Knowledge Broker with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Position Profile: Knowledge Broker

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) has a legislated mandate to provide national leadership and evidence-informed analysis and advice to mobilize collaborative efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug-related harms. CCSA is looking for a Knowledge Broker, reporting to the Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange. The efforts of the Knowledge Broker—getting the right information into the right hands at the right time—contribute to the uptake of national priority work and support the priorities identified and led by colleagues within the Partnerships and Priorities Division at CCSA. 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 create targeted and practical tools that can change practice. Through leading, coordinating, identifying and facilitating collaborative efforts of stakeholders/partners, the Knowledge Broker will encourage the application of this evidence in policy development and practice using effective knowledge exchange approaches. 


  • Engage and coordinate multi-stakeholder teams in conjunction with the Partnerships and Priorities division to assess knowledge exchange requirements, identify opportunities, and develop knowledge exchange strategies and approaches tailored to specific audiences.
  • Responsible for the multi-directional exchange of information between knowledge producers and users, and the development and evolution of CCSA’s knowledge products, services and knowledge management infrastructure.
  • Translate knowledge syntheses and best practice reports into targeted messages and develop knowledge exchange products and tools, including newsletters, fact sheets, toolkits and videos.
  • Continue to identify and promote CCSA’s knowledge exchange strategies, ensuring the Centre is recognized as Canada’s leading substance abuse knowledge exchange centre of excellence.


  • Master’s or Doctoral degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., Science, Arts & Humanities, Health Administration, Adult Education or Business).
  • 6 to 10 years of related experience.
  • Experience and/or expertise in the field of alcohol and substance abuse is an asset.
  • Understanding of all aspects of knowledge exchange (e.g., generation, synthesis, product development, dissemination, exchange, management and evaluation).
  • Experience in writing plain-language documents.
  • Ability to interpret and identify key results from medical research; ability to succinctly summarize research findings and develop communications products from this information for a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to develop or inform the development of knowledge products such as toolkits, newsletters and policy briefs.
  • Demonstrated experience in applying best practices in knowledge exchange (e.g., communications, education/training, toolkit development, marketing and stakeholder engagement).
  • Ability to engage diverse audiences and build partnerships/collaborations between medical and non-medical groups.
  • Systems thinker: ability to develop understanding of systems issues and stakeholders in alcohol and substance abuse and other related fields.
  • Possess strong analytical skills; process and results-oriented.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills in English; fluency in French is an asset.


Interested candidates should submit a résumé and covering letter by email to, no later than February 8, 2010.  We thank all respondents; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.