20-11 Program Manager


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Invites applicants for 1 Full-Time Program Manager

Are you a dynamic, results oriented individual looking to join an organization committed to service delivery excellence? Then we would like to hear from you. As an employee at the health unit you will be treated fairly and with dignity and respect. The health unit provides a positive work environment where you are engaged, can freely exchange ideas, communicate openly, be innovative and are encouraged to practice work-life balance.

Our non-temporary, full- and part-time employees enjoy:

  • Three weeks of vacation, pro-rated from your date of hire
  • 13 paid holidays per year
  • Up to seven days paid family-related leave in recognition of our employees’ responsibilities to both their children and parents
  • 100% employer paid benefits
  • A defined benefit pension plan through OMERS
  • A generous sick leave program
  • In order for employees to attend to individual and family needs the majority of positions at the Health Unit have flexible work hours involving flexible start and end times along with the ability to take up to a 2 hour meal break.
  • A seven-hour day, up to 35 hours per week, normally working straight days with compensating time off programs after 35 hours of work per week
  • An anytime/anywhere, flexible work environment that supports work-life balance and reduces our carbon footprint. We offer voluntary work from home opportunities, access to work email and voicemail from home, and the convenience of touching down in any one of our eight office locations that is convenient to your individual work day.
  • A supplemental employment benefit (SEB) is provided for Pregnancy, Paternal and Compassionate leaves of absence equivalent to the difference between seventy five (75%) of regular weekly earnings and the sum of the weekly Employment Insurance (EI) benefits up to one year.
  • A prepaid leave plan is available to employees wishing to spread four (4) years' salary over a five (5) year period to enable them to take a one (1) year leave of absence following the four (4) years of salary deferral.

At the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, we are champions of health for all. Our staff works with individuals and families, agencies and communities in Simcoe Muskoka to promote and protect health, and to prevent disease and injury.

The health unit is governed by the Board of Health and is funded municipally and provincially. Guided by our strategic plan and our core values, we work with you toward achieving an important vision – to see the people who live, work and play in Simcoe Muskoka leading healthy, fulfilling and productive lives.

Public health activities are also guided by the Ontario Public Health Standards.

Overview of the Position:

The Program Manager is an integral member of the health unit management team and Oral Health Program, providing vision and leadership, and fostering development of knowledge, skills, attitudes and innovations which support excellence in the delivery of public health programs. The Program Manager provides leadership in directing and participating in the development, implementation and evaluation of programs, and actively contributes to the achievement of Agency goals.

Programs included in the portfolio of this Program Manager position are the Healthy Smiles Ontario Program and the Ontario Seniors Dental Program. Responsibilities include: management of program staff (including receptionists, dental assistants, registered dental hygienists and dentists); management of program resources including budget input/monitoring/reporting; management of assigned program areas including annual operational plan, annual service plan, program standards; and ongoing staff development and program improvement; leading the preparation of Oral Health related briefing notes, media releases, PSAs and other public communications as required.

This position acts as a representative of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at the local, regional, provincial and national level.

Program Manager Responsibilities:

Oversee and manage program staff and program resources, to meet ongoing and changing needs of the Department and Agency;

Manage Program Area, including annual Operational Plan, Program standards/development/monitoring/reporting;

Ensure staff meet professional standards, including staff coaching & development, and encourage and initiate Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in services/processes, including timely implementation and dealing with multiple issues as they arise;

Contribute to overall agency management, promotion and development;

Contribute to team and agency effectiveness.

Program Manager Specific knowledge, skills, abilities:

  • Advanced understanding of relevant legislation, protocols and standards;
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with the application of population health and health promotion;principles including advanced skills and experience in program planning, implementation and evaluation;
  • Advanced leadership skills including team building and creative problem-solving, and proven resource and program management skills;
  • Advanced critical thinking skills, diplomacy and political astuteness;
  • Advanced ability to model, support and serve as a mentor for skills development with assigned staff;
  • Advanced ability to work collaboratively with all health unit staff, managers and community partners;
  • Advanced interpersonal communication skills including negotiation, collaboration, facilitation, consultative and conflict management skills;
  • Advanced oral communications skills and demonstrated experience in presenting information to individuals and groups for the purpose of setting priorities, accessing resources, defining policy and procedure and influencing program or agency direction;
  • Advanced written communications skills and demonstrated experience creating project proposals, research articles, technical documents and correspondence to communicate to professional audiences, policy makers, and general public;
  • Advanced time management and organizational skills, results-oriented, and ability to meet deadlines;
  • Intermediate ability to analyze and interpret health status data, research and trends;
  • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook;
  • Intermediate understanding of the application of technology to support program delivery;
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle or the ability to travel in a timely and efficient manner to locations within and outside the health unit district.

Program Manager Minimum Education Requirements:

Baccalaureate Degree (4 year) with preparation in public health, or equivalent as determined by the Department Vice President AND professional designation as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Must be in good standing with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario, with self-initiation status.

Program Manager Related Experience:

  • 5-7 years’ experience in public health, or related field, with leadership responsibilities.
  • Minimum 3 year’s relevant experience as a Registered Dental Hygienist.

Preference will be given to candidates with the following qualifications which are considered assets in this competition:

  • Demonstrated, advanced skill in report development;
  • Demonstrated, advanced understanding of the application of technology to program delivery;
  • Enrollment in or completion of Masters Degree in Public Health, Health Care, or related field preferred.

Deadline for applications: 4:00 p.m., February 14, 2020

Visit our website at www.simcoemuskoka.org for the email address to send in your resume and cover letter and to view the full position description.

Include Posting #20-11 in the subject line.

Due to the large volume of applications we receive, and to ensure your application is given due consideration, we kindly request all applications for this position include both an up-to-date resume, and a detailed cover letter including specific examples of how you meet the required qualifications and skills for this position. The cover letter is to clearly identify:

  • How your education meets the educational requirements listed.
  • How your experience meets the experience requirements listed.
  • How your experience meets each of the required knowledge, skills and abilities listed.
  • How your education and/or experience meet each of the listed assets, which are considered preferences.

Applicants who fail to satisfactorily provide the information requested above in their cover letter will be deemed to not meet the minimum job requirements listed in this job posting. Accordingly, their application will not be considered in this competition.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $60.38 to $67.69 /hour


  • program management: 5 years (Required)