practice of public health;
– Current certificate of competency from relevant professional association/college, if applicable;
– At least 5 years of experience in leadership/management in public health or a related field is an asset;
– Experience as a senior manager related to population health approaches, health determinants, health equity and other applicable public health theories, strategies and practices;
– Knowledge and ability to ensure a safe and healthy work environment that promotes well-being;
– Experience managing complex assignments from inception to implementation while balancing organizational, political, community and stakeholder interests;
– Excellent leadership skills, including the ability to lead within an interdisciplinary team, change management skills and experience in implementing strategic plans;
– Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, including experience in team and consensus building and conflict management;
– Demonstrated interpersonal skills, high emotional intelligence and conflict resolution skills;
– Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
– Excellent organizational, planning and evaluation skills, including the ability to solve complex public health problems;
– Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and professional development. Strong relationship building and community development skills at local, regional and provincial levels with a commitment to developing effective alliances and partnerships;
– Demonstrated ability to establish strategic partnerships and networks for the organization;
– High ethical standards and commitment to health equity;
– Demonstrated skills in financial management and budgeting;
– Understanding and commitment to Indigenous cultural competency/safety;
– Ability to develop positive and productive working and reporting relationships with the health board;
– Understanding of reporting requirements for provincial ministries;
– Understanding of relevant national and provincial laws, regulations and statutes, including but not limited to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Health Protection and Promotion Act and the Access to Municipal Information, Privacy and Protection;
– Proficiency in the use of computer technology, including Microsoft Office applications, Internet and applicable database applications;
– Demonstrated reliability and ability to work flexible hours and on call as needed;
– The ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) in French or any other language will be considered an asset;
– A valid Ontario “G” driver’s license and access to an insured work vehicle;
– Must be able to work flexible hours and travel to meet program needs;
– Compliance with APH agency policies and relevant program policies and applicable legislation;
– As a condition of employment, you must be fully vaccinated with a series of COVID-19 vaccines, in accordance with our COVID-19 vaccination policy. If you are the successful candidate, you will be required to comply with our current COVID-19 vaccination policy;
– A current Vulnerable Sector Police Check (PVSC) with satisfactory clearance is a condition of employment, at your own expense.

Submit applications to: [email protected]
Attention: Antoniette Tomie, Director of Corporate Services

A cover letter and an up-to-date resume must be provided in order to be considered for this position.

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Algoma Public Health will provide accommodations to applicants with disabilities upon request.


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