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This is an exciting time to join the City of Toronto, Canada's largest city and home to a diverse population of approximately 2.6 million people. Dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and a high quality of life for all its residents, in the last three years alone the Toronto public service has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Make your contribution to our Public Health Division and join us as a Community Nutrition Assistant.

Community Nutrition Assistant
File Reference #: X8CSA14909

Major Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Peer Nutrition Manager, this employee will be responsible for working with parents of children six (6) months to six (6) years to provide training that will build on skills in infant and toddler feeding, parenting related to food, food selection, purchasing, preparation and budgeting.

  • Provides information on nutrition and healthy eating
  • Plans and delivers assigned food/nutrition/cooking programs to parents
  • Facilitates group discussions on nutrition issues in a variety of languages
  • Provides support to families regarding cultural food practices and demonstrates food preparation techniques
  • Prepares information and educational materials in support of education efforts
  • Delivers presentations, along with other health professionals, to ethno-cultural agencies and interested groups
  • Schedules workshops and provides training sessions
  • Collaborates with local agencies to promote the program within ethno-racial/cultural communities
  • Provides guidance for families to improve nutrition and household food security
  • Collects and compiles statistical information. Completes and maintains records of contacts, outreach activities and group sessions. Maintains records of food certificates issued and materials used for cooking programs
  • Reviews program activities and group interactions with the manager and Public Health Dietician
  • Consults with Public Health dietician and nurses, community health officers and inspectors. Consults with peers, government agencies and food security groups
  • Refers program participants to Public Health dieticians and nurses and other professionals as needed
  • Provides orientation of new Community Nutrition Assistants and students
  • Attends and participates in team, regional meetings and other meetings as necessary

Key Qualifications:

  1. Peer educator experience and training in a community setting to provide nutritional information to parents.
  2. Experience with food preparation techniques.
  3. Fluency in Korean, Yoruba and Amharic language required.
  4. Experience in the facilitation of group discussions.
  5. Knowledge of healthy eating and food access issues.
  6. Good oral and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
  7. Ability to plan, organize and problem solve.
  8. Ability to work flexible hours to meet the needs of the community.


Salary: $25.20 - $27.61 per hour

To apply for this position, please send us a resume and cover letter, quoting File #X8CSA14909, using one of the following methods:

Online: Click on the Apply for this position button at the bottom of this posting, or
FAX: 416-397-9818, or
Mail to: Human Resources, City of Toronto, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, 5th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C6.

Please do not send duplicates.

Applications must be received by December 17, 2008.

Job Status: Part-Time (Up to 14 hours per week)

Committed to employment equity, the City of Toronto encourages applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.

Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under the City’s Employment Accommodation policy. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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