The Knowledge Broker is a provincial resource to assist in building and enhancing the capacity of agencies across Ontario to strengthen care and improve mental health outcomes. The knowledge broker will have content expertise in at least two of the following three areas: 1) implementation science, 2) knowledge exchange/translation/mobilization, or 3) evaluation/outcomes measurement. The knowledge broker will apply their expertise in order to facilitate the active use of current evidence and to broker strong supportive relationships among the Centre’s diverse stakeholders across Ontario. The knowledge broker will possess skills in communication, team building, networking and relationship-building, facilitation and negotiation, and project management.
The knowledge broker will work primarily with senior leaders and key program staff of agencies across the province of Ontario that deliver child and youth mental health services, as well as with community partners which may include education, child welfare, youth justice, developmental services and health. Reporting to a Centre manager, the knowledge broker plays a key role in accomplishing the Centre’s mission to foster the use of evidence-informed practice to improve outcomes, building teams, within the Centre and externally with the appropriate expertise, to support agencies application of knowledge in practice.
Identify strengths/needs and facilitate ongoing knowledge use
- Work with senior leaders and key program staff of agencies to identify strengths, challenges and areas for growth within an agency and across the community, to strengthen and improve mental health programs and services
- Applying Centre support services as negotiated with agencies based on their needs, support agencies to develop, implement and evaluate plans to strengthen their evidence-informed practices improving their core mental health programs and services in their community
- Integrate leading evidence on implementation science, knowledge exchange/ translation/ mobilization and evaluation/outcome measurement to enhance existing capacity when collaboratively addressing the specific needs and challenges in the agency or community
Support learning and development
- Based on an assessment of strengths and needs, engage with Centre teams in the design, delivery and evaluation of training sessions or workshops on implementation science, evaluation/outcome measurement, knowledge exchange/translation/mobilization or specific mental health topics either in-person or using web-based technologies
- Support information needs of agencies for current evidence on child and youth mental health (e.g., evidence-informed practices on treatment or intervention) by linking to Centre teams and resources that facilitate connections to the literature or to experts in the field
- Work with the Centre’s learning and development resources to identify and promote existing training supports (from the Centre or others) to respond to current/emerging needs of agencies and the broader sector. Identify training needs that require the development of new supports (to be developed by the Centre or co-created with others).
- Build, maintain and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders across the province
- Act as liaison among different stakeholders across the province to facilitate communication and help establish networks that build alignment with local and provincial efforts
- Work with Centre staff and other stakeholders to organize knowledge exchange activities to promote partnerships and disseminate evidence-informed practices or programs
- Travel across the province as needed or required
- Inform and/or lead the development of knowledge exchange products, tools and resources to support consultations and training activities
- Maintain documentation of activities per Centre requirements
- Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of Centre programs and initiatives to respond to emerging needs of the sector and to strengthen or enhance Centre programs
- Help to profile the work of the Centre to external and internal partners
- Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor
- Police record check (Essential)
- Master’s degree in psychology, social work, education or related field (Essential)
- Minimum three years of relevant experience (Essential)
- Strong knowledge in at least two of these three areas: 1) implementation science, 2) knowledge exchange/translation/mobilization, or 3) evaluation and outcomes measurement (Essential)
- Experience in the field of child and youth mental health (Preferred)
- Demonstrated ability to work within a consultative model with demonstrated experience in working with diverse stakeholders at frontline, senior manager, community and provincial levels (Essential)
- Demonstrated skills in group facilitation and adult education (Essential)
- Strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders, including tact and adaptability (Essential)
- Independent worker and self-directed learner (Essential)
- Strong verbal and written communication skills (Essential)
- Strong project management skills with demonstrated ability to meet timelines and deliverables, and ability to manage competing priorities (Essential)
- Valid Ontario driver’s license (Essential)
- Bilingualism (Preferred)
* Please note you will be represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).
Should the applicant require any accommodations during the application process please notify Human Resources as per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
Please apply by sending your cover letter and a current resume indicating the competition number to firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.cheo.on.ca. Please ensure your documents are in Word or PDF format and sent within the required timeframe.
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