New Job Opportunity: Knowledge Broker, Connections Research Team, McMaster University

Full-time 12 month contract;

Location: flexible

Salary commensurate with qualifications

Start Date: February 2011

The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences is recruiting a Knowledge Broker to work with Connections.

Connections is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research-funded national research team, focused on developing and evaluating knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) strategies to facilitate evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) among those working with women with substance abuse issues. Connections studies conducted thus far include: qualitative and quantitative studies of stakeholder use of EIDM; skills, attitudes, and preferences for KTE; collaboration; and networking. Our next study will evaluate the impact of an interactive, intensive KTE intervention delivered over 12 months to service providers, program managers, and executive directors in addiction agencies serving women. We are seeking a knowledge broker to develop and implement the KTE intervention.


The knowledge broker will be responsible for working with individuals, programs, and agencies to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and a culture supportive of EIDM. The knowledge broker will conduct initial assessments of agency readiness to engage in EIDM and, based on the results of these assessments, work in collaboration with agencies to develop goals, objectives, and strategies to promote EIDM with respect to service provision regarding the parenting-related needs of women with substance abuse issues. This includes assisting service providers, program managers ,and executive directors to gain comprehensive EIDM knowledge and skills (e.g. turning practice-based issues into searchable research questions; searching for research evidence to address practice-based issues; appraising evidence quality; synthesizing and interpreting results; identifying action messages from research evidence and evaluating their applicability to the local level; and integrating research evidence with other forms of evidence into program planning/service delivery decisions) in order to promote the implementation of evidence-informed practices for meeting the parenting-related needs of women with substance abuse issues. The knowledge broker will develop and deliver the intervention through face-to-face, telephone, and electronic contact with individuals, programs, and agencies. Networking among addiction and non-addiction agencies will be encouraged through knowledge broker-led webinars, online discussion groups, and workshops.


The successful applicant will have several years experience working in addiction agencies serving women, preferably with a Master’s degree or equivalent research experience. The candidate should value the importance of research evidence in program planning and service delivery and be open to new ideas for service delivery. The candidate must have exceptional interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills, the ability to engage service providers in collaborative discussions about service provision, to work as part of a team and independently to administer the KTE intervention, and to juggle multiple priorities while meeting research program objectives. The candidate must be willing to work flexible hours to accommodate time zones across Canada, and be willing to travel extensively during the 12 month intervention period. The candidate will be experienced in using MS Office software, working in a networked environment, using a virtual private network for sharing documents and workflow, and conducting online webinars and discussion groups. The candidate will have strategies in place for staying current as new literature related to women with substance abuse issues emerges.

Enquire or apply with resume and cover letter by December 15, 2010 to Dr. Maureen Dobbins, at Interviews will take place during the week of January 16, 2011. Only those chosen for interviews will be contacted.

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