Job posting: Exciting opportunity for a Knowledge Translation and Exchange Specialist to join a great team and let your data visualization skills shine!

The Mamow Ahyamowen partnership is seeking a full-time Applied Knowledge Translation and Exchange Specialist for one year with the potential for contract renewal. The position will be hosted by Dr. Jennifer Walker, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health at Laurentian University and will report to Mamow Ahyamowen’s Project Manager.

About the Position: The successful candidate develops novel methods to facilitate the complex exchange of information and knowledge between Indigenous knowledge holders, community leadership, policy makers and researchers who are working together to analyze health data. The goal of this work is to continue to strengthen promising partnerships so that Indigenous communities define their knowledge needs and engage partners to help answer questions that build the Indigenous knowledge base of the communities.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and considerations with regards to health services for Indigenous populations, Indigenous community engagement, and knowledge exchange. The work will require innovative, flexible, and adaptable approaches that are responsive to the unique needs of Indigenous communities.

About Mamow Ahyamowen: A partnership of 11 Northern Ontario First Nations governed health services organizations named for the spirit it embodies, Mamow Ahyamowen – or “everyone’s voices” – endeavours to work with the communities it serves to identify questions and use epidemiology to help answer these questions. Oversight and direction is provided by the Steering Committee, composed of two members from each of the eleven partner organizations. Mamow Ahyamowen’s Project Manager oversees the coordination of all projects on behalf of the Steering Committee.

Qualifications: Mamow Ahyamowen is seeking a broadly trained candidate with the following qualifications:

  • Masters degree in science communication, public health, epidemiology, or other relevant disciplines (e.g. Indigenous studies, medical anthropology or sociology, psychology). Experienced candidates with a Bachelor’s degree will be considered.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous models of First Nations and provincial health service delivery
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills in English are essential. Bilingual English/French or Indigenous languages would be an asset
  • Indigenous ancestry or lived experience is an asset
  • Knowledge of cultural safety
  • Experience with a variety of research methods; large data sets, quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs
  • Proficiency in using a variety of office software, literature search engines, bibliographic software (e.g. Endnote)
  • Expertise in data communication software such as data visualization, publishing, and/or graphic design software
  • Ability to work as part of a collaborative team and in partnership with Indigenous health organizations
  • Ability to travel

Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide subject matter expertise to support the planning and development of knowledge translation and exchange activities and strategies
  • Develop and manage relationships with knowledge keepers, elders, other community leaders as well as tribal councils and health authorities in order to successful partnerships based on trust and mutual respect
  • Work with partners to facilitate dialogue, promote collaboration, and create opportunities for future partnerships
  • Design and facilitate consultation sessions in order to share knowledge and/or seek stakeholder input; summarize, assess and report on session outcomes; recommend approaches to build on session outcomes
  • Research best practices and emerging issues in Indigenous knowledge exchange; translate findings into audience-specific communication materials aimed at enhancing understanding and the use of data and evidence in program design and delivery
  • Actively seek feedback to improve approaches and communications products using methods such as key informant interviews, pilot testing, and focus group discussions
  • Develop and implement monitoring and evaluation frameworks to measure progress and outcomes of knowledge exchange work
  • Seek meaningful ways to respectfully integrate Indigenous knowledge, ways of knowing, stories, and lived experience, within and alongside communications tools such as infographics and other data visualization materials.
  • Prepare articles, manuscripts and reports as necessary
  • Support the development of funding applications where appropriate

Terms: This is a contract position starting in July for 1 year, with the potential for renewal.

Rate of Pay: This is a full-time professional position that offers a comprehensive benefits package and a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply, please submit electronically, a cover letter and curriculum vitae with the names and contact information of three references, and indicate how your qualifications and experience fulfill the requirements of the position. Send the application by June 21st, 2020 to:

Jody Tverdal, Business Manager

Office of the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health

Laurentian University

All candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Laurentian University is committed to equity in employment and encourages applications from all qualified applicants including women, aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities.


  • Life insurance
  • Dental care
  • Vision care
  • Extended health care

Application deadline: 2020-06-21

Job Types: Full-time, Contract