Knowledge Broker

by Emerita D'Sylva on February 22, 2013

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) changes lives by bringing people and knowledge together to reduce the harm of alcohol and other drugs on society. We partner with public, private and non-governmental organizations to improve the health and safety of Canadians.

CCSA is looking for a Knowledge Broker, reporting to the Director of Partnerships and Priorities. The Knowledge Broker is responsible for developing relationships with partners to get the right information into the right hands at the right time, and for supporting the delivery and uptake of evidence informed practices, tools, programs and products for those working in the field of substance abuse.

The Knowledge Broker, working together with Research and Policy Analysts and National Priority Advisors, draws on the existing body of knowledge, research, products and information to interpret bottom-line results and create targeted, practical tools that can change practice. Through facilitating collaborative efforts of stakeholders/partners, the Knowledge Broker encourages the application of this evidence in policy development and practice using effective knowledge exchange approaches.


  • Lead the development and implementation of knowledge exchange strategies on assigned national priorities.
  • Work with the Research team to summarize research findings to form the basis of appropriate knowledge exchange products, tools or activities to inform policy and program development in the field of substance abuse.
  • Identify and bringtogether key partners, subject-matter experts, practitioners and community representatives to share evidence, knowledge and best practices to build the foundation for solutions in the substance abuse field.
  • Lead consultations with stakeholders to identify their needs in implementing research and help build their capacity through training and mentoring.
  • Lead collaboration efforts with a variety of stakeholders to negotiate creative, practical and relevant approaches to knowledge exchange for long-term solutions.
  • Work closely with National Priority Advisors and Communications Advisors to identify partners and stakeholders across Canada and ensure they have access to the CCSA tools and resources they need.
  • Continuously establish and maintain networks of stakeholders and partners who can both benefit from and contribute to the collective efforts to reduce the harms and improve the care for those affected by substance abuse.


  • Master’s or Doctoral degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., Science, Arts & Humanities, Health Administration, Adult Education).
  • 6 to 10 years of related experience.
  • Experience and/or expertise in the field of alcohol and substance abuse is an asset.
  • Experience negotiating with multi-stakeholder groups (e.g., health professionals, the public, health care managers, private industry).
  • Understanding of all aspects of knowledge exchange (e.g., generation, synthesis, product development, dissemination, exchange, management, evaluation).
  • Experience in developing and implementing knowledge exchange strategies.
  • Experience building relationships with partners at regional, provincial and federal levels to inform or implement best practices.
  • Ability to interpret and identify key results from medical research and to succinctly summarize research findings in plain language.
  • Experience in stakeholder consultation through surveys, focus groups, social media, etc.
  • Ability to develop or inform the development of knowledge products such as toolkits, newsletters and policy briefs using feedback from knowledge users.
  • Demonstrated  experience in applying best practices in knowledge exchange (e.g., communications, education/training, toolkit development, marketing, stakeholder engagement).
  • Ability to engage diverse audiences and build partnerships/collaborations between medical and non-medical groups.
  • Ability to develop understanding of system-wide issues (i.e., a ‘systems thinker’).
  • Possess strong analytical skills; is process and results-oriented.
  • Enthusiastic and high-energy team player with a passion for engaging partners.
  • Strong focus on strategic problem resolution.
  • Excellent communication skills in English and French

Interested candidates should submit a résumé and cover letter by email to no later than February 28, 2013. We thank all respondents; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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