JOB POSTING – Senior Advisor, Knowledge Mobilization for Children’s Healthcare Canada & Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP)

Position Description:

This newly created position is responsible for leading the development of strategy, implementation and evaluation of Children’s Healthcare Canada’s flagship knowledge mobilization program and assets. Sharing evidence and accelerating implementation of high quality, child, youth and family centred healthcare is a defined priority of our organization, and a highly valued member benefit. In line with our organizational values, this individual is expected to demonstrate collaboration, courage, and fresh thinking as they conduct their day to day responsibilities.

Pan-Canadian partnerships represent a significant opportunity to grow the reach and value of Children’s Healthcare Canada’s knowledge mobilization strategy, and as such, this position will play an important role building and maintaining relationships across the continuum of care (including research and academia) in children’s health.

A partnership of significant importance to this role is SKIP – Solutions for Kids in Pain. SKIP is a newly formed Knowledge Mobilization Networks Centre of Excellence which is co-directed by Children’s Healthcare Canada. This individual is an identified Knowledge Broker within the structure of this NCE and will play an important role facilitating knowledge exchange and dialogue among diverse stakeholders, with a particular focus on national health organizations, patient and family groups and policy makers.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

  1. Overall:
  • Facilitate knowledge exchange and ongoing dialogue between knowledge producers (researchers) and knowledge users (members, policy makers, patients and families).
  • Continuously establish, build and sustain productive working relationships with stakeholders and partners
  1. Children’s Healthcare Canada Knowledge Mobilization Program
  • Developing, implementing and evaluation a sophisticated knowledge mobilization strategy to accelerate the implementation of quality improvement initiatives in member organizations, and advance defined priorities within our organizational strategy.
  • Seek partnerships within the research community to develop novel approaches to knowledge mobilization.
  • Managing and executing current knowledge mobilization activities, including the weekly webinar program.
  • Coordinating with other Children’s Healthcare Canada’s programs and staff to:
    • Working with the Communications and Engagement Specialist, oversee the production of weekly blogs and newsletters to support KM activities
    • Working with the Communications and Engagement Specialist, leverage Children’s Healthcare Canada events to support KM activities
    • Working with the Associate Director, Strategy and Engagement, create deliberate linkages between the KM strategy and Children’s Healthcare Canada’s Value Networks
    • Working with the Government Relations Specialist, support the identification of subject matter experts to advance advocacy priorities (as needed)
  1. SKIP – Solutions for Kids in Pain Knowledge Mobilization Networks Centres of Excellence
  • Initiate, develop, and implement activity plans and strategies as they relate to SKIP’s identified priorities
  • Engage and support regional Children’s Healthcare Canada members within the network to access, adapt, and implement evidence
  • Identify knowledge users to champion efforts in their institutions and support SKIP efforts
  • Develop relationships and understanding of processes that can be leveraged to facilitate knowledge mobilization at the system level. This would include organizations that develop healthcare standards, accredit healthcare organizations, quality councils and others.
  • Empower stakeholders through capacity development through the provisions of resources, training, and mentoring within Canadian health institutions
  • Lead collaborative efforts to facilitate organizational change by removing barriers to evidence-based decision-making and promoting a culture that values the use of the best available science in policy and practice
  • Facilitate institutional commitment to pain management through ChildKind certification
  • Monitor the process of implementation, evaluate knowledge mobilization progress, and support sustainability of knowledge mobilization efforts

Qualifications and Position Requirements:

  • A minimum of Masters Level education in a relevant discipline (e.g., science, health administration, communication, or equivalent)
  • Experience working on collaborative projects with researchers, health professionals, partners and/or other stakeholder groups/organizations, including patients and families
  • Expertise in gathering evidence, critically appraising the validity of research findings and quality of evidence, synthesizing information, and interpreting the information in terms of the bigger picture
  • Demonstrated project management experience
  • Strong practical and theoretical understanding of all aspects of knowledge mobilization (e.g., generation, synthesis, product development, knowledge translation and exchange, dissemination, management, evaluation)
  • Experience in developing and implementing knowledge mobilization plans, activities, and products
  • A demonstrated passion for the promotion of child health and genuine interest in up-to date research evidence
  • Ability to work as part of a collaborative team as well as take initiative independently
  • Ability to interpret and identify key results from health research, and to summarize research findings in plain language
  • Ability to engage diverse audiences and build partnerships and collaborations between diverse groups from a variety of sectors
  • Skilled mediator and team builder
  • Superior interpersonal, communication, and motivational skills
  • Bilingualism (English/French) is preferred

Please submit your CV and cover letter to: Doug Maynard, Associate Director, Business Development (