Public Employment Opportunity

Chief Medical Officer of Health

Competition Details

Referral Number
Employment type
1 Permanent Position
Public Health Division
Position Group
Department of Health and Community Services
St. John's
Closing Date
No closing date
Salary (scale)
$223,458.00 - $268,200.00 per annum (Administrative Physician Salary Scale)

Position Details (What is this?)

Reporting to the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) Population Health, the Chief Medical Officer of Health provides strategic population health advice directly to the ADM, Deputy Minister and Minister. Specifically, this position provides leadership in the enforcement of the Public Health Protection and Promotion Act (2018), including the development of a provincial public health framework and five year public health plan. The incumbent manages divisional staff and programs; collaborates with multi-disciplinary stakeholders to recommend population-focused policies and initiatives related to population health protection, health promotion, injury prevention and health risk assessment; leads the response to public health emergencies, including the disease control and environmental threat assessment; advocates for the conditions necessary for all provincial residents to lead healthy lives; and delivers a coordinated provincial public health program to meet provincial population health goals.

Merit Criteria (What is this?)

Screening Criteria
  1. Experience performing a senior leadership or management role in community health and/or public health environment
  2. Experience leading the development of population health programs
  3. Completion of a degree in medicine
  4. Licensed to practice medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador
  5. Certification in Public Health and Preventative Medicine with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (or equivalent)
Assessment Criteria
  1. Knowledge of population health and public health policy and practices
  2. Knowledge of the determinants of health of the Newfoundland and Labrador population
  3. Program development skills
  4. Stakeholder engagement skills
  5. Resource management skills
  6. Ability to lead and direct others
  7. Ability to communicate effectively (verbal)
  8. Ability to communicate effectively (written)
  9. Innovation
  10. Knowledge of a “Health in all Policies” approach to public policy (asset)

Conditions of Employment(What is this?)

Conditions of
  1. Proof of medical degree
  2. Proof of license to practice medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador
  3. Proof of certification in Public Health and Preventative Medicine with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and/or equivalent qualifications in public health
Conditions of Acceptance
  1. Acknowledge requirement for 24-7-365 on-call availability (rotational)
  2. This position will perform all functions of the Medical Officer of Health when on-call
Applicant Information
  1. For more information about this opportunity please call: Colleen Simms, Assistant Deputy Minister at (709) 729-3659.
  • This position is considered a "Position of Trust" and therefore, a job offer may be subject to a satisfactory security check.
  • The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador values diversity in the work place and is an equal opportunity employer.
  • Disability related accommodations and alternate formats are available upon request at any stage of the recruitment process by contacting, 709-729-0130 or toll free at 1-888-729-7690.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Applications must be received on or before the closing date stated for this job posting.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit an application that demonstrates the required merit criteria.
  • Applications that do not clearly demonstrate the required criteria will be screened-out.
  • All applications must contain accurate contact information, including current mailing address, email address and phone number.
  • All information submitted as part of this application must be factual, complete and current to date of submission.
  • This competition may be used to fill future similar vacancies with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

How To Apply

Applications, quoting Competition Number HCS.19.20.R0573, should be submitted

By Mail
Human Resource Secretariat, Strategic Staffing Division
50 Mundy Pond Road
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s, NL, A1B 4J6
By Fax
(709) 729-6737

  1. For more information about this opportunity please call: Colleen Simms, Assistant Deputy Minister at (709) 729-3659.