Job Positing: Knowledge Broker

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) changes lives by bringing people and knowledge together to reduce the harms of alcohol and other drugs on society. It is the only organization with a legislated mandate to undertake this work at a national level. We partner with public, private and non-governmental organizations to improve the health and safety of Canadians. CCSA’s vision is for a healthier Canadian society where evidence transforms approaches to substance use.

It is the mandate of the Knowledge Mobilization (KM) division to facilitate, lead and participate in gathering, connecting and mobilizing people, knowledge and other resources for collective action and change toward shared goals.

Reporting to the Director, Knowledge Mobilization, the Knowledge Broker works collaboratively with other divisions in CCSA, draws on existing bodies of knowledge or evidence from research and other sources, and works with key stakeholders to provide tailored, evidence-informed guidance and practical tools to facilitate desired changes in practice, programs or policies. Through facilitating the collaborative efforts of stakeholders and partners, this role uses effective knowledge mobilization approaches to encourage the application of evidence in practice, program and policy development and implementation.

Responsibilities

  • Lead or assist in the developing and implementing knowledge mobilization plans on assigned projects and initiatives
  • Work closely with CCSA colleagues to identify partners and stakeholders across Canada, and ensure they have access to CCSA products and services to address their needs and issues
  • Identify networks of stakeholders and partners that can both benefit from and contribute to the collective effort to reduce harms to and improve care for those affected by substance use and addiction
  • Work with CCSA colleagues to interpret and summarize research findings to form the basis of knowledge mobilization plans, products, tools and activities to inform practice, policy and program development in the field of substance use
  • Participate in environmental scans and needs assessments with stakeholders to identify issues and problems, readiness for change, and common goals and solutions
  • Coordinate project work on assigned national priorities through applying principles of project planning and administration, and collaborating with colleagues, including by identifying deliverables, timelines, risks, budgeting and stakeholder engagement
  • Participate in continuous learning and peer-to-peer learning opportunities with colleagues, partners and networks to advance knowledge and competency of effective knowledge mobilization practices in the substance use field
  • Collaborate with colleagues to enhance the application of sex- and gender-based analysis + to research, product development and tool development
  • Lead collaboration efforts with a variety of stakeholders to negotiate creative, practical and relevant approaches to knowledge mobilization for sustainable solutions and change

Qualifications

  • Masters or doctoral degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., science, arts and humanities, health administration, adult education)
  • Three to five years of related experience
  • Experience facilitating multi-stakeholder groups (e.g., health professionals, the public, healthcare managers and other decision makers, private industry)
  • Understanding of aspects of knowledge mobilization (e.g., generation, synthesis, product development, knowledge translation and exchange, dissemination, management, evaluation)
  • Ability to interpret and identify key results from health and other research, and to summarize research findings in plain language (presentations and writing)
  • Familiarity with stakeholder engagement, consultation and related data collection through a variety of mechanisms, including surveys, focus groups and social media
  • Ability to develop or inform the development of knowledge mobilization products, such as toolkits, learning modules, lay and research publications, and policy briefs, using feedback from knowledge users
  • Ability to develop understanding of system-wide issues (i.e., a “systems thinker”)
  • Strong analytical skills; process- and results-oriented
  • Strong organizational skills; experience multitasking and managing multiple priorities with competing deadlines
  • Enthusiastic and high-energy team player
  • Strong focus on critical thinking and strategic problem resolution
  • Excellent communication skills

Assets

  • Knowledge of sex- and gender-based analysis
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities
  • Bilingual English–French

Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a résumé and covering letter by email to hr@ccsa.ca. We thank all respondents; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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