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Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Mental Health Promotion Specialist



Job Description

Overall Job Responsibility:

Reporting to the Program Manager, the Mental Health Promotion Specialist (MHPS) works as part of a multi-disciplinary team within a population health promotion framework. Guided by the principles of need, impact, capacity, partnership and collaboration, the MHPS provides research and analysis and has a key role in the planning, design, development, and evaluation of mental health promotion, programs, services, communication campaigns and policies as described in relevant sections of the Ontario Public Health Standards (2008). The position involves working inter-departmentally as well as with human service professionals, workplace contacts, community groups, media coalitions etc.

This position supports the on-going operations of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. The successful candidate must work in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and all policies and procedures of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.­

Key areas of Responsibility:

The main responsibilities and desired qualities of a health promotion specialist are listed below and are based on the Pan-Canadian Health Promoter Competencies areas: Public Health Sciences; Assessment and Analysis; Policy and Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation; Partnerships, Collaboration and Advocacy; Diversity and Inclusiveness, Communication, Leadership (PHAC, 2014)

The list of duties is not all-inclusive and may be modified as public health programs change and as health unit need requires.

Specific duties include:

  •  Support the strategic partnership between Public Health and CMHA, including but not limited to supporting joint activities outlined in the strategic partnership agreement.
  • Develops, coordinates, implements, monitors and evaluates comprehensive community mental health education/promotion strategies designed to meet the needs of various target groups within the community and in accordance with the principles of health promotion and related competencies

  • Initiates, coordinates, implements and evaluates mental health education/promotion projects, grants and studies

  • Serves as liaison to and coordinates activities locally, regionally and provincially

  • Serves relevant community advisory boards

  • Provides training and support to other health unit staff in the area of mental health

  • Designs, develops, implements and analyzes results of evaluation tools used to assess the community’s mental health promotion needs

  • Through assessment Identifies the need for, develops, coordinates and conducts mental health promotion in-service training for health care, social service, and community groups

  • Confers with county and municipal officials, community leaders, and their WECHU manager regarding mental health promotion issues and needs

  • Provides technical assistance and consultation to community agencies, health care organizations, schools, industries and other community groups

  • Develops and prepares appropriate written and communication materials for WECHU, including reports, educational pamphlets, brochures and posters, social media messages

  • Plans, writes, coordinates and/or edits public health information materials related to assigned program areas for use by the media

  • Provides responsive, high quality service to municipal employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public by providing accurate, complete and up-to-date information, in a courteous, efficient and timely manner

  • Utilizes equity and social determinants of health in work.

Position Qualifications:

Education, training, & experience

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited University in Social Work, Psychology or related degree such  as Health Sciences, Public Health, Health Education with specialisation in mental health promotion.
  • Additional certifications in Mental Health considered an asset.
  • Registration with appropriate college if applicable
  • Must possess 1 to 2 years professional experience (post academic) in a mental health role developing and implementing outreach, health promotion and/or prevention programming.
  • Previous experience working in a community health setting is an asset
  • Ability to speak a second language considered an asset

 Skills and Abilities to:

  • Design evaluation studies and analyze results

  • Provide recommendations for the development of overall community mental health promotion and education  goals and objectives, and provide ongoing evaluation of these goals and objectives

  • Develop grant proposals, board letters/reports, and other official documents

  • Initiate and maintain relationships with appropriate regional and local groups

  • Develop, organize, coordinate, direct and evaluate comprehensive community mental health promotion and education programs

  • Develop a wide range of educational materials, including pamphlets, flyers, posters, news releases and audio-visual materials

  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

  • Provide community mental health promotion consultation to key community leaders, administrators, health and social service professionals, schools, industries, hospitals, and other community groups

  • Identify and obtain support of community leaders for mental health programs

  • Establish effective working relationships with management, employees, employee representatives and the public representing diverse cultures and backgrounds

  • Treat WECHU employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public with courtesy and respect in alignment with WECHU code of conduct policies

  • Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations

  • Communicate effectively with a variety of individuals representing diverse cultures and backgrounds and function calmly in situations which require a high degree of sensitivity, tact and diplomacy

  • Proficiency with current computer applications (examples: Microsoft Office Suite), social media platforms, and data analysis software (example, SAS, SPSS, Stata,) and survey tools (e.g., fluid surveys)

    Additional Requirements:

  • Immunizations and TB screening as per WECHU policies

  • Satisfactory vulnerable sector police clearance

  • Ability to work weekend and evening work as required by the program

  • A valid Ontario Driver’s Licence, access to a reliable motor vehicle during working hours, and 1 million dollars in liability insurance

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will provide accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Human Resources staff of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require.

Application Process:

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a resume in confidence by email to with Reference #67, Attention: Dan Sibley, Manager, Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017.  

Contact Information

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
Dan Sibley
Human Resources Manager
519-258-2146 ext 3401
Posting Date: 15-Aug-2017Medical/Healthcare Contract, Full-Time 5.00  Months Open 1 ASAP