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Manager - Environmental Health

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
Guelph ON
APPLY BY February 06, 2022

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is a community-centered agency dedicated to preventing disease, promoting the well-being of individuals, and protecting the health of the residents of Wellington County, Dufferin County and the City of Guelph. Our team works to achieve this each and every day by offering evidence-based health information, programs and services. Our vision is that everyone has the opportunity for health and well-being.

Joining our team will involve working with passionate people and performing meaningful work that will support a healthier community for over 290,000 area residents. We believe it’s important to promote health in our own workplace, because in order to be our best, we have to feel our best. At Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health our goal is to help maintain not only the physical, but the emotional, financial and social health and well-being of our team. Our employees enjoy a competitive compensation package, professional training and development opportunities and a healthy work-life balance.

Knowledge and Scope of Position:
- Provides direction, leadership, administration and overall supervision of specific program areas and staff as they relate to rabies, food safety, emergency response. Ensure all programs meet the standards of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
- Works with staff to develop strategies within the above risk factors to increase personal skills and education, build community capacity, create supportive environments, and develop and implement healthy public policy.
- Plans health promotion strategies and evaluation of the program areas within the rabies, food safety and emergency response programs ensuring they are based on current best-practice, protocols, and guidelines with the Health Protection and Promotion Act and the Ontario Public Health Standards.

Program Planning and Development:
- Develops, monitors and evaluates assigned programs and services.
- Develops annual operational plans in consultation with assigned program staff and the Director.

- Provides leadership in integrating the safe water, rabies, food safety and emergency response standards within programs and services. Through relevant and timely knowledge exchange, the Program Manager of Rabies, Food Safety and Emergency Response will support WDGPH staff and community partners in providing evidence-based services.
- Manages and provides leadership to the team as they plan, implement and evaluate assigned programs and services. Responsible for the day-to-day activities related to assigned program areas.
- Responsible for all attendance management within the program. Manages and approves vacation time, use of flex time and compensating time, leaves and other absences for assigned staff in accordance with WDGPH policy.
- Monitors and evaluates the performance of assigned staff through ongoing supervision and formal performance appraisals.
- Identifies and plans for staffing levels to meet program needs, within allocated resources. Reviews job descriptions for the selection of staff; participates in the recruitment of qualified individuals for hiring as required.
- Provides on-call coverage per WDGPH guidelines.

Assessment and Analysis:
- Develops annual operational plans in consultation with assigned program staff, other Programs Managers and the Division Director. Establishes program goals, performance measures and outcomes indicators, meets mandates.
- Monitors and analyzes the assigned program budget consulting with their Division Director and the WDGPH Finance staff as appropriate. Maintains the program budget within a 5% budget variance. Participates in the development and implementation of strategies to operate within the approved budget. Authorizes expenditures and approves invoices for program level spending in accordance with WDGPH policy for program manager.
- Identifies information needs that are to be used to document and analyze program activities.
- Develops grant proposals for the Division Director for submission to external agencies as appropriate.
Partnerships, Collaboration:
- Participates in implementing an emergency response plan. In the event of a community-wide emergency, may be assigned to fill one of the roles as described in the current Emergency Response Plan.
- Liaises with external agencies on issues relating to public health programs and services.
- Identifies and prioritizes the need for new community based programs and services, works with staff and community agencies to implement identified needs.

- Demonstrates effective handling of personal contacts with other managers, all staff, with members of the other organizations and with the general public to work toward common goals, to promote good will and to promote programs and services.
- Establishes and maintains open communication with the staff and Director on relevant issues and exceptional, or precedent-setting, program issues.
- Establishes and maintains open communication with clients to promote understanding and assists in problem solving.

Diversity and Inclusiveness:
- Promotes the attitudes and practices that result in inclusive behaviours, practices, programs and policies. Oversees and ensures staff is familiar with and trained in all aspects of their work through education programs, orientation, workshops, staff meetings, in-service training sessions, performance evaluation, individual counselling and by authorizing attendance at outside education conferences and seminars.

Policy and Program Implementation:
- Ensures that staff functions in accordance with relevant legislation, established WDGPH policies, procedures and guidelines. Abides by all employment legislation. Adheres to the collective agreement for union represented employees within their program.
- Ensures that client records are maintained according to established WDGPH policies and procedures, and meet Privacy and the professional standards.

Ethics and Professionalism:
- Ensures that all related practices within the program meet recognized professional standards (e.g. the Regulated Health Professions Act).

Hours of Work:

Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
Provides on-call coverage.

Position Effective:

November 29, 2021


- Master’s Degree in a health-related field including Public Health or related field
- Mandatory Public Health Inspection certification and preferred emergency response certification.
- 4 to 6 years experience in job specialty
- 2 to 4 years experience in program planning and evaluation, policy development; project management, human resources related issues/direct staff supervision preferred.

Special skills and training:
- Knowledge of basic health inspection safety standards, health promotion and strategic planning.
- Research and evaluation skills.
- Critical thinking, ability to analyze information.
- Communication skills; presentation skills.
- Conflict management and negotiation skills.
- Ability to build consensus, function in a team environment.
- Basic knowledge of finance and administration functions.
- Knowledge of program and workplace legislative requirements.

Note: If successful in the hiring process, it is important to understand that you would be an employee of a health care organization that believes strongly in the importance of vaccination as a necessary public health measure to control the spread of COVID-19. Vaccinations against COVID-19 align with our organizational mission, vision, and values at The Agency, which focus on improving the health and well-being of our community. Employees are required to receive full COVID-19 vaccination, which includes two doses and any future applicable immunizations. Employees who are unable to be immunized due to a valid medical contraindication must have a Statement of Medical Exemption Form completed by their primary care provider.

We thank all applicants, however, only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

WDG Public Health is an equal opportunity agency. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and will be used to determine eligibility.

WDG Public Health is committed to providing accommodations during the recruitment process for people with disabilities. If you require accommodation(s), please advise Human Resources in advance and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

The Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is an accredited, non-profit organization that provides health information and services to a population of approximately 272,000.