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Manager Communicable Disease Surveillance

Full Job Description

  • Job Category: Health Services
  • Division & Section: Public Health, PH Communicable Disease Control
  • Work Location: TORONTO PUBLIC HEALTH HEADQUARTERS,277 Victoria Street
  • Job Type & Duration: Full-time Temporary, 12 months
  • Salary: $112,075.60 – $131,677.00, TM0485, Wage Grade 8
  • Shift Information: Mon-Fri 7hrs/day 35hrs/wk per week
  • Affiliation: Non-Union
  • Number of Positions Open: 1

Major Responsibilities:

  • Works with TPH’s Epidemiology and Data Analytics Unit to oversee work related to Public health assessment, surveillance, and reporting, with a focus on communicable diseases Manages and coordinates COVID-19 surveillance and outbreak activities for the City of Toronto.
  • Monitors disease trends on an ongoing basis. Collects and integrates information from multiple sources to detect trends that require further investigation.
  • Oversees the interpretation of complex data. Applies principles of epidemiology to most effectively evaluate and report on Diseases of public health significance to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Manages, motivates, and trains the unit’s staff, ensuring effective teamwork, high standards of work quality and organizational performance, and continuous learning and encouraging innovation in others.
  • Develops and implements policies, procedures, and standards to meet all components of a comprehensive surveillance program Initiates, analyzes, and utilizes current research and techniques to identify issues, trends, gaps, best practices and innovative approaches to service delivery.
  • Recommends and implements enhancements to surveillance strategies and methodologies, including use of data visualization, geospatial clustering techniques, syndromic data collection and analysis systems, and early alert detection algorithms.
  • Analyzes health status, socio-demographic and epidemiological data and health research for use in strategic planning, and operational planning and to make recommendations to the Board of Health.
  • Advises, liaises and consults with municipal, provincial, federal, and international health authorities as needed Familiar with relevant public health legislation (e.g. Ontario Public Health Standards, Health Protection and Promotion Act, etc…)
  • Ensures staff/office compliance with all applicable legislation (e.g., Ontario Human Rights Code, Workplace Harassment, Confidentiality, Occupational Health and Safety, Professional Standards and Practice, Regulated Health Care Professionals Act and the Health Promotion and Protection Act.)
  • Establishes networks and liaisons with staff/managers from other programs, community agencies and provincial and federal government staff dealing with program issues. Identifies community needs/issues to facilitate their resolution
  • Negotiates and coordinates service/program partnerships with staff and representatives from community agencies, laboratories, hospitals, governments and educational facilities, as needed
  • Organizes, leads and coordinates a range of committees and workgroups, both internal (divisional, departmental and corporate) and with community representation.
  • Encourages input from the public health community and integrates the advice into program planning and the development of policies and procedures.
  • Prepares written reports on a weekly, monthly and annual basis to inform internal and external public health stakeholders of the most current communicable disease trends and outbreak status.
  • Provides information to meet the needs of media requests, and responds to both internal and external data requests for topical and urgent assessments of public health matters of interest.
  • Supervises the day-to-day operation of all assigned staff including the scheduling, assigning and reviewing of work. Authorizes and controls vacation and overtime requests.
  • Monitors and evaluates staff performance approves salary increments and recommends disciplinary action when necessary Develops, recommends and administers the annual budget for the unit, and ensures that the unit’s expenditures are controlled and maintained within approved budget limitations.

Key Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Epidemiology or related discipline, or the approved equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Extensive management/supervisory experience in public health or related agency.
  • Experience working with communicable diseases including COVID-19.
  • Proven track record of managing large projects in timely fashion.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, develop, implement and evaluate programs, including the development of policies and procedures.
  • Strong knowledge of current public health issues
  • Strong knowledge and demonstrated skills in epidemiology and communicable disease Surveillance.
  • Knowledge of statistical methods, use of current software, and familiarity with applied research.
  • Familiarity working with relevant legislation and standards, along with familiarity with applicable collective agreements and government legislation in the area of Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing..
  • Ability to prepare reports, and articles, deliver effective presentations and respond effectively to the media.

Note: All City of Toronto employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire in accordance with the City’s Mandatory Vaccination Policy. Candidates will be required to show proof of vaccination during the recruitment process.

City of Toronto employees are eligible to apply for the posted job opportunity, but cannot hold two different jobs. To be considered for this job posting, you must indicate that you are a “Current City of Toronto employee” on the online application form, and provide your “Employee Number”.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The City is an equal-opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse residents that we serve. Learn more about the City’s commitment to employment equity.


The City of Toronto is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require Code-protected accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs. Disability-related accommodation during the application process is available upon request. Learn more about the City’s Hiring Policies and Accommodation Process.

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