Knowledge Translation Specialist, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Deadline April 22, 2014

St. Francis Xavier University, a top-ranking Canadian university focused on academic excellence, innovation in teaching and research, service to society and international outreach, is seeking a Knowledge Translation Specialist to join the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, one of six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health. The Centres promote and improve the use of scientific research and other knowledge to strengthen public health practices and policies in Canada. The Centre located at StFX focuses on knowledge related to social and economic factors that influence health and assists the public health sector to advance health equity by moving evidence and knowledge into public health practice.

The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) is seeking a Knowledge Translation Specialist to translate evidence and encourage uptake of effective health equity enhancing practices and policies by Canadian public health organizations and practitioners.

Reporting to the Scientific Director, the Knowledge Translation Specialist will carry out the following duties:

  • Manage knowledge translation projects. Strike advisory groups and teams; monitor plans and budgets; contract consultants; effectively manage relationships and resolve issues.
  • Engage in knowledge translation by retrieving, assessing and synthesizing complex research findings from published and grey literature and practice-based lines of evidence.
  • Design and deliver educational events and knowledge exchange methods to encourage user uptake and knowledge application.
  • Develop and maintain a network of diverse stakeholders and represent the Centre in selected initiatives.
  • Contribute to Centre planning, communications and evaluation.


Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  • PhD or Masters in public health, nursing, health policy, health planning, epidemiology, health education or related discipline, plus 5 years of practice, or equivalent combination of a university degree with work experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead, organize and deliver projects; use effective project management methods; and optimize timely and complete delivery of concurrent projects within budget.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, translate research and practice-based evidence, including experience with dissemination and education processes (online and in person) to impact utilization of the knowledge provided.
  • Demonstrated expertise regarding public health practice; knowledge synthesis, translation and exchange; determinants of health and health equity; change management and communications.
  • Excellent writing, communications, interpersonal and education skills and the ability to establish and maintain positive relations with stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to self-organize work with multiple deadlines and deliverables; exercise innovation; take initiative, use independent judgment and problem-solve. Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficiency in word processing and web-based research. Functional in the use of spreadsheets and databases. Expertise in web technology is an asset.
  • Fluency in French and English is strongly preferred (and preference will be given to bilingual candidates); fluency in other languages is an asset.
  • Ability to travel and work flexible hours, including occasional evenings, weekends and short trips.

The position to be filled is permanent and dependent upon continued receipt of funding. Location of work is Antigonish, N.S. (Alternate work arrangements, including reduced hours and location, may be negotiable.)

Consideration of applications for this position will begin immediately. Closing date for applications is 1 pm, Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

A letter of application including a detailed resume should be directed in confidence to:

Human Resources, StFX University

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. StFX respects diversity and welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities and members of sexual minority groups.