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Health Promotion Specialist
This is a Highly Sensitive Position and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check, along with a clear Vulnerable Sector Check is required.
This employment opportunity is open to all applicants.
Reporting to the Territorial Director, Population Health; the Health Promotion Specialist provides leadership in the area of health education and wellness promotion, and supports community development by facilitating relations between the departments of Health and Education. The Specialist is responsible for ensuring health promotion strategies are developed through methods that are consistent with Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit. The Specialist will maintain current knowledge of relevant national frameworks, and the work of the Federal, Provincial, and Territorial counterparts; as well as frameworks and initiatives developed by Inuit organizations. The Specialist is vital in the support and development of healthy communities in Nunavut as they work to advance comprehensive school health through the development of healthy school policies, teaching and learning resources, promoting healthy physical and social environments and strengthening partnerships and services. Therefore, the incumbent ensures that the social determinants of health and wellbeing are strengthened, and that opportunities for partnership both within and outside government are maintained and enhanced to reflect the complexities of the environment.
The Health Promotion Specialist responsibilities include developing effective health promotion strategies in-line with the pillars of health promotion outlined in the Ottawa Charter by reviewing strategies developed elsewhere. Furthermore, the incumbent will be working with other departments to develop effective communication tools and health promotion materials for use in Nunavut schools. The incumbent will support community development by understanding the impact of existing programs and recommending ways to strengthen programs in the area of the strategy being developed. The incumbent will liaise with non-governmental agencies, government departments and other key stakeholders to ensure the ongoing work proceeds systematically.
This position requires a specialized knowledge of health determinants, health education, health promotion, and wellness strategies, strategic planning, policy development, standards development, organizational and strategic thinking. Additionally, the ability to integrate Inuit Societal Values into all aspects of work and the ability to communicate with many audiences both verbally and in writing.
The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this job are usually obtained through a recognized Bachelor of Arts or Health Sciences with minimum two (2) years demonstrated work experience.
Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.
Fluency in more than one of Nunavut’s official language is an asset.
Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is an asset.